Studio Culture and Policies
All of our Studio Policies are informed by a commitment to our Core Values of kindness, honesty, authenticity, and social responsibility. In order to hold and maintain safe space for all bodies to practice, we follow certain guidelines. We are committed to showing up for you, and we kindly request that you reciprocate that by staying within the boundaries we set. You can read more in the FAQ section below.
The most important place to show kindness is to yourself. Mind your mat and the rest will follow.
Safe space starts with telling the truth, in your words and in your actions.
Your imperfections are what make you beautiful.
Why is that bothering you? Figure it out and then do something about it.
What does a session in our Infrared Sauna cost?Our sauna sessions are offered in increments of either 30 minutes or 1 hour. We offer several pricing options for these sessions: - 30-Minute Session: $25, $10 for an additional person - 1-Hour Session: $45, $20 for an additional person - Sauna-Class Combo: $30 for a single yoga class and a 30 minute sauna session We also offer Sauna Session 10-Pack options that give you a reduced rate on sauna sessions, which must be scheduled in advance using our Space Yoga Studios app or the online booking system.
What is Infrared Heat?Infrared wavelengths are the naturally-occurring, invisible part of the sun’s spectrum consisting of near (NIR), mid (MIR) and far (FIR) rays. These rays have the ability to penetrate human tissue, making infrared heat particularly beneficial because it heats the body directly at the core rather than simply warming the air around you. This results in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where the majority of toxins reside. Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight and its gentle heat is, in fact, used in hospitals to warm newborn infants. This is the same type of heat we use in our integrated heating panels used for Hot Yoga classes in the main studio area.
What is special about the Sunlighten Sauna?Sunlighten's far infrared technology, Solocarbon®, is the only infrared sauna heater on the market clinically shown to raise core temperature nearly 3 degrees. In practical terms, this means that you will experience the most detoxifying sweat, lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and aid in weight loss through waistline reduction in our sauna. Our sauna provides the most advanced infrared therapy available through its Solocarbon 3-in-1 infrared treatments. The infrared spectrum consists of near (NIR), mid (MIR), and far (FIR) waves, each with distinct characteristics and health benefits. Our sauna offers you access to all three peak wavelengths for the maximum therapeutic results.
What are the specific health benefits of a Sauna Sweat Sesh?Numerous healing and preventative benefits derive from infrared therapy. Clinically-backed research shows that the different wavelengths – NIR, MIR and FIR – are more effective than others at targeting various health benefits. Detoxification: Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals accumulate in the body during modern daily life. Studies have shown that FIR raises core body temperature stimulating the sweat glands resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat that can rid the body of toxins. Pain Relief: MIR can help to expand blood vessels and increase circulation allowing more oxygen to reach injured areas of the body resulting in reduced pain and a faster healing process. A NASA study using NIR heat, also determined that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside reducing inflammation. Weight Control: Perspiring is part of the complex thermoregulatory process of the body that increases the heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate causing the body to burn calories. Studies have shown that a 30 minute IR sauna session can burn an upwards of 600 calories! A 2009 study indicated that Sunlighten infrared saunas can lower weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period. Cardiovascular: During a 10-20 minute sauna session, heart rate increases by 50-75% which provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. There is a nominal effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin to expand to accommodate increased blood flow. A 2005 clinical study conducted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City showed that Solocarbon FIR sauna treatments dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining concluding that Solocarbon FIR reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use. Increase Cell Health & Boost Immunity: Several studies have shown that near infrared properties can help improve cell health, enhance muscle recovery and boost immune defenses. A NASA study concluded that NIR LED technology can quadruple cell health and tissue growth. Another study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated that LED-produced near infrared helps promote cell health and regeneration. Lastly, a study from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that LED near infrared (NIR) restores enzyme activity and reduces cell death by half. Anti-Aging: IR improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and removes dead cells on the surface of the skin resulting in a soft, clear complexion. A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of NIR therapy. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.
How long and how often should I have a Sauna Sweat Sesh for maximum benefits?One session will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. But similar to exercise, the more you do it, the better the results. Recommended use is 3-4 times per week for 30-40 minutes.
What should I wear in the sauna?To enable infrared to penetrate tissues as deep as possible, we recommend wearing as little as possible. As part of your experience in our Relaxation Suite, you will be provided with a towel, spa robes, and spa sandals. We request that you sit on the towel while in the sauna and while touching any other surfaces in the suite. You are also welcome to wear a swimsuit or gym shorts, or to bring a towel of your own from home.
Can I have a Sauna Sweat Sesh if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?Even though infrared is completely safe, it is not recommended to use while pregnant. While pregnant, the core body temperature is already elevated and you could overheat. If you are a breastfeeding Mama, please consult with your physician first. Usually, it is perfectly fine to have a Sauna Sweat Sesh while breastfeeding, but this varies depending upon your specific circumstances.
Is there anything that will prevent me from enjoying a Sauna Sweat Sesh?If any of the below apply to you, please consult with a physician or abstain from using the sauna.
How do you clean and disinfect between sessions?We take great care to clean and disinfect our sauna and all provided materials in the Relaxation Suite between each visit. We use commercial grade sanitizers and cleaners provided to us directly by the sauna manufacturer. These cleaners are optimized to clean and sanitize the sauna while also preserving the integrity of the wood and glass. We do request that you aid us in keeping the area clean by using the provided towels, robes, and sandals while you are enjoying your time in the sauna.