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Exercise Review: Bikram Yoga Victoria Park, Perth!

There’s most certainly a right and wrong way to go about Bikram Yoga. I learnt this the hard way. My first session I turned up in my standard gym gear = long yoga pants, a t-shirt and a leotard thing (so I can bend this way and that and not have my belly fall out), and realised my mistake as soon as I entered the studio. The vast majority of the 30-ish attendees were wearing what I first thought were bikinis, but turned out to be Bikram-intended gym gear. These people had the right idea. Before I’d even started, I had condensation dripping from my eyelashes.

And there’s definitely a learning curve. The three sessions I went to followed a pattern – I would arrive, enter the room and be freshly shocked at HOW warm Bikram yoga is (40 C), lie down on my mat and start to feel like I was adjusting and this might be okay – then the instructor would enter and we’d start moving. I lasted 40 minutes in my first session, overdressed and not hydrated enough, and drove home bewildered and drenched.

My second attempt was far better. I wore as little as I was able and attended an evening class, meaning I had a whole afternoon to get hydrated enough in preparation, which made a big difference. I left the room twice to pace around in the air conditioning before heading back in, but I still stayed until the end of the 90 minute session. I considered this progress, and decided to give it a third shot to see if I could top that effort.

Third session was exhilarating. I didn’t leave the room, though I did sit sweating on my mat to recover every once and a while. But I still stayed for 90 minutes and emerged sweaty and victorious at the end, feeling like I’d proved to myself that I could adjust to what felt like an insurmountably difficult physical challenge.

And the end result is fantastic. Once you’ve rehydrated (and I deeply recommend the Chi Coconut Water available at the front desk) you feel godlike. You’re energised, ultra limber and have all those good aches that tell you you’ve done well.

My particular Bikram was at the newly opened Bikram Yoga Victoria Park – and I had three different instructors over that session. The circuit of poses was identical each day, which was a small mercy since there was a collective boneless relief when we moved to the second half of the session (the stuff on the floor). Our instructors all wore headsets and talked continuously through the 90 minute class. Granted, they weren’t doing the full exercise that we were, but they were still demonstrating, wandering between people and fixing postures. It struck me as incredibly exhausting. There must have been some serious tolerance build up in that.

Ultimately I had a really positive experience – I feel like I was worked hard and got results, and the staff were professional and friendly. I’m even considering some of those Bikram bikini things. I’m a sucker for nice new gym gear.

♥ There are even showers you can use before/after class!

Bikram Yoga Victoria Park has a rather awesome beginner’s deal that I’d recommend: Ten days of unlimited Bikram for $20!

I spread my three sessions over five days, and the amount of improvement I felt just in those three sessions drives home for me that it really is something that needs to be done in bursts, multiple sessions in close proximity. Karen, the vibrant and ultra-fit Studio Director confirmed as much by very gently suggesting I come back for the third class, and I’m glad I did. (She also clarified for me that I was not, in fact, drowning in my own sweat, but in an ungodly amount of condensation. This is very reassuring). Can I also suggest that you remove all makeup before heading in there? I finished a session looking like I’d emerged from a screening of The Notebook.

Bikram Yoga Victoria Park

Unit 1, 345 Shepperton Road
East Victoria Park, Perth

Ph: (08) 9470 5700

E: info@bikramvicparkperth.com.au

Have you tried Bikram Yoga before, or want to? Does the idea of heat-based exercise excite or scare you? Lets chat in the comments!

Review by Suzanne from Don’t They Know Who I Am?

Be well,

xoxo

2 Day Raw Food & Detox Course with Amy Rachelle – Naturopath, Raw Food/Detox Expert (USA) – August 11-12.

2 Day Raw Food & Detox Course
with Amy Rachelle, naturopath and raw food/detox expert (USA)
August 11 – 12
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday Chef Course & Sunday 1 Day Detox

Want to learn more about raw foods and how to transition to eating healthier? Curious about detoxing your body? In this weekend course, Amy will teach basic food prep principles that include how to set up your kitchen, to stocking it, to planning and preparing for tasty, easeful eating – and she will lead a one day detox tailored to your needs.

About Amy:

Based in New York City and Bali, Indonesia – Amy Rachelle created Pure Raw in 2005. Coaching individuals and groups on the Pure Raw approach to rawfoods (candida free vegan rawfood, proper food combining, low glycemic, little nut use, emotional work) – her work is a successful formula based on sunfood nutrition, internal cleansing, developing healthy habits, therapeutic emotional processing, meditation, and yoga.

Amy has worked in the U.S. and abroad for the past 10 years guiding thousands of people through her sequential raw food, cleansing, and life transformation programs. In her work she's witnessed the transformation of issues related to weight, skin imbalances, acne, colitis, constipation, digestive difficulities, bloating, headaches, depression, mental instability, fatigue, candida, aging, emotional disturbances, insomnia, purposelessness, and more. With Amy at the helm and supported by her hand picked personally trained teachers, Pure Raw offers beginner to advanced body, mind, and spirit purification programs and education for personal growth and physical/emotional healing.

Amy began her holistic studies as a child with her mother as her first teacher. She received formal education from The University of Georgia and completed her naturopathic doctor degree with Trinity College in the U.S.

I've lost about 10 pounds, and keeping it off this time! Thank you so much for all you do, your insight, your experience, support, etc.” – Kimberly

You are an amazing goddess! Kiyo and I thank you for sharing your pure raw wisdom! David `Avocado` is the god and you are the goddess of true healthy eating and living! We honor you!” – Shivani & Kiyo

♥ Course Weekend Schedule ♥

If you're interested in an amazing weekend of complete wellbeing, detoxing and an intro to raw foods – plus plenty of delicious treats, breath work, meditation and more, then I hope you can come along! As soon as I found out about this workshop I knew I had to share with you all, especially since it's so reasonably priced for a 2 day wellness love-in!

Plus, if you mention Wellness WA / Annette when booking in, you'll receive a 15% discount! Taking the already reasonable price down to $191.25 for two days of total wellbeing 🙂 Hope to see as many of you there as possible, spaces are limited to 25 and quite a few places have already been taken, so get in quick! 🙂 XO

Investment: $225 – 15% for mentioning Wellness WA = $191.25
Location: Fremantle
More info: www.amyrachelle.com
Contact Yuliana Tan – tanyuliana@gmail.com to book in!

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

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Store Review: Nourish Wholefoods, Vasse Markets/Yallingup.

Born out of a desire for bulk wholefoods in the South West, local Dunsborough lass Kate launched Nourish Wholefoods. She provides the local community with unprocessed and unrefined cereals, grains, seeds, legumes and other bits and pieces, and the offerings are completely nut free. I was pleased to hear that, wherever possible, Nourish stock Western Australian producers and organic options.

I’d spotted the Nourish stall at the Vasse Markets over summer, and needing to stock up my notoriously bare pantry, I thought I’d get stuck in and explore what they have on offer.

Sesame seeds, pepitas and sunflower kernels are essentials in my kitchen. I try to take a packed lunch to work everyday to save a few pennies and with the addition of seeds or nuts and their extra bit of crunch, I can make any leftovers in my fridge and herbs from the garden into something substantial. When the price came up I could not believe that it was less than what I’d pay for the pre-packaged equivalent in a supermarket chain, and here I was buying a product that has no additives or hidden nasties!

Also on my shopping list was some of Nourishs’ own muesli. A mix of grains and seeds, it also features a hefty wallop of sultanas and dried cranberries to sweeten the deal. It’s a great mix of the good stuff, and not oat heavy.

Inspired by a recipe on the Nourish website for a brown rice salad with goats cheese in the dressing (yum), I picked up some biodynamic brown rice. This will make a perfect packed lunch! As will their quinoa.

Finally, I nabbed some beautifully fragrant, organic chai as well as some dried figs. While I intended to use the figs for cooking, I’ve snacked my way through half the packet already. Whoops!

You can find Nourish at the Vasse Markets when the weather’s fine. Otherwise head to their website to place orders.

Review by Claire Trolio. She sells nice things at her shop Ruck Rover in Mt Lawley, and shares the best things about WA through We Love Perth website, which she co-runs.

Be well,

xoxo

Healthy Restaurant Review: Ootong & Lincoln, South Fremantle.

Situated on the peace loving side of South Fremantle, Ootong & Lincoln is my latest go-to healthy café. Serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, their exciting menu is quite extensive and offers a great range of vegan and vegetarians options. The range of deliciously sinful (in-house) baked goodies are your skinny jeans’ worst nightmare. BE AWARE. You will be overwhelmed by choice!

This was my third dining experience at O&L. The first time I indulged in a delectably moist slice of carrot cake and a freshly squeezed juice (which came served in the cutest glass jug!) The second time, I enjoyed a tasty roast veggie frittata with a sweet potato side salad. This time it was breakfast time!

Although the green smoothie (apple, greens, lemon, kiwi, banana, chia) sounded tempting, I opted for an iced green tea, along with the mushroom, tomato, fetta, rocket and basil pesto on sourdough. YUM! My vegan dining buddy also opted for a savoury option, choosing the tomato and avocado on sourdough. Both dishes looked amazing and were enthusiastically received. The food was so flavorsome and fresh and demolished accordingly 😛


O&L use ingredients that are both locally sourced and organic (bonus!), and the prices are quite fair for the generous portions you receive. The service is friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. Grab yourself a comfy couch or a spot on the long communal table and share with friendly strangers. The place can get quite busy on weekends, so I’d get in early!

Ootong & Lincoln is open 7 days a week, serving breakfast & lunch from 6.30AM-5PM.

Address: 258 South Terrace, South Fremantle, (08) 9335 6109
Facebook: Ootong & Lincoln

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Article by Kavisha, self confessed ‘health foodie’ who believes a little dessert is good for the soul. She is currently studying for her Master of Wellness at RMIT University and blogs at Style My Coconut.

Top 5 Wellness Tips for Perth Newbies!

♥ No beaches like this in London!

When a chance meeting on holiday in Perth led to a surprise job offer, I found myself packing my bags and taking the plunge into a brand new life. And, I hoped, a much healthier one. Years spent in the hustle-bustle of London, with a stressful job and too many after-work drinks had taken their toll. Turns out that the City of Lights was just what I needed to revive my weary body and soul. So I wanted to share a little of my journey to wellness since arriving in Perth…

♥ Jacobs Ladder

Kings Park

My first home in Perth was nestled at the foot of Kings Park and I was soon blown away by its beauty. I eagerly ventured out for a run, feeling a touch smug that I was out exercising at 7am…..this soon evaporated when I realised how many people had already run the gauntlet of Jacob’s Ladder by that time!

Since that first visit, magical Kings Park has been a consistent source of joy. One of my all time favourite things is a swim in the rooftop pool in the park, gazing out onto the trees…bliss.

Subi Farmers Market

A stroll round Subi Farmers Market for a fresh juice and organic veggies is my treasured Saturday morning ritual. It never fails to restore me after the working week, awakening my senses with all the yummy tastes on offer, from the healthy to decadent – with my favourite raw chocolate stall combining both elements beautifully.

The buzz of people easing into their weekend is wonderful and I love connecting with local producers with a real passion for what they do. Gorgeous!


Innate Wisdom Wellness Centre

One thing that struck me as a Perth newbie was how many people here see a chiropractor. Intrigued, and spurred on by my tense ‘desk jockey’ shoulders, I ventured into Innate Wisdom. They use a very gentle technique called Network Spinal Analysis – no cracking!

It’s been truly amazing. The long held tensions in my body are melting away, but it’s the emotional release that’s been totally mind blowing. I can’t thank the team enough for their skill and care.

‘Down South’

Oh my! When I had my first taste of the Margaret River region I thought I’d stumbled on paradise. Since then I’ve been ‘down south’ at every opportunity and it always uplifts me.
The relaxed vibe is so appealing, as well as the many opportunities for pampering – manna for a spa addict like me! Favourites are Empire with its Sodashi spa and Merribrook which has beautiful grounds and a lovely swimming pool.

Of course there’s the obvious pull towards gluttony, with edible and quaffable temptations at every turn, but a little of what you fancy is good for you, non? Especially if it’s from the fabulous Cullens biodynamic winery

Kitty Campion at the Perth Natural Medical Clinic

As with chiro, naturopathy seems more prevalent over here, so after seeing Kitty Campion give a talk on the mind-body connection I decided to give it a go. Kitty is an experienced medical herbalist and practices many other therapies including iridology, sound and light healing, bioresonance, and Reiki. Put simply, she’s an all round natural health superstar.
It’s fair to say that when I first saw Kitty I was more than a little ‘toxic’. But no more! My eyes sparkle, my skin glows and I have a definite spring in my step. We are very lucky to have Kitty in Perth!

What would your top 5 wellness tips for Perth newbies be? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Article by Karen Miller, Perth newbie & loving it!

Be well,

xoxo