Just as the mind and body are intertwined, so are the benefits of infrared sauna use and Ayurveda. The practice of Ayurveda is about aligning yourself with the infinite power of nature so that you can live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. An infrared sauna can help you achieve ayurvedic balance by providing a tool for wellness and relaxation.
Here are ways in which the incorporation of an infrared sauna in conjunction with your Ayurveda practice can help you lead a lifestyle of overall health and mindfulness.
1) It allows you to self-perform Swedana, or fomentation therapy.
The application of moist heat can be extremely beneficial for those with tight muscles. To perform fomentation therapy on yourself at home, try giving yourself a massage, taking your time and focusing on any areas of stress and tension in your body. The massage will loosen up any toxins in your muscle tissues. To flush out those toxins, follow up with time spent in an infrared sauna for about 20-45 minutes, depending on your body’s preference. Swedana helps to eliminate toxins in the body through sweat and also helps to dissolve tension, creating supple muscles and a deep sense of relaxation.
2) You can benefit in a unique way, depending on your dosha.
Because of the diverse characteristics of each dosha, the benefits of infrared sauna use differ depending on your mind-body type. Though each dosha can benefit from the use of an infrared sauna, the Vata and Kapha dosha types can benefit the most from regular sauna use because of the resulting increased circulation, lubricated joints, and (over time) weight loss. Although Pittas can reap similar benefits, they should start their sauna experience with shorter 15-20-minute sessions to be mindful of overheating.
3) It helps your body eliminate what it doesn’t need.
Although Ayurveda practice involves incorporating colorful, fresh foods into your diet, not every meal can perfectly suit what your body needs. Sometimes we may ingest too much of one nutrient that the body does not need right now. Sometimes we treat ourselves to not-so-healthy food. Regardless of the reason, while we may try our best, our diets will not be perfectly balanced all the time. The use of an infrared sauna will help your digestive system move waste through your body, helping your body to maximize the nutritional benefits of the food you eat.
4) It helps to improve and regulate energy levels.
Of course, according to Ayurveda, getting a restful night’s sleep is essential when it comes to helping our bodies rejuvenate and repair. Once this has been achieved, you should wake up feeling energized and ready to take on the day. However, the use of a sauna can provide supplemental energizing benefits, in addition to getting a peaceful night’s rest. The deep penetration of the body with heat allows for improved circulation which, in turn, can result in increased energy levels and clearer focus. This is a great option when you need an added boost of energy in the morning before starting your day.
5) It just feels good.
When you’re in Ayurvedic balance, what you desire and what you need are in alignment. This means that if you get the sudden urge to eat a fresh piece of fruit, your body probably needs the vitamins that are found in that fruit. Similarly, when you have the urge to immerse yourself in the heat of an infrared sauna, your body is probably craving one of the countless benefits that it has associated with penetrative heat. Ayurveda is about flowing with the infinite energy of the universe instead of fighting it.
6) It can boost your immune system.
As you relax in the sauna, your body is working to improve the functionality of your immune system. As your body heat rises, its natural healing process is triggered and your immune system will begin producing higher numbers of white blood cells and antibodies. This helps your body to fight off viruses and other pathogens that inevitably come your way.
7) It cleanses your skin.
As the largest organ in your body, your skin acts as a barrier between the outside world and your physical self. Keeping that barrier clean and free of any toxins is essential for your health. While eating a colorful, healthy diet and making sure you get a nightly restful sleep can help rejuvenate your skin, using an infrared sauna dilates pores and washes out any unwanted substances, leaving your skin glowing and bright. The heat stimulation can also promote elasticity and suppleness.
The benefits of Ayurveda can be transformational to your body and mind. An infrared sauna can help to enhance these benefits and gives you a tool to assist you in achieving Ayurvedic balance. Dissolved tension, improved digestion, a stronger immune system, clearer skin, increased energy levels, energetic alignment, and mindfulness are just a few of the benefits of incorporating an Infrared sauna into your mind-body spiritual practice.