The Benefits of Far Infrared heat in hot yoga

17th Nov 2023 - Michele Pernetta



Far Infrared Rays are the healthy rays contained in sunlight. These rays are responsible for the photosynthesis plants use to produce energy.

Far infrared heat is the same sort of heat as being outside on a summer’s day. We also emit radiant heat naturally and our bodies are particularly good at absorbing infrared rays.

Far infrared has many health benefits and do not cause sunburn or damage your skin. Far infrared has been utilised in many therapeutic treatments for its benefits to muscles, pain and circulation.

Far infrared heats the body, not the air. So you may feel the air is cooler, while your body is warm, just like going for a run on a spring day.

Many hot yoga studios have added this kind of heating to their hot rooms, as it is silent and more energy efficient than some of the large gas heating systems. The health benefits to muscles and skin are now well documented adding potential health benefits to the those practising yoga in this type of heat.

Here are some of the benefits of far infrared:

  1. It helps our capillaries expand naturally which increases oxygenation and regeneration of the blood.

    The Mayo Clinic and Journal of the American College of Cardiology also found that far infrared heat significantly improved the function of blood vessels.

  2. It is reported that far infrared heat raises metabolism and assists in fat burning. It aids detoxification through the skin, so benefits your skin.
  3. Research by NASA has shown that far infrared heat has benefits to the cardiovascular system and helps promote a healthy heart. Studies from The Mayo Clinic and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that infrared sauna therapy improved blood vessel functioning in high-cholesterol, diabetes and smoking patients and also was found to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and aid weight loss. A German study showed that a 1 hour session in far infrared heat lowered blood pressure in high blood pressure patients.
  4. Clinical studies in Japan and the U.S. found that far infrared treatment reduced muscle stiffness and aches.
  5. Because far infrared heats the object internally and not the air, it can be particularly beneficial for people with breathing difficulties who find hot, dry air aggravating.
  6. Far infrared heating has been shown by numerous studies to be 100% safe, including a study performed by the Swedish National Institute of Radiation Protection.
  7. Although infrared heaters generate the same sort of heat as the sun, there are no harmful UV rays.
  8. Far Infrared Rays penetrate the body deeply helping gently warm your body at low temperatures – even as low as 370C which is body temperature.

We offer Infrared heat at our West Studio and at MIssion.

Our healthy hot yoga practise may have just got healthier.


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