Yogatown was Ottawa’s first studio to offer classes exclusively in a heated room.
Because practicing in a heated room can enhance your yoga practice and provides a long list of benefits.
But, did you know that not all heat is the same?
Yep. Believe it or not, some forms of heat are cleaner, and more beneficial for you.
Don’t confuse infrared heat with hot yoga or studios heated by other means.
Let me explain…
Blasting furnace heat through duct work not only adds dust and allergens to the air, but it’s downright uncomfortable and stuffy.
In addition, furnace heat only heats the air around you, which means it’ll take longer for you to heat up and start experiencing the benefits of practicing in the heat.
Of course there’s also the environmental implications of using fossil fuels to heat a yoga studio.
Electric Ceramic & Baseboard Heaters
Electric ceramic heaters and baseboard heaters are cleaner than furnace heat, but they waste a lot of energy.
Similar to furnace heat, they also only heat the air around you, which means you’ll have to wait longer for your body to heat up and start reaping those hot yoga benefits.
Infrared Heating Panels
Okay, now we’re talking.
Infrared heating panels are what you’ve been looking for if you want to get your sweat on.
Infrared was discovered by a German-British astronomer Sir William Herschel in the early 1800s which led Dr. John Harvey Kellogg to invent the first infrared lamp sauna about 100 years ago. That paved the way for a holistic approach to help with detoxification and relaxation around the world.
Infrared heat is one of the most efficient ways to heat a room using an invisible light on an electromagnetic spectrum.
Simply put, infrared panels heat the objects in the room, including you, and not just the air.
As a result, they save energy and you heat up more quickly, which means you can start reaping the rewards of practicing in the heat sooner.
One of the best aspects of infrared heat, is that it’s simply much more comfortable than other forms of heat.
If you want to work hard during your practice, that comfort can make for a much better experience.
Not All Infrared Heat Is Right For Yoga
Okay, we’ve established that infrared heat is the way to go for yoga, but even infrared heaters aren’t all the same.
Infrared heat has many uses including water heating systems, industrial use, saunas, and yoga to name but a few.
With the popularity of hot yoga, many infrared heating manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and started selling their systems to studios. Unfortunately, not all infrared heat is appropriate for practicing yoga and in many cases these systems were designed for other purposes.
Some systems use rods or other technology with a small surface area, which creates a harsh, intense heat, while also being less energy efficient when heating a yoga studio.
Of greatest concern is the electromagnetic fields that some infrared heating systems can emit.
If a system isn’t made specifically for a yoga studio, or was manufactured by a company with low standards, you could be exposing yourself to excessive amounts of EMF.
Is Your Yoga Studio Using Clean Heat
It’s pretty easy to tell if your studio is using furnace heat or electric ceramic and baseboard heaters.
Less obvious is the quality of infrared heating that your studio may use.
The best way to find out is to ask a studio that you know and can trust.
If they can’t answer your questions, there’s a possibility that their heating system was chosen without addressing the concerns we’ve noted above.
How Does Yogatown Heat Our Studios?
Yogatown’s primary mission is to create a safe space where you can become a healthier version of you – physically, mentally, spiritually.
That’s why we use only high quality infrared heating panels designed for yoga, and certified by Environment Canada.
All of our infrared panels are top quality, with a large surface area, resulting in a safe, clean, comfortable, and energy efficient heat.
Click here to learn more about The Benefits Of Infrared Heat.
If you want to get your sweat on, come visit us at Yogatown.