What makes infrared heated yoga classes different and more therapeutic?
Infrared heats you from the inside. It’s a deep penetrating heat that warms you, and not just the surrounding air. It’s the ultimate detox.
The potential health benefits of hot yoga are enhanced by the benefits provided by infrared heat technology. The infrared hot/warm yoga experience is very similar to performing yoga in the warmth of the summer sun. When you are outdoors in the sunlight, you are not warmed by the heat of the air around you, but rather the infrared rays of the sun. Infrared heats surfaces that have the capacity to absorb infrared rays. With infrared heat, you experience the benefits of the sunlight without the harmful UV exposure.
There is one other important distinction between Infrared and traditional hot yoga. When practicing hot yoga in a centrally heated environment, an environment that relies on heated air; objects are not warmed, only the air in the room. The environment created for a traditional forced air hot yoga session can feel stuffy, make breathing difficult, and leave you feeling drained and dehydrated. Hot/warm yoga utilizing infrared heat feels more comfortable and invigorating. Infrared panels disperse heat evenly and silently.
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Mayo Clinic report that infrared therapy improves the functioning of blood vessels, reduces cholesterol, increases circulation and lowers blood sugar levels. Some of the additional health benefits of infrared hot yoga include:
Improved Immune System Function
A Multitude of Skin Benefits
May Help Detoxify Your Body
Accelerates Your Weight Loss Efforts
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Increases Muscle Flexibility and Accelerates Strength Building
Increasing the Flow of Lymph Fluids
Lowering Blood Pressure
Improving Allergy Symptoms
Speeding Injury Recovery
Benefits of Heat without the Humidity
If you choose to experience the benefits of infrared hot/warm yoga, here are a few suggestions to help you ease into the experience:
Allow enough time to let your body adapt to the heat. Arriving to class 10 minutes early will give you an opportunity to adjust to the temperature. This may be particularly important for your first few classes.
Dress lightly and consider a headband to keep your hair off of your face. Dress for comfort and to minimize the heat heavy clothing will trap to your body.
Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your yoga class. Consider enhancing your water with an electrolyte solution or a pinch of salt to keep your fluids balanced.
Avoid an overly full or empty stomach. Eat two to four hours before class. Try not to eat in the hour before class unless you keep it light. Exercise in the heat may cause you to feel nauseated.
Pace yourself. Do not overexert yourself. Pay attention to your body and rest if you need to. Stay alert to the signs that you may have reached your level of heat tolerance.
Yoga will calm busy minds and strengthen bodies inside and out. The benefits of yoga can be enhanced with the benefits of infrared heat. Infrared hot yoga is therapeutic, safe and comfortable. In Durango, contact Pause Yoga and Pilates Studio. They offer infrared heated/warm yoga classes taught by experienced, inspiring teachers. Discover how yoga can have an improved impact on your health and wellness.