Late Deal! £100 off our Late Summer Yoga Retreat

Late Deal! £100 off our Late Summer Yoga Retreat

Tuesday, August 29th – Saturday, September 2nd

We are enjoying a beautiful, busy start to Summer here at Tranquillite Retreats and with the sunflowers in full bloom it really is a glorious time of year to explore this region of France. Our two retreats in June were both fully booked,  as is our first UK retreat which will be held in the Lake District in October. However, we still have 4 spaces left on our late summer retreat at the end of August. So to that end we are offering a special last minute discount of £100 pp off our Late summer Yoga Retreat running Tuesday, Aug 29th – Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. 

Enjoy a 4 night stay, with all meals, yoga tuition, bike hire, walks, sightseeing and more included!
Just think in a few weeks you could be joining us for yoga, meditation, massages, deliciously good food, cycling the French countryside and visiting local markets….treat yourself, experience Tranquillite! Oh, and the weather at this time of year is pretty much guaranteed sunshine!
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If you’d like to snap up one of these places then please drop us an e-mail enquiries@tranquilliteretreats.co.uk and we’ll get you booked in. First come first served!

Tranquillite Retreat Dates 2017:

29th Aug to 2nd Sept – Late Summer Yoga Retreat

Included: All retreats are full board, food is homemade using locally sourced ingredients. Morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga by the pool (weather permitting). Evening Restorative Yoga & Candlelight Meditation in the Yoga Barn. Partner Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage Workshop. Local walks & cycling routes plus free bike hire. *Transfers from the airport (liverpool flight only). Day trips to local medieval towns and markets * this does not apply to the Lake District Retreat.

Accommodation: Beautifully converted self-contained gites with WiFi, including peaceful outdoor gardens, sun loungers, hammocks all set within acres of rolling fields and vineyards. All rooms have twin or double beds and prices are based on two persons sharing. People travelling alone can either share with another person or pay a £100 supplement for a private room. Retreats Cost £495pp for 4 nights (flights are not included).

We hope you can join us this year for a chance to fully relax and rediscover this idyllic and peaceful destination.

Contact enquiries@tranquilliteretreats.co.uk or info@mariayoga.co.uk to book or for more information on this offer!

Mum & Baby Yoga – Teddy Bears Picnic

You’re invited to join our Mother and Baby Yoga Teddy Bears Picnic. This is a special donation only class with all proceeds going to the We Love Manchester Fund www.welovemanchester.org helping those families affected by the Manchester bombing.

Expect to have some Yoga fun for both mums and babies along with songs and music to get us in the party mood and to mark the end of term. I will be running a few drop in classes through summer after this session.

 

Free tea & snacks plus a JoJo Maman Bebe Goody Bag and discount voucher for the mums.

 

When – Tuesday 18th July 1130am – 1pm

Where – InHale Yoga Studio, Cecil Rd Hale Cheshire.

What to bring – Babies favourite teddy bear and any snack or drink to add to the party.

RSVP to Maria info@mariayoga.co.uk

Late Summer Yoga Holiday

Late Summer Yoga Holiday

Set in the rolling countryside of the Duras region in South West France, our retreat venue is a blissful getaway where you can relax, unwind and de stress. The location is remote and offers an opportunity to enjoy French country life, with the nearest town being about 6 miles away. We are surrounded by sunflower fields and vineyards, making for stunning views and peaceful tranquility.

The accommodation is charming, with each gite having its own character and individual design. The food is fresh, healthy, hearty and wholesome and all home cooked.  The yoga sessions involve a perfect mix of dynamic flowing movements, gentle relaxing postures and mindful meditation.

We encourage guests to get out and about during the day, either using the bikes we have available or just heading out for a local hike. We also provide short trips to local towns and chateaus and include a fantastic wine tasting experience on the last evening.

Retreats for 2017

Boot Camp and Yoga Retreat   30th May – 3rd June            Cost £495* FULL

Sunflower Yoga Retreat             6th  – 10th June                    Cost £495 * FULL

Late Summer Yoga Retreat      29th  Aug – 2nd Sept             Cost £495


 

Contact enquiries@tranquilliteretreats.co.uk  to book or Visit www.tranquilliteretreats.co.uk for more information

 

 

Kick Your Asana Master Class

Kick Your Asana – Vinyasa Flow Masterclass.
 
During these sessions we will explore some of the more challenging yoga poses and flow sequences. With a general focus on building core strength and stamina as well as increasing flexibility. All sessions end with an aromatherapy infused Savasana.

Juice or Tea before class and a healthy treat after.
*sessions are not suitable for complete beginners.

Cost – £15

Next Session Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017 2pm – 4pm

Held at InHale Yoga Studio, Cecil Road, Hale Cheshire

Bookings to info@mariayoga.co.uk

 

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake Raw Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Makes 8

For the base…..

250g medjool dates, pitted

100g  chopped mixed nuts (pecans, almonds & walnuts are best)

25g ground almonds

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

For the cheesecake…..

2 avocados, peeled and pitted

1 ripe banana

80g medjool dates, pitted

Squeeze of honey

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

2 tablespoons almond butter

Method….

Begin making the base by placing all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture becomes sticky but still with a nutty crunchy texture.

Place the base mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper (or I used a muffin tin to make individual cakes), pressing the mixture down firmly to create an even surface.

Next make the cheesecake layer by placing all the cheesecake ingredients into a food processor blending again until a think and creamy texture forms. This may take a few minutes.

Pour the cheesecake mixture over the base and top with berries, nuts, cacao nibs or anything you prefer. Place in the freezer for around 2 hours to set.

Raw ‘Viennetta’ Dessert

This healthy dessert tastes just like Viennetta one of my childhood favourites and almost a Christmas tradition when I was little.img_1045

If like me you loved this dessert but prefer a healthier lifestyle  these days then give this alternative recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed I promise!

Ingredients – serves approx. 8

Base:

1 cup Pecans

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1/2 Cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup pitted medjool dates

pinch Himalayan salt

Filling:

1 cup spinach

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut milk

Squeeze of honey or agave nectar

1 cup of cashew nuts (soaked for 24 hours)

small bunch of mint leaves

few drops of DoTERRA therapeutic grade Peppermint oil (optional) * do not use other essential oils for consumption.

Topping:

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 tablespoons cacao powder

Squeeze honey or agave nectar

How to make:

Place all the base ingredients except for the dates in a food processer and blend until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the dates one by one until the mixture becomes sticky, you can also add some coconut milk to get the mixture to the right consistency. Add the base then to a silicone loaf tin lined with cling film press down firmly then place in the freezer for approx. 30 mins.

Next make the filling by processing all of the filling ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add this to the base and return to the freezer for 1 hour.

Once the filling has set you can make the topping by melting the coconut oil in a pan over a low heat. Whisk in the cacao and sweetener, allow to cool then pour over the green filling and freeze for around 20 mins or until this has hardened.

Make sure this has fully set before turning out of the loaf tin, removing cling film and cutting into thin slices. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Mince Pie Recipe

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Mini Mince Pie Recipe (Gluten & Dairy Free) for my Vegan friends and for those of us who’d like to cut out some of the refined sugar and additives this Christmas!

to make 12 mini mince pies
INGREDIENTS
Mince Pie Filling:

2 cooking apples grated
¾ cup mix of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries etc)
zest and juice of ½ an orange

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp rice syrup or other preferred sweetner

2 tbsp Almond butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp Himalayan Pink salt

Pastry cases:

¾ cup gluten-free flour
¼ cup coconut oil, room temperature
1 tbsp rice syrup or preferred sweetener of your choice
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
2 tbsp ice water

INSTRUCTIONS

Pre heat oven to 180c

Lightly grease a 12 hole baking tin,  next place all filling ingredients into a small sauce pan bring to the boil then simmer on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Allow mixture to simmer a few minutes, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Place flour, rice syrup, and salt into a food processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add in ice water and pulse a few times to combine.

Remove the dough from the food processor and roll into a ball, then using a rolling pin on a flour surface roll out the dough to approximately ¼” thickness.

Use a round cutter to cut out 12 pastry cases. Transfer the Pastry cases into the baking tin and then fill each with the mince pie filling.

Use up the remaining dough to make decorative pastry lids for each pie. These can be rolled strips of dough or star shapes whatever takes your fancy.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow pies to cool for 10 mins, then remove from the tray and enjoy!img_0944

Beginners Yoga with MIO Skincare

I recently teamed up with Mio Skincare to bring you the 5 top Yoga Poses for Beginners.

Mio have a wonderful range of products including their Liquid Yoga candles and I’m absolutely in love with their dry body brush which I use daily (sometimes twice) along with my own handmade Pure Bliss aromatherapy body oil.

So check out the blog from myself and Mio below and enjoy the benefits of Yoga and beautiful skin.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS

Yoga has been recognised worldwide as one of the most effective ways to calm your mind and relax your body. It not only helps lift you into a cloud of zen but it helps muscle tension and flexibility. Anyone can do yoga from young to old and the more practise you have, the easier it becomes and the more your body gets used to it. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, yoga is a great way to take a moment out of your day to focus on your body and your breathing. So mio caught up wtith the wonderful yogi Maria Kelly to give you 5 of the best yoga positions for beginners.

Child’s Pose

miochilds-poseChilds Pose – a grounding restful pose that has a soothing effect on the brain. Here the feet, ankles and legs are stretched whilst hips are gently encouraged to open and the spine lengthened. This pose is perfect for those days when you’re physically tired but the mind is still busy. Stay here for a few minutes to feel the full benefits.

 

 

Downward Facing dog

miodogDownward Dog – practising downward facing dog regularly will help to elongate and lengthen the spine benefiting the central nervous system. This posture also stretches the backs of the legs. Whilst strengthening the arms and shoulders.

 

 

High Lunge Pose

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High Lunge Pose – Stretches and tones the legs. It lengthens the spine and stretches the chest muscles making it easier to take deeper breathes increasing lung capacity and stamina. It can help relieve sciatica.

 

 

 

Mountain Pose

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Mountain Pose – the most important pose for all beginners to practice. Mountain pose improves posture by creating an awareness of unhealthy postural habits. It helps to strengthen the legs, bum and abdomen which creates better stability and balance. Standing tall opens the chest muscles encouraging deeper breathing which calms the mind.

 

 

Triangle Pose

miotriangleTriangle pose – when performed this yoga pose increases mobility in the hip joints. Lengthens the spine and tones the legs, stimulates the flow of blood through the entire body improving cell growth and internal organ function this encourages healthy skin and aids digestion. Proprioception (spacial awareness)  is also experienced along with an increased sense of balance.

Understanding Gratitude……..

Understanding Gratitude….grateful

If you’ve been to class recently you may have heard me mention showing gratitude or being thankful for our practice. Well there’s a reason for this as after some recent research it appears that being grateful really does have a positive effect on our emotional brain. In fact it’s a sign of emotional well being and intelligence. Even the process of thinking and searching for something to feel thankful about enhances the production of serotonin and dopamine(feel good hormones) automatically lifting our mood and making us feel better. Although this isn’t a natural process for most of us we have to remember to do this. So why not get yourself a gratitude jar…..a friend brought me one of these a few years ago which you fill with notes of anything that you’re thankful for. Or pop a reminder on your fridge…What am I Grateful for today? Try asking yourself this now. For me it’s having an opportunity to help out a friend and fellow yoga teacher this morning by covering his class last minute, having food in my cupboards and time in my day to practice Yoga.

Gratitude requires thought but it’s by giving it some attention that we begin to feel it’s benefits. Perhaps take a moment to sit with these thoughts of thankfulness in meditation you’ll be surprised how good it feels. And lastly our deepest sense of gratitude comes through grace and being humble, if you can cultivate these feelings alongside whatever your object of gratitude is placed on you’ll find it quite impossible to feel negative, no matter how hard things get there is also something you can find to feel grateful for.

Breath Awareness Meditation

Enjoy this free breath awareness meditation and enjoy a few moments of focus and calm within your day.

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