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I am opening a wellness clinic, which will include hot yoga. I

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I am opening a wellness clinic, which will include hot yoga.
I won't be teaching Bikram Yoga, but something similar albeit with a little less heat.

Some of the hot yoga studios spend a boatload of money on heating systems. I simply can't believe how much they spend. I could install infrared heating systems that are much more affordable and lower cost per month like this place uses:
http://www.infraredyoga.com/

Here is a vendor I found:

http://hotyogaheater.com/about-thermazone/

To be honest, I'm a little afraid of using infrared heat. Is it safe for my members?
I know that certain wavelengths of infrared heat are more safe, but I lack the technical training to know which is safer or how safe it is.

This yoga studio owner is afraid of infrared heat too:
http://terrayogacenter.blogspot.com/2013/04/is-infrared-heat-safe-use-of-far.html

Builders used asbestos for a long time as an insulator until we found it causes cancer.
Safety is at the top of my list. If there's a risk of using infrared heat then I will have to go with more expensive forced air systems.

Am I overreacting? Are these IR heaters perfectly safe?

Hello Peter,
I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

The infra red heater cannot be completely safe in long term and should be avoided. There are no controlled trials but there is a potential hazard in the long term exposure. So it would not be recommended. Please read these guidelines by

INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON NON IONIZING RADIATION PROTECTION

;

http://www.icnirp.de/documents/infrared.pdf


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