| By Penny Amann |
When you step into an infrared hot yoga class, you will immediately notice that the heaters emit a soothing, reparative warmth.
It permeates the body, alleviating aches, increasing circulation and offering a range of health benefits.
The perks of this special kind of yoga abound, so you may want to consider trying a class.
Here are 3 major health benefits of infrared yoga.
1. Improved Flexibility
By directly warming the muscles, it opens them up, allowing for a greater range of motion.
Studies done at Auburn University concluded that yoga students could stretch as much as three times their normal amount in the infrared-heated environment.
This allows them to experience their postures on a deeper level, which not only benefits the physical body, but also builds their confidence in their yoga practice.
2. Increased Circulation
Infrared heat stimulates blood flow by opening the body’s capillaries.
The possible effects on the body include helping lower blood pressure, bringing more oxygen into the organs and helping rid the body of toxins.
Infrared heat will make you sweat, which is your body’s natural way of flushing toxins.
As the body absorbs infrared heat, water molecules begin to move, vibrate, wring out impurities from the cells and release them into the blood.
These impurities will then be released from your body as you sweat, which is cleansing to the body. Thus, be sure to hydrate during your hot yoga practice!
3. Pain Relief
Finally — and for many of you, most importantly — infrared heat alleviates pain symptoms by penetrating tissue, muscles and joints.
This is accomplished through the first three benefits we discussed: increased circulation, oxygenation and detoxification.
Infrared heat is incredibly useful for pain relief for both minor injuries and chronic ailments.
Try infrared yoga and find out if it’s for you.
At the main studio where I teach and practice yoga, Pure Yoga for Life, I invite you to come experience the many health benefits that infrared heat has to offer.
As always, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise, including hot yoga.
Penny Amann is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), an American Council on Exercise (ACE) group fitness instructor and a Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) Level-2 coach. She teaches at Pure Yoga for Life in Clermont.