Infrared Heat Panels, Yoga and You
Think of the most basic form of natural heat, which is our own body heat,
and the heat that is emitted when two or more people are close to each other.
Think of the sun shining on your face and the warm feeling you get on your skin,
or perhaps the radiant glow of a bonfire or a fireplace, without the fumes!
This radiant heat is the same type of heat produced by infrared technology such as our newly installed infrared heating panels. With infrared heating panels, the heat is absorbed by the skin and clothing, much like standing in the sunshine as opposed to standing in the shade. The beauty of all this is that our skin is naturally designed for absorbing infrared heat, which in turn warms us up giving a good boost to our immune system.
Infrared light is NOT ultraviolet light… in fact, it has an opposite effect of UV. It diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. It’s the healthy light that allows plants to photosynthesize, or make energy to sustain and grow. Infrared light rays heat you from the inside… it’s a deep penetrating heat that warms you, and not just the surrounding air. It’s the ultimate detox. Can’t imagine being heated from within? Imagine practicing yoga outside on a clear and sunny afternoon, minus the sun in your eyes. Relaxed, content, and full of energy, right?
Let’s see what practicing in a FIR (far infrared ray) yoga studio does for your body…
Reduce Pain and Inflammation
From arthritis and fibromyalgia to plain old muscle soreness, FIR can penetrate up to 3 inches into the body and under the skin, aiding in pain relief by improving blood circulation and enhancing the delivery of oxygen to soft tissue, which helps relax the muscles.
Infrared light waves gradually repair skin damage over time. It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, helps scars and burns, improves the skin’s elasticity, and improves overall appearance of skin tone.
Along with strengthening our cardiovascular system through Ujjayi breathing, a rise in body temperature increases blood flow, which mimics the benefits of a passive cardiovascular workout and continues hours after your hot yoga practice!
Far infrared therapy is the best way to eliminate metals, chemicals, and toxins from the body. The FIR natural heating mechanism heats from the inside by raising the body temperature to create an “artificial fever.” Studies have shown that in this state, cancer cell growth slows, and white blood cells (infection fighters) are produced.
Studies have shown that in a far infrared ray sauna, a moderately fit person can sweat one pound of sweat in one 30-minute session, which is the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. Not to worry – rehydration will restore the lost fluid.
In conclusion, light heals! In addition to the benefits above, yoga in an infrared heated room is comfortable, therapeutic, and safe. It is recommended that you attend 3 infrared heated classes per week for optimal benefits. Knowing you are going to soak up some far infrared rays is just another way to help keep a regular yoga practice and maintain a healthy lifestyle.