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The infrared panel system provides this heat, and even though the class is not “HOT,” you are reaping the benefits of the infrared heat…
  • Dina Voigt

How Things Get Hot

As most of you reading this article know, Fitness Incentive has an Infrared heating system in our Yoga studio.  I get a lot of questions about infrared radiant heating and the use of heat in yoga and other classes. I’m writing this article to answer these questions and more!

Let me start by explaining a little bit about the “heat.”

In the Yoga studio, the primary source of heat is now the ceiling-mounted Infrared radiant heating panels.  In the warmer months, when we need to heat the room for classes designated “HOT” or “WARM,” we have the infrared pre-programmed to heat the room to the desired temperature before the classes and then cool down afterward.  In addition, the central HVAC system air conditioning is programmed to cool the room as needed.

During the cold months, the infrared heat system is the primary source of heat in all classes in the Yoga studio. Think of it like this; during the colder months in your home, your heat is “on.”  You may keep your heat thermostat set to a specific temperature and have it programmed to get warmer or cooler as needed. That is the same in our Yoga room. We have the heat on and programmed per the class schedule.  So, in the winter, you may go in for a pilates class, and the room is around 70 +/- degrees, yet, you don’t feel hot, even though the heat is on to keep you comfortable and not cold. The infrared panel system provides this heat, and even though the class is not “HOT,” you are reaping the benefits of the infrared heat (which I will outline below).   Of course, when a class is designated HOT, the heat is programmed to be higher and generate more heat.

The Infrared Difference

Infrared heats objects and people in the room, whereas traditional, forced air systems heat the air around you and can make the room feel stuffy and your skin feel dry.  Infrared heat feels “cooler” and lighter as it penetrates the skin and heats you from the inside out.  The longer you are in the infrared heat, the warmer your body will get.  It is the same comfortable, sun-like warmth you get outdoors on a sunny day, but without the harmful UV rays.

Infrared heat generates deeper into your body and heats your core temperature.  Studies have shown that infrared therapies (saunas, etc.) that warm the core temperature of our bodies show antidepressant and improved mental focus effects due to improved blood circulation to the brain, as well as anti-inflammatory effects.

Here are some more health benefits of infrared heating:
  • Pain relief – since infrared heat penetrates directly into tissues, muscles, and joints, they benefit from the increased circulation and oxygenation, allowing them to regenerate heal
  • Improved flexibility – the deep penetration of the radiant heat directly warms muscles, allowing for a greater range of motion.
  • Detoxification – as the radiant heat penetrates your body and heats you from within, you will sweat, which is your body’s natural way of flushing out toxins. The infrared heat affects the water molecules in your body, allowing a cleansing detoxification on the cellular level.
  • Better circulation, improved oxygenation of organs, and lower blood pressure.
  • Weight loss – infrared heat has been shown to increase metabolism between the blood and tissue, which burns calories.
  • Increased mental focus (as mentioned above)

These are just some of the many benefits of infrared radiant heating!  

Your Silent Benefactor

I would like to reiterate that while not all the yoga room classes are “HOT” (or even WARM), they all give the benefits of Infrared heat whenever the heat is on, no matter what ambient temperature.  That means, anytime you are in the yoga room and the Infrared system is ON, you are reaping the benefits!

I hope this clears up any confusion you may have regarding the heat in our Yoga room! Don’t delay!  Book a class today – you won’t regret it!

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have!

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About the Author

Yoga Sensation

Dina Voigt

Dina Voigt is the Manager of Fitness Incentives Pilates and Yoga programs.  She is a PMA-certified Pilates trainer, a certified Yoga instructor, a Personal Trainer, Group exercise instructor, and Cycle instructor.

Contact her at with any questions or for further information.

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