Fuego offers healing through hot yoga | Business

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Fuego Hot Yoga & Wellness promotes healing and health in its all-inclusive wellness facility, co-owned by Amy Covington and her husband, Nathan.

The center offers heated, nonheated and warm yoga classes in all formats — from beginner to advanced, from deep yin stretch to power vinyasa flow. Convington said it also has classes in all temperatures, not just hot.

The heat comes 100% from infrared heat, with eight heaters throughout the yoga studio.

“Infrared is incredible for the body. It improves your immune system. It detoxifies. It reduces pain and inflammation,” Covington said. “It’s incredibly healing for people that are suffering from chronic pain. It increases flexibility and accelerates weight loss.”

The optimal temperature for classes is about 103 degrees, and then 30% to 40% humidity is added to the room. However, Covington said infrared heat is a lot different than just turning up the thermostat or walking outside on a summer day. She said it warms from the inside out so the room itself doesn’t feel dry and hot.

Fuego also has three wellness suites that are independently occupied and operated by the Anthem Chiropractic Group, Angel Touch Massage and the Skin Distillery, which are medical estheticians that purify the skin. Covington said she wanted the space to serve as a one-stop shop for wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

“We’re just in it to bring something really great to the community,” Covington said. “We’ve got the most incredible members. It’s become a little family, and we’re continuously adding new people. It’s been great, Anthem is really loving it, and we feel super fortunate and blessed to have it worked out so well.”

According to Covington, she and her husband found yoga a few years ago and fell in love with it. She said it helped them be in the “here and now” instead of always on the move. Then, in 2020, they lost their daughter in a car accident and didn’t know where else to turn.

“In the depths of grief, you’re desperately needing something that helps you stay grounded and kind of bring yourself back to reality,” Covington said. “We decided to continue practicing (yoga), and that was truly our saving grace. It just made us be more present, increased the mind-body connection and really helped us through the hardest time of our lives.”

Working through their grief, they realized yoga had been so helpful to them that they wanted to offer those healing benefits to others. So, Fuego was born, officially opening in March 2021. In the true spirit of healing, Covington said it is a space of healing for anyone and everyone.

“We strive to, and I think we have accomplished this so far, have a welcoming, comfortable, kind of come-as-you-are space,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to yoga or have been doing it for years. We just want people to walk in the doors and feel the love that we’ve poured into our space and feel comfortable learning. We also want to give people a little bit of a challenge, because in addition to the classes and wellness suites, Fuego also opens its doors for workshops, seminars and events.”

Covington said because of their commitment to improving wellness in the community, she will offer the space for free for events that are open and free to the public. The center recently hosted a free nutrition seminar that tackled how to enjoy good food without guilt or weight gain.

The wellness center is also adding new classes, including barre sculpt and “yo-strength,” which combines typical yoga poses with weight training. Covington said she will also be adding a “pi-yo” class later this year, which is a combination of Pilates and yoga.

“We’ve really evolved throughout the year,” she said. “We’re always asking our students what they would like to see come to our studio, and so we’ve added a couple things to get a little more weight training in.”

Class registration is available online and must be done beforehand. Covington said because the space is small, classes are limited to about 17 to 20 people to make sure everyone fits comfortably. She added that all new students get their first week free and class packages are available. A class schedule and more information can be found online.

For more information, go to fuegohotyoga.com.  


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