What is FIR Radiant Heat and why do we use it in the Yoga Studio?

Far Infra Red radiation is the good part of the sun’s thermal energy. This is what we feel when we enjoy the warm rays of the sun on our bodies.

Infrared or radiant heat is NOTHING like ultraviolet radiation, which causes sun cancer.

Rather, Infra Red Heat helps to increase blood circulation without putting strain on the heart and this raises the level of oxygen and white blood cells in our blood, which helps the immune system to function well. The better the immune system, the better our overall health.

Far Infra Red Heat is now commonly used in medical care equipment such as heat lamps and baby incubators.

FIR heat is safe, clean, and healthy

The human body is made up mainly of water. FIR radiant heat excites and activates the water molecules in the body resulting in many health and beauty benefits.

Within minutes the body feels more relaxed and the muscles and joints feel less stiff and sore.

The FIR heat penetrates deep into body tissues in a way that a traditional heated air systems cannot. This deep tissue warmth is great for easing sore muscles, stiffness, and joint pain, including the kind of chronic pain that comes from arthritis or sporting injury.

By using FIR heat as opposed to traditional heating methods, the heat can penetrate deeper in to the body (upto 4cm) without actually heating the surrounding air. Therefore infrared heat can penetrate your body without making the air surrounding you too hot for comfort. Human cells and tissue are revitalized by warming the body from the inside, whilst blood circulation is improved resulting in more oxygen and nutrients being transported around the whole body.

The penetrating effects of FIR radiant heat offer an excellent aid to beauty treatment by helping to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to helping heal cuts and scars, it smoothes the texture of the skin. Many people report that their skin feels and looks better after regular exposure to FIR heat.

Exercising in this gentle warmth (approx 26 degrees in the yoga studio) encourages sweating which of course assists with eliminating body toxins – enabling a total body cleanse.

Practicing yoga in a room warmed to 28-32 degrees is a perfect way of feeling this beautiful, natural energy.

It does not dry out your lungs, throat, mouth or nose or make you feel uncomfortable as traditional warmed and blown air systems can do. Instead the feeling is one of nurturing and comfort – often likened to sitting in a glass room with the autumn sunshine on your back. It has also more sensitively been described as a feeling ‘as close to being back in the mother’s womb as we can achieve’.

It has been shown to benefit people of all backgrounds and the range of benefits can be felt regardless of physical and athletic condition. Simply put, whilst it is not a miracle ‘cure all’ FIR radiant heat can be safely used to improve health and well being for all.


The health benefits of FIR Radiant heat are many. These benefits may include:

  • Improved blood circulation
  • Cleansing of body toxins via the skin, pores and sweat glands
  • Easing of pain and discomfort caused by arthritis and injury
  • Relaxation
  • Stress relief
  • Relief of muscle soreness

It can also help to alleviate the problems of:

  • Back pain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Digestive disorders
  • Sprains,
  • Exhaustion
  • Stiffness of Joints
  • Detoxification
  • Ear/nose/throat complaints
  • Inflammatory joints
  • Skin disorders
  • Torn and tense muscles
  • Asthma
  • Common cold
  • Menstrual pain