Flow & Restore Yoga

Flow & Restore Yoga with Yoga Nidra

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a relaxing herbal tea. We will then begin the practice with a seated meditation to find stillness preparing us for a grounding yin & lunar yoga flow. This is then followed by restorative yoga using bolsters and props for extra support where we can feel safe to deeply let go of unwanted physical and emotional tension. We end the session with an aromatherapy infused savasana and Yoga Nidra.

£20 session includes tea and healthy treat to finish.

Next sessions – Sunday 27th May 2018 2pm – 430pm

Held at Hale Yoga and Ayurveda, 161d Ashley Rd, Hale www.haleyoga.com

                                                                   Booking essential as spaces are limited

For enquiries send your details to  info@mariayoga.co.uk or book via the button below


Tranquillite Retreats 2018

 

Set within the beautiful grounds of converted French farm and surrounded by rolling fields of sunflowers and vineyards, Tranquillite Retreat is the perfect relaxing getaway for all Yoga lovers and fitness enthusiasts alike. Joe and Maria invite you to join them on this wonderful opportunity to get away from the strains and stresses of your daily lives. The trip will be suitable for couples, groups of friends or singles of all ages – basically anyone who loves to be active, healthy and sociable. The retreat is situated on the edge of the Dordogne area in south west France, renowned for its beautiful scenery and quality wines. The venue itself consists of several converted farm and barn buildings with surrounding gardens, plus a natural pool and decking providing a perfect setting for relaxing yoga.

Next year we are pleased to offer three Yoga Holidays to choose from:

Yoga Holiday – 5th to 9th June 2018

Price is £495 per person (***EARLY BIRD OFFER OF £50 DISCOUNT IF BOOKED BEFORE END OF DECEMBER 2017***)

Yoga Holiday  – 12th  to 16th June 2018

Price is £495 per person (***EARLY BIRD OFFER OF £50 DISCOUNT IF BOOKED BEFORE END OF DECEMBER 2017***)

Yoga Holiday – 18th to 22nd September 2018

Price is £495 per person (***EARLY BIRD OFFER OF £50 DISCOUNT IF BOOKED BEFORE END OF DECEMBER 2017***)

All retreats are full board, which includes all meals and soft drinks (except for meal in local restaurant on last evening), daily sessions of yoga, group fitness sessions (depending on which retreat you book) bike hire, self contained gites with WiFi, transfers from the airport and optional day trips.

Flights to Bergerac are not included – Transfers are only included for Liverpool to Bergerac flights.

*Retreats are likely to fill up quickly so book early to avoid disappointment! A £200 deposit will be required on date of booking, with full balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to each retreat

Visit www.tranquilliteretreats.co.uk for details and bookings.

What’s included:

All retreats are full board, food is homemade using locally sourced ingredients

Morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga by the pool (weather permitting)

Bike hire

Transfers from the airport

Day trips to local medieval towns and markets

Evening Restorative Yoga & Candlelight Meditation in the Yoga Barn

Partner Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage Workshop

Local walks & Cycling route

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.

Notes:

Massages are available at request, please refer to the treatment menu.

Organic Wine menu.

Gift shop.

Flights are not included. Recommended flights RyanAir Liverpool to Bergerac. Transfers are free of charge for flights arriving at Bergerac from Liverpool. Other flights may incur extra charge for transfers.

The Friday evening meal is replaced with wine tasting and a meal out at a local restaurant – the cost of this is not included.

To secure your place immediately select from the options below and place your deposit.

Otherwise scroll to the bottom of this page to submit your details with any queries.

These retreats are likely to fill up quickly so book early to avoid disappointment!

Summary of what to expect…..

Flights from Liverpool arrive in Bergerac mid afternoon on the Tuesday and you will be collected by car for the short transfer. On arrival at the retreat one of the first things you will notice is how calm and peaceful the area is. The nearest town is five miles away, so the only sounds are from local wildlife and farm animals.
After receiving a welcome drink you will be given a tour of the grounds before gathering for your first evening workout (either yoga in the traditional French barn or fitness session overlooking rolling fields and vineyards). This will be followed by dinner served in the garden of the cottage, with excellent local wines available at very reasonable prices.

The remaining days will begin with an uplifting morning yoga session or fitness workout followed by a hearty and nutritious continental style breakfast. Guests will then be free to spend the day as they wish, with packed lunches provided. Pedal bikes and maps will be available for guests to explore the beautiful local countryside, or they can simply relax around the grounds and by the natural pool.
Optional short day trips will be provided to give guests an opportunity to explore and appreciate the local area. On site massages will also be available and these are top quality at very reasonable prices.
Guests will come together in the early evenings for relaxing yoga and meditation, or more high intensity fitness training. The days will end with an evening meal based mainly around local fresh and seasonal vegetables with lean meats and fish (vegetarians and vegans will be catered for).

Friday evening will be slightly different in that the group will head out for a wine tasting session followed by a meal in a lovely restaurant in Eymet.

There will be a final yoga session on the Saturday morning followed by a lazy brunch to end the retreat.

Comments from previous guests:
‘ a wonderful week of yoga and relaxing at an idyllic retreat. My every need was catered for and it was a joy from start to end, thank you!’ – Graeme, Manchester

“Nice to go somewhere isolated but not too far from towns. So quiet and no light pollution. Never see so many stars at home”.
“Best vegan catering ever”. – Gordon, Manchester

“I loved the area, as soon as I got out of the car I felt relaxed. After doing the bike ride I noticed there was miles of area to do hikes or rides”. – Paul, Manchester

“The food, yoga, location and even the circuit training far exceeded my expectations. Plus everyone there was super friendly too, which made it a really lovely experience”.
“This was the first retreat I’ve attended and actually felt more like holidaying with friends rather than a health retreat with a bunch of strangers!” – Melanie, Manchester

 

 

Soma Prana Vinyasa Workshop

 As we head toward the winter months we can often find ourselves depleted and lacking in vitality. Soma is connected to our inner essence our vital energy, this is a time to cultivate ojas and restore our defences. However modern living can leave us with little time for rest & rejuvenation.

Join me for an opportunity to explore the self through movement, relaxation and meditation. A chance to balance, heal and transform built up stress and tensions.

The yoga will include meditative vinyasa flow from the Soma Prana Vinyasa TM teachings of Shiva Rea and grounding restorative postures. We will complete the afternoon with an aromatherapy infused Yoga Nidra (often referred to as yogic sleep) to fully relax the senses and to set an intention (sankalpa) for the season ahead. Workshop includes herbal tea on arrival and healthy treat to finish.

4pm – 630pm Sunday 26th November 2017

Sessions taught by Maria Kelly

Held at Hale Yoga Studio, Ashley Road, Hale www.haleyoga.com

Workshop costs £20 – booking is necessary as this is a small studio and spaces are limited. Contact info@mariayoga.co.uk to book your place or book below


 

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!

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

 

 

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 (www.mariayoga.co.uk) . Along with her husband she also owns Tranquillite Retreats (www.tranquilliteretreats.co.uk), 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.

 

 

Trataka Candle Gazing Meditation

Trataka (Sanskrit) actually means to look or to gaze at an external object. Fixing your gaze upon something and concentrating on a single point is a form of meditation which can help develop concentration, strengthen the eyes and calm the mind.candles silver

I’ve found candle gazing an excellent way to practise Trataka and regularly use this at home after a Yoga session. It helps me to calm my mind (which is often over active and bombarded with a million thoughts) and find that moment of clarity in my day where all seems peaceful and still.

How to perform trataka using a candle….

1. Find yourself a candle preferably one that doesn’t omit any toxic fumes (personally I love NEOM or generally candles made from beeswax) and place this either on the floor or on a table a couple of feet in front of you.

2. Next make sure you’re sat comfortably. We can’t all sit in Lotus pose (this includes myself) so if sitting on the floor is not comfortable then try padding yourself up with cushions or failing that sit on a chair. The main thing here is that you’re supported with good posture, spine is upright and the arms and shoulders are relaxed. You want to be able to sit in meditation without any distractions coming up so it’s important that you’re settled.

3. Now that you’re seated comfortably allow your body to relax, take a few deep breaths sigh a little, then close your eyes and watch your inhales and exhales as they come and go. When your breath has settled down and you feel relaxed and more present open your eyes and begin to gaze at your candle flame. Try not to get involved with any thoughts or other objects around you, keep your gaze steady and on the flame without blinking for as long as possible.

4. Continue gazing until you feel your eyes water once this happens you can close them. With the eyes closed visuale the flame at the point between the eyebrows at the centre of the forehead also known as Ajna Chakra or third eye centre. Keep this image in your mind for as long as possible then when ready bring your awareness back to the breath watching every inhale and exhale as it comes and goes for around 10 breaths.

5. Now open your eyes leaning forward to blow out your candle flame, either repeating a mantra or letting go of any emotions or mental tensions as you do so.

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Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Kneeling Yoga PoseBenefits of practicing Prenatal Yoga?

Yoga strengthens the body helping it to cope with the extra weight of carrying your baby. Yoga poses focus on correct postural alignment helping women to understand the changes and effects pregnancy can have on their bodies.

Regular practice can help relieve physical tension and stresses from the body, which often build up as a result of the baby growing, circulation is improved so that swelling due to the extra fluid and blood flow is less likely, this also assists with lymphatic drainage enhancing immunity and creating a healthier environment for you and your baby.

Practicing Yoga whilst pregnant can help to lift your mood at a time when you can feel overwhelmed. Yoga helps you to accept and understand the changes that may be occurring hormonally and the effects this can have both physically and physiologically.

Pregnancy Yoga incorporates various breathing techniques to calm the nervous system helping you to feel more relaxed through pregnancy, these breathing exercises are also beneficial during labour helping you to stay calm and in control no matter what path the birth takes.

Meditation and Visualisation exercises help deal with anxiety and quieten an over active mind aiding relaxation, better sleep and an overall greater sense of wellbeing.32044  2015 copy 2

Yoga for Pregnancy – One to One sessions available

Each session lasts for 1 hour and costs £40 or alternatively see offer details below on block bookings.

Gift vouchers are available.

Block Book 5 sessions for £175 – sessions to be used within 6 weeks.