Maria Praeg 


For those of you who are perhaps new followers of The Healing Root, or who would simply like to know a bit more about who is the person behind The Healing Root platforms, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself.

My name is Maria Gaitova Praeg, I was born in South Africa and raised in the hustle and bustle of small town called Grahamstown. Like most small towns, everyone knows everyones business, and the "mall" consists of a grocery store and a pharmacy. However, I have been on an immensely deep and rich journey of Self-discovery, healing and coming into my own presence and voice. It has sparked a big appetite for life. For sharing. For connecting. For bringing forth into the world some of the many healing modalities, techniques, understandings and/or practices that have played a pivotal role in me coming to where I am today.

This curiosity of life has lead me to many places all around the world, which I am so grateful for. I have met beautiful souls all around the globe who have all imprinted nuggets of wisdom and healing into my Soul journey. Two of the most influential places I spent extended time in were: Austin, Texas where I became a certified Whole Foods Healing Chef. The second place is Ubud, Bali where I trained to be a yoga teacher. 

My biggest interests are: the energy of food, the healing modalities of Ayurveda & Macrobiotics, yoga, meditation (I lead guided meditations and host workshops on the energy of food, Ayurveda, mindful eating and coming to an intuitive understanding of the Self in the idiosyncratic journey towards inner harmony & balance).

My own journey of healing and awakening of consciousness started through the channel of suffering from addiction. Which then led me to really meeting myself for the first time beyond my mental constructs of who I thought I was. Since then, I have dedicated every day to deepening my understandings of, and my intimacy to my true nature, my higher Self and my most awake ME.

I hope this blog inspires you to explore new places within yourself and without, to delve deeper into your true nature and find pleasure in the wonder of nourishing yourself - emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually. I would so love to hear from you, to connect and to chat, to share stories and inspiration so feel free to drop me an email or leave me a comment. Or, if you would like to collaborate and create some magic drop me a line, too. Let’s support and uplift each other in the digging deeper within. There is so much that goes on and hums underneath the surface of our skin, it’s time to go beyond the habit of mental living (where our entire reality is conceptualised and intellectualised) and into the embodied living (the world of the sensory, the world of the subtle, the world of the delicate and nuanced).

I’ll be posting a more in-depth post on my personal journey sometime in the near future! But for now, I am working hard on my Ayurvedic series within the Ayurveda section of the blog. Sending you all much love.

Yours in health and healing,



Photo: By the Beautiful VALERIE WELT

Photo: By the Beautiful VALERIE WELT