In general, yoga is recommended to be done with at least 2 hours without eating. I'm going to implement a 1 or 1.5 hr session of yoga for one of my non-lifting days, and I'm going to go to do the classes fasted for about 13-14 hours and eat within and hour of finishing.
As I do heavy lifting 3 days a week (one of them being the day before yoga), is there any sense in taking BCAAs before/after yoga. THe yogas are not power/ashtanga yoga, but I may have access to hot yoga / bikram yoga classes (done in about 37 C / 100 F temperature room). Or will I do just fine with just having a big meal with plenty of protein after the class?
And plenty of water before and after, of course.
Are you overweight? If you're fit and athletic in general (since you're lifting i'd guess you pretty much know your body, etc) I'd say you're fine to do yoga on non-lifting days generally. Caveats to follow:
I wouldn't eat anything for at least 2 hours before hand.
If its hot yoga (which i'm pretty sure is always 90 minutes) I would NOT go in fasted for as long as 13-14 hours.
I only know hot yoga, but i wouldn't JUST think of the hot yoga as recovery. What i mean is that hot yoga is intense, even for athletes. You'll adapt quickly but its taxing. Its great, dont get me wrong but it MAY take more out of you then you think initially.
When i did hot yoga at least three times per week i'd go in between lunch and dinner but it was around 3 or 4pm which was at least 3 full hours after i had eaten, and that "lunch" meal wasn't really large. Although it was way before i had ever heard of "IFing" the goal was still leaning out/fat-burn and so i kind of intuitively just felt like going in hungry or at least not-very-full was the way to go.