Bikram Yoga in a face mask: #36482 on the list of things I’ve done in 2020 which I never imagined I would do! You know what though? It ain’t so bad.
Yogis have been asking for recommendations, so...
Here are a few things I’ve discovered:
But the #1 thing you need to do when practicing Bikram Yoga in a mask (or even not in a mask) is simple and costs $0:
Give yourself permission to take radical good care of yourself during class.
That means breathe through your nose, and rest when necessary (Hint: if you find it hard to keep breathing through your nose, you need a rest:)
Good news is, you already practice that every time you do Bikram Yoga- right?
When you first return Home, you will probably need to take more breaks than you are accustomed to. It's true that a mask will be in the way of air headed into your nose, but also don't forget that you haven't been in a hot room for 7 months!
Like Standing Head to Knee pose, doing your yoga in a mask is going to take practice. If you're prepared to try- mindfully and patiently (and with the right supplies!) hot yoga in a mask may not be your favorite, but it won't totally suck. You might even forget it's there.
Plus, think of how bada** that is! "I do Bikram Yoga in a face mask" said no lame person EVER. ;)
Check out this post for more thoughts on masks!
HHY Founder, Yoga Business Coach, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay Afif!