Over the next several weeks, the studio will be changing the heating method for hot yoga using infrared heat (instead of the fireplace). This will be on a trial basis and feedback from students will be welcomed!
The room will still remian at 26-28 degrees, but students should notice a difference between the traditional heating method and infrared.
As the infrared waves are absorbed by your body, molecules begin to vibrate, causing them to start to expel the toxins, fat and impurities from your cells into your blood stream. These will then be released from your body in the form of sweat. The result is an incredible detoxifying effect at a cellular level. Your muscles and internal organs will be gently warmed. This form of heat is perfectly safe. Hospitals use infrared heat to keep premature babies warm. 80% of the light that makes it to Earth is infrared, making it a form of light that is easily processed by our bodies.
Infrared heat is reported to have many positive benefits of its own. Research on Infrared Heat Therapy reports the following:
Decreases joint stiffness.
Detoxes the body.
Strenghtens cardiovascular system
Relieves muscle spasms.
Increases blood flow.
Leads to pain relief.
Affects soft tissue injury.
Increases the extensibility of collagen tissue.
Assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrated, edema, and exudes.
Referenced from: Therapeutic Effects of Far Infrared Heat - Chapter 9 of Therapeutic Heat and Cold, Fourth Edition, Editors Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin.