A few years ago I began attending Hot Yoga classes. I really enjoyed them only to realize I could accomplish the same things in my own home. I have a Far Infrared sauna with a removable bench and flooring made from a yoga mat. It’s perfect for Hot Yoga and conveniently located! Those who are devoted to the practice say Hot Yoga has all kinds of benefits. I know this personally. The one most often claimed is detoxification. This occurs as heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin. The heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures. This allows your body to totally warm up your muscles and then you can really approach the postures from a safe place. Heat elevates heart rate and intensifies your workout. Hot Yoga combined with Far Infrared sauna therapy is for those who want to develop strength, flexibility and tone along with detoxifying and a cardiovascular workout. Added bonus – the heat helps your body relax, improves breathing while focusing the mind. These are all goals easily met when combining Hot Yoga with far Infrared sauna therapy.
Infrared heat is a very soothing and gentle heat. Far Infrared saunas have the benefit of being effective at a more comfortable operating temperature of between 120-150⁰ F. Traditional saunas only heat the air in the cabin whereas Far Infrared saunas penetrate deep into your cells giving you a thorough detoxifying sweat. Because infrared heat penetrates deep into tissues, Far Infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas for detoxifying the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, Far Infrared saunas can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins compared to 3% with a traditional sauna.
When combining Hot Yoga with Far Infrared heat your muscles become more flexible and less sore at the finish of your workout. I engage in a daily exercise routine. In the past many times I overextended myself and ended up with a body full of incredibly sore, aching, stiff and painful muscles. By far the most effective and satisfying relief from all the pain was my Far Infrared sauna. If you’ve ever used a hot pack to either warm up sore muscles or relieve stiff ones then you know how a dose of heat can relax stiffness and aid in healing. This happens as heat increases the blood flow to sore muscle tissue thereby reducing stiffness and assisting in pain relief. Infrared heat is a form of energy that allows you to warm your body efficiently as it penetrates into your tissues far more effectively than any other type of heat. Infrared heat can be used best inside an infrared sauna. Far Infrared saunas help take your training to the next level by aiding in fast and effective muscle recovery and also by assisting in increasing and enhancing your muscle flexibility. This is why combining Hot Yoga with your daily Far Infrared sauna makes sense. It’s kind of like ‘killing two birds with one stone’!
Also, it is a fact that Far Infrared sauna therapy enhances muscle recovery. For decades studies demonstrate Far Infrared sauna users claim that the heat aids in the relief of all natural pain especially when related to muscles, joints, tissues and skin. When nerve endings are relieved of pain, muscles cease to spasm and the body can ease into pain relief and relax into the healing process. Thus, performing yoga poses while inside my sauna assures superior flexibly and range of motion. When enhancing range of motion you are protecting your muscles, joints and tissues and allowing your body another way to protect itself from injury.
Lying on my back inside my sauna, after a Hot Yoga workout, I have to admit that I feel well-stretched and surprisingly relaxed. I also feel more sweaty than I’ve been in a long time. Embracing the sweat is one of the secrets of Hot Yoga. It’s good to just let the sweat flow and so much easier in your own sauna. I would truly suggest if Hot Yoga is your ‘thing’ to consider a new way of benefiting your body. Combine both Far Infrared sauna therapy with your poses and enjoy a lifetime of excellent health!