The Health Benefits of using infrared heat include:
Better Circulation and Increased Energy: Infrared heat energy that is absorbed by human cells, causing a physical phenomenon called “resonance”. Thus the cellular activities are instantly invigorated, resulting in a better blood circulation and an overall improved metabolism.Weight Loss: Infrared heat therapy can aid in weight loss by speeding up the metabolic process of vital organs and endocrine glands resulting in substantial caloric loss.
Cardiovascular Health: The Infrared heat increases heart rate and blood circulation, crucial to maintaining one’s health. The heart rate increases as more blood flow is diverted from the inner organs towards the extremities of the skin, without heightening blood pressure. This is the primary reason for yoga being practiced in a hot room, it allows you a more safe and deep ability to stretch your body.
Speedier Recovery from Injuries: For injuries, Infrared generated heat stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels, bringing oxygen to joints and extremities, speeding the healing of sprains and strains, thus relieving pain and reducing the time it takes the human body to recover from an injury.
Detoxification: The quicker metabolic rate causes extra toxic waste products to be purged from the body through the skin, during perspiration. The skin is often referred to as the 3rd kidney, because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating 30% of the body’s waste.
Stress Reduction & Relaxation: Infrared heat treatment before a massage also helps prepare a client by creating an overall relaxing effect. It loosens the muscle tissue so the therapist can do a more thorough and effective massage. A perfect opportunity to book in with our in house massage therapist when you can.
Skin Beautification: For that sought after healthy glow, Infrared heat therapy allows increased blood circulation to carry great amounts of nutrients to the skin, thus promoting healthy tone and texture.
Improved Immune System: By creating an “Artificial Fever”, Infrared heat has a positive effect on the immune system. Often misunderstood, fever is a natural healing response of the body. The function of the immune system is increased naturally during a fever, while virus and bacterial growth is slowed, weakening its hold. This helps the body ward off invading organisms. A Infrared heat treatment in the early stages of a cold or flu has been known to stop the symptoms worsening.
Ventilation: Its not enough to just heat the room to 38/40 degrees. Students need to have a fresh air/oxygen supply to ensure that they are getting maximum cardiovascular benefits. In fact building regulations recommend two times of air changes an hour for a healthy working environment so we believe our students should have at least this when practicing yoga. We have therefore installed a high tech ventilation system that uses heat recovery technology to ensure the fresh incoming air is maintained at the correct temperature.
Humidity: Combining the heat with students sweating will affect the humidity of the room. Ensuring the correct level of humidity is maintained is paramount, too much will leave students sweating a lot feeling sick and not getting the benefits, The reasons for the humidity level include inducing a faster heart rate, which promotes cardiovascular health; improving blood circulation through thinning of the blood; and releasing tension in the muscles to allow for a deeper stretch. Our ventilation system is equipped with humidifier technology to maintain the correct levels.
Please note that you should not attend hot classes if you are pregnant or have any health conditions.
Practising Yoga in the heat can be intense to begin with so here’s our guide on what to expect:
- Before starting your Yoga class, it is really important to mentally prepare yourself for the heat. The practice room is about 100 degrees farenheight. You will be sweating a lot.
- Every class can be a different experience so try not to set expectations for yourself.
- Stay Hydrated! Drink plenty of water throughout the day as well as before and after the class. We recommend at least 3 litres when practising/starting Hot Yoga.
- Wherever possible, do not eat for at least two hours (preferably three) before a class. It may make you feel nauseous, if you do need to eat try to eat something light and easy to digest.
- Arrive at the studio early. Get to the studio at least twenty minutes before the class starts if it is your first time as you will need to sign up, meet the instructors and receive instructions. To speed things up you can fill in our start up questionnaire here.
- Wear light, comfortable, clothing. Consider clothing with a moderate fit, as loose clothing can hinder your comfort and movement.
- In the studio, place your towel over your mat and lie down on your back to allow yourself to adjust to the heat. Classes are silent so please don’t chat.
- During the class, feel free to take a break at any time by sitting or lying quietly on your mat. Try and stay in the room wherever possible.
- After class, it is really beneficial to take time to rest and meditate in Savasana. At the end of the class, the instructor will say the Indian word ‘Namaste’ as a way of saying thank you. The word means, very generally, “I recognize the divine in you”. This symbolises the end of the session.
- And finally. Enjoy the benefits! Most likely you will feel relaxed and energized at the same time. You may also have the best nights sleep of your life afterwards. It is recommended that you attend classes at least three times a week to reap the full benefits. As your body becomes increasingly limber, you will notice that you also work harder.
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Meet the Teachers
Donna’s spiritual journey began after experiencing a solar eclipse in India in 1995.
Shortly after that, she took a silent Vipassana retreat followed by a number of others, which changed her as a person and prepared her for when she found yoga, via an Ashtanga Vinyasa class which she happened across on her way to the beach in Goa in 1998.
Yin Yoga Workshop
With Danny Solomon, Fiona Finsbury
A transformative afternoon, exploring the powerful practice of Yin Yoga.
An Introduction to the Ashtanga Primary Series
With Donna Southwell
This workshop is aimed at complete beginners to ashtanga yoga as well as those who would like to look at the basics in more depth.
Backbend the Dharma Way
With Sue Hodgkinson
This workshop in the Style of Dharma yoga will help you to go deeper into your back bends.