no bare butts!

Exciting News

Guess what!? We just installed an infrared sauna!! 🙂 The Finnleo model S825 can comfortably fit up to three people – or is perfect to recline in if you’re sweating solo. It heats up almost instantly to your set comfort level, while using up to 20% less energy than other sauna systems.

Why Sauna?

Infrared Saunas have been reported to:
// improve sleep
// promote deep relaxation
// detoxify the tissues, organs and glands
// enhance weight loss
// provide relief from sore muscles
// ease joint pain, such as from arthritis
// promote clear + tight skin
// improve circulation and heart health
// relieve stress and fatigue
// increase metabolism
// support immunity

What’s the Difference Between Infrared vs. Traditional Saunas?

We’ve already mentioned that it uses far less electricity to run (which is great for everyone) and heats up much more quickly than a traditional sauna. In addition, traditional dry saunas employ temperatures as high as 185 – 195 degrees, which can overwhelm those who are more sensitive to heat.

Infrared saunas utilize a much milder temperature environment of between 120 – 150 degrees. However, because the heat of infrared saunas travels much deeper into the body, they cause a more vigorous sweat at lower temperatures, which means you receive sauna’s detoxification benefits without the potential heat overwhelm.

Additionally, infrared saunas don’t use steam, which is fabulous for those of us living in humid, rainforesty WNC! 🙂 So, how do you give it a try and experience the benefits for yourself?


Waynesville Yoga monthly unlimited members get one free session per month, plus half off any additional sessions and/or guest charges. Non-members pay $25 per hour session + $12 per extra person (up to 3 people total). We provide plush robes + towels, plus feel free to hydrate at our water cooler before and after.

**If you no show for a scheduled sauna session and are a monthly member, you lose your free session for the month.**


For the time being, the WYC infrared sauna is available at 9, 10 and 11 AM, Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays (adding Saturdays in March). To claim your sauna spot, book from our regular class calendar: click here  >> PLEASE NOTE: if you’re booking for more than 1 person, schedule yourself, then pay for any guests at the time of your session.

No Bare Butts!

Seriously… no bare behinds in the sauna! Be sure to wear bottoms for everyone’s hygiene + safety – and place a towel on the bench seat to absorb perspiration during your session.

Additionally, please respect the following safety guidelines:

1. When you first begin to use the sauna, ease into it! After you begin to break a sweat, a 20 -30 minute session is recommended.As you become more accustomed to sweating on a regular basis, you can increase the length of your sauna sessions to 25 – 45 minutes.

2. Remember to stay well-hydrated and replace your electrolytes, especially before and after your sauna sessions. Drinking plenty of fluids every day is absolutely necessary to maintain optimal overall wellness.

A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight by two and drink a minimum of that many ounces of water on a daily basis. (160 lbs. divided by 2 = 80 ounces of water or eight 10 ounce glasses of water, daily). You’ll also want to drink extra fluids before and after detoxification practices like sauna.

3. Wait at least 1 – 2 hours after eating before beginning your sauna session.

4. You may not sweat a lot during your first 2-3 sauna sessions – and that’s ok! Don’t crank up the heat or go past 30 minutes for the first few sessions; you’re still getting the amazing benefits of infrared sauna even if you don’t experience extreme sensations.

5. Take care not to overheat during your first few sessions. If you feel lightheaded, have a queasy stomach, or start to get a headache, stop the session immediately. As your body continues to adjust to sauna, sweating can increase dramatically and body temperature regulation becomes more effective.

6. An increase in heart beat of up to 30% above the resting pulse is generally considered safe, unless a medical or heart condition requires keeping your pulse rate lower. Check with your doctor before using any sauna, especially if you are diabetic or have any heart / cardiovascular conditions.

7. If the temperature becomes too hot for your comfort, or the sauna feels ‘stuffy’, slide open the ceiling vent or open the door for a minute or two to let some fresh air circulate.

8. After your sauna session, it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. Plan on being out of the sauna by 10 minutes before the hour. For example: if you’ve booked the 9 AM session, you should be out of the sauna by 9:50.

Then, after you’ve used the robe and towels to make your way to the bathroom, toweled off and changed, you’re welcome to hang out in any unused area (library, front bench, front porch once it’s warm, etc) and regroup after your sauna.

9. For optimal skin + detox benefits, take a shower when you get home, followed by a moisturizer.

10. Contraindications >> do not use the infrared sauna if you: a) have a recent sprain, bruising, laceration or surgery; b) have just engaged in strenuous exercise (wait 20 – 30 minutes); c) don’t sweat; d) are a hemophiliac and / or predisposed to hemorrhage; and/or e) are pregnant or lactating.


Contact us for additional details, questions or to book your session! 828.246.6570 –

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