When quarantine began, one of the things I missed most was going to my local hot yoga studio.
- It was nice that many of my teachers started hosting Zoom classes, but it was honestly just not the same without the heat.
Hot yoga provides a large array of benefits, from reducing inflammation, burning more calories, and the fluid flexibility that practicing yoga in a heated room can provide. When I tried doing yoga without the heat, I just wasn’t experiencing the same results, and I started getting frustrated that I wasn’t able to achieve the same levels of flexibility. Using my home’s HVAC system to heat the room would add digits to my energy bill, and home furnaces aren’t built to achieve temperatures desired for hot yoga (over 100 degrees fahrenheit), plus I didn’t want to heat my whole house just so I could have it hot in one room for 90 minutes. I decided to purchase a portable space heater for my workout room. There are a few main types of portable space heaters, all with their own benefits. Oil filled space heaters can take a while to get hot enough to circulate the oil, but they are also more quiet, as they don’t use fans to circulate the heat around the room. Ceramic forced air heaters heat up quickly, but tend to be a little noisy, as they use a fan to blow air over heated ceramic coils. I decided to go with a radiant heater, as they are quiet, and the most energy efficient. Now that I have my own hot room, I can practice hot yoga whenever I want, without heating up my entire house and drastically raising my energy bill in the process.