Turning up the heat with Bikram Yoga

This morning I woke up to a surprise visitor at my door 🙂

Good way to start the day!

One of my July Health and Fitness goals was to try a new group fitness class. And today I did just that. As suggested by many of you, I decided to give Bikram Yoga a try.

Bikram Yoga is 90 minute class  held in a heated room. This form of yoga practice moves through a series of postures and breathing exercises that are scientifically designed to systematically work through the entire body.

I know for sure, that working out in the heat would be highly unappealing for alot of people, but it did not bother me and there is something ‘cleansing’ about having a good sweat.

They say that the warm room

  • Allows for greater flexibility,
  • Minimises muscle strain,
  • Reduces the chance of injury,
  • Promotes greater cleansing of the body, and
  • Helps build stamina and endurance.
For more details check out the Bikram Yoga Northside website.

At first the heat inside the room is overwhelming and I was told that it is normal to feel a bit dizzy and weak.  As the class progressed I really started to enjoy it. It helps when you have a great instructor! She was giving me extra support and guidance along the way as I was new and she also shared her story of how she came to find herself in yoga, which added a nice personal touch to the class.

I purchased a 30 day pass for $39, which I am hoping to make the most out of.  After the class I felt rejuvinated and well stretched out, which was well needed after my run yesterday.

After yoga I came home and made myself a salad with boiled eggs

I simply tossed together mixed lettuce, red capsicum and half an avocado.

To boil the eggs, I placed them in pot of cold water on the stove and brought it up to the boil for about 10 minutes. Tip: If the egg cracks, stir in some vinegar which stops the egg from going everywhere! 

I dressed the salad with a squirt of basil infused olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Highly recommend the olive oil. My mum bought a mixed selection of Cobram infused olive oils from Costco.  The basil flavour is the best for salad dressings!

My questions for you today are:

Have you tried Bikram Yoga? If so, how did you find it?

If not, does working out in the heat put you off it?

Also, for the foodies out there, what is your favourite salad dressing?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

How to throw together dinner in 3 easy steps

At my home we use a simple 3 step ‘formula’ to create delicious, healthy and incredibly satisfying dinners.

Just follow these 3 steps:

1) Choose a good quality protein. Whether it is fish, chicken, eggs, beef, lamb, tofu or lentils.  We love to do as much as possible on the BBQ, especially in Summer.  We try to minimise using processed ingredients/sauces and usually stick with olive oil, fresh herbs and spices. Good for the bank and better for your health.

2) Choose a grain and/or substantial vegetables.  Favourites for us include brown rice, sweet potato, corn or pumpkin. Alternatively a mixed stir fry with noodles can be inserted here 🙂

3) Go mad with salad! We have a large, fresh salad at every dinner sitting. We pile in the spinach leaves and add whatever vegetables we have in the fridge. Occasionally, depending on what else we are having, we will add a cheese, nuts or fruit. For dressing, we use a good quality olive oil and vinegar. Rock salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon to add the final touch.

Spinach, Bocconcini and Cherry Tomato Salad

Spinach, Fig and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roast chicken, vegetables and salad

Oven baked salmon, roast veggies and salad (click for more details on this!)

*Please not that cold winter nights call for something a bit more heart-warming.
That is tonight for us. My mums cottage pie is on the menu.. with a large green salad ofcourse 🙂

Happy dining!

Please share your dinner tips (in the comment section bellow) with me!  

Weekend Breakfast-in-Bed Ideas

Happy Friday!

Today is officially the first day of Winter for us here is Australia.  To ‘celebrate’ we did some Winter art…

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One of my favourite things to do on Winter weekend mornings, is to make Josh and I breakfast in bed.

It certainly doesn’t need to be complicated to put together a delicious, simple and fresh breakfast to take away the chill.
Here are some ideas:

  • Microwaved egg on toast, with a side salad.  Simply place an egg in a glass bowl or cup and cover with cling wrap. Microwave on medium power for approx 30 seconds. Rock salt and cracked pepper are a great finishing touch.
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  • Muesli, Yogurt and Fruit.  Simple and always delicious! I use the natural Jalna yoghurt, and add a squeeze of honey for some extra sweetness!
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  • Oats.  Especially for chilly Winter mornings
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  • Toast topped with your favourite topping. My FAVOURITE is peanut butter, honey and banana. It is a must try!
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  • TEA (that’s a given ofcourse). Nothing more needs to be said 🙂

What is your favourite breakfast to have in bed?

Simple and Fresh Dinner

Tonight my sister and I decided to make dinner for the rents. We like to keep it clean and simple. Dinner at our home is a time for us all to come together and discuss our day. It is usually followed by plenty of tea drinking and of course, it always ends with something sweet 🙂

On the menu tonight is salmon, roast vegies and a green salad.

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Preparation

For me, there is nothing like crispy, delicious roast veggies. Tonight we went with whatever was in the fridge – green capsicum, sweet potato and mushrooms.

Roast Veggies

I sprayed them with olive oil spray, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary. Rosemary is just THE best.

We decided to try out a new seasoning on the salmon, which my mum got recommended by a friend.

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We like things hot!

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We dressed the salad with olive oil and white vinegar, salt and cracked pepper.

Plating up.. Masterchef style 😉

Yum!

What’s on your plate tonight??