Breathing through the nose is great for calming the mind and maintaining the body’s equilibrium through challenging hot yoga postures. It also benefits you outside the studio, especially if you have asthma. If you suffer from asthma practicing Bikram yoga will expand your lung capacity and help you control your breath.
When you breathe through the nose you prevent problems associated with mouth breathing such as overbreathing, and your body filters out dust and other irritants. It is especially important this time of year, as nose breathing warms cold air, hydrates dry air and traps potentially harmful airborne bacteria. This reduces your risk factors for an asthma attack. I have students who used inhalers regularly in the past but are now able to practice and even run outdoors without any problems!