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 yoga, movement, and meditation classes
~ Despacho ceremony led by Q'ero shaman
~ Day Trip to the sacred archaeological sites of Maras, Moray, and Chinchero
~ 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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The Art of Self Care: A Day of Yoga & Ceremony | Austin
Dec
14
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 Early Bird (before December 1), $95 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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Abilene Yoga House | Weekend Workshop
Jun
21
to Jun 23

Abilene Yoga House | Weekend Workshop

Metanoia : A Weekend of Yoga & Movement Exploration

'Meta' means to change or 'beyond'
'Noia' means 'thinking' or 'knowing'

Metanoia = to change how we think; to look beyond what we think we know

This weekend's offerings will be all about exploring new perspectives and new ways of approaching our yoga practice, and how we move through our lives, in general. When we step away from the familiar or the habitual ways of doing things, we are often able to unlock areas that have been underutilized, stuck, or overworked.

These offerings will not be about “right” or “wrong” ways of doing asana; rather, just the aim will be to create a space for you to make those discoveries on your own. All levels welcome. (Please tell Jyl about any chronic or recent injuries or concerns before the classes begin)

Friday June 21 6-8pm
Front & Back Body

Most of our life is spent moving forward through the world, but, embryologically, our back body could be said to have developed before our front body; it led the charge to our become fully embodied. How can we bring more awareness to those parts of our front or back that are less utilized? Be that physically or energetically.

In this class we'll use small, subtle, and semi-sneaky movement to target some of the “key players” in these areas: hamstrings and gluts, psoas, and hip flexors, scapula and sternum; but also explore sensitivity and motor control – where it comes easily...and where it doesn't...and how we can bring a greater sense of balance to not just our asana practice, but to all of our movement.

Saturday June 22
The term 'core' get thrown around so much these days, but what do we mean when we refer to 'our core'? In my personal experience, our core relates to everything...from how we move...to the core of our life... to that which drives us in our lives. Our core is that which helps us stand strong and steady in a world that often can sometimes feel like it's trying to knock us down. But this doesn't mean only turning inward to find that steadiness; it also means we extend ourselves outwards towards the support that is available from the openness of, and perhaps even beyond, our physical forms.

In these two classes, we'll use skillful physical movement to discover more about our own core supports us in our lives and how we can help to better support it.

12-2:30: Opening Outwards

In this class, we'll focus on using rotation movements and playful preparations for arm balancing to explore the relationship between the core of our body and our limbs.

4-6:30: Holding Your Center

In the second half of the day's offerings, we'll connect deeply with our midline awareness and how we can better support that both through our yoga practice and our lives.

Sunday 9-12 am: Low + Slow

Our joints are amazing and complex structures in our body and require a lot of our metabolic energy. If we don't use them (meaning if we aren't moving them), our bodies intelligence starts to send that energy to areas where it's going to be better utilized. This can lead to stiffness, achiness, and immobility in our joints. When we are able to move well through our lives, we not only age well, but we feel well!

This workshop is going to focus on creating more sense of fluidity and stability in our joints; all of them! As the name of the workshop implies, the majority of this class will be done low to the ground, keeping our center of gravity low to the Earth and using the support of gravity to assist us in this process. Most of this class is what I call “dynamic restorative” work, but there will be space at the end to drop into some of the more familiar supported, restorative postures.

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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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Prajna Yoga Immersion: Explore Your Core
Apr
15
to Apr 19

Prajna Yoga Immersion: Explore Your Core

A stable, accessible core means so much more than just six-pack abs. When healthy and balanced, it can provide physical, emotional, visceral, and even psycho-spiritual support. In this week-long immersion, we’ll explore this deep part of ourselves through both subtle and dynamic work in a variety of playful and unexpected ways.

Monday-Friday 9-11 AM
IMMERSION $100 or Single Session $25
Attend one or all 5 classes!!
Register
HERE

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The Yoga of Chocolate™: A Journey through the Senses
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

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, led by Prajna Yoga Teacher and Cacao Passionista, Jyl Kutsche, 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.

Reserve your space (and chocolate!) HERE
$40

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Spring Equinox Cacao Gathering
Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Spring Equinox Cacao Gathering

The Spring Equinox is a time for celebration! The outside world might still only be showing the vaguest signs of spring, but our inner worlds are ready to step into the newness and preparing to welcome the waves of solar energy to come! On this evening, we will take time to pause and, with the support of cacao, feel into our hearts and plant seeds of intention to carry us into the seasons of spring and summer ahead.

This will be a partly led, partly self-guided gathering. Using Prasad Chocolate, we’ll choose one of the guidebooks that resonates with us and, together, prepare and drink our cacao. Please bring any items that feel sacred or inspiring to you, including something to write on and with, and any simple art supplies in case the urge moves you.

Reserve your space HERE
$25

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Low & Slow | The Yoga Haven, Galveston TX
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Low & Slow | The Yoga Haven, Galveston TX

Our joints are amazing and complex structures in our body and require a lot of our metabolic energy. If we don't use them (meaning if we aren't moving them), our body's intelligence starts to send that energy to areas where it going to be better utilized. This can lead to stiffness, aches and immobility in our joints. When we are able to move well through our lives, we not only age well, but we feel well. 

This workshop will focus on creating more of a fluid sense in our joints. As the name of the workshop implies, most of this class will be done low to the ground, keeping our center of gravity low to the Earth and using the support of gravity to assist us in this process. 

Register HERE

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Gravity & Grace: Exploring Arm Balances | The Yoga Haven, Galveston TX
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Gravity & Grace: Exploring Arm Balances | The Yoga Haven, Galveston TX

"I defy gravity."~Marilyn Monroe

Arm balancing, despite the name, is really a full-body endeavor. To me, what matters more than actually "doing" a complicated arm balancing pose, is asking myself the question: "Am I ready?". And that readiness extends well beyond just the physical. Arm balancing can easily bring up fear and nervousness, or a sense of "no way, I can't do that! "  Which leaves us with a whole lot to potentially explore! In this workshop, we'll break down the elements that go into strong, safe arm balancing and we'll look at ways to experience the gravity-defying feelings that arise when we do balance on our arms! We'll also notice when resistances arise, because likely they will. We'll gently nudge ourselves to look into them and perhaps by doing so, move through them! Disclaimer: there is no guarantee that you will actually balance on your arms in this workshop.

*Parameters: a regular yoga practice for at least 6 months, an ability to get up/down from the floor without assistance.
Please alert Jyl or Kathleen ahead of time about any acute or chronic shoulder or wrist injuries. 

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Movement & Chocolate Masala | The Yoga Haven, Galveston TX
Feb
15
to Feb 17

Movement & Chocolate Masala | The Yoga Haven, Galveston TX

A masala is a combination of spices ground into a paste or powder; the flavors and effects of the individual spices are amplified through the combining. 

In this workshop, we'll explore creating our own "inner masala" with a mixture of movement, the five senses,

the five elements and chocolate. 

Prerequisite: a love of chocolate and an open mind. 

"Living fully is about broadening our ability to recognize the interconnectedness of all manifestations of life and delighting in how the feelings and smells and sounds and tastes and sights that surround us help us to see the beauty in the simple." Jyl Kutsche

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The Yoga of Chocolate™ ~ Valentine's Day Special Event!
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

The Yoga of Chocolate™ ~ Valentine's Day Special Event!

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.

REGISTER HERE

(image from thechocolatejournalist.com)

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The Yoga of Chocolate™: An Afternoon of Yoga & Ceremony
Feb
2
2:00 PM14:00

The Yoga of Chocolate™: An Afternoon of Yoga & Ceremony

The Yoga of Chocolate: An Afternoon of Yoga & Ceremony Description

On both a physical and an energetic level our 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 the three chakras of our sacrum, our heart, and our head.

Also, on both a physical and an energetic level, cacao could be seen as a medicine for our heart. Cacao contains a compound called theobromine which is a vasodilator, meaning it increases the flow of blood from our heart to all of our internal organs, resulting in an expanded, or truly 'open-hearted', feeling. Cacao is also a powerful antioxidant, and is the only known food where you will find therapeutic levels of magnesium, potassium and the chemical Anandamide, aka the LOVE chemical. (In Sanskrit, Ananda is translated as ‘bliss’)

This can bring 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.

The first half of this event will focus on movement which will be geared towards opening up our hips and aligning our sacrum and heart. By preparing our bodies, we can better receive the medicinal and spiritual effects of the cacao. 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, reset intentions, and check in with the whispers of our heart's Desires.

**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.

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

Register HERE

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Abilene Yoga House
Jan
25
to Jan 27

Abilene Yoga House

Exploring Our Core Workshop Weekend

A stable, accessible core means so much more than just six-pack abs. When healthy and balanced, it can provide physical, emotional, visceral, and even psycho-spiritual support. This weekend we’ll explore this deep part of ourselves through both subtle and dynamic work in a variety of playful ways.

Friday: Expand & Unwind (minimum of 6 months yoga experience; ability to move up/down from floor with ease)
Saturday: Core Support: Awakening the Hamstring & Psoas (minimum of 6 months yoga practice)
Sunday: The Core Link: Supporting the Craniosacral Rhythm with Yoga (no prior yoga necessary, but recommended)

Register HERE

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{Recalibrating} Tech Neck | Abilene Yoga House
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

{Recalibrating} Tech Neck | Abilene Yoga House

Long hours spent at a computer create a forward-pitched head posture resulting in neck & shoulder tension. Carrying around children, driving, and stress from every day activities can also slowly whittle away at our uprightness creating a head-forward, slump-shouldered and collapsed chest posture often resulting in neck, arm and upper back pain (what Tias Little calls “schlump-asana”). The focus in this workshop will be on releasing tension in the neck, upper shoulders, and jaw and creating greater freedom of movement and a more balanced work load in those areas. By releasing & rebalancing these areas, we allow for more of the vital flow of craniosacral fluid and blood to our head; reduced cranial pressure may also result in relief from common complaints such as migraines, insomnia, eye strain, and bruxism.

The shoulders are so closely tied to the neck that when there is shoulder strain it often comes with neck pain. In this workshop, we'll explore gentle flowing movements (the SATYA work developed by Tias Little) as a way of releasing holding patterns in the neck and shoulders, while at the same time strengthening the parts of these areas that tend to get tense (tense muscles are not the same as strong muscles).
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Parameters for participation include: no active or acute cervical or shoulder injuries (please contact Jyl if you aren't sure if this applies to you), the ability to get up and down off the floor without assistance, freedom from medical devices. No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Early Bird $40 ($45 at door)

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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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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.

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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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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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