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Welcome to my yoga oven

Hey hey hey ๐Ÿ˜€ How are ya?? Things are bueno over here! I finally succeeded in converting the guest room into my own hot yoga studio ๐Ÿ˜€

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You guys know how Iโ€™ve been saying I want a space heater to use for yoga for a few months, so today, I finally went to Samโ€™s Club and picked one up.

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I told the pilot that I bought one and heโ€™s been horrified Iโ€™ll pass out or something in there, but I promised to be extra careful.

Cranked it up to 90*

90degrees

Blocked the space under the door with a towel

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And about a half hour later, when it was niiiiiice and toasty,

I yoga-ed my little heart out

yogaaaaa 

And it was insanely glorious ๐Ÿ˜€

Some of the other dayโ€™s events included taking the puppies to PetSmart โ€“we ran out of dog food last night and Bella was growling at her bowl, demanding food to appearโ€ฆpoor starving thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

puppiessss

Delicious malted chocolate strawberry oatmeal, inspired by Mama Pea

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-1/4 C oats

-1 smashed nanner

-1 T cacao powder

-1/2 T maca powder

-pinch sea salt

-vanilla extract

-cinnamon

-melted frozen strawberries

A salmon bite wrap

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(with bell pepper, spinach and mustard on an Ezekiel tortilla)

Brocc:

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And a new jar of almond butter (since I was out!), that Iโ€™ve had quite a few dips into ๐Ÿ˜€

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And smothered some on a honeycrisp, with mesquite and cinnamon

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Iโ€™m gonna read for a while, pack for Ft. Lauderdale (whoo hoo!!), watch Greyโ€™s and call it an early night so I can wake up and run tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€

Meet me back here in the morning for an amazing giveaway!!!

xoxo,

Gina

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50 Comments

  1. Rebecca Kenefic on November 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    verrrrrry BEYOND jealous right now. if i did that to our spare room I believe I would not have a place to live ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm

      really?! whyyyy?? it can all be moved or stored when people come over or stay!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    That is so awesome! Such a great idea!

  3. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on November 5, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I juuuust got that brand of AB! Never tried it before!

    I love hot yoga so much more than unheated… I really need a space heater!

  4. Molly @thevegandorm on November 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    great idea!!!!
    i’ll have to find a spare room to do this to at home!

  5. Gina on November 5, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    What a great idea, I never thought of a space heater. I just posted today about how much I love heated yoga…the studio I go to keeps the temp around 80-85 and it’s so nice (and sweaty!)

  6. Erica on November 5, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    How awesome that you turned your guest room into your own oven yoga room! That oatmeal does look super tasty. I’ve never had raw ab- need to get me some ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a good night

  7. Shelby on November 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    That is so cool that you made your own hot yoga room! I’m totally going to ask my mom to buy me a space heater now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Mmm and that bowl of oatmeal looks phenomenal! I must try out that combination soon!

  8. Katie on November 5, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    HMM I may try that hot yoga idea! Our dogs hit and flip the bowls. Then they bark at the door that has the food and scratch at it. Then they whine at you and hit you until you feed them. They don’t have us trained at all ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL

  9. ashleigh on November 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    that is so hardcore you made your own hot yoga room! what a great idea.

  10. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Congrats on your yoga room!

  11. rhodeygirl on November 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    gina! i am so excited it worked so well!!!!!! so exciting!

  12. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on November 5, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Nice hot yoga room!!! You look like a pro!

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm

      thanks!! <3

  13. Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Ok here I was thinking I was the only genius to think of this idea with the heat lamp!!! hahaha. Ive been doing it all week and its so amazing! Great minds think alike. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Light Delight with TouTou on November 5, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Aha ! genius! that heater and towel definitely works!
    Like that salmon wrap , looks very healthy – especially that super-wheat like wrap!

  15. Katie on November 5, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Hey, I love reading your blog! Your food creations are amazing and I love that you enjoy yoga, as well. I also look up to you for staying so sane while your love, the Pilot, is away. I would go crazy! I sort of know how you feel because I am in a “sort-of” long distance relationship…but not as distant as yours! You are so strong, girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have a question…do you watch any yoga videos? I am into yoga, but still a bit of a newbie. I love it so much though! I have taken one class and I felt amazing afterward. There aren’t any classes offered near me, but I might take a once-a-week class in a town about 30 minutes away from me. I was also looking into have a Monday night yoga class at my dance studio. I was planning on using videos to start with and allowing anyone to join if they want to. But, I was wondering what the best videos were. I use stuff on OnDemand and from yogaisyummy.net. I love Polly’s classes! (Check them out if you haven’t yet!)

    Well, sorry for this beast of a comment! But, thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm

      hey katie,
      don’t apologize, i love long comments ๐Ÿ˜€
      long distance relationships are definitely not for the weak, but i’m lucky to have awesome girlfriends, exercise and puppies to keep me busy (and sane!)
      for the yoga DVDs, i really like the rodney yee ones. his DVDs were the first ones i tried (8 years ago) and he’s a great instructor. now, when i “watch” and do yoga, it’s usually namaste yoga on fittv. crunch also has some great yoga dvds
      hope this helps a little!

  16. Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) on November 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I love this idea! I have a space heater that I never use… perfect!

  17. Janna (Just Flourishing) on November 5, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Love hot yoga! Much more inexpensive to do it at home. Good thinkin ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My goodness you are flexible. Maybe I should do yoga more often!

  18. Jenna on November 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    your too funny with buying a heat for yoga! love it!
    jenna

  19. Lauren on November 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Fitnessista… first, I love hot yoga and here in NYC we have no shortage of amazing Bikram yoga studios. But how neat to make your own studio at home!

    Second – I ordered Indian takeout tonight and had to get bhaigan barta! It was delicious and I’m excited for leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

    Have a great night!

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

      ahhhh have you been to bikram yoga nyc?! they have an instructor there that i LOVE.
      i’m so glad you enjoyed the baigan bhartha!!

  20. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 5, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Ah, you are clever- I never thought to recreate my hot yoga studio in my own house! I adore hot (Bikram) yoga!

  21. Teresa on November 5, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    So I think I’m just going to up and move to Valdizzle and begin my yoga adventure in your own studio. You don’t mind, right? Just tell the pilot that I was a poor abandoned girl on the street who needed a home. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled at your kindness (haha)!

    Anywho, so I know you love honeycrisp apples, as do I, but I recently got into the Arkansas Black Variety. Their different, but I really like them, especially the intriguing color. Have you had them, and do you like?

  22. Mama Pea on November 6, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Ooh, thanks for the shouts! I may be having a repeat of that for breakfast myself. I thought of you when making kale chips today!!!

  23. Roro (AmazonChick) on November 6, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Girl You LOVE that almond butter..lol
    One day Im going to try yoga but it looks hard.

  24. simpledaisy on November 6, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Love the yoga room!! I always turn my living room into my yoga room. I start a fire in the fireplace, light all the candles and plug in the twinkle lights. I love it, it’s sooooo relaxing:)

  25. Paige@ Running Around Normal on November 6, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I just turned my office into a hot yoga room! My space heater only goes to 90 degrees too, boo…
    You look awesome! Great job:)
    I totally know what you mean by the growling at the bowl thing. Niko does it all the time (and at the toy box, and at me, etc…) haha

  26. The Voracious Vegan on November 6, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Genius! Your own hot yoga room. I have my own space heater (we only need it about 2 weeks of the year here in Saudi). I should bust it out and get crankin’! Hmmm….we don’t need a computer room. I’ll chuck all of hubby’s stuff outside and create my own zen sanctuary where I can sweat and stretch to my heart’s content.

    Awww…you made me miss Petsmart so much! I used to love to take my dogs there back in the states. Best store ever!

  27. The Voracious Vegan on November 6, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Genius! Your own hot yoga room. I have my own space heater (we only need it about 2 weeks of the year here in Saudi). I should bust it out and get crankin’! Hmmm….we don’t need a computer room. I’ll chuck all of hubby’s stuff outside and create my own zen sanctuary where I can sweat and stretch to my heart’s content.

    Awww…you made me miss Petsmart so much! I used to love to take my dogs there back in the states. Best store ever.

  28. laura dishes on November 6, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Haha I can just picture you going into Sam’s, picking up a heater and giggling to yourself for being so clever! That’s a great idea! Gina, change your plans and come to Atlanta tonight… we’re gonna have a meet up at Seasons 52. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2009 at 9:30 am

      whaaaaaat?!? i want to go t the hotlanta seasons!!!! have so much fun.. and two mini desserts for me:D

  29. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on November 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I wish our guest room had enough room to perform anything other than blogging. Ha. We have the guest bed, two computers, all the extra furniture that should be in storage, like a couch, a nightstand, and a coffee table… AND TWO BIKES! Because we’re afraid, even if we lock them to the rails outside, someone in the complex will steal them.

  30. Tina on November 6, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Wow I had no idea you were so good at those poses, that’s awesome!! And oh my, that bowl of oats looks to die for.

    I’m going to WF today and I can’t wait to pick up my Ezekiel wraps ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Nicole on November 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Love the hot studio! I’m still trying to find a good space in my tiny apartment to do yoga at home…

  32. chrysta on November 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Hey!!! Love the yoga set up. I recently just started Yoga and am definently hooked! It has totally helped me to work out harder since i feel more stretched out and relaxed. Its fabulous. Oh, you also got me totally hooked on the apples with almond butter, mesquite and cinnamon combo! Ha! Its so tasty and I found myself eating it every night! Yum Yum!

  33. Nikka @ HealthfulGirl on November 6, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Your hot yoga room looks so cool, I want one of my very own : )
    I’ve recently just started my journey into yoga and hope one day my dancer pose looks as lovely as yours!
    Lastly, you walk your pups on a coupler or two separate leashes? I was thinking of walking my 2 dogs (one big, one small) on the same leash but don’t know anyone else who does this and can vouch for it, thoughts?

  34. Christine on November 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Oh my gosh! That Malted Strawberry Oatmeal looks amazing! I have to make it. Thanks oh so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Does Mama Pea have a recipe section? Didn’t see it on her site. Ciao!

  35. Miriam on November 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Your dogs must go crazy going into a pet-food store…! I would never bring my dog there… I just imagine her runing all over like crazy from the food-smell! Oh oh… No, I don’t plan on bringing her there anytime soon! She is way too excited to start with! lol Your dogs are amazing to stay quiet!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. stacey on November 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I can’t believe that Bella is still sporting the orange bows. Do you leave them in all of the time? My bichon (Napoleon) always gets a bow on his collar at the groomers and he has that thing off as fast as he can. A little easier to get to than Bella’s bows, but I am still amazed:)

    • Fitnessista on November 7, 2009 at 8:50 am

      the bows have a rubber band attached and definitely stay put!

  37. Kris | iheartwellness.com on November 6, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    great idea! Costco carries some killer heat lamps that might be in my cart next time i head there!

    Your strawberry oats look delish!

    Happy Friday Darlin’

  38. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on November 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    OMG – your standing Bow Pose looks beautiful Gina!

    • Fitnessista on November 7, 2009 at 8:37 am

      thank you heaby!!! you’re my yoga hero ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. The Pilot on November 7, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Ha, that’s my creative, hottie. Nice work turning our spare room into a hot yoga studio. Love you, hon. Hope you’re having fun with Ashley

  40. yin yoga on January 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

    very informative post!!!

  41. stephanie on April 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    ok so i love bikram but i cant go as much as would like!! school,work,traffic ect.
    im doing research on heaters and came across your lovely pose !!!! theirs so many haters do u strongly recommend this one thank you soooo much

  42. Jill on January 12, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I just tried doing this in the smallest bedroom of my house. I also used a warm mist humidifier to help the room feel even warmer. My question, though, is whether the room air gets stale or stinky after a while from all the sweating you do during yoga.

    • Fitnessista on January 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      mine didn’t seem to, but i only did it a couple of times a week. i would just be sure to turn off the humidifier and heater when you’re not using it

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