How Does Infrared Heat Work?
Infrared heaters convert light directly to heat, warming nearby objects without raising the air temperature. This allows a student in an infrared class to absorb heat while the surrounding air does not. This type of heat is most like natural sunlight. In fact, 80% of the light that makes it to Earth is infrared, making it a form of light that is easily processed by our bodies. Since the air itself does not get hot with infrared heat, it is suitable and tolerable for students especially those with respiratory issues who find it uncomfortable or even risky to go in a heated yoga class. Additionally, infrared heat does not recirculate air thereby reducing the circulation of dirty air and bacteria.
Infrared heat differs greatly from, say, a heater that heats the air in a room, because it actually is absorbed by the skin and has a greater effect on increased circulation, muscle flexibility and detoxification. As your body absorbs infrared waves, molecules begin to vibrate, causing them to start to expel the toxins, fat and impurities from your cells into your blood stream. These will then be released from your body in the form of sweat. The result is an incredible cleansing effect at a cellular level. Your muscles and internal organs will be gently warmed. This form of heat is perfectly safe. Hospitals use infrared heat to keep premature babies warm.
As you walk into our Studio you will feel a gentle heat that will increase as students move through class. Also, our Studio is virtually silent as our heating system makes absolutely no noise. This allows the students to concentrate on the teacher’s instructions and their practice.
Added benefits of Infrared Heat:
Yoga in our Infrared Studio will give you more than just an amazing workout. There are numerous added health benefits that come along with practicing at our infrared heated studio.
Prepare your self before taking our HOT YOGA CLASS!
Come with an open mind, be ready to laugh a little, maybe cry a bit, and to sweat a lot!
How often should I practice at Ageless Yoga Studio?
As often as you can!
“For great results, practice three times per week. For life changing results, practice six days per week,”
says our teachers at Ageless Yoga Studio. One class is better than nothing.
Six classes per week (with one day rest) is amazing.
Decide if it's right for you. Hot yoga is unsafe for anyone who is pregnant, a child, over the age of 60 (without a regular yoga practice), or suffering from medical conditions that would make it unsafe to exercise. If you have diabetes, any issues with high or low blood pressure, or are prone to dizzy spells, choose another type of yoga class.
2. No scents please!
Though it seems counter intuitive to shower before a workout. Rinse off before yoga practice to remove any lotions or oils that will make my skin even more slippery once your body starts to sweat. There's nothing more frustrating than finally nailing an arm balance, only to slide right out of it because of lotioned-up skin!
(Also: skip the scents. The only thing worse than being stuck on a mat next to a stinky person is practicing on a mat next to a person who's drenched in perfume or cologne. Reapply deodorant before class if you're self-conscious, but skip the perfume, the smell of which can be overwhelming in heated, humid rooms.)
3. What to wear.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class. This will give you enough time to register, change, and become used to your surroundings. Dress as if you were going to the beach – light, fitted exercise clothing work fine. Avoid baggy T-shirts and pants. A sleeveless top and shorts are best. Don’t worry about shoes – you’ll be doing your yoga barefoot. We ask that you keep your shoes in the foyer area only.
Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class – yoga is always best practiced on an empty stomach. Some people however need to have a little something in their belly (such as a piece of fruit or an energy bar). You’ll soon work out what works for you and what your body needs.Be well-hydrated! Drink lots of water before coming to class.
3.Invest in a chamois or a yoga towel.
All that sweat turns your usually sticky yoga mat into a slip-and-slide. While you can use a regular towel (try a beach towel for maximum coverage), if you practice regularly, consider investing in a yoga towel, which is made of microfibers that absorb moisture and become grippy when wet. (Like Manduka towels, which last for years and are worth every penny.) Some, such as YogiToes, also have silicone beads for added stickiness. A travel yoga mat, such as those from Gaiam, also works well as a mat cover. If you tend to sweat profusely, Manduka makes yoga "rugs," too. In addition to mopping sweaty brows, a quick swipe of the towel up and down your limbs can make many poses more manageable.
2.Prevention of Dehydration.
The ideal situation is the prevention of dehydration during exercise. To achieve this goal, students must be informed of good hydration practices before they participate in a “hot” Yoga class. The recommendations for hydration before, during, and after exercise are as follows:
Daily intake of 8–10 glasses of water (8 oz. per glass) for normal activity, not including exercise.
At least 2 hours prior to exercise, drink 16 oz. of water or fluid without caffeine.
If possible, determine body weight while hydrated, prior to exercise.
During exercise, drink frequently and early, before you are actually thirsty. Your goal is to replenish fluids at the same rate you are sweating. The maximal rate of replacement is between 20–40 oz. per hour, based on absorption of fluid by the stomach.
After exercise, evaluate change in body weight. Consume fluids to return to body weight prior to exercise.
Since the environment in a “hot” Yoga class increases body fluid loss, the above guidelines become even more important. Of additional concern, caffeinated beverages such as coffee, many teas, and sodas will increase fluid loss by increasing urinary output. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages cause fluid loss as well. Students who drink beverages with caffeine or alcohol to consume equal amounts of water (in addition to the daily recommendation of 8–10 glasses) to avoid dehydration.
3.Know your body limitation.
Once you are drinking enough, your body will tolerate the heat better and you will actually enjoy it.
If you feel slightly disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few classes, this is because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. After the first few classes this sensation will pass. The more you can relax after an honest effort during class, the more energized you will feel throughout the session and throughout the rest of your day.
If you begin to feel nauseous or disoriented during class, take a break; if really uncomfortable, leave the room and take a drink. You may be dehydrated. You may want to go downstairs and sit in our foyer where it will be cooler to rest.Know your body limitation.
You might also like to try some electrolytes for a perfect ratio of sodium and potassium. Apple and celery juice work great, too.
4.Can I lose weight?
YES! Whenever you are moving your body, you are burning calories. In a 60 minute hot yoga class you can burn between 350-500 calories. You’ll find as you feel better about your body, you’ll begin to make better food choices. Meanwhile, your cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine will decrease, and you’ll eat less junk – good news for your waistline!
Can I start right away?
YES! Check out our Hot Yoga schedule.
HOT YOGA WITH INFRARED HEAT