Is Infrared Heat Safe? Why Hot 8 Yoga does not use Infrared Heat and Never Will!

Is Infrared Heat Safe? Why Hot 8 Yoga does not use Infrared Heat and Never Will!

Most new hot yoga studios have started using Infrared Light to heat their classrooms. The reason for the recent trend is that Infrared Heat is significantly less expensive to install and extremely easy to maintain. But is it safe? At Hot 8 Yoga, we set out to create a healthy atmosphere, free of harmful rays like Infrared. We strive to create a healthy and positive culture, and make ‘invisible’ efforts to maintain a healthy and germ-free environment for you to practice in. That is why we have invested the additional expense and energy in creating the safest heating environment without the use of any Infrared Light heat. We want to talk about the use of Infrared light as a method of heating a yoga studio. We’d like to give you our perspective on the facts about Infrared Heat and enough information for you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. We hope you paid attention in physics class, because it’s about to get science-y. Even if you didn’t major in Electromagnetic Theory, we did the research for you and will make it as simple as possible. Some hot yoga studios are using Infrared Lights as a cheaper and easier alternative method to heat the studio. Infrared light is a type of light that is invisible to the human eye. Did you know humans can only see a very small range of light? And that if we could see the entire spectrum of light, we would be able to see the radio waves that power our AM/FM tuners? Cool, huh? We think so, too. But we decided against using Infrared Light as a method of heating because science. Check it out: Infrared heats you from within using a very basic form of radiation. Yes, radiation. Not nuclear or x-ray level radiation, just heat created through light. Think those red lights that keep fast-food warm or microwave ovens. Yes, that’s infrared light. If you’re starting to get why we chose not to use Infrared light to heat our studios, you’re a smart one. According to Darvill Clara, too much Infrared radiation has a very simple consequence- overheating. However, we believe a Hot Yoga studio is not the place for Infrared Radiation. This is because prolonged exposure to Infrared light is unhealthy. The Industrial Safety and Hygiene News did a study on the consequences of prolonged exposure to Infrared Radiation/Light, which you can read (click here). Basically, it’s bad for your skin, and really bad for your eyes. From the ISHN Study, “IR [Infrared], particularly IR-A or near IR (700nm-1400nm), raises the internal temperature of the eye, essentially ‘baking’ it. Medical studies indicate that prolonged IR exposure can...

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Why So Humid? How Hot 8 Yoga adds humidity to provide a healthier practice

Why So Humid? How Hot 8 Yoga adds humidity to provide a healthier practice

In the hot environment created in a hot yoga room, heaters evaporate much of the natural humidity in the air. That is why many yoga rooms will feel like their heat is a “dry heat”. This is particularly noticeable in yoga studios that use infrared or radiant heat. Without the introduction of humidity from another source, these rooms can have almost no humidity. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) suggests a range of 45% – 55% humidity to manage health effects and illnesses. At Hot 8 Yoga all of our studios have humidifiers emitting pure, disinfected steam directly into your yoga class. If levels are not properly maintained, a studio will not only feel very uncomfortable to practice in, but you may become susceptible to respiratory disorders or chemical reactions. Our rooms are constantly monitoring the humidity and the exhaust will pull out excess humidity or add in when levels reach below 40%. During the winter months, heaters and cold temperatures may lead to dry air with low humidity. This dry air can lead to dry skin, irritated sinuses and throat, and itchy eyes. Over time, exposure to low humidity can dry out and inflame the mucous membrane lining your respiratory tract. When this natural barrier is no longer working properly, it increases your risk of colds, the flu, and other infections. Further, in low humidity certain viruses may be able to survive longer, further increasing your risk of contracting an infection. For instance, one study found that flu viruses survive longer, and spread more easily, when humidity levels are low, according to a study conducted by Dr. Peter Palese and featured in the New York Times article, “Study Shows Why the Flu Likes Winter.” by Gina Kolata in 2007. “Nasal congestion may also be related to the temperature and humidity of inhaled air — perhaps more than any other variable,” says Dr. Mercola, from the article “Effects of Low Humidity on Health,” from 2014. The authors of the study suggested that the interaction between temperature and humidity influence “nasal cooling” as the air moves through your nasal cavity. This nasal cooling is detected by “sensors” inside your nose, which stimulate the sensation of airflow being either easy or obstructed, with cooler air resulting in feelings of less obstruction. At Hot 8 Yoga we are making sure levels never reach too high of a humidity where nasal congestion could be triggered. And of course we are watching the low side in order to not have dry air (less than 40% humidity), because it is known to increase feelings of congestion. If you dry out your sinus membranes they will only be irritated further. Exercising in humid...

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Don’t Get Sick! Hot 8 Yoga Heat Helps you get a Healthier Practice

Don’t Get Sick! Hot 8 Yoga Heat Helps you get a Healthier Practice

Dust mites. Parasites. Viruses. And virulent bacteria. Practice or teach yoga in a group, and these bugs will be beside you as you move from Surya Namaskar to Sarvangasana. It’s enough to make a yogini sick—unless you take careful steps to guard against germs. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, saucha or cleanliness is considered an essential niyama or self-discipline. At Hot 8 Yoga we are honoring this precept as we disinfect the air, provide floors that will not grow bacteria, add humidity into our rooms, scrub our mats, steam clean our yoga floors, and work to combat the growing number of illnesses and infections that are related to group fitness. How does Hot 8 Yoga disinfect the air we breathe? “Eighty percent of disease is caught by direct or indirect contact—either interacting with a person who carries germs or touching a surface where those organisms live,” says Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., author of The Secret Life of Germs and director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center. “Both types of contact are common in yoga centers.” Hot 8 Yoga has developed a state-of-the-art climate control system in which fresh air is added when needed and all of the air in the studio is being circulated to pass over ultraviolet lights that we have installed in all of the ducting system. This method of sterilization has been used primarily in medical facilities and sterile work facilities, however Hot 8 Yoga has taken the science from these facilities and added it to our yoga rooms. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. Hot 8 Yoga’s UVGI devices produce strong enough UV-C light in our circulating air to make them inhospitable environments to microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds and other pathogens. We have coupled the UVGI with our filtration system to disinfect the air in all the yoga studios and create an air environment that is 99.98% free of all harmful bacteria. Hot 8 Yoga’s UVGI technology is energy effective, environmentally-friendly and a chemical-free way to eradicate dangerous microorganisms in our hot yoga rooms. The result is fresh air that doesn’t smell and is not full of harmful bacteria. Not all hot yoga studios are created equal. At Hot 8 Yoga, we have taken the time, energy and extra expense to create the healthiest possible yoga practice environment. The benefits of a clean air environment are enormous, clean air will: help prevent colds and influenza, prevent headaches after class, provide relief from asthma, hay fever and sinus problems, reduce fatigue, and breathing...

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Yin Yoga Teacher Training

3/4/2017 – 3/26/2017 With Rebekah / Santa Monica Studio 11:30 am – 6:00 pm Yin Yoga is a practice to create equilibrium and open the body through supported postures. These long-hold postures with deep breathing are a doorway to stillness, insights and repair. In t read more

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Ever Had a Headache After a Hot Yoga Practice? How Hot 8 Yoga’s Heat Helps You Get A Healthier Workout

Ever Had a Headache After a Hot Yoga Practice? How Hot 8 Yoga’s Heat Helps You Get A Healthier Workout

The act of breathing lives at the center of any yoga practice. The rush of fresh oxygen into the bloodstream has the ability to calm our nerves, focus our mind, and ignite our mental and physical endurance. If your practice includes Ujjayi Breath, you’ve experienced the power of fully integrating your breath with your practice. The combination of movement with breath is the essential union that unlocks the life changing abilities of yoga. When we breathe, we take in the air around us, containing oxygen and other gases that our lungs filter and use to oxygenate our red bloods cells. Those cells travel through our bloodstream to deliver oxygen to where it’s needed in the body. The oxygen is swapped for the carbon dioxide that our body produces during cellular respiration and the same cells carry it back to the lungs to be exhaled during the next breath. The healthy exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is essential during periods of physical exertion, and is why breathing is so crucial to your yoga practice. But where does all that carbon dioxide go? It is important to ensure that there is an adequate supply of oxygen wherever you are practicing yoga. At Hot 8 Yoga, we want to give our yogis the best experience possible. We’ve developed a custom, state-of-the-art air filtration system that not only removes unhealthy toxins and bacteria from the air, but also continuously monitors the carbon dioxide levels in the heated room. The system uses an open-loop to filter and purify while adding fresh oxygenated air throughout the practice. When the CO2 monitor (in all of our yoga rooms) detects an unfavorable change in the quality of the air such that too much CO2 has been emitted into the room from all of the yoga participants, it automatically pulls in fresh, filtered air in from the outside. Then adds it to the stream of purified air that gets pumped back into the room, until the levels return to optimal. The system also regulates the humidity levels with purified steam. Our open-loop filtration system allows us to create the highest quality atmosphere for our yogis to practice in. You can experience every Ujjayi Breath you take with the comfort of knowing that you are breathing in the cleanest air you will breathe all day. That purity allows you to truly detoxify yourself and come out feeling refreshed in a way that no other studio in Los Angeles can leave you feeling. Ever wonder why you get a headache after an intense yoga class? We are the only studio in Los Angeles to provide this advanced CO2-filtration method in our practice rooms. Many other yoga studios have begun...

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