All posts tagged: bikram yoga

30-day Bikram Yoga challenge | DAY 19 (challenging!)

(C) Hush Homewear I wish I could tell you that I was going strong with my 30-day Bikram Yoga challenge but it’s not happening….at least it wasn’t until last night but things are about to change. While the first two weeks I felt incredibly focused, I have been struggling to go back to it since I had a week off because of a gastroenteritis. Last night, I drove around for 15 min trying to find a parking space and during these 15 minutes, I came up with all sorts of justifications for not going. We’re good at that, aren’t we?! I can’t even blame my body or a lack of energy. No, it was purely a mental thing… I was in a “really can’t be bothered” kind of space to be polite but then I thought of Steve who would be disappointed because he actually makes time for me to do this and to look after Mila and then I thought how I would be feeling with myself…very disappointed, the kind of feeling that leaves you …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 18

Via OK that’s it!I have decided that I want to live in a country when I can hang out in my shorts, white t-shirt & Marant boots all year long!What a beautiful day we had yesterday! It was amazing! It makes such a difference when the sun is out, doesn’t it?!Having worked 6 days last week, my recovery program yesterday included bikram yoga + lots of water + healthy food (check out recipe here), a gorgeous fruit salad and quality time with my little family.We had a wonderful day soaking the sun in our back garden and ended up a great day with movie night al fresco…very cool!Saturday was fabulous too at Selina Lake’s Handmade & Vintage Fair.I saw lots of people that I only knew from Twitter and Instagram. My friend Nathalie from Mimimouse came by and bought a Shanna Murray wall sticker which she put in her daughter’s bedroom and it looks amazing!My friend Yvonne from The Yvestown (fabulous blog if you dont know it yet!) came by and told me she is writing a book on …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 14

Via How are you today? Are you keeping the good work? Last weekend, Sarah asked me on Instagram, the recipe of the quinoa dish I made on Sunday. The original recipe was from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book “It’s All Good” and I just twisted it to cater for our kiwi friends. Quinoa is becoming one of my favourite dishes. It’s a superfood and each time, I had a quinoa salad in a cafe, it was delicious.  I also discovered that it’s super easy & quick to cook so you can prepare a batch for the week and add various ingredients to create different dishes. How to cook quinoa 1 cup quinoa + 1 3/4 cup water + coarse sea salt Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer then place it in a pot set over high heat with the water & a big pinch of salt. Bring the quinoa to a boil, lower the heat and cover until all the water has been absorbed. This should take about 12/15 min.  Turn the heat off and place …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 13

Photo via Pinterest C’est re-parti mon kiki! Yesterday after work, I went back to Bikram yoga and once I was there, I realised how much I had missed being there, working out, pushing and streching my body.I had an amazing class, my body felt good and despite a week off nursing a gastroenteritis, I felt great afterwards to the point that I cycled to work this morning and will cycle to yoga tonight and then back home.I did classical ballet for sixteen years when I was young(er). At some point, when I started doing modern dance too, I was doing 5 hours dance a week and I absolutely loved it! I never had the body of a ballerina but dance was my passion and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly, I gave up when I went to Uni and never went back unlike my best friend Perrine Fifadji who is now an amazing Dancer, Singer and Choregrapher Bikram yoga feels like the closest activity to classical ballet and how you work with your body so if you’ve loved ballet, …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 12

A bit challenging to go to Bikram yoga without the car (read here) but I’m gonna give it a go by bus. At the end of the day, Life will always throw challenges at our face, the question is are we going to use anything as an excuse to give up? That would be the easiest solution. I don’t want to give up.  This 30-day challenge is making me feel far too good to give up. Plus one weekend off-track clean eating (I managed 50%) and I can really feel the difference between when I eat clean and healthy and when I don’t.  On Sunday afternoon, the only place we could get food from, after our surf lesson in Bude, was from the petrol station. Needless to say that they didn’t have healthy, gluten-free options so I had a couple of brioches and ended up feeling bloated like I was 5 months pregnant so it’s back on fruits for breakfast, probiotic, 2 Lt of water and kale salads to cleanse everything quickly.

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 11

(C) Toast Last day of my Bikram-yoga challenge for me this week. Tonight, I’m whisking away the love of my life for Father’s Day and we are all off glamping in a pod by the coast in Devon so I will do a double class next week to catch up.If you haven’t sorted out a Father’s Day gift, go here for some cool ones (my favourites are these Urbanears headphones now at 15% OFF and this beautiful linen apron) Pronunciation: /ˈglampɪŋ/ Definition of glamping  noun [mass noun] British informal A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping: glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries.  Exactly! Have a fantastic, relaxing weekend. Be healthy and have fun. xoxo http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 10

(C) Keri Smith Thanks! I feel really good actually…After completing two classes yesterday, this morning I woke up feeling like 6 x 8 years old had stomped on my back but one healthy breakfast and shower, I’m good to go for another class.I’m enjoying this challenge so much! I see positive changes on my body on a daily basis and it’s very inspring and motivating!I was chatting with someone last night who managed to eat well but was struggling with exercise but I think it’s great. I keep reading that weight-loss/healthy lifestyle is 80% about what we eat and 20% about exercise so the big change starts in our plates.Week by week, I’ve made little healthy changes…– Switched my Earl Grey cups for green tea (full of antioxydants) or mint tea (good for digestion)– Drink at least 2 Lt of water/day (I have a small bottle on my desk and usually manage 1 Lt in the morning and 1 Lt in the afternoon.). It’s a bit tricky to start with if you’re not used to it …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 9

Add caption Today is a brand new day and I’m so happy about this.6.30 am yoga class done (and it felt good) ✗I just need to fit the 2nd one to catch up on yesterdayHave a craving yesterday was odd because since I had started yoga and changed my lifestyle, the cravings had all gone but I appreciate some days will feel like a breeze on this new journey to a healthy lifestyle and others will feel like hell. As a foodie, the major thing that enables me to stick to this new lifestyle, is actually making sure I treat myself with yummy, tasty and heathy dishes so it is not a chore… quite the opposite actually, eating really becomes a pleasure without the guilt of eating the wrong food.Last night, I couldn’t wait to have this healthy salad. It was nice and it made me feel good about myself too, knowing that I hadn’t given up. Breakfast: 1 large glass of lemon with lukewarm water to drink on an empty stomach to cleanse the system + probiotic …