New Athletic Style Yoga in an Infrared Sauna

Posted January 20, 2020

No offense to Richard, but the days of Richard Simmons style workouts have long passed. In the modern world, customers want more than old school aerobics.  People want more out of the time they have for fitness. People want more and fitness professionals have responded with new and better workouts! Companies like HOTWORX have responded to this demand with more efficient workout tools and routines.

Because of this new fitness reality, the discipline of yoga has made a tremendous leap forward into the mainstream of the industry through many expanded methods and styles.  One such method is that of a more fitness oriented, athletic style of yoga.

As stated by, “yoga has shifted from being a form of physical therapy to being straight-up exercise.” ¹

HOTWORX yoga was created to meet the demands of the 21st century fitness customer who wants “more workout in less time”. The HOTWORX Hot Yoga style incorporates a fast pace active recovery (largely from the heat and infrared energy) training session for beginners and athletes alike.  This yoga exercise sequence ensures a full body isometric workout and utilizes virtual instructors who are always queuing clients to challenge themselves and to go at their own best pace. With a well choreographed exercise flow and virtual encouragement to workout at an appropriate pace and level of intensity, the session becomes accessible to everyone who wishes to begin a yoga practice, from expert to beginner.

Average fitness club members, and athletes as well, use yoga as a tool to help them become better at their sport and for their general health to improve quality of life.

HOTWORX style yoga promotes the mind/body connection and encourages extreme focus to improve balance and mental discipline. It also allows the muscles to process metabolic byproducts at a faster rate due to the deep penetration of infrared energy at the cellular level.

With HOTWORX yoga, attention is given to power and strength along with the traditional flexibility, balance and mental awareness. This is a more holistic/athletic approach to yoga that is better suited for exercise, everyday movement, and athletic performance. 

HOTWORX Hot Yoga enables clients to torch the calories, increase flexibility, improve endurance and prevent injury as a supplement to other programs or as a stand alone workout regime.  Who wants to be stronger? This new infrared yoga style is also good for athletes or beginners who want to gain strength with increased heat shock protein synthesis due to heat acclimation. 

Professional snowboarder, Jamie Anderson, who won gold at the 2014 Olympics in Russia credits a lot of her success to a disciplined yoga routine. In a Yoga Journal interview she said, “It just gives me that ninja-like edge. And I feel strong and flexible, so I’m able to land better and crash better. I definitely try not to crash, but at times it happens, and I know having my yoga practice protects my body a lot.” She added that, “If you’re doing a lot of yoga you should be happy! On and off your mat.”²

Aaron Rodgers, the future Hall of Fame quarterback for the Green Bay Packers does yoga in his off season training, and I recently discovered that the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks held mandatory yoga sessions as a part of their training regime leading up to their world championship win.³

Another yoga trend that is here to stay, is the advent of private and semi-private training sessions.  Yes, that’s right, yoga personal training sessions.  Through its use of virtual instruction, this is an area where HOTWORX is leading the way with semi-private yoga training with groups of three people per infrared session.  This is small group training at its finest.  The virtual training ensures that the yoga sessions are delivered on time and with proper flow and queuing for every workout!

With HOTWORX yoga, customers are able to take advantage of working with a private virtual instructor in small groups of three, and they are able to use a flexible scheduling system that can be personalized through the HOTWORX Burn Off App appointment scheduling.

Yoga has evolved! It’s time to try it in an infrared sauna.


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Stephen P. Smith, MA

CEO and Creator of HOTWORX
Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player
Certified Professional Trainer