Why Infrared Hot Yoga? Cleaner, Greener, Healthier
By Ryan Pearce
The gentle heating powers of infrared waves were first used therapeutically in Japan in the 1960s. Since then it has been studied extensively, and shown to provide a multitude of health benefits. But what is infrared heat, and how does it work?
Infrared waves are a long wavelength form of light, which is invisible to the naked eye, but can be felt in the form of heat. Any object that is hot will radiate heat to its surroundings in the form of infrared waves. The example we are most familiar with is standing in the sun on a hot day and feeling the warmth on our skin, this is due to the invisible infrared waves being transmitted alongside visible light.
At Hot Body Yoga we have installed a cutting edge infrared heating system to harness the same infrared energy as the sun, minus the harmful UV rays. The system is housed in the ceiling tiles of the studio, and emits infrared waves which gently warm the objects and people in the room without excessively warming the temperature of the air.
Unlike traditional forced air heating, infrared does not require constant recirculation of the air, which results in cleaner air and less humidity. This makes it significantly healthier for people who suffer from asthma or other breathing problems. Also, it is more efficient than a forced air system, which makes it greener for the environment.
The infrared waves are able to penetrate deep into your tissues, and are completely safe. In fact, infrared heat is even used in hospitals to keep premature babies warm. Infrared heat allows you to enjoy maximum detoxification, and other health benefits, without feeling like you are working out in a steam room. Infrared therapy has even been recommended by Dr. Oz, and some of the health benefits of infrared heat may include:
• Increased blood flow and oxygen supply to the tissues which promotes healing and reduces stress
• Detoxification of heavy metals and other types of toxins which build up in the cells
• Increased metabolism and burning more calories and fat during a workout
• Healthier skin tone by increasing collagen production and fighting acne
• Better circulation which leads to lower blood pressure and a healthier immune system