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My New Year Message

As we venture into 2018 the year doesn’t get more hopeful than it is right now! As we close the door on 2017 and all its turbulent world crises, uncertainties and utter shocks we open the door to 2018 with renewed energy and positive outlook that we, individually, can...

Sophie’s Zimbabwe

When I returned to live in Zimbabwe this year there was something terribly familiar about it despite me not having visited since i spent my first few years as a child living in East and Central Africa with my parents and brother. Zimbabwe, sadly has had a lot of...

Childs Pose

Be kind to yourself and allow yourself some time to rest in supported childs pose at the end of each day. Use whatever props you have available at home, you can improvise. Your aim is to support every part of your physical body and thus allow the mind to be supported...

Sugar-free peas Masala Recipe

Ingredients 1 medium onion roughly chopped A thumb of ginger, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 tbsp sunflower oil or 1 tbsp ghee 1 tsp tomato purée 1 tsp each of coriander powder, turmeric, cumin, curry powder, salt 1 tin of coconut milk 500g frozen...

Trikonasana Triangle Pose

This pose is perfect for stimulating your digestive system during the overindulgent festive period. Use a block for support. Other benefits include: Increases flexibility and strength in the legs, ankles, knees, and hips Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and...

Sugar Awareness tips for the Silly Season

There is no reason to feel like you cannot enjoy sugar over the festive period as there will be plenty desserts, glasses of wine and sweets tempting you…But there is a way to eat sugar in moderation and by being aware of what you are consuming. EAT WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY,...

Gingerbread cookies

Ingredients 1 egg plus 1 yolk 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter 2 Tbsp coconut oil softened 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup coconut sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 2/3 cup coconut flour 1 tsp baking soda pinch sea salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp allspice...

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry

This delicious and nutritious curry is a similar dish you may be served on our 'Walking with Elephants - African Yoga Retreat'.   The ingredients are fresh and typical of vegetarian African cuisine. Serves 6 Ingredients 2 teaspoons melted coconut, 1 white or yellow...

My Favourite Article

Ayurveda is all about rituals: daily, seasonally and at different stages of our lives. Here’s an article I like because it offers simple introductions to your morning routine that can have such a positive impact on your health over time. Try one step, then introduce...

Adho Mukha Svanasana | Yoga Pose of the Month

I think in an Ayurvedic way! It helps me to realise the changes our minds and bodies go through when the seasons change and then to make adjustments accordingly. So the temperature fluctuates, dryness is also around us as the leaves on the trees (and the vines!) dry...

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Beetroots are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals containing potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Here is one simple (and delicious!) way to sneak it into your diet… Ingredients ...

Urdhva Dhanurasna Yoga Pose of the Month

Urdhva Dhanurasna (wheel pose, upward bow pose or simply a more advanced backbend) is both an iconic pose in the yoga world and yet quite terrifying for some!  We look at it and think gymnast and circus acrobats when we see this pose, we often don’t see ourselves...

Sugar Free Week

As autumn is rolling in we felt it was time for a seasonal reset here at Praana Wellness so we thought we would kick it off with a sugar-free week. Following on from our sugar-free January earlier this year, we have a growing online community of individuals across the...

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...

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