Infrared Hot Yoga, a yoga session heated with an infrared radiant heating system, promises to burn fat, increase your flexibility, and improve your skin tone in just 1 hour.
The experience is similar to the warmth of the sun directly on your skin. However, infrared heaters do not emit UV rays, but still give you that warm sun-like feeling. The heating system is powered by infrared heaters that heat the room to between 36-40 degrees Celsius.
The heat provides a method of detoxing and also encourages your body to become more limber and flexible. Radiant, or infrared heat, works differently from conventional heat in that it does not “transfer” heat from a heating source. Rather, it distributes it more evenly because it “radiates” the heat outward.
One of the advantages of the infrared radiant heat is that surface temperatures such as a floor temperature can feel 3-8 degrees warmer than the air temperature. This includes the warmth people feel which soothes and boosts flexibility. Other benefits include improved skin tone, stimulation of the production of collagen, and a breakdown of stubborn cellulite.
While sweating up a yoga storm you not only burn calories but you also sweat out toxins from your body- seven times more than a regular hot yoga studio. It reduces muscle stiffness and pain, decreases soreness & inflammation, increases circulation, enhances heart function, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.
4 Additional Benefits of Infrared Yoga
Increased flexibility: Because Infrared heat is directly warming the muscles, it opens them up allowing for a greater range of motion
Detoxification: Simply put, infrared heat will make you sweat, which is a good thing because it is your body’s natural way of flushing toxins.
Weight loss: The human body has an impressive temperature regulation system. It wants to stay at a consistent temperature and its willing to work very hard to ensure that happens. As the body heats up, its natural cooling systems kick in, which take energy and burn calories. Infrared heat also increases metabolism between the blood and tissue, which also burns calories.
Pain relief: Infrared heat directly penetrates tissue, muscles and joints, allowing them to heal and regenerate.
June is Yoga Month
Sean Beautement, a yoga instructor at Planet Fitness (Fourways, Bedfordview, Centurion and Platinum) says: “It’s not only Infrared Yoga that offers benefits, all forms of yoga have their advantages. Planet Fitness gyms offer a variety of yoga types nationwide, including Bikram Yoga, Hot Flow (Infrared) Yoga or unheated Yoga Flow. In celebration of Yoga Month (look out for special yoga events at our gyms on International Yoga Day – 21 June 2018), take advantage of all the benefits to your body these classes offer you, the stress of daily life takes its toll on our body’s and we all need to find time to de-stress and give something back to our bodies that work so hard for us”
Infrared Yoga is available at Planet Fitness Bedfordview, Wanderers, Centurion and Fourways. For more info, visit www.planetfitness.co.za.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.