The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey through the Senses
About This Event
In this 8 day/7 night retreat, we will turn the spotlight onto what might be seen as the forgotten limb of Yoga, pratyahara. Weaving together asana, meditation, breath work, 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, or mountain spirit, in Quechua, the language of the indigenous people of this part of the country). 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!
*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)
Pratyahara & The Subtle Body
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
Cacao originates from the Amazon River Basin, an area that includes Peru. For thousands of years, cacao has been considered a sacred food; a food high both in nutritional and energetic components. And, for me personally, it's much more than food - it's medicine.
Cacao (chocolate) has been an integral part of my yogic path for decades. To me, it is prasad, an offering. And I'm far from the only one who sees it that way - cacao was known to the Ancient Mayans as a powerful heart opener and potent healer. (It's origins are in South America, but it's cultivation originated in Central America) It is an ancient plant teacher and facilitator that can assist one with the journey deep into our hearts.
Chocolate will be one of the tools used as a means of directing the our attention inward. It's the perfect tool, actually, as chocolate is one of the most complex foods on the planet, more than twice as complex as wine in it's flavor notes! With mindful exploration, chocolate can teach us how to slow down and really taste, savor, and enjoy our present moment experiences.
What can i say? A life changing experience. Jyl is a wonderful host, organizer, yoga teacher, chocolate aficionado, human. Each day with Jyl, and the The Yoga Of Chocolate participants were filled with just the right amount of activity, free time, delicious nourishing beautifully presented food, and adventure. The facility was beautifully landscaped, spotlessly clean, comfortable bed, and rooms. The Staff were attentive and responsive to every need and desire, really! Each activity Jyl had arranged came with amazing adventure, knowledgable guides, drop dead views of Peru, and just plain fun. Jyl has really good instincts and has used this to plan the adventures she offers. Though we had no issues while in Peru I know thru Jyl's natural ability for cool headedness, clarity, focus and kindness, Jyl would handle it with professionalism, love and respect for all. Im skeptical of group travel, but after experiencing TYOC with Jyl, I'd go to the ends of the earth with her, and the group she was leading.
- What's Included:
- ~ 7 nights accommodations
- ~ 3 organic vegetarian meals each day
- ~ daily Prajna Yoga, SATYA, movement, and meditation classes
- ~ Despacho ceremony led by Q'ero shaman
- ~ Cacao Ceremony
- ~ Temescal Sweat Lodge
- ~ Trip to Pisac Market
- ~ Guided Chocolate Tasting of Peru's best craft chocolates!
- ~ Deep Healing & Rest - surrounded by the sacred mountain energy and held by the healing lands of this powerful part of the world.
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ScheduleDaily Itinerary & more info can be viewed HERE:
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AccommodationsBeautiful, spacious, eco-friendly accommodations in one of Sach'a Munay's rooms for 7 nights. Triple, Double or Private options are available. Private bath in room. Includes 3 nourishing vegetarian meals per day and all the other amenities included with the retreat.
- Free Wifi
- Yoga Studio
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free