Why Heat?

We intentionally heat the room because of the many benefits it offers your body.

(Non-heated classes offered on Monday’s in Westboro at 7:15pm and Tuesday’s in Worcester at 7:00pm.  All Gentle/Restorative area also non-heated.)

Some of the benefits of practicing in the heat are;

  • Heat protects your muscles as they move through their full range of motion.
  • When practicing in the heat endorphins are released helping to reverse the negative effects of stress.
  • Heat increases the heart rate, which, in turn, strengthens the heart.
  • Enhances vasodilation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles
    • The capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to heat by dilating. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
  • Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily
    • When blood passes through warm muscles oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin.  Blood passing through cold muscles releases much less oxygen.
  • Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
  • Improves Coordination
  • Higher temperatures soften collagen around the joints for more freedom of movement, and improve the function of the nervous system – meaning that messages are sent more rapidly to and from the brain and spinal cord.
  • The process of sweating releases toxins, and exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin, the largest organ of your body.
  • Sweating is just as essential to your body as breathing and eating!