Are you ready to glow? California Family Fitness is delighted to offer Radiant Yoga at the new studio located within our Madison club: Madison Avenue Radiant Yoga Studio. Radiant yoga combines warmth from infrared heating with traditional yoga practice for a body and eco-friendly workout. Read on to learn more about what radiant yoga is, how it’s different from “hot” yoga, and why you’ll want to experience the magic of radiant yoga.
To explain what radiant yoga is, we need to explain what radiant yoga is not. Radiant yoga, powered by infrared light, is not hot yoga. During Bikram or hot yoga, the room is heated to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more. The potential hazard with the extreme heat is that there simply is no way for the sweating body to cool down because the room temperature is so hot, leading to potential heat exhaustion, nausea, loss of breath, and other worrisome health conditions.
On the other hand, radiant yoga uses safe and healthy infrared heat that directly targets the practitioner’s body, instead of the environment surrounding him or her. That means heat directly lands on the body while the room stays cooler than it would with heated, blown air. Infrared light is not ultraviolet (UV) light. It’s the healthy light that allows plants to photosynthesize and is in fact used beneficially in medical settings. At Madison Avenue Radiant Yoga Studio, the room temperature warms the body without overheating the body, avoiding the risks associated with hot yoga.
Infrared heat is described as a deep, penetrating heat that warms you, not just the surrounding air. It’s the equivalent of practicing yoga outside on a clear and sunny afternoon—without the need for sunscreen or bug spray! The heat in infrared heat yoga is therapeutic, not oppressive, offering a low-impact workout with high-impact benefits for practitioners. Some of those include:
- Increased flexibility. As infrared heat directly warms the muscles, it opens them up, allowing for a greater range of motion. Students are able to melt deeper into the poses more readily than they will in traditional yoga.
- Better circulation. Infrared head stimulates blood flow by opening up the body’s capillaries. The effects of opening the capillaries can be beneficial, and include lowering blood pressure, oxygenating the organs, and ridding the body of toxins
- Detoxification. Infrared heat will make you sweat, and sweating is the body’s natural way of flushing toxins, releasing the body of impurities.
- Skin that glows. Along with detoxifying, infrared light waves gradually repair skin damage over time. Infrared light minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, helps scars and burns, improves the skin’s elasticity, and improves overall appearance of skin tone.
- Weight Loss. As the body heats up, its natural cooling system kicks in, which takes energy and burns calories. Infrared heat also increases metabolism between the blood and tissue, another calorie burner.
- Pain Relief. Infrared heat directly penetrates tissue, muscles, and joins, allowing them to heal and regenerate. The gentle movements of yoga combined with the healing properties of infrared heat can provide relief for both minor injuries and chronic ailments.
We can’t wait to share the benefits with you in person at Madison Avenue Radiant Yoga Studio, the new, boutique fitness studio within our Madison club. The radiant yoga experience is accessible to both the current Cal Fit members and the community. Click here to view class schedules and learn more about the new studio.