I was very honoured to be interviewed for a slot on Radio Calm last week.The interview is being aired on Monday 7th September 2018 at 4pm (French time). The radio station is a wonderful way of tuning into music that will encourage peace and happiness in your times of relaxation tune in to learn how Praana Wellness came into being Radio Calm.Read More
A client asked me today ‘When did we allow stress into our lives?” We spent a short time surmising as to why this may be. We acknowledged that at 29 we didn’t even use the word, we worked and played as hard, we had nights of worry, the adrenaline flowed as we approached deadlines and big events but we took it in our stride. We didn’t label ourselves with the burden of stress, not to my knowledge. Fast forward 25 years and I am dealing with a growing number of adolescents and young adults in their twenties with an overwhelming feeling of stress to the point of not coping, having time off work, co-morbid symptoms arising such as anxiety, depression and addiction. 90% of my clients are dealing with ‘stress’ in one form or another (even if they don’t address it as such) and, what is concerning is that so many of these people keep adding to the stress factor. It’s as though they don’t know how to get off that wheel. The apocalyptic novels of J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) imagine the potential impact of progressively advanced modern societies on human behaviour. As a Psychologist and currently writing a paper on how to reduce stress and increase well-being through the practise of Yoga I become increasingly more curious about why people don’t identify with their own power of self-control that is available to them when it comes to managing their own ‘stress’ levels. In a world that on one hand gives us so much and on the other hand seems to strip us of values and the ability to balance our lives we need to address this almost daily discussion before we have a mental health epidemic that spirals out of control. So what is the solution? I remember many years ago my brother telling me he never uses the word stress (he had plenty reason to be stressed at the time as a Head Master of a challenging school in the UK). Is it that what we tell ourselves, what we discuss daily we begin to believe? We have alarmingly rising rates of anxiety in children under 10! Why? What are they reading and hearing that we weren’t a generation ago? It is very true, we have it within us to change our cognitive thoughts IF WE WANT TO! Neuropsychologist, Rick Hanson, explains that our brains are like velcro for negative experiences and teflon for positive experiences. I love this analogy. It is a fact, he explains, that positive emotions don’t transfer so easily to long-term memory the way bad emotions do. That sucks, right? We have to work harder at positivity. However, if we know that, accept that this is the case (I’m sure if you do a quick test you will list 10 negative experiences in your life much faster than positive ones!) then surely we have the power within each and every one of us to change it. So when I read this simple easy mantra at the beginning of this blog, this morning, as part of an essay by Kurt Vonnegrut, I thought that’s my mantra for February. If we don’t intentionally acknowledge even the smallest positive experiences we have throughout our day, feelings of gratitude, feelings of confidence, feelings of love or feelings of success (writing this newsletter is one for me!) then it isn’t ‘encoded’ into our brains neural structure and the negative memories take over! Join me this month and make February as positive as you can, taking time to celebrate EVERY positive experience with the mantra “If this isn’t nice I don’t know what is!” If you’d like group support please come join us at our private group on Facebook, Your Health & Well-being @Praana Wellness. We have created a space of non-judgment, motivation and a wealth of information through our members. There are yoga videos for all levels and we challenge the headlines that we are bombarded with in the media with real research! www.facebook.com/groups/553993361462020/?ref=bookmarks If you are looking for private support then I have monthly counselling/coaching packages where we can work out, together, what changes you need personally. For more details of my experience you can take a look at our website www.praanawellness.com/wellnessor email me firstname.lastname@example.org Read More
Well, our biggest news for the 2019 season is that the main house, Chez Vallée (sleeping up to 15 people) will be available to rent on a weekly self-catering basis.
There will be a couple of weeks a month available during our season, from May to October.
These weeks will be available for both family holidays and visiting retreat leaders.The rental fee includes exclusive use of the main house including all towels and linen as well as a fully equipped kitchen.
There are 3 double/twin en-suites overlooking the Cognac vines on the first floor, a king size room and triple room sharing a shower room with a breath-taking view of the Charente from the second floor and a dormitory with 4 beds and a shower room in the old Chai.
There is a Grange for your dining use, a barbeque, a fire pit and 13m swimming pool. Amanda is happy to offer private run yoga classes in our fully equipped yoga studio for you and your guests and there is also a fully equipped massage and treatment studio where our masseuse can be available to treat you and your guests. We can also arrange private catering if you have a special occasion you would like us to take care of for you.
Private distillery and/or wine tours can be arranged locally and there is a selection of local night markets and fetes through the summer months.We already have 3 weeks booked in 2019 so don’t delay if you would like to come and spend a week in your very own petit chateau in the Charente!Read More
Amanda began running private residential retreats for clients dealing with psychological issues such as eating disorders, couples counselling and addiction. Amanda uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Yoga Therapy to help people move through times of crisis. The work can begin with a detailed personal programme designed for the time the client has to spend at Praana Wellness and continue via the Internet once people leave. People are also becoming more inquisitive about Ayurveda too and the benefits that can bring to improving health and well-being and so Amanda offers private one-to-one sessions in person or on skype helping people to take control of their own physical, mental and emotional well-being. There will be much more of the same in our 2019 season as well as a detoxification weekend in April as we transition from winter to spring – a time of renewal and transformation.Read More
Much like yoga, the use of essential oils aims to support the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. Research has shown that essential oils not only provide emotional benefits but physical benefits as well. There are several studies that speak to the abilities of essential oils to help reduce anxious feelings and provide an overall sense of well-being. Other research studies have shown that they can help maintain concentration. Whether you are brand-new to yoga, or a seasoned yogi, anyone can benefit from using essential oils to enhance your practice.
My friend Dr Robin Fawcett is an NHS GP and she has a specific interest in the use of essential oils to enhance healthy lifestyles and manage common ailments. Robin will be joining us at Praana Wellness Saturday 24th March to discuss essential oils. There will be 2 different talks:
3.00pm – The morning talk will be aimed at yoga teachers and how they can use essential oils during their practice and during their classes.
4.00pm – The afternoon talk will discuss the general day-to-day use of essential oils and how they can benefit the whole family.Read More
Why not treat your Mum to some beautiful essential oils for Mothers Day? This Citrus Trio set by doTERRA is the perfect way to show your Mum just how much you appreciate her. The set features three 5mL citrus essential oils in a gift box: Kumquat (helps to uplift mood, invigorate the mind, and help provide a new perspective when tackling daily challenges.) Red Mandarin (helps by uplifting mood whilst easing tension and can be combined with your favourite cleanser or toner to improve the appearance of oily skin.) Sunny Citrus Blend (Blend of Grapefruit, Wild Orange, and Peppermint) (creates a positive mood throughout the home by reducing stress whilst also freshening the air.) These uplifting oils will promote feelings of energy and renewal and with springtime just around the corner, their crisp aromas couldn’t be more fitting! Read More
If you would like to treat your mum, aunt, sister or whoever has been the guiding light in your life then during the month of March we are offering a Mothers Day package here at Praana Wellness designed to indulge the person who loves and cares for you and your family selflessly. Treat this person to a stay for one night in our deluxe room (with roll top bath) overlooking the Cognac vines, enjoy a private yoga class for your needs, lunch and dinner to nourish both body and soul. With a bottle of champagne and homemade chocolate truffles to welcome her she will recharge and reset in a short space of time. Cost is 200 euros. Gourmet lunch 3-course dinner Champagne and raw chocolate truffles Private yoga session Deluxe room overlooking the vines Valid for the month of March Read More
- Radio Calm
- Festive News & Offers
- June Newsletter
- Courgette (Zucchini) and Coconut Loaf Recipe
- Defining Stress
- #NOPROCRO! A Mantra for 2020.
- Vetiver Oil
- Vegan Spelt Carrot Cake
- New Plans for 2019
- Residential Retreats
- Autumn Transition
- Thank You To My Team
- Frankincense The King of Oils
- Blissful Brown
- Self Care
- Teenager Wellness
- What Is An Expert?
- Raw Chocolate Truffles
- What Makes Us Happy?
- What is Kitchari?
- Dr. Robin’s Visit
- Essential Oil Packages
- Mother’s Day Special