pretty as a picture

pretty as a picture

Monday, February 28, 2011


10 days ago, a friend of mine suggested that we try a Bikram Yoga class.  I had never heard of this type of yoga before (what planet have I been on..?) and after she explained that it's a 90 minute session of yoga in a room heated to 39 degrees, my curiosity and intrigue got the better of me and I decided I was up for the challenge!

As we entered the building a strange odour greeted us. It was not unlike cheesy crusty sweaty feet and under arm BO of a hundred men that have never washed. Strangely enough you get accustomed to the smell quit quickly, and as we take off our shoe's and purchase our yoga mats, we now have to enter the 'heated chamber of sweat'!!

As you open the door the heat of the room nearly knocks you off your 'clean smelling feet'!! ITS A SAUNA and we have been told by the instructor that we are now, NOT to leave the room during the class, and if we feel dizzy or faint we should  just 'push through it and lay down'. What the h###??? Now Im scared!!! The only thing I could think of, was that I was going to die and it was going to take 90minutes for someone to realise it!!!

Bikram Yoga or 'Hot Yoga' is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Every class is the same, so you can be a beginner or advanced at the postures.

Since I haven't done an ounce of stretching or for that matter, any exercise in 2 years, it was no wonder I felt faint 20 minutes into it. As I lay down I have never felt and seen so much sweat come out of my body in all my life!! Everyone in the room look's like they have a water fall coming out of them, and they to are starting to drop with me.

The reason it's done in a heated room is so your muscles are warm, which prevents injury and allows a deeper workout, which in turn cleanses the body by flushing toxins.

In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self -control which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress.

This is all true. You can lose up to a litre and a half of fluid (I have no doubt I lost 3) during a class.
You need concentration and determination not to RUN out of the room, and the only mental clarity you have is that you were insane at the time, to have gone through with this in the first place!

The first class is the hardest, and YES I did go back for more. The feeling you have when you come out of the room and for the rest of the day is revitalising and energising. It's addictive and I have persisted for the past 10 mornings in a row.

Within a week you can stretch parts of your body that you thought weren't possible, and I can already notice the toning in other places. The classes are becoming easier and you start to block out the heat and just concentrate on the postures.

I'm hooked and have never felt better. Its a great workout & detox and you have a sense of well being after a class. I highly recommend you at least have a try and see if it's for you :)


For more info go to the BIKRAM YOGA Glen Waverley Website

Monday, February 21, 2011

Honolulu Yacht Club by Kerry Tighe ©

Honolulu Yacht Club- Jan 2011 by Kerry Tighe ©

Monday, February 14, 2011

Romance on Valentine's Day

Waikiki - Moana Surfrider Hotel by Kerry Tighe ©

Just imagine a  lovely breakfast enjoying the view, or a romantic dinner for two, looking out at the beautiful  blue water and scenery of Waikiki Beach........How Romantic!  Happy Valentines Day :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Waikiki- Room with a View

Waikiki -Moana Surfrider Hotel- JAN 2011 by Kerry Tighe © - Click link to other photo's by Kez

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hawaii- Sunshine, Sand and Palms

To view more photo's click the link - 

Hawaii 2011 by Kerry Tighe ©

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Year Resolutions

New Years Resolutions.... Why do we make them and generally why don't we follow through with them?

Maybe its because they are too unrealistic, too time consuming or just too hard!

Maybe if we made them more attainable we would actually be motivated to achieve our goals.

Instead of making a yearly goal, why not make monthly goals. Thinking of, or looking at, a whole years worth of 'things to do' is enough to make anyone anxious, let alone trying to fit it in with the rest of your 'real' life!

I've learn't that visualising and living 6 months ahead of yourself or even a year, can generally only lead to disappointment.
Life is going to throw some curve balls at you sooner or later and your not going to see them coming, so why put so much pressure on yourself to try and be the perfect person and live the perfect life when the universe has different ideas for you.
That's not to say you shouldn't plan for things, but just be aware that things don't always 'go' to plan.
They say that many people look forward to the new year for a new start on 'old' habits. Maybe this is true, or maybe you could start the new year with 'new' habits that are good ones!

Start by getting organised and prioritise your time. Everyone has time, it's up to you how you choose to use it. There's no point in making a resolution if your not willing to put the time aside to try and achieve it. Excuses only get you so far!

Instead of the usual New Years Resolutions like - lose weight,  stop smoking,  exercise more, be nicer,  etc etc.. why not start with ..... STOP making excuses. BE REAL about who you are and what your capable of. Get to know yourself and understand what makes you tick, and what stop's you from doing what you want to do. Say 'YES' more instead of 'NO'. DO something out of your comfort zone. GIVE yourself more time to think. PLAN your week and stick to it. A busy life, doesn't mean a fulfilling life! Don't be afraid of what people think. This is one of the main reason's people don't do what they really want to.

Stop being afraid and live the life you have been given, to do with it what you will. You only get one shot, and we all know how quick it goes.

So if you do have a long list of thing's to do this year, and it look's a little like the list from last year, then I suggest you put it aside and make some time to sit and think about why you haven't achieved those things. Make a list instead of HOW you are going to achieve it, once and for all. If not, before you know it another year will have passed.