Expand, Support, Offer: A Weekend Exploring Kriya Yoga
Nov
9
to Nov 11

Expand, Support, Offer: A Weekend Exploring Kriya Yoga

This weekend we will explore sutra 2.1 from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

Yoga Sutra 2.1 tapaḥsvādhyāyeśvarapraṇidhānāni

The second limb of yoga (of the eight limbs cited in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras) are the niyamas - five ways (or 'duties') of observing ourself. The last three of these niyamas, when combined, are called kriya yoga. They are: tapas (to heat; to glow; to shine; to purify; to change; to transform), svadhyaya (self-observation or self-study), and ishvara pranidhana (having complete faith in the guiding and protecting power of a force greater than one's self).

Kriya yoga, when practiced in an intentional way, is guaranteed to bring about some sort of change in one's life. This weekend we will explore these three niyamas in three very different workshops. Just as it's impossible to separate the parts from the whole in our physical body, the same goes for these three niyamas. We will be focusing on a single one in each workshop, yet my hope is that you feel the echo of each in all the work; resulting in a rich, layered experience that will continue to unfold after our weekend together ends.

Friday Nov. 9th, evening
Creating SPACE: Opening the Side Seams of Our Body

Opening up our side (lateral) body can allow for more freedom of movement. Tightness in the sides of our body will show up the most in twisting and side bending, but because of the way some of our muscles “overlap” at the side seam of the body, tightness in the sides can also have an impact on both forward and backward bending.

As one might expect, opening the side body can also create more space for the diaphragm, ribs, lungs, and organs to expand. This opening up of our 'gills' allows for more breath and prana (energy) to move though out the entire body, and positively affect the functioning of all of the systems (respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, emotional, etc).

On a psychic level, when we allow this space to expand, we give ourselves permission to take up more space in the world, allowing our brilliance to radiate and truly be seen.

In this workshop, we'll use chairs and other props to explore dynamic yoga poses while fully supported, which changes our relationship with gravity to one of releasing into versus resisting against; allowing us to experience the poses in new ways. Neuromuscularly this will introduce new information into our systems resulting in the potential to feel more ease and spaciousness in both one's asana and meditation practices in the future.

Saturday, Nov. 10th, afternoon:
Building SUPPORT: Exploring the Hamstrings & Psoas
When people talk about their hamstrings it's usually regarding how tight they are. In this workshop, we'll be looking at our hamstrings from a different perspective – as pillars of support instead of something simply in need of stretching.

The psoas major muscles are often referred to as 'the muscles of the soul' because of their depth both physically and psychically. When you consider their integral relationship to the psoas, it could then be said that the hamstrings are the “pillars of our soul”.

Our aim in this workshop will be to build strong, stable pillars; resulting in more support for our lower spine; and because of the body's fascial connections, more ease in our neck and shoulders, as well.

Sunday, Nov. 11th, afternoon:
OFFERing it up: Movement, Meditation & Cacao
To complete our weekend, we'll alchemize the powerful properties of cacao with intention, chanting, movement, and meditation. Gentle yoga sequences and slow, mindful, somatic movement will assist in bringing participants into a state of open-heartedness and an understanding of why the word for 'cacao' in ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations translates to the “Food of the Gods'.

Contraindications: If you are on anti-depressants or anxiety medications, or have high blood pressure, or a history of chronic migraines, we ask that you contact Jyl before signing up for the ceremony so we can discuss whether the cacao work is right for you, or alternatives if it is not. Please send any questions or concerns to jylmarie@gmail.com

Details & Registration coming soon!


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Open Sacrum, Open Heart | Rockwall
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Open Sacrum, Open Heart | Rockwall

Making his sacrum stiff, dangerous. The heart suffocates. 
~ I Ching

Our sacrum bone is intimately related to our heart. On both a physical and an energetic level the sacrum bone, our body's anatomical center, serves as a source of support for our heart. On our meditation cushions, we aim to stack our heart and head on top of a balanced sacrum, aligning those three chakras. Therefore, it could be said that the sacral chakra is connected to reproduction on a physical level, creativity on a mental level, joy on an emotional level, and enthusiasm on a spiritual level.

This sacred bone can become fixed in place, either on one side or both, from trauma, too much sitting (“schlumping”), or emotional holding. Our aim is to find the correct balance of stability and ease in the sacro-iliac joints, the two joints on either side of the sacrum. Lack of movement in this area can restrict the flow of energy (craniosacral fluid) and the alignnment all the way up the spine. On the other hand, too much mobility in these joints can lead to instability and pain from the lack of support. 

When we can come to the place of both stability and ease in our sacral area, we can come to more of a place of vulnerability and strength in our heart, allowing us to move through our lives, and the world from this sense of supported openness. 

**Parameters for this class include: the ability to get up and down off the floor without assistance, freedom from medical devices, and no active disc issues.

REGISTER HERE

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Cacao Offering | Rockwall
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Cacao Offering | Rockwall

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energetic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we’re ready.

The ceremonial work I lead uses many tools for us to commune with the spirit of the Cacao. I tend to begin with an overview, as many people are new to working with plant medicine and/or ceremony. To me, all ceremonial work comes down to intention, so allowing some time before we drink the cacao to pause, get quiet, and set an intention (or prayer, question, offering, etc). Every ceremony looks different & I customize my plan for the ceremony based on the space and student requirements & interests, but all usually contain a combination of the following: drinking of the cacao (there are alternatives to actually ingesting the cacao for those who are sensitive or on medications which don’t allow for them to drink), guided & silent meditation, breathwork, gentle grounded movement, mantra & sounding, deep rest.

Contraindications: If you are on anti-depressants or anxiety medications, or have high blood pressure, or a history of chronic migraines, we ask that you contact Jyl before signing up for the ceremony so we can discuss whether the cacao work is right for you, or alternatives if it is not. Please send any questions or concerns to jylmarie@gmail.com

Reserve your space HERE

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The Art of Self Care: A Day of Yoga & Ceremony | Austin
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

The Art of Self Care: A Day of Yoga & Ceremony | Austin

What does it really mean to care for one's Self? 

In the haste of our modern lives, sometimes self care can be limited to mostly superficial actions (and there’s nothing at all wrong with that). But true healing arises from deep within our being. It’s what happens when we stop and honestly assess where we’re really at at any given moment - what’s arising, what needs to be seen, what we simply need.  And then giving ourselves the time to address those discoveries:  to tend to our inner landscapes. As the winter equinox, the holiday season, and the end of the year approach, the time is perfect to turn our attentions inward and replenish the deep reserves of our soul.

I invite you to join me, on the eve of the last New Moon of the year,
for a day that will include an alchemy of:
Prajna Yoga
Somatic Movement
Cacao Offering
Guided & Silent Meditation
Self Inquiry
Healing Sound & Breath Work
Nourishing Food, Snacks & Tea
& Communion

Space is limited & early registration is recommended as last years retreat sold out quickly. $85 before November 25, $100 after. Register HERE.
The retreat will take place at a private studio in Travis Heights.
Details will be sent out after registration. 

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The Yoga of Chocolate™ Retreat | San Martin, Peru
May
4
to May 11

The Yoga of Chocolate™ Retreat | San Martin, Peru

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa).

However, a less common translation, and more accurate, translation of the word pratyahara is to recover our senses. 

Scholars of yoga philosophy often regard pratyahara as the 'forgotten limb' of yoga, it's importance being gravely undervalued and ignored. Pratyahara is intimately related to ALL the limbs of yoga, as they all - from asana to samadhi—contain aspects of pratyahara; It  is the basis for meditation and provides the gateway towards the higher practices of yoga: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption/oneness). 

In this 8 day/7 night retreat, we will turn the spotlight onto this forgotten limb, weaving together asana, meditation, breathwork, somatic movement, sacred ritual and ceremony, time in cacao-growing communites, and (drum roll), CHOCOLATE as the vehicles with which we will use to recover, revitalize, resurrect and deepen our sensory awareness. 

And we will do so while surrounded and supported by the land where cacao grows - the high jungle region just outside Tarapoto, Peru. 

Our "base camp" for the retreat will be Puma Rinri Amazon Lodge, a 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner. Located in a privileged location along the banks of the Huallaga River (one of the 3 offshoots of the mighty Amazon), in a canyon that will take you to cross the last foothills of the Eastern Andes. The property has over 150 acres of private reserve land; surrounded by forests, rivers and streams, the site has the distinction of being a biological bridge, because it is located at the confluence of the Cerro Escalera Regional Conservation Area and the Cordillera Azul National Park, an area where three very different ecosystems intermingle: the tropical dry forest, the high mountain jungle and the low jungle of the Amazon plain.

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The Yoga of Chocolate Retreat™ | Sacred Valley, Peru
Sep
28
to Oct 5

The Yoga of Chocolate Retreat™ | Sacred Valley, Peru

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa).

However, a less common translation, and more accurate, translation of the word pratyahara is to recover our senses.

Scholars of yoga philosophy often regard pratyahara as the 'forgotten limb' of yoga, it's importance being gravely undervalued and ignored. Pratyahara is intimately related to ALL the limbs of yoga, as they all - from asana to samadhi—contain aspects of pratyahara; It  is the basis for meditation and provides the gateway towards the higher practices of yoga: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption/oneness). 

"Pratyahara does not mean suppressing the senses! We need our mind and senses to be outward in order to function in the world and enjoy life. Pratyahara means training and mastering the mind and senses so they stop roaming aimlessly, depleting us of our vital energies (prana) in the process." ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

In this 8 day/7 night retreat, we will turn the spotlight on this forgotten limb, weaving together asana, meditation, breathwork, somatic movement, sacred ritual and ceremony, indigenous healing practices, and (drum roll)... CHOCOLATE as the vehicles with which we will use to recover, revitalize, and deepen our sensory awareness. 

And we will do so while surrounded and supported by the energy of the Sacred Valley of Peru, an area famous for it's apus (which means mountain in Quechua, the language of the indigenous people of this part of Peru). The retreat center hosting us, Sach'a Munay (which in Quechua translates as love from the ancient forests) has been built with the utmost respect for the land, following permacultural principles in all of it's construction. Sach'a Munay is a sanctuary for deep work, with hardly a detail overlooked (including the magestic new yoga temple which has been built on top of quartz crystal & has a window down into the Earth/quartz at the center of the temple.)

What's Included:
~ 7 nights accommodations
~ 3 organic vegetarian meals each day
~ daily Prajna Yoga, SATYA, and meditation classes
~ Despacho ceremony led by Q'ero shaman
~ Cacao Ceremony
~ Temescal Sweat Lodge
~ Trip to Pisac Market
~ Guided Chocolate Tasting
~ Deep Healing & Rest - surrounded by the sacred mountain energy and held by the healing lands of this powerful part of the world. 

*You also have the option to extend your journey with a tour of several cacao farms in the Quillabamba region followed by a visit to Machu Picchu immediately after the retreat ends. (Details below)

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Tour de Cacao | Machu Picchu Journey
Oct
5
to Oct 10

Tour de Cacao | Machu Picchu Journey

Love chocolate but not really sure where it comes from or how it's even made?

Or perhaps you see it, as I do, as a sacred food, a food worthy of ceremony and pause, and would like to deepen your connection to the spirit of the plant?

In this once-in-a-lifetime adventure we'll travel to one of the cacao growing regions of Peru, Quillabamba, and spend 2 days on one of the most spectacular cacao farms I've ever visited. The farmer is both a master agronomist and cultivator, and grows many varieties of cacao on his 40+ year old farm, including a very rare and native variety called Chuncho Blanco. His farm is also saturated with other crops - a wide range of citrus (over 20 mind-boggling varieties!), native fruits, and palta (avocado). After walking his farm, learning about his trees, cultivation, and the art of growing cacao, we will have the opportunity to observe the post-harvest processing which includes fermentation and sun drying, followed by processes that start to bring us closer to our beloved chocolate...roasting, peeling and grinding! To further deepen our connection to this sacred plant/food, we'll be spending the night on his farm, enjoying meals with his family, and soaking in the beautiful energy of the jungle. After filling ourselves with the energy and knowledge of cacao, we'll begin our drive towards Machu Picchu, walking the last portion of the Inca Trail (approximately a 3 hour, all-levels hike through beautiful jungle terrain), spend the night in Aguas Caliente (with a small cacao ceremony/offering), and then wake up early the next morning for Machu Picchu. After several hours (guided & non) at this sacred Incan citadel, we will take the train & bus back to Cusco. 

More details & registration can be found HERE

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Cacao Ceremony | St. Gallen
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Cacao Ceremony | St. Gallen

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energetic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we’re ready.

The ceremonial work I lead uses many tools for us to commune with the spirit of the Cacao. I tend to begin with an overview, as many people are new to working with plant medicine and/or ceremony. To me, all ceremonial work comes down to intention, so allowing some time before we drink the cacao to pause, get quiet, and set an intention (or prayer, question, offering, etc). Every ceremony looks different & I customize my plan for the ceremony based on the space and student requirements & interests, but all usually contain a combination of the following: drinking of the cacao (there are alternatives to actually ingesting the cacao for those who are sensitive or on medications which don’t allow for them to drink), guided & silent meditation, breathwork, gentle grounded movement, mantra & sounding, deep rest.

Reserve your space HERE

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Supporting the Craniosacral Rhythm with Yoga | St. Gallen
Sep
15
9:30 AM09:30

Supporting the Craniosacral Rhythm with Yoga | St. Gallen

Craniosacral therapy (CST) has similar benefits to yoga and can help release habitual tension in the body. Actually, CST and yoga complement each other in several ways: calming the central nervous system, boosting the immune system, and releasing the body’s habitual tension patterns.

Craniosacral therapy is powerful, because it enhances the movement of spinal fluid, which in turn improves the nutrition of the central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord — which rules most of what is going on in the body. ~John Upledger

In this workshop, we will tap into the subtle rhythm of movement between our skull and sacrum. Using SATYA (Somatic Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to provide new pathways of perception and feeling), asana, meditation, visualization, and breath as the means to better understand and connect to this mysterious and mystical part of our selves.

Register HERE

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The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses | Belgium
Sep
9
3:00 PM15:00

The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses | Belgium

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as ‘a withdrawal of the senses’. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” – the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is ‘sense’.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara ‘to recover our senses’.

In this workshop, asana, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses – that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement…and, of course, chocolate!

Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it’s flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as “chocolate” were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the “chocolate flavor”.

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

(image from thechocolatejournalist.com)

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Supporting the Craniosacral Rhythm with Yoga | Belgium
Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

Supporting the Craniosacral Rhythm with Yoga | Belgium

Craniosacral therapy (CST) has similar benefits to yoga and can help release habitual tension in the body. Actually, CST and yoga complement each other in several ways: calming the central nervous system, boosting the immune system, and releasing the body’s habitual tension patterns.

Craniosacral therapy is powerful, because it enhances the movement of spinal fluid, which in turn improves the nutrition of the central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord — which rules most of what is going on in the body. ~John Upledger

In this workshop, we will tap into the subtle rhythm of movement between our skull and sacrum. Using SATYA (Somatic Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to provide new pathways of perception and feeling), asana, meditation, visualization, and breath as the means to better understand and connect to this mysterious and mystical part of our selves.

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The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as ‘a withdrawal of the senses’. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” – the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is ‘sense’.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara ‘to recover our senses’.

In this workshop, asana, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses – that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement…and, of course, chocolate!

Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it’s flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as “chocolate” were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the “chocolate flavor”.

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

(image from thechocolatejournalist.com)

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Cacao Farm & Machu Picchu Journey
Jun
2
to Jun 5

Cacao Farm & Machu Picchu Journey

Love chocolate but not really sure where it comes from or how it's even made?

Or perhaps you see it, as I do, as a sacred food, a food worthy of ceremony and pause, and would like to deepen your connection to the spirit of the plant?

In this once-in-a-lifetime adventure we'll travel to one of the cacao growing regions of Peru, Quillabamba, and spend 2 days on one of the most spectacular cacao farms I've ever visited. The farmer is both a master agronomist and cultivator, and grows many varieties of cacao on his 40+ year old farm, including a very rare and native variety called Chuncho Blanco. His farm is also saturated with other crops - a wide range of citrus (over 20 mind-boggling varieties!), native fruits, and palta (avocado). After walking his farm, learning about his trees, cultivation, and the art of growing cacao, we will have the opportunity to observe the post-harvest processing which includes fermentation and sun drying, followed by processes that start to bring us closer to our beloved chocolate...roasting, peeling and grinding! To further deepen our connection to this sacred plant/food, we'll be spending the night on his farm, enjoying meals with his family, and soaking in the beautiful energy of the jungle. After filling ourselves with the energy and knowledge of cacao, we'll begin our drive towards Machu Picchu, walking the last portion of the Inca Trail (approximately a 3 hour, all-levels hike through beautiful jungle terrain), spend the night in Aguas Caliente (with a small cacao ceremony/offering), and then wake up early the next morning for Machu Picchu. After several hours (guided & non) at this sacred Incan citadel, we will take the train & bus back to Cusco. 

REGISTRATION CLOSES APRIL 17th. $500 DEPOSIT & A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT SECURES YOUR SPOT. 

For more info, go HERE (scroll down to the bottom) or message me at: jylmarie@gmail.com

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The Yoga of Chocolate Retreat™ | Sacred Valley, Peru
May
26
to Jun 2

The Yoga of Chocolate Retreat™ | Sacred Valley, Peru

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa).

However, a less common translation, and more accurate, translation of the word pratyahara is to recover our senses.

Scholars of yoga philosophy often regard pratyahara as the 'forgotten limb' of yoga, it's importance being gravely undervalued and ignored. Pratyahara is intimately related to ALL the limbs of yoga, as they all - from asana to samadhi—contain aspects of pratyahara; It  is the basis for meditation and provides the gateway towards the higher practices of yoga: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption/oneness). 

"Pratyahara does not mean suppressing the senses! We need our mind and senses to be outward in order to function in the world and enjoy life. Pratyahara means training and mastering the mind and senses so they stop roaming aimlessly, depleting us of our vital energies (prana) in the process." ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

In this 8 day/7 night retreat, we will turn the spotlight on this forgotten limb, weaving together asana, meditation, breathwork, somatic movement, sacred ritual and ceremony, indigenous healing practices, and (drum roll)... CHOCOLATE as the vehicles with which we will use to recover, revitalize, and deepen our sensory awareness. 

And we will do so while surrounded and supported by the energy of the Sacred Valley of Peru, an area famous for it's apus (which means mountain in Quechua, the language of the indigenous people of this part of Peru). The retreat center hosting us, Sach'a Munay (which in Quechua translates as love from the ancient forests) has been built with the utmost respect for the land, following permacultural principles in all of it's construction. Sach'a Munay is a sanctuary for deep work, with hardly a detail overlooked (including the magestic new yoga temple which has been built on top of quartz crystal & has a window down into the Earth/quartz at the center of the temple.)

What's Included:
~ 7 nights accommodations
~ 3 organic vegetarian meals each day
~ daily Prajna Yoga, SATYA, and meditation classes
~ Despacho ceremony led by Q'ero shaman
~ Cacao Ceremony
~ Temescal Sweat Lodge
~ Trip to Pisac Market
~ Guided Chocolate Tasting
~ Deep Healing & Rest - surrounded by the sacred mountain energy and held by the healing lands of this powerful part of the world. 

More details & registration HERE 

*You also have the option to extend your journey with a tour of several cacao farms in the Quillabamba region followed by a visit to Machu Picchu immediately after the retreat ends. (Details below)

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The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda FREE Online Conference
Apr
23
to May 10

The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda FREE Online Conference

I'm deeply honored to have been invited to be a part of Talya Lutzker's online conference this year:  The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda! Ayurveda is not just the latest fad. It's a time-tested system, and our society is desperate for more accessible, honest health care. In this conference, Talya is featuring some of the biggest names in Ayurveda & Yoga in this conference (and some not so big names, like yours truly!) and the breadth of content is wide. She & I had a great chat about chocolate...it's health benefits, how to know what's good and what's just well-labeled (and, yes, sometimes they are both!) To join all you need to do is register your email address HERE. Enjoy!

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The Yoga of Chocolate©: A Journey of the Senses
Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

The Yoga of Chocolate©: A Journey of the Senses

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With its central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is 'sense'.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara 'to recover our senses'.

In this workshop, asana, somatic movement, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles that we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses - that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement...and, of course, chocolate!

Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it's flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as "chocolate" were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the "chocolate flavor".

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

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Expansion: A Chair Yoga Workshop
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Expansion: A Chair Yoga Workshop

Early February finds us deep in the realms of winter, the season governed by the element of water. But because of the shorter, darker, colder days that characterize the season, our water element can start to feel a bit more like ice than a fluid, moving liquid. We might also find ourselves needing to re-ignite the enthusiasm that so often accompanies us into a new year, but gradually fades as we fall back into our regular day to day routines.

The use of chair in a yoga practice will give us the opportunity to explore more challenging poses with the support of the best yoga partner one could ask more – a chair! For when it comes to a yoga practice, the chair is only there to give!

Using a chair can bring a sense of more space in our body, a clearer sense of where our bodies are in space (and the amount of space we’re taking up (or not) in the world); and it can help reduce the effort in challenging poses, bringing us to a place where we find as much sthira (effort) as we do sukha (effortlessness).

The aim of this class will be to experience both support and expansion, especially in the region of our side body which can become especially contracted this time of year, affecting not only our breath but our overall sense of life force.

(Students should have at least 3 months of yoga experience to attend this workshop)

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Full Moon & Eclipse Cacao Ceremony (to benefit Hope Haven)
Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Full Moon & Eclipse Cacao Ceremony (to benefit Hope Haven)

DONATIONS ONLY
Proceeds donated to Hope Haven

Cacao (ka-kow) was known to the Ancient Mayans as a Sacred and Medicinal plant and a potent teacher and facilitator that can assist one with the journey into their heart. 

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Cacao in it's purest form is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energetic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we're ready.

On this second Full Moon of the year, the Blue Moon, I'm excited to share with you a very special cacao which was prepared by a woman who's been initiated as a Mayan Day Keeper in Guatemala. The energy of her work is transmitted in to the cacao she prepares & it's an absolute honor to have some to share at Abilene Yoga House.

Contraindications: If you are on anti-depressants or anxiety medications, or have high blood pressure, or a history of chronic migraines, we ask that you contact us before signing up for the ceremony so we can discuss whether the cacao work is right for you, or alternatives if it is not. Additional information is available on our website, please send questions to jylmarie@gmail.com

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Women's Moon Gathering | Dallas Yoga Center
Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Women's Moon Gathering | Dallas Yoga Center

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus

Join us as we celebrate the transition from late Fall to Winter. In Five Element Theory, the season of Fall is symbolized by the element of Metal, an element associated with our lungs and large intestines, and with the emotion of grief. It's the time for harvest, completion, and preparing ourselves for Winter, the season that calls us to turn inward and allow ourselves the rest we need so that the seeds buried deep within can begin their metamorphosis and start to manifest their destinies. It's the time that naturally calls for us to hibernate, to slow down and examine the depths of our being.

Yet it's also the season of celebration. We celebrate the holidays, eat and drink heartily, socialize frequently, and try to avoid the aloneness that winter calls us to, without realizing that the entry to our inner world is most accessible during this time of the year. Winter teaches us that the only way to fully enjoy the powers of the season is to surrender to it and learn from what it has to offer us.

How do we honor and support ourselves during this time of transition? This is what we will explore in this month's gathering. Using meditation, gentle movement, sound and ritual, we will come together as a community of woman to turn our attentions inward, slow down, and allow ourselves to fully experience all that we need to in order to be able to fully transition, and embrace, the change of seasons.

 

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Sacred Cacao & Sound Ceremony | Dallas Yoga Center
Dec
16
3:30 PM15:30

Sacred Cacao & Sound Ceremony | Dallas Yoga Center

Come experience the transformative properties of cacao in a magical evening layered with experiences. Let go and connect with the self through sacred cacao ceremony, heart meditation, somatic movement, guided pratyahara and sound therapy led by Jyl Kustche, David Sunshine and Kenny Kolter. Prepare yourself for a full sensory immersion into your inner landscape and new awareness of your own personal journey.

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energetic heart to open as well, offering us a doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we’re ready. We will create a space for intentions and deep connection to the self in this evening’s journey.

Contraindications: If you are on anti-depressants or anxiety medications, or have high blood pressure, or a history of chronic migraines, we ask that you contact us before signing up for the ceremony so we can discuss whether the cacao work is right for you, or alternatives if it is not. Additional information is available on our website, please send questions to info@dallasyogacenter.com.

http://dallasyogacenter.com/workshops--events

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Supporting the The Craniosacral Rhythm with Yoga
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Supporting the The Craniosacral Rhythm with Yoga

Craniosacral therapy has similar benefits to yoga and can help release habitual tension in the body.

These two complement each other in several ways, since CST is likely to have similar benefits to yoga: calming the central nervous system, boosting the immune system, and releasing the body's habitual tension patterns.

"Craniosacral therapy is powerful, because it enhances the movement of spinal fluid, which in turn improves the nutrition of the central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord—which rules most of what is going on in the body," ~John Upledger

In this workshop, we will tap into the subtle rhythm of movement between our skull and sacrum. Using SATYA*, asana, meditation, visualization, and breath as the means to better understand and connect to this mysterious and mystical part of our selves.

*SATYA, an acronym for Somatic Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement, is a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to provide new pathways of perception and feeling.

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The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey Through the Senses
Dec
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey Through the Senses

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is 'sense'.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara 'to recover our senses'.

In this workshop, asana, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses - that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement...and, of course, chocolate!

Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it's flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as "chocolate" were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the "chocolate flavor".

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

 

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The Art of Self Care: A Day of Yoga & Ceremony (SOLD OUT)
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

The Art of Self Care: A Day of Yoga & Ceremony (SOLD OUT)

What does it really mean to care for one's Self? 

In the haste of our modern lives, sometimes self care can be limited to mostly superficial actions (and there’s nothing at all wrong with that). But true healing arises from deep within our being. It’s what happens when we stop and honestly assess where we’re really at at any given moment - what’s arising, what needs to be seen, what we simply need.  And then giving ourselves the time to address those discoveries:  to tend to our inner landscapes. As the winter equinox, the holiday season, and the end of the year approach, the time is perfect to turn our attentions inward and replenish the deep reserves of our soul.

I invite you to join me on a day that will include an alchemy of:
Cacao Ceremony ~ Prajna Yoga practice ~ SATYA movement* ~ Guided & Silent Meditation Healing Sound & Breathwork ~ Nourishing Lunch, Snacks, Tea

This workshop is FULL. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please send me an email. Thanks!

Space is limited. $75 before November 25, $90 after. Register HERE.
The retreat will take place at a private studio in Travis Heights.
Details will be sent out after registration. 

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Mujeres Milagros Chocolate Retreat
Sep
7
to Sep 10

Mujeres Milagros Chocolate Retreat

I'm thrilled to be leading the yoga & meditation offerings at Mujeres Milagros Chocolate Retreat, an homage to the miraculous women who craft, champion and enrich our world through the magic of cacao!

This spirited 4-day gathering includes mindful conversations, intentional bonding and nurturing food. The retreat will convene at the historic Hacienda Doña Andrea situated in the sacred American West just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Find more info and registration HERE

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Sacred Cacao Ceremony & Somatic Journey into the Heart
Aug
20
3:00 PM15:00

Sacred Cacao Ceremony & Somatic Journey into the Heart

This August is a really special month! There are two eclipses taking place: a partial Lunar one at the Full Moon on August 7th; and a rare total Solar Eclipse on the New Moon on August 21st. Therefore it is a great time to reset and recreate who you are, what you want to manifest, and how you want to show up in the world. It is an intense month of emotional ups and downs, confusion about what is right and dealing with hard truths. This calls for the flexibility and trust as we may experience turbulances throughout the month. It also calls for courage to go deep within to rediscover our truth, to re-evaluate our lives more closely, and to take action either in letting go or showing up in a new way.

Join me as I join forces with Lynn Tran for a very special, and auspiciously timed, event! In this workshop, our intention will be to come together to honor this transformative time by cultivating a deeper connection to our heart. Experience the transformative properties of cacao and yoga nidra in a magical high-vibration afternoon weaving together ceremony, intention, sound and vibration, reverence and prayer.

Tickets available HERE (Earlybird discount through August 17th)
More info on our Facebook page
 

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The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses | Idaho Springs, CO
Aug
10
5:30 PM17:30

The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses | Idaho Springs, CO

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is 'sense'.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara 'to recover our senses'.

In this workshop, asana, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses - that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement...and, of course, chocolate!

Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it's flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as "chocolate" were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the "chocolate flavor".

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

Preparation: if possible, please do not eat, drink coffee (or any strong tea or kombucha) or smoke for at least 2 hours before this workshop so that your taste buds are rarin' to go!

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Keeping Your Summer Cool | Abilene Yoga House
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Keeping Your Summer Cool | Abilene Yoga House

According to Five Element Theory in Chinese Medicine, Summer is the season filled with abundant energy, long days…and sunshine! Especially in Texas! It’s the most yang time of the year and if we’re not mindful about how we’re keeping our self cool all that heat can lead to heat exhaustion, burn out, or a bit too much pitta (or fiery) energy in our systems.

There are many different ways we can manage the heat of summer – through our food choices, simple lifestyle modifications, and by approaching our yoga practice in a way where we are using the poses to help cool our systems down rather than adding to the already abundant heat. This does not mean that you need to avoid “heating” classes, like Vinyasa, and just focus on the “cooler” ones like the Restorative; rather it’s the mindfulness and subtle modifications that you bring to whatever your practice of choice that will help keep you in balance.

As we all know, fire has the power to transform, but if the fire is burning out of control than it could become destructive. Fire is also symbolic of outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives. In human anatomy, the heart, mind, and spirit are ruled by the fire element. Thus, top priority should be given to the heart, mind, and spirit for staying healthy in summer. In this workshop we’ll do just that.

We’ll discuss which yoga postures are the most heating & how we can cool them down or harness the energy of their heat skillfully. We’ll explore breathing techniques that have quick cooling effects on our bodies. We’ll touch on mudras that can also help to cool down our systems. And, of course we’ll touch on foods that can help keep the organs associated with fire and summer, our hearts & small intestines, cool and functioning happily.

http://abileneyogahouse.com/workshops/

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The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses | Abilene Yoga House
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses | Abilene Yoga House

In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as ‘a withdrawal of the senses’. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” – the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa). With the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. (Note: the root word of sensation, along with sensory, sensitive, and sensual, is ‘sense’.)

A less common translation of the word pratyahara ‘to recover our senses’.

In this workshop, asana, meditation, and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses – that sensitivity that we often lose when when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA, a school of somatic movement techniques developed by Tias Little, to further heighten that awareness. Our eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, heart, and whole body will be opened so that we are free to truly take in the delicate subtleties in the different varieties of movement…and, of course, chocolate!
Chocolate is used as a means of directing the our attention inward, and not at all as a gimick. Chocolate (Cacao) is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it’s flavor notes! These days the world of chocolate is exploding with innovative new (and established) chocolate makers committed to using the highest quality & flavor cacao beans from around the world. Up until now much of what was known as “chocolate” were really mostly products filled with sugar, dairy, and many other unsavory additives to create the “chocolate flavor”.

Fine chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences, whatever they may be! Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows attendees to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of the infinite subtle physical sensations of their bodies.

http://abileneyogahouse.com/workshops/

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Creating SPACE: Opening the Side Seams of Our Body | Sun Yoga Center
Jul
16
2:00 PM14:00

Creating SPACE: Opening the Side Seams of Our Body | Sun Yoga Center

Opening up our side (lateral) body can allow for more freedom of movement. Tightness in the sides of our body will show up the most in twisting and side bending, but because of the way some of our muscles “overlap” at the side seam of the body, tightness in the sides can also have an impact on both forward and backward bending.

As one might expect, opening the side body can also create more space for the diaphragm, ribs, lungs, and organs to expand. This opening up of our “gills” allows for more breath and prana (energy) to move though out the entire body, and positively affect the functioning of all of the systems (respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, etc).

On a psychic level, when we allow this space to expand, we give ourselves permission to take up more space in the world, allowing our brilliance to radiate and truly be seen.

In this workshop, we'll begin by using SATYA, a non-weight-bearing method of movement developed by Tias Little that allows “stuck” parts of our body to release through slow gliding, sliding, and circular movements. Afterwards, using common yoga poses, pranayama, and mudra we will then continue to explore expanding our lateral body dynamically, working with the force of gravity. The end result will be a feeling of more ease and spaciousness in both one's asana and meditation practices.

sunyogacenter.com

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Friday Night Unwind | Sun Yoga Center | Richardson, TX
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Unwind | Sun Yoga Center | Richardson, TX

This class is an opportunity to gather inward at the end of the week, to empty the body and mind of stress and to nourish the flame of our spirit. Stress and tension create a contracting effect on our bodies and our energy. This class will focus on supine micro-vinyasa movements that aim to unwind and release the tension in our tissues and in our minds. As we gently coax new space and prana into our bodies, we'll move from a contractive (yang) state to a more open spacious (yin) state of being, leading us into a sublime awareness of the stillness that resides within.

Parameters for participation include: the ability to get up and down off the floor without assistance, freedom from medical devices, and no acute spinal disc or nerve compression.

All Levels

sunyogacenter.com

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Weaving Heaven & Earth - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Retreat
Jul
1
to Jul 8

Weaving Heaven & Earth - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Retreat

Weaving Heaven and Earth Retreat
With Adriane Wolf & Jyl Kutsche

July 1-8th, 2017
Villa Sumaya - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

"Within my body are all the sacred places of the world,
and the most profound pilgrimage that I can ever make is within my own body."
-Saraha, Buddhist saint

This is an invitation to those who are ready to break through to a new experience of
living in the soul and the heart. This experience involves the integration of the Earth, Heart and the Heavens within our physical bodies. This truly is an initiation into the Mystical Heart. Weaving Heaven and Earth is an opportunity to release old programs, epigenetic blueprints and trauma held in the body; and deeply rest and restore.

Using practices rooted in Yoga and Shamanism, and held by the sacred energies of Guatemala's Lake Atitlan, this journey will be an expansive exploration of our own multidimensionality and the ever changing realities that are shifting around us. It is an opportunity to discover the most sacred landscapes and doorways within our bodies. It is an invitation to fully awaken our kundalini and embody the mystical energy of the heart.

Both yogis and shamans view the world as a physical world. The practices we will be exploring in this retreat are aimed to bring a direct awareness to the energy moving through our bodies, known as prana in the yogic system; and also to strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system. From this awareness we will experience a deeper visceral understanding of the potential of each asana...awakening to the sacred geometry within each pose...and the mandala which is each and everyone one of us.

Kundalini Yoga – Prajna Yoga – Somatic Movement – Merkaba Activation
Pranayama – Shamanic Journeying – Guided & Silent Meditation

Mantra and Sound Healing - Self Care - Deep Connection With Gaia - Ceremony & Ritual
…........................

Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Villa Sumaya is an Eco-Chic Wellness Center surrounded by three volcanoes and the splendid beauty of twelve Mayan villages. An oasis for yoga, healing, rest and contemplation, you will feel yourself transported into a slower rhythm of life as the stressors of our modern lives melt away.

Single Occupancy $2450
Double $1850

(all prices are per person)

What's included:
-Seven nights’ lodging at beautiful Villa Sumaya, all with patio & stunning views
-Three delicious gourmet vegetarian meals per day
-Daily yoga & practices with Adriane & Jyl
-Cacao Ceremony
-Traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
-Chichimecca Sweat Lodge
-Solar-heated Hot Tub
-Lush gardens, hammocks, and cozy shaded or full sun sitting areas
-Unlimited tea, coffee and purified water service at 24/7 beverage bar
-All Guatemalan taxes
-Staff tips
-Plenty of time to retreat, reclaim and reimagine…

What’s Not Included:
-Airfare to Guatemala (GUA)
-Transportation from airport to Villa Sumaya
($35-$100 depending on whether you ride alone or with a group.
We will help to coordinate this)
-Alcohol (available)
-Fish/chicken at meal times (available)
-Special Dietary Restrictions (Gluten-free, Vegan, etc available)
-Day trips (hiking, shopping, sightseeing)
-Spa treatments
-Incidentals


Earlybird Registration: $100 discount if you sign up by April 10th, 2017
$500 non-refundable deposit required to hold space
Refunds/Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($500.00) before JUNE 1st.
No refunds after June 1, 2017. You may transfer your reservation to another person
as long as you notify Jyl or Adriane in advance. In case of cancellation of the retreat you will receive a full refund. Due to special arrangements made with the retreat centers and hosts, there is no exception to this policy.

Contact/Questions:
Jyl: jylmarie@gmail.com
Adriane: sirikirin@gmail.com

 REGISTER NOW

 

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Cacao Ceremony | The Yoga Haven | Galveston, TX
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Cacao Ceremony | The Yoga Haven | Galveston, TX

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we're ready.

*Note: Antidepressants can be contraindicated when consuming raw cacao. Please contact Jyl to find out if this could be a concern for you (jylmarie@gmail.com)

In order to get the most out of the experience, it is advised to not eat (or eat lightly) several hours before the workshop begins. Cacao is a mild diuretic, so please bring water as well as a journal or any writing materials you might want to use during the ceremony

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Cacao & Kundalini: Heart Opening Extravaganza
Feb
12
4:00 PM16:00

Cacao & Kundalini: Heart Opening Extravaganza

Cacao (ka-kow) is a Sacred and Medicinal plant and an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you with the journey into your heart. Cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer.

Chocolate is widely known as an aphrodisiac and this understanding of how it opens our hearts is by no means new. The Aztecs often spoke of Cacao as ‘yollotl, eztli’, meaning “heart, blood”. Western science reinforced this by giving it the scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which means “The Food of the Gods”. What else would the food of the Gods be but love?

Raw cacao is also the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and is the ONLY known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’) It results in feelings of pleasure and euphoria and also plays a role in moderating pain perception and memory of pain as well as improving consciousness and creativity as it increases blood flow to the heart and brain by up to 40%.

Cacao, when used with awareness, gives us time and space away from the busyness of the world & an opportunity to go on our own inward journey. Cacao is a gentle plant medicine, acting as a vasodilator on the smooth cardiac tissue, so literally it helps to open our heart. As the anatomical heart space is opened, it creates an opportunity for our energic heart to open as well, offering us an doorway into the places deep within where healing is needed; but it will not push us through until we're ready.

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient technology that is designed to expand awareness and tap into our infinite potential. Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and emotions.

This practice also balances the chakra system and opens the heart center allowing the practitioner to move through obstacles on many levels. Kundalini Yoga uses physical movement, breath-work, meditation and mantra to achieve an experience of our highest consciousness.

The combination of Cacao Ceremony and Kundalini Yoga is perfect for diving deep inside and unleashing our own raw energy, so we can experience the bliss of who we really are: pure love and pure consciousness!

*Note: Antidepressants can be contraindicated when consuming raw cacao. Please contact Jyl to find out if this could be a concern for you.

In order to get the most out of the experience, it is advised to not eat (or eat lightly) several hours before the workshop begins. Cacao is a mild diuretic, so please bring water as well as a journal or any writing materials you might want to use during the ceremony.

 

 

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