The last few weeks have been tough for some of my closest friends and family due to illness and unexpected mishaps. Though there is never a “good” time for things like this, it seems to hurt a bit more during the holiday season.
I told my mom yesterday that I couldn’t wait to spend time with our family over the holiday just to simply be with the people we love. That time spent, whether it be with you friends or family, is invaluable.
Wishing you all the happiest holiday season. Travel safely and enjoy the time off of work / school if you have it. Cheers!
I am a passionate advocate for the March of Dimes so I was thrilled when I heard The March of Dimes Board of Trustees will match every dollar donated through December 31, 2010.
Giving $10 means the organization gets $20. Giving $50 gives this organization $100. Please consider donating this holiday season to this wonderful nonprofit which helps give all babies a healthy start.
Donations can be made safely and securely at this link: https://www.marchofdimes.com/support_bot.html?src=DEC10_EMNL_1
“This is a waste of American’s money and time. These students were friendly, bright kids. Is it surprising that they had to sell drugs to pay off a $57,000 tuition? The problem in Morningside Heights is not drug crazed young adults. How about we take down the crack heads down the street selling dangerously cut drugs to the homeless? How about we stop some of the muggers and street harassers that constantly bother Columbia students? Or how about we solve some of the 41% of the murders that go unsolved? Get the cops out of the private lives of hardworking and highly educated students and work on some of the problems coming down from Harlem. I challenge any of you to attend Columbia University and pay off a $57,000 tuition while taking on a unpaid internship and taking classes harder than most people will ever encounter. Most people have no clue what Ivy League students go through in order to further the overall educational level and research for this country. Be grateful for once that we are picking up the slack for most citizens who are uneducated and lazy.” – Student
While reading up on the Columbia student drug bust along with some article comments, I fell upon a gem that exemplifies everything that fascinates me about sociology and social stratification. Of course this is all a matter personal opinion and I try to remain neutral while I prefer to see all sides of a story or situation. But I couldn’t help but notice this one.
My dear friend and colleague, Tathiana conned me into convinced me to sign up for 30 days of unlimited classes for $30 at Bikram Yoga NYC.
So last night, I put my game face on, entered that 105 degree yoga studio and sweat like I’ve never sweat before. Wow. As non-flattering as that sounds, if you are looking into taking Bikram (or Hot) yoga, you must know these facts. It’s hot in that room, there are a lot of bodies and it is a workout.
Take a look here for some really useful tips on the ‘what to knows’ and the ‘how to survives.’
But since you’re here, allow me to give you some of my own tips:
- Bring two water bottles. GIANT water bottles. You will most likely go through them both. And try to bring insulated ones if possible. With the room heated to 105 degrees, your water will be lukewarm by the end of this 90-minute class.
- That brings me to my next point. Don’t look at the clock. If you are that type of on-the-go person like me, you benchmark ever 15 minutes to gauge progress and when the heck this will all be over. That’s just torture in Bikram Yoga. Don’t do it to yourself.
- No one looks pretty in Bikram Yoga class. Every single person is beet red and dripping sweat (again, eww). Don’t bother looking around to compare yourself to anyone else and don’t even try to cover up. Sports bra and shorts for the girls and shorts for the men is totally acceptable. Everyone is there for a workout, not a fashion show.
- Towels are essential. As if I haven’t already mentioned the perspiration factor, just bring towels.
- I don’t know if I’m the only person who experienced this but my breathing was normal while my heart rate was through the roof. For me, this was a very uncomfortable feeling. I guess this is normal?
Regardless of any previous notion that this class might have been the death of me, I actually felt really great afterwards; very energized and alert.
I have 29 days left to take unlimited classes – let’s see how this goes.