Why Hot Yoga?

written by Matt Cresswell

Remember how good you feel in the warmth of the summer sun? Everything feels brighter, your mood is lifted, you feel more energised and relaxed…

Many of us report feeling a lot happier during the summer months, and for good reason.

Science has shown that the warmth of the sun triggers a number of reactions in our body that can improve your physical and mental health.

So why would you want to do Yoga in the heat?

Well with Infrared Hot Yoga, you can experience that warm feeling of sunlight on your skin, without the risks of UV exposure, and with all the added benefits that infrared light treatment brings.

Infrared is used in the medical field to treat a range of conditions. It is a safe, therapeutic source of light that deeply penetrates the muscles, and helps the body to heal.

So what can you expect from the experience? Read on for a number of surprising ways you will benefit from Infrared Hot Yoga…

Clearer Skin and Detoxification

The heat will increase the blood flow and oxygen to your skin, sweating out toxins and clearing the pores (without the damaging UV rays of the sun).

Infrared heat is also known to improve collagen production and skin elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and minimise acne scars. Leaving you with more youthful skin!

Boost your Metabolism

Your body will work harder in the heat and your metabolism will speed up, allowing you to burn up to 900 calories in an hour of Hot Yoga. This will also help your gut with digestion, and what’s more, these metabolic benefits can last for up-to 24 hours after your class, meaning your body will continue burning calories the next day.

Strengthen your Immune System

Infrared rays strengthen the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells and t-cells which aids your body in fighting off viruses.

Pain and Inflammation Relief

Infrared penetrates deeply into your muscles and joints, easing and soothing inflammation and stiff painful muscles, just like a deep-tissue massage. It has been proven to give pain relief from chronic conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.


Our body moves better when our muscles are warm allowing you to find more space in your practice and a deeper stretch. As liberating as this feels however, it is important to listen to your body and not push yourself farther than your natural limits.

Reduced Anxiety, Stress and Depression

Infrared heat has been shown to optimise the production and reception of the natural antidepressants in our brain - dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. It has also been shown they help to lower the level of cortisol in the body, the chemical associated with stress and tension.

Strength and Muscle Building

Exercising in the heat will naturally improve your endurance and stamina as it will make your body work harder. It is also believed that it can stimulate the production of Human Growth Hormone which naturally heals and replenishes your muscles and joints, and can significantly enhance muscle growth.

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Written by Matt Cresswell and published on Monday 7th November 2022 at 15:20

Comments (2)

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Can't wait to try it!!

Tess Soane on 13/11/2022 at 08:20
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OMG stop teasing us. When is your hot studio going to open? Can't wait!

Simon Buckingham on 19/11/2022 at 11:26