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Cacao & Yin Workshop with Alicia Barry & Nola Ganem

  • Shunya Studo 10 King Charles Drive Portsmouth, RI, 02871 (map)

Come enjoy an afternoon retreat drinking one of our earth’s most precious gifts, sacred cacao (chocolate before processing), while enjoying the deeply transformative practice of Yin Yoga and heart centered meditation.

Working with ceremonial cacao is an opportunity for you to access deep parts of yourself that are here to assist you in creating personal transformation, a stronger trust, deeper surrender, and a more profound and joyous connection to your heart, spirit and All That Is.

The synergy of yin yoga, meditation and cacao is simply scrumptious.

Partnering cacao into any creative or spiritual endeavor offers us greater depth, access and connection to whatever it is we are working with. The cacao we will be working with comes directly from the hands of indigenous Mayans and contains a spiritual power which energizes our subtle and physical bodies and opens our heart chakras to Unconditional Love.

Nola has been shamanically working with cacao for the past 6 years in Guatemala with the chocolate shaman and is honored to share all she has learned with our beautiful seaside community.

Holding yogic postures for extended durations has been practiced for centuries and gives rise to a myriad of physical, emotional, psychological and energetic benefits. One of the first fruits of this practice is deep embodiment: to feel the body from the inside and create a union with the mind.

This Oneness of mind and body is the essence of yoga, meditative practice and mindfulness of the breath and body Yin yoga stimulates the flow of chi, of prana, of life force, through the meridians of the body that flow through the connective tissue. The meridians are invisible energy pathways that engorge the organs and tissues of the body with fresh life and refined energy.

The practice taps into the body’s inherent wisdom that the mind cannot even begin to fathom utilizing its own inner resources to heal from the inside out. Just as with the ancient traditional practice of acupuncture, the needles are not inserted to be immediately removed, in Yin we suggest the shape to the body and hold for time. There are four main ways to encourage the flow of prana through the body: acupuncture, placing gentle pressure on the tissue within yin yoga, chi gong or tai chi, utilizing the breath body and mind states.

Within Yin Yoga the latter three methods can all be incorporated. In Chinese medicine stagnant or deficient chi is seen as the precursors of all illness. So in this way Yin Yoga is seen as both preventative and restorative as it enhance both aspects of healthy chi: its stable strength and its fluid mobility. In creating the conditions necessary this practice can enable our energy body to move towards its own balance, equilibrium and harmony.

$40