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Vrksasana Yoga Pose of the Month 

Learning how to quieten the mind and breath to enable the physical body to root to the earth. Often I find students 'fail' before they start their journey into Vrksasana because they want to just get there and don't prepare mind and body to be still. Remember its the...

Refreshingly Cool

August is always hot and we often feel the need to cool down with a refreshing and indulgent ice-cream treat.  As you all know Praana Wellness is all about balance and mindfulness and being aware of sugar laden goods especially hidden sugars.  So we have searched the...

The History of Praana Wellness at Chez Vallée

Why did we choose Chez Vallée for the home of Praana Wellness? Or did it choose us? In 2011 we had the opportunity to choose a country to settle in, again! We are prolific travellers, as are our children, yet it wasn’t difficult to choose...

A peek into our 2018 Retreats

Here is a little taster of each retreat we are offering in 2018.  We will keep you posted and add much more information about the retreat host, the itinerary of each retreat, available accommodation and costings on our Retreat page soon. 13th - 18th May 2018 "Feed the...

Take Control

It’s never too late to start a yoga practise. I can’t tell you how many students come to me having had an experience in a yoga class decades before that has put them off practising yoga ever again. I find it sad (and disappointing) that a person feels they ‘can’t do...

Revisiting the Hands Heart & Head Retreat 2017

A combination of art therapy (with Melanie Bayoud of Embee Designs and yoga. This far surpassed mine and Melanie’s expectations.  What a wonderfully diverse group of people from all over the world came together for a 5 night/6 day retreat incorporating yoga for all...

Peach & Almond Ice Cream

We found this delicious recipe on The Hearty Soul website.  It's a great source of amazing and inspiring recipes, making healthy eating tasty and delicious and guilt-free. Serves: 2 Preparation Time: 3 minutes Cooking Time: 5 Minutes Ingredients 2 cups of frozen...

Balance

What interests me as I travel are the reasons why people choose to take care of their own well-being and how easy or difficult it might be to do so. Since the 1980’s I have lived in 3 different countries in East and Central Africa, Malaysia and the UK. Living in...

Sugar Aware Easter

With Easter fast approaching it is, in many homes, a time of excess sugar! For me, it is a double celebration this year so I am coping with Easter and birthday goodies. So how can we control it all and make it a fun time for families without so over indulging?...

Sugar Scrub

Becoming sugar aware has many benefits for our health and wellness.  Our Facebook group has been evolving through the months and we are now on our fourth month of being sugar aware or sugar free.  Our group has demonstrated our determination and commitment to a...

Free Kid’s Yoga Class

We're very excited to announce our new program for Kids Yoga classes for two age groups 3-7 years and 8-12 years starting in May. To kick start this new fun activity for children, we are offering a special Easter class for 8-12 year olds for FREE on Sunday 23rd April...

5 Healthy Tips by Fork over Knive

If you struggle with making healthy changes - perhaps introduce one per week. Research has proven that small change introduced slowly have more long lasting impact than complete and sudden change to lifestyle and well-being....

Mindful March

Hello everyone! Mindful March already! I thought I would put out a question about what mindfulness actually means to different people and share my experience of mindful eating. Being mindful, or “living life in the present moment”, is one of those obvious things that...

Eating fruit the ayurvedic way

Eating fruit the ayurvedic way is a challenge as so many of our western mealtimes involve fruit asa dessert or drink with a meal.. this is a very short explanation of the ayurvedic reasoning behind when we should and shouldn't eat fruit.. my approach is a moderate one...

Sugar Aware Chocolate Dessert

Ok so this may not be to everyone's taste or fits to everyone's plan but it's a little something I make to satisfy pudding desires! You just need some natural yoghurt, Greek style works best because it is creamier, then add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder to suit...

Luxury Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Are you looking for a little break for you and your partner, a chance to get away but you need to be flexible on dates? Well, we are offering a two night Valentine’s offer in our luxury safari tent with a candlelit dinner one night and a massage each, on the other...

Sugar Aware February

In January we began a support group designed to help make people aware of how inflammatory sugar has become to our bodies, the contribution it makes to so many illnesses (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis amongst a few). That group now has over 200...

Exciting News for 2018

We are already finalising dates for our 2018 season.  It includes the return of the lovely Melissa Smith Yoga from Calgary and Texas.  Melissa ran two retreats here in 2016 and I'm delighted that she has a plan to come back in July 2018.  Sign up for the newsletter to...

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