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


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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

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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


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.

Cheshire Mother & Baby Yoga

Cheshire Mother & Baby Yoga 

Explore, play & relax – enjoy the benefits of Yoga for you and your baby. * Babies from 6 weeks to 12 months

Class Times & Locations

Tuesdays 1130am – 1230pm

InHale Yoga Studio, 1st Floor Progress House, Cecil Road, Hale WA15 9NZ

                    Fridays 1130am – 1230pm

YogaLife Altrincham, 61 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham WA14 1DP

                      Next Term Times 

Tuesday Class 20th February – 27th March  2018

Friday Class  23rd February – 16th March (4 week term only)

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Mother & Baby Yoga

The Benefits of Mother & Baby YogaMother & baby Flyer SM-02

For Baby:

Helps settle baby, improving your baby’s sleeping patterns

Interactive and physical activity helps to strengthen & aid your baby’s development

Stimulates the baby’s bodily systems, including digestive and nervous systems

Aids digestion, which can help to ease constipation, wind and colic

Bonding – enhances the relationship between you & your baby

New challenges helping your baby to cope with new situations

Helps strengthen your baby’s body including their spine

Promotes muscle strength and joint flexibility

Introduces techniques to help your baby relax and become a natural self-soother.

For Mum:

Improves your posture, strength and flexibility which will help with lifting and carrying your growing baby

Post-natal exercises to tone the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor

Release physical and mental tension with Yoga stretches and breathing

Relaxation techniques to help you to cope with the stresses of new parenthood

Bonding – spend special time with you and your baby exploring new challenges and having fun

Get to know other mums, dads or carers and share experiences.




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


1 cup Pecans

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1/2 Cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup pitted medjool dates

pinch Himalayan salt


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.


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


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
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


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 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


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


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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3 Simple Steps to a Calmer Life

3 Simple steps to a calmer life  Santa Monica Cape Verde

By Maria Kelly on 2nd May 2016


Step 1. Take a deep breath….


Breathing – it’s simple enough, we do it all the time and without much thought. This automatic breathing will get you through the day sure enough, however deep conscious breathing will lead you to a place of inner calm helping to deal with stress and the effects this has on our wellness.


The quality of our breath is a great indicator into our physical state of wellbeing. Shallow breathing is when our diaphragm doesn’t move fully and this shortening of breath is quite common when we are stressed. We end up breathing into our chest and shoulders creating tension in these areas and limiting the amount of oxygen that we get.


The deep breathing performed during yoga asanas (postures) helps the body to function more efficiently, relieves tension and has a calming effect on the body and mind as a whole.


Diaphragm (Yogic) Breathing.


Begin by either sitting or lying in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and bring your awareness on to your breathing. Place one hand onto your chest and the other onto your tummy. Take a deep breath into the tummy noticing how this rises on the inhale and then how this falls on the exhale. Pause for a moment between each breath noticing the stillness in this space. Continue this, deepening the inhales and exhales by counting to 3, then pausing for 1. Do this for 5 minutes or longer if you have time.


Step 2. Learn to love the mundane…..


Ok, so not many of us enjoy doing house hold chores but we realise it is one of many necessary evils. So instead of viewing them as chores, why not try to find a way to enjoy them. Taking enjoyment in the little things can have a very large impact on our general outlook. Think about it, if we spend our day rushing from job to job only focusing on getting them done, then it’s no wonder we’re worn out by the end of the day and in need of that reward…..cue chocolate bar and glass of vino!

So next time it’s your turn to do the washing up try to enjoy the process and actually be in the moment. Take pride in seeing your plates clean, perhaps they were a gift from someone you care about. Notice your breathing and posture whilst you’re doing this – it is here that you create that tension rushing to get the job done! And remind yourself of this Buddhist saying……. “If the simple things in life don’t put a smile on your face then you will never truly be happy”.


Step 3. Get you Yoga on……


We have been designed to move and yet we have created a sedentary lifestyle, albeit with the good intention to make our life easier. However instead this has made our bodies inflexible and our minds overworked. Once you understand the importance of movement and how great this makes the body and min feel you begin to understand why it’s such a good idea to get up off that ass..ana!

By practicing Yoga you’re bringing not only movement but also the deep breathing and mental focus into your lives. By being present in each of the postures you’re able to focus and enjoy the process of learning to let go. Understanding where you hold the physical tension also shines a light on your mental outlook (remember the rushing from task to task). The deep breathing enables you to relax and release this built up muscular tightness. During this process we mentally become more in tune with ourselves, connecting once again to our true nature and bringing about a sense of joy and freedom in this journey that life most certainly is.

Maria Kelly

Sunflower Dancer

Maria is a Yoga Instructor based in Cheshire specialising in Vinyasa Flow, Pregnancy, Post-natal and Baby Yoga ( . Along with her husband she also owns Tranquillite Retreats (, a yoga retreat set on the edge of the Dordogne in south west France. It is their mission to show that keeping life simple can lead to a happier more tranquil you.