Join me for a CommUNITY gathering and Safe Space to Practice Heart Opening Yoga that fits all Bodies and sip Sacred Cacao that boosts our sense of Well Being…=)
Warm mug of cacao. Heart-opening asana. Metta meditation. Pure bliss.
A practice designed for individuals of all yoga and spiritual backgrounds, Cacaoga® unifies sacred cacao with gentle, heart-centered yoga and meditation.
Though classes vary according to each teacher’s particular style, a typical Cacaoga® class includes:
Short informational session on the history, physical makeup, and spiritual/shamanic properties of cacao
Breathwork or pranayama practice
All-levels yoga sequence designed to open the heart and other areas of the body where we often carry emotional pain or distress
Metta (loving-kindness) meditation to cultivate deeper love for self and others
Benefits of Cacao:
An aphrodisiac, mood enhancer, and antioxidant that protects the heart and is densely packed with nutrients, cacao is literally a nutritional powerhouse. The beans from Theobroma or Cacao have over 1200 chemical constituents making cacao the most pharmacologically complex food in nature. it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy. Another mood-enhancing compound found in cacao is PEA or phenethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals. These are the same chemicals that are released when we fall in love or during sexual activity. No wonder those ravers are quaffing down the cacao and dancing till dawn.
Cacao contains the neurotransmitters serotonin, tryptophan and dopamine that stimulate brain activity and are vital in regulating mood. Serotonin is the feel good brain chemical responsible for feelings of wellbeing. Cacao also contains anandamide – taken from the Sanskrit word ananda or bliss. This mood improving chemical is known as the bliss molecule and leaves us feeling blissful and euphoric, but also plays a vital role in moderating pain perception and the memory of pain, as well as assisting in regulating appetite and mood.
DONATION class with part of proceeds dedicate to The #YogaLokaProject
***In case you are taking anti-depressants please let our Guide know in advance for adjusting quantity of Cacao to prevent a nasty headache.
****There is Cacao from Costa Rica available to purchase. $2.25 Oz One once generally makes about 10 full Mugs.