Are you ready to glow? The newest trend in yoga is all about the glow. Radiant yoga combines warmth from infrared heat with traditional yoga practice for a total body and eco-friendly workout. Today we’d like to introduce you to radiant yoga, and explain what makes it different from “hot” yoga and why you should try it.
To describe what radiant yoga is, we need to describe 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 combined body temperature of the participants makes the thermometer climb even higher. The potential hazard with this exercising in this type of extreme heat is that there simply is no way for the sweating body to cool down. Hot bodies breathing in hot air are at risk 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 itself maintains a lower temperature 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
- 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.
Are you ready to experience the benefits of radiant yoga? Brand new to Sacramento, Madison Avenue Radiant Yoga Studio is located within California Family Fitness Madison, at 4804 Madison Ave, Sacramento. This boutique fitness studio is accessible to both current Cal Fit members and the community. A variety of classes are taught with the addition of infrared heat, including Yoga Sculpt, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Power Core, and Pilates. What can you expect at your first class?
- Supportive instructors. Experienced instructors know how to help everyone feel welcome. Whether it’s your very first yoga class or you’ve been practicing yoga for years, the yogis at Madison Avenue Radiant Yoga Studio can assist you with modifications that make classes beneficial for you.
- This isn’t hot yoga, but you will get a workout, and you will get warm enough to sweat. We recommend you dress ready to break a sweat, and bring along two essentials: a towel and a water bottle.
- The studio offers mats, blocks, and straps for your use, and disinfecting wipes are available. You are welcome to bring along your own mat if you desire.
We invite you to enjoy your first five radiant yoga classes at Madison Avenue Radiant Yoga Studio for an introductory package price of $25. www.madisonradiant.com