DARIEN, Conn. - Venture Yoga recently opened in Darien and is using infrared heating for its hot yoga classes.
Owner Erin Huot said the infrared system is only one component that sets Venture apart from other yoga studios.
"People are literally addicted to it," she said of the hot yoga classes. Most yoga studios use convection heat from HVAC systems to heat their hot yoga classes, which warms the air around you. The infrared heat system heats you directly, radiating heat outward.
The result is a more energizing, detoxifying and healthy feeling, Huot said. It can help with arthritis, muscular issues, asthma, aches and pains, stress reduction and wrinkles. It is also greener, saving 80 percent more energy.
Venture opened in September and is on the second floor of 10 Center St. It offers 45 classes a week, led by 14 instructors. It hosts hot and non-hot Vinyasa yoga classes, as well as prenatal yoga, mommy and me, baby and me, and mat Pilates classes.
Huot worked in the finance world for several years before getting laid off. After working as a babysitter and personal assistant, she decided to open her own business.
"I asked myself, what do I love? What am I passionate about?" She was taking Vinyasa yoga classes several times a week and realized that she had her answer.
The classes at Venture focus more on fitness yoga than meditative yoga.
"Over time, yoga creates a sense of serenity. So you still experience that sense of well-being, the happiness, all the things you get from meditative yoga."
She also wants to foster a sense of community. Yoga can be a good way for people to come together, talk, maybe get a drink afterwards downstairs at Darien Social, she said. There also is a child care room so kids can come and play with each other while their parents take classes.
Furthering that sense of community, Huot also has partnered with Darien's organic juice shop Green and Tonic. You can order juice before class and it will be ready to refresh you when you are finished.