I Turned My Basement Into a Hot Yoga Studio with This Portable Heater

And quarantined celebs are doing the same thing.

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Since social distancing began, I've been lucky enough to continue practicing yoga, thanks to my favorite hot yoga studio going live on Instagram. But as I flowed through the guided vinyasa classes, I missed the feeling of warmth against my skin, sweat dripping onto my mat, and my heartbeat rising—things I could always expect from the heated studio sessions. My drafty, 1950s-era basement at home just didn't compare.

So how could I mimic the environment of my go-to hot yoga studio and make my movements a bit more challenging? Well, by getting creative, of course. I snapped up the De'Longhi Capsule Compact Ceramic Heater (Buy It, $40, bedbathandbeyond.com), and I'm pleased to say that after just one workout, I got the sweat-dripping results I had been craving. (

I made sure to take the necessary safety precautions (and avoid any fire alarms going off during savasana) by placing the heater 3 feet away from anything that could potentially catch fire before starting my workout. And it's important to note that I'm not currently sick nor do I have any feverish symptoms—you'd want to avoid heated workouts or high-intensity activity of any kind if you were feeling under the weather. Even from a safe distance, the little heater provides just enough warmth to get me sweaty during my regular hour-long flow—and I always turn it off right after.

But I'm not the only one who's turned to a ceramic heater in order to intensify a home workout, as a quick Instagram browse proves. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross cranked the temp while doing a Tracy Anderson Online Studio live-stream class with a personal heater in the background (and in the cutest Carbon38 leggings, no less).

And Bob Harper, trainer and host of The Biggest Loser, has transformed his workout space into a heated studio by placing a portable unit on each side of his mat. Needless to say, I'm definitely among good company with my $40 hack. (

I know someday in the (hopefully) near future, I'll be able to flow in a studio with my friends IRL. Until that time, I'll be daydreaming about walking up the stairs to a Y7 class, while I happily sweat it out in my makeshift basement hot yoga studio, thanks to this little heater.

De'Longhi Capsule Compact Ceramic Heater
Bed Bath & Beyond
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