Saira on ITV’s This Morning

Saira was  recently featured on ITV’s This Morning, along with the fantastic team of therapists at Middle Piccadilly Rural Retreat.  This Mornings Fertility Expert, Dr Larissa Corda brought three couples to Middle Piccadilly, where they enjoyed Fertility Yoga with Saira, ate delicious nutritious food and felt transformation through the retreat centres amazing array of Spiritual Therapies.
This was part of a four part series that Dr Larissa has made for This Morning, trying to help these three young couples who are struggling to conceive and sharing her unique wisdom on how looking to alternative therapies, yoga and lifestyle changes can really help them to have a baby.

Ever thought of a juice cleanse?

Juice Cleanse

Spring is the perfect time of year to start thinking about a Juice Cleanse

If its something you have considered now could be a great time to give it a go. At Mellulah Yoga Retreats we often include a morning juice as part of a residential retreat diet, juices are a fantastic way to boost energy, cleanse the digestive system, remove toxins and bring healing to the body. Just one healthy green juice a day can transform your health and the best way to enjoy the benefits of juicing is to begin with juice cleanse for anything from one to five days to start.

Juicing isn’t for everyone, its best to work alongside a juice therapist or health professional if you have any concerns about whether a juice cleanse is for you.

So why start a juice cleanse?

Our diets can contain too much processed food, sugars and salt. Saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol play havoc with our bodies and it is difficult to get enough fruit and vegetables into our daily diets. Not eating well can give us digestive problems that make us feel sluggish, irritable, gives us skin problems and other health conditions. Juicing can help to counteract all of these problems by giving us the enzymes and antioxidants we need, green juice particularly is full of goodness that can transform the way we feel inside and out.

What to watch out for on a juice cleanse.Juice Cleanse

The first problem you might encounter on a cleanse is some withdrawal system. Its a great idea to cut down on caffeine before you start cleansing. Try cutting down for one to two weeks before cutting caffeine out completely. Its normal to get a headache during your first cleanse, but stick with it, get plenty of rest, exercise and do yoga to help reduce the negative symptoms. Hunger can of course be a huge issue, drink five juices spread out throughout the day. Choose the right time to start your cleanse, weekends are best as juicing whilst working can be an added problem and avoid holidays, birthdays, social events. Plan ahead and you will manage much more easily.

What to juice?

There are so many resources now online, in books and in magazines to help you find juice recipes that you will love and enjoy. Try to avoid too much fruit as this can be too much for the liver, stick to green vegetables as much as possible and just use fruit to give a little sweetness, apples are great for this.

Heres a fantastic recipe that we often use on our retreats, to get you started:

1 stick of celery
1 courgette
2 apples
a handful of kale
half a lemon

Juice the ingredients together and enjoy x

Juice Cleanse

 

We are running a Yoga & Juice Cleanse Retreat Weekend at Middle Piccadilly 26th – 29th April 2019 

Special Mothers Day Therapy Offer

Mothers Day Gift Vouchers

Soul Replenish Massage

SPECIAL MOTHERS DAY OFFER!Give the Gift of Blissful Relaxation and Indulgence.

Give a gift voucherfor this treatment plus a free gift of a Geranium Face Cream made by Mellulah for just £49! Usual Price £75!
Until 1st April 2019Mothers Day Gift Vouchers

You deserve to treat yourself too, so feel free to book this offer if you’re a mother, sister, wife, partner, friend, colleague, superwoman, cat woman, any woman!!

You can buy as many vouchers as you like before 1st April, there is no limit on how many you purchase as long as you use them before the end of 2019.

This indulgent Mothers Day Special Treatment will take you from an invigorating and uplifting Indian Head Massage, to a therapeutic full body Aromatherapy Massage, beyond this Saira’s healing touch with hands on Reiki Healing, ending with Reflexology at the feet.

Mothers Day Gift Vouchers 30ml Geranium Face Cream made with essential oils & a cream base that contains no nasties worth £10.

Initial Consultation & Treatment (1hr 45 mins) £70£54

Follow Up (90 mins) £65£49

 

 

Gift Voucherscan be purchased via BACS Mellulah 82611963 51-81-01 or Paypal below.
We will email you your voucher within 24 hours (more urgently if needed) for you to print off and give or keep for yourself if you prefer!!
If you are booking a treatment for someone who has never seen Saira before you will need to book an Initial Consultation and First Appointment £54, otherwise its a Follow up £49.

Offer runs until 1st April 2019, vouchers can be used anytime before the end of 2019.

Mothers Day Massage Offer


Happy New Year from Mellulah! X

A new year message from Mellulah. Gratitude for all your support and love in 2018, its been a wonderful year! Looking forward to seeing what the new year brings. Thank you for choosing Mellulah as your sacred space on your own healing journeys, its a pleasure and pure joy to share yoga, therapies, healing and compassion with you all! Saira xxx 

Today is LOVE FRIDAY at Mellulah

Its LOVE FRIDAY at Mellulah! ❤️
Book anyHolistic Therapyonline today and you’ll get it at HALF PRICE!!!
Book today and pay when you come for the appointment. Treatments include Soul Replenish Massage £65 will only be £32.50 for 90 minutes, or a Back, neck and shoulder £30 will be £15 for 30 minutes!
Spreading a little L❤️VE around Dorset to offset the consumerism!
Love Saira xx  

We did it again! Gold for Mellulah WOOHOO!

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Mellulah won Gold again for Spa and Wellbeing in Dorset.

It was a wonderful night at the Dorset Tourism Awards last week. Held at the Lighthouse in Poole,  over 200 guests enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal, entertainment and then lots of cheers as awards were presented and businesses were recognised for their contribution to tourism in the county.

It was great to see so many really small business being awarded for their achievements, lots of one man bands and family run organisations. The awards are all about recognising the little guys, not one big corporation or large chain to be seen! This was the second year that Mellulah made it to the final and Saira went along with her husband Stoo for a night of serious nerves and extreme delight!

Mellulah won Gold for the second year running in the Spa and Wellbeing Experience category.  We also won Silver at the regional South West awards in February 2018 so we are on a roll it seems.

Judges for the Dorset Tourism Awards said their day with Mellulah was ‘an inspirational visit, we can not wait to go back’. As an entrant of the tourism awards, candidates go through a rigorous process. Last year Mellulah was invited to enter and we decided to go for it again this year. Firstly a lengthy entry form is filled out. Saira spent a few long days during the June heatwave, sat in the garden under a tree writing, deeply from the heart about the ethos of Mellulah and what it is all about.

As a very small spa and wellbeing business run by Saira and a team who come in to help on retreats when needed, Mellulah is all about LOVE. Saira didn’t hold back when she shared this ethos with judges, when asked why customers keep coming back to Mellulah, she wrote “

“Each guest who comes to me is important in a way that goes beyond my business mind. I have a real passion for the work I do and simply love the life I have created around Mellulah. This energy of passion comes across to all my yogis and clients, they all know I really care about their wellbeing and want to bring true and lasting change into their lives. I believe that my own experiences in life have taught me how best to help others, I have worked through some very difficult issues in my life with the practice of yoga, meditation, healing and participating in retreats. This makes me authentic in everything I do, I am not reading from a text book, I am a living example of how these can help a person to turn their life around. I believe that I empathise hugely with the people who come to me and they feel this, they feel loved, cared for and nurtured and I trust that by giving them tools to help them find harmony, they can do the same as I have and deeply heal.”

Saira shared her own story within the entry form, how she went from a young drug addict falling into abusive relationships to an older, happy, fulfilled yogi, it seems she won the hearts of the judges as well as those of many of her loyal retreat guests and therapy clients.

After the entry form has been read by judges, a short list is made and ‘mystery shoppers’ are sent out to check businesses in secret. Ours was sent during our August retreat at Middle Piccadilly near Sherborne. We found out at the end of a fabulous weekend that we had been shopped!  Judges also go through all social media presence, read every review and all press attention. Then a long wait until October to find out if we made the finals and a heart pumping end to the process at awards night.

Saira was over the moon to win Gold again for herself and the wonderful spa and wellbeing team in Dorset who work so hard to support her on retreats. Its also great news for all the guests who will hopefully feel even more confident about joining a retreat, a yoga class or coming for a therapy appointment with Saira. The best way to find out why Saira keeps winning is to come along and find out for yourself!

In need of a de-stress? A retreat could be just the answer

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In need of a de-stress? A yoga and wellness retreat could be just the answer

The Winter months can take their toll on many of us, the dark, cold days offer little opportunity to de-stress out in nature, bathing in the sunlight and warmth that can be such a tonic during Spring and Summer. Now could be the time to think about a Wellness Retreat to de-stress and have the kind of break that leaves you feeling refreshed and full of energy.

A yoga and wellness retreat is a chance to switch off from life for a day, weekend or longer if you are able. We live in a society that can feel stressful and often overwhelming. We have responsibilities at work and to our families. Finances and health issues can be a constant concern and then to add to that we are bombarded daily with negativity from newspapers, radio and television, often making us feel fearful and anxious.

A retreat can be described as a place of refuge, offering seclusion or privacy. Time spent on retreat is an opportunity to switch off, no wifi, no news, no responsibility, focussing on ourselves and enjoying anything from yoga, meditation, sound healing and mindfulness to hiking and paddle boarding.

Stress is a major cause of illness and disease in the West, causing serious health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, as well as  sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. A retreat can give us a nurturing environment to change the perception that life has to be busy and stressful.  On a retreat we can learn new skills that will help us cope better with day to day life. Yoga is a great way to stretch out the tension in the body, meditation helps to empty the mind of worry and mindfulness is a spiritual practice that assists us to become aware of our thoughts and how they affect us. We may learn about nutrition, juicing, also having fun getting out into nature to enjoy the surroundings of the retreat venue.

There are an abundance of yoga and wellness retreats to choose from around the globe, you can book a retreat here in the UK, in Europe or further afield for a real adventure and one that is perfect if you are single and unsure about travelling alone. Retreats offer an opportunity to meet like minded people, some of whom may stay friends for life, all in a safe, supportive environment where you can feel cared for and nurtured. Take your time to choose, read through the website of a retreat organiser you are drawn to, check their reviews and perhaps give them a call to speak to someone directly and get a feel for whether you connect with them.

A yoga and wellness retreat could be just what you need to start the new year with an intention to look after yourself and create time for your health and wellbeing. Life doesn’t have to be stressful, we just need to find new ways to deal with all that gets thrown our way.

See our Yoga Retreat Dates in Dorset and abroad.

FINDING SPACE FOR YOGA IN A CRAZY BUSY WORLD

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Read Saira’s blog, recently published in the Country Child Magazine Blog. Is it possible to sustain a yoga practice in our often crazy busy world.

There are three words that tend to apply to most parents, busy, tired and stressed.

Bringing up children is demanding and more and more people in the West are turning to practices rooted in the East, to help them cope with the demands of our busy family lives. As parents, looking for tools to manage being a full time, part time, single or married mum or dad, many are finding yoga can help to fulfil the need for relaxation and re-energizing.

Finding a yoga class that offers a good physical work out and deep stretch, along with a sprinkling of buddhist philosophy and a nourishing Savasana (relaxation), could be just the antidote we all need. After a manic day rushing from school runs to work, trying to fit in chores and look after everyones emotional needs, its not uncommon to feel that we are neglecting ourselves.

Yoga has many benefits for body, mind and spirit, from helping the body to cleanse toxins, encouraging mindful awareness of the breath, to finding our core peace and stillness, yoga feels good!

So how do you fit a yoga practice into your already crazy, busy life?!

Here are a few hints for making a yoga practice work for you.

  1. You don’t need to get to a class to practice yoga. There are now an abundance of resources online, free videos on Youtube, or sign up to Gaia or Eckhart Yoga for high quality streaming videos from teachers around the globe.
  1. Get up early. Just 15 minutes of morning practice can make a huge difference to how you feel during the day.
  1. Practice after bedtime. If an early start isn’t your thing, try getting on to the mat after the children are settled, instead of reaching for the wine or replying to emails, take some time for yourself to unwind.
  1. If you used to practise yoga before children, forget how it used to work out for you then, now is the time to embrace a new way and find the flexibility to make this work around the children.
  1. Do yoga with the children. There are lots of parent-children yoga classes popping up and they are great fun, or try to find something online. Yoga is really beneficial for children and can help them calm down after a tiring day, making life easier for you too.
  1. Learn a few asanas (poses) and roll out a mat and stretch even if its just for 5 minutes during the day. Put off chores or phone calls and squeeze yoga in whenever you can, even if it is just Savasana!
  1. See if you can get to a class while the children are also doing something fun. If your local gym offers yoga, perhaps the children could join a swimming class at the same time.
  1. If you and your partner are keen on yoga, take it in turns. Commit to giving each other one evening a week each to go to a class or perhaps a Saturday morning.
  1. Schedule a class, just like any appointment you might make during the week. Put it in the diary, on the calendar and if anything else crops up, tell people you can’t make it.
  1. Remember yoga isn’t just an exercise. Yoga is hugely helpful in alleviating stress, so even if you feel unfit, inflexible or overweight, give it a try and see what it can do for you. Find a beginners class, speak to the teacher on the phone beforehand if you feel nervous and ask them for reassurance. Its important you find a teacher who resonates with you, so don’t be put off if the first class you go to isn’t right, keep trying.
  1. Don’t be discouraged. If you are trying everything you can to bring yoga into your life and it feels like a battle, don’t let it. Yoga is all about having unconditional love for who we are, complete acceptance of life as it is and a letting go of the expectations we set for ourselves. Don’t beat yourself up, being a parent is challenging and trying to do yoga isn’t meant to add to that. Relax, the space will open up in time and in the meantime 5 minutes a day is all you need.

Following these tips will help you begin to incorporate yoga into your life, allowing the benefits to help you to cope better with your little ones and feel better both inside and out. Enjoy!

Saira Francis runs Mellulah Therapy & Yoga Retreats offering yoga classes, holistic therapy and award winning retreats in beautiful rural locations around Dorset. Saira recently married, but for 14 years prior to that she was a single mother to her three children, yoga was without a doubt her saviour!

The practice of Loving Kindness

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How a simple practice can transform our lives

Loving kindness is an act that brings joy and pleasure both to the receiver and the giver, it has a double effect. We
all know how good it feels to see the eyes of a child, lover or friend light up when we give them a special, thoughtful gift or make an effort to do something to help them, we also know how good it feels in our own hearts to know we showed love and kindness to someone we care about. It works on strangers too, it feels good to buy from a Big Issue seller in town or help an overloaded mother with her pram, an elderly person cross the road. The more we practice kindness the better we feel and we are doing a service too, helping bring a little light and love into the world everywhere we go.

We can take this simple act a step further and look at the Buddhist practice of Loving Kindness to help us deeply heal and release suffering from our present and our past.

This spiritual practice isn’t just about material giving and receiving, it is about feeling loving kindness to all living beings no matter what. This isn’t always easy and in our society we are conditioned to feel that we should hold on to grudges, to be unforgiving to those who have hurt us and to build a wall around our hearts to prevent future hurt or suffering. Deep inside us there is a wisdom that is calling us to let go and find love, forgiveness, compassion and kindness and that by doing so we will be released from our pain.

Here is a meditation on Loving Kindness that you can do quietly with yourself to help to clear your heart of old burdens, unleash love and bring a smile to your face:

Find a quiet place to sit, make sure you won’t be disturbed for at least 10-15 minutes. Repeat each line of the meditation out loud or mentally to yourself, the first time say the words using ‘I’ directed towards yourself and each subsequent time use ‘you’.

Second time think of someone you like and respect a great deal.

Third time think of someone you feel fairly neutral about.

Forth time think of someone who really irritates you.

Fifth time someone who has really hurt you either recently or in the past.

Finally think of your village, your country and then the whole world and all who live in it, particularly those in cultures that we do not know or understand.

May I/you be well, healthy and strong

May I/you be happy

May I/you abide in peace

May I/you feel safe and secure

May I/you feel loved and cared for

If you find it difficult to say these words whilst thinking of someone who has deeply hurt you, just make a resolve to try again another time in the future and leave it there.

Enjoy this meditation and bringing the practice of Loving Kindness into your life.

Mellulah wins Silver in SW Tourism Awards

Dorset based Spa & Wellbeing business wins Silver in SW Tourism Awards

Mellulah wins Silver at the SW Tourism Awards - Spa & Wellbeing Experience Dorset based Yoga teacher and Holistic Therapist Saira Francis had reason to celebrate on Thursday night (1 February) when her business Mellulah Therapy & Yogascooped the South West Tourism Silver Award in the Spa & Wellbeing Experience of the Year at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay.

Mellulah, which offers retreats across Rural Dorset, was the only Dorset business in this category to have reached the South West final and was up against some very well-known names in the Spa and Wellbeing sector.

Running since 2011, this approachable business won Gold in the 2017/18 Dorset Tourism Awards, a particularly impressive feat as it was the first time Mellulah had ever entered the Awards. The judges made a special mention of Saira’s ability to create a warm and inviting environment for retreaters to relax and let go of daily stresses.

They were really impressed to discover Saira’s “holistic and traditional approach to yoga that caters for all abilities alongside healthy, locally sourced vegan meals and blissful meditation and relaxation, in beautiful quiet settings around North and West Dorset.”

With five businesses vying for Gold, Silver and Bronze in this popular sector, including Peter de Savary’s Cary Arms in Devon and last year’s Silver winners Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa in Wiltshire, Saira said she was honoured to be among such well-known names.

 The judges will have examined all aspects of what’s on offer, and with glowing testimonials from clients like Catty Lowsley-Williams from Blandford who commented, “Mellulah yoga is some of the best yoga I have found anywhere. I have been lucky enough to practice yoga all over the world with some wonderful yogis. Saira is unquestionably one of the best teachers I’ve encountered. She has huge integrity and humility. How lucky I am to have found her,” there is no doubting that Mellulah provides a fantastic customer experience.

As well as running day and weekend residential retreats, Saira Francis offers regular weekly yoga classes in and around the Blandford area and additional holistic therapy and spa days

Further press information and hi res images: Jane Adkins, A Head for PR, E/: jane@aheadforpr.co.uk    or T/: 01935 813114