My new years resolution is to stretch and do more yoga, something I typically don’t enjoy. It is just too slow paced for me, and when I am locked in a pose I have a hard time fighting the urge to vacuum and disinfect the floor.
I have been curious about Bikram yoga (hot yoga) since I moved to California. Why would anyone want to spend 90 minutes in a hot room, 106 degrees to be exact, with lots of people sweating with their legs above their heads. Sounds strange doesn’t it? I decided I shouldn’t judge it until I try it so I went to my first class yesterday. The yoga studio I go to is called Yoga Source, it is conveniently located between a diner and an ice cream parlor in Palo Alto. I only noticed because I was very tempted to skip class and get a milkshake instead.
I arrived early to the class so I could ask the receptionist if I should be worried about anything, you know, like throwing up, passing out, dying? She cracked up and told me to stay by the door and I would be fine. Once we were allowed to go into the studio I snagged a spot in the back row right by the door, I watched the other people walk in the class and noticed they were all in good shape and they had much better outfits than me, I always hate to be the worst dressed.
The 26 Bikram Poses…
We started the class with some interesting breathing exercises, and started in on our 26 poses. I have done my fair amount of yoga in the past so I was familiar with the poses. Before I knew it the class was half over and I was really enjoying it. For each pose the instructor told us how we were benefiting our internal organs, I have never had an instructor talk about the yoga process so in depth so that was interesting. After class she said we would all sleep like babies that night and she was right! I could hardly keep my eyes open last night and ended up going to bed really early. I slept like I haven’t slept in years and I am still tired today.
Overall I really loved the class and I hope to make it to a class a few times per month. It was so calming and today my body is sore, almost like I went for a really long run instead of doing yoga. I can’t believe how well I slept and now after reading more about Bikram online I am interested to see how it can benefit me internally. I had no idea that I could burn between 500 and 1,000 calories doing yoga, that would explain why I was so hungry after the class.
So now I want to know if you have ever heard of hot yoga. Have you tried it? Would you try it? Do you love it? Do you hate it? I can’t wait to see your votes and read your feedback!
What do you think about Bikram Yoga?
I love it! I hate it! I want to try it? I’ve never heard of it!
This week I had a consultation with a new client and when I pulled out my day planner to schedule her appointments she told me that I needed to be more hip and use the electronic calendar on the phone. I explained to her that I prefer using the day planner because I like to write things down and she understood. Everyone keeps track of their schedule differently and in my opinion the right way to do it is the whichever way that works for you, if it is a day planner, sticky notes, your iPhone, or your memory, I don’t care as long as you don’t miss an appointment with me!
I asked my Facebook friends to give me their thoughts and here are some of their responses…
“Use my Google Calendar since I have so many recurring appts, but I track *all* my workouts in an old fashioned notebook… can’t bring myself to use the fancy trackers on my phone. I love writing it down!” -Anne
“I’m still more about the old-school reminders. But right now I’m so scattered and busy and my schedule is so variable that I use a variety of methods – a wall calendar, a small dayplanner for my purse, a day planner for on my desk, and an online calendar. For me, the irony is that I don’t actually*look* at the calendars very often. But synching them up once a week helps me keep it in my hand. Besides, I *can* look from almost anywhere if I have to. And anyway, my phone isn’t that sophisticated.” -Ilene
“I love paper too, but only for taking notes now. I used to have a Day Planner, but if I was out and trying to book the next appointment, was screwed if I couldn’t pull up my calendar on my phone. So, now I have my calendar on my iPhone, but do have it synched with Google Calendar so I don’t lose it if my phone crashes. I love it because I can book appointments anytime, and anywhere, but am definitely not paperless when it comes to other aspects of my business.” -Kathy
“I’ve tried using the phone many times but always revert back to the day planner. It’s the one thing that I can’t give up in this technology age.” -Kristin
Please vote in today’s Feedback Friday poll and let me know which method you prefer, writing things down in a day planner or keeping track of your schedule electronically.
We all store our shoes differently and as a professional organizer I have seen it all. Some of us like to pile them up by the front door, others have them neatly placed in clear bins or show boxes, and others place them neatly on shelves, shoe racks, and the floor or their closets. Today I want to know what works (or doesn’t work) for you, please comment and tell me the method to your shoe madness and don’t forget to vote! Here are the options…
I have been browsing online for decor ideas for our new house and I noticed that Overstock has a lot of cute things and their prices are unbeatable! Is it too good to be true? It seems a bit risky to me, I like to sit on chairs to test them out and feel an area rug to make sure it is soft but with Overstock’s $1 shipping maybe I should take a chance?
Have you ever ordered a large item from Overstock? What has your experience been? I am dying for your feedback!
My buddy Jack gave me 2 little side tables recently, aren’t they cute?
With a little paint, I think they will be perfect for the living room in our new house. Yes, I said new! We found the perfect rental and are moving in April, we are so excited to move!
I am not sure what color to paint them, I am thinking blue or green but I want your feedback. Everything is pretty neutral except for the throw pillows that don’t have to be permanent. Here is what we have…
Our sofa is beige with brown checked and floral pillows.
The matching ottoman is brown and beige…
And this leather chair…
Please cast your vote for the color that you would choose. I would also love to hear your tips and suggestions so leave a comment for me!
The filters should have arrived in your mailboxes this week and I wanted to get your feedback on how you like the product so far. Did you notice the difference between using a Febreze filter compared to a regular filter? I hope you love the fresh scent and you look as happy as this woman vacuuming. I can’t wait to read your comments!
I know this might seem like a silly question to some of you but do you believe in expiration dates? I am asking because each week as a Professional Organizer I work with clients who don’t believe in them they try to convince me that it is okay to have medication, food, and beauty products on the shelves past their date of expiration. Each time I give the same talk about how it can be dangerous to keep items that have expired like meat, pantry items, and beauty products. I am not always a rule follower but I do stick to expiration dates in my house, I figure they are there for a reason! What do you think?