Both the sacred cacao medicine and the practice of Yoga are paths to the heart. Our guest teacher, Radha from Heart Awakening, will bring cacao and yoga together to map a journey into the sweetness and warmth of the awakened heart. This special event falls on the day of a full moon.
The tradition of drinking ceremonial cacao has its origin in the ancient cultures of the Mayas and Aztecas in Central America. It was used to evoke Ixcacao – the goddess of Chocolate, Fertility and Abundance. She was also known as the ‘Queen of Love and Pleasure’, connected with the energy of the heart.
We will share a cup of this magical plant – the pure ceremonial grade cacao by cacao shaman Keith Wilson.
Cacao is an amazing plant medicine – a powerful aphrodisiac, mood enhancer, an antioxidant that protects the heart, densely packed with nutrients and proven to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature! It can improve your memory, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy.
Cacao contains the neurotransmitters and chemicals responsible for wellbeing, as well as anandamide, known as the bliss molecule that leaves us feeling euphoric, moderating pain perception, as well as assisting in regulating appetite and mood.
When high quality cacao beans are prepared for ceremony as they will be in this offering, all the mood enhancing neuro-chemicals in cacao become particularly active. It increases blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin, and the whole body is nourished. People report heightened awareness, focus and intensified sensations.
The yoga on offer is a combination of Kundalini kriyas for opening the heart and Hridaya Hatha Yoga which is a gentle yet powerful practice of meditation in different postures.
Based on the ancient Yogic texts, ‘asana’ or yoga posture is the one which is comfortable, yet firm and the yogi can meditate on the infinite. This yoga practice takes us into the infinite space of the heart, the abode of pure awareness. And is suitable for all ages and stages.
Music + Poetry + Full Moon
Both music and poetry will be the other tools guiding us on this journey. For they too are the language of the heart. This event falls on the day of a full moon. A full moon represents the height of power, the realisation of your desires and the peak of clarity. Let your awakened heart during this full moon cycle amplify the celebration of your growth, the progress you have made and the reflections on how far you have come.
Important: Please register your spot in advance here: https://ticklemyfeet.co.nz/cacao-yoga/
Booking is essential. One registration form per person.The cost is $30 or $27 (for any current Tickle My Feet Yoga class pass holder – contact Simone at Tickle My Feet Yoga if you are not sure). Please note your payment will confirm your spot (not just your registration). Please make payment directly to Heart Awakening, account number: 38-9018-0117320-01
Guided by Radha from Heart Awakening, an experienced 500h CYT yoga and meditation teacher and a ceremonial cacao practitioner. Radha was among the first people to bring cacao ceremonies to New Zealand.
She encountered the cacao plant in ceremonial context in 2012 while living in its native lands of Central America for several years. It was love at first sight and her relationship with the spirit of this super food grew as she learned how to prepare the rich cacao drink from the tree to the cup.
Having participated in various ceremonies facilitated by shamans, healers or friends in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru, Radha started facilitating ceremonies herself in 2014 in Europe. An experienced space holder being a Yoga Teacher and a retreat facilitator, she loves sharing her passion for community, authenticity and self-knowledge in combination with the cacao spirit.
Radha serves only best quality ceremonial cacao by chocolate shaman Keith Wilson.