The Yoga of Chocolate: A Journey of the Senses
Friday December 8th 6:30pm-8:30pm
In Patanjali's 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defines as "a withdrawal of the senses".
In the practice of pratyahara you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation. The root of the word sensation, along with sensory, sensitive and sensual is sense. A less common translation of the word "pratyahara" is "to recover our senses."
In this workshop, led by yoga teacher and chocolatier ,Jyl Kutsche, asana, meditation and chocolate are the vehicles which we use to cultivate that recovery of our senses. A sensitivity that we often lose when we get caught up in the rapid pace of our lives. We will also explore SATYA movements, 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 Chocolate!
Chocolate is used as a means of directing out attention inward. Cacao (chocolate) 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 cacao beans from around the world. Up until recently, much of what was known as "chocolate" was 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. Combining chocolate tasting with the mindful movement and meditation allows participants to go deeply inward, becoming more attuned to the smell, texture, tastes of the chocolate and of infinite subtle physical sensations.
Jyl Kutsche is a senior instructor of Prajna Yoga and her primary influence continues to come from Tias & Surya Little. Jyl completed both her 200 Hr and 500-Hr certifications in Prajna Yoga and 100 Hr. certification in SATYA. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a Licensed Massage Therapist and is currently studying Zen Shiatsu with Yoshi Nagano and Visionary Craniosacral Therapy with Hugh Milne. Jyl has traveled extensively studying Cacao in Asia and South America, studying with cacao growers, chocolatiers and shamans. She currently divides her time between living in the US and Perul Her exploration of cacao as plant medicine has turned a lifetime chocolate addiction into a profound part of her life's journey and she share Sacred Cacao Ceremonies on a regular basis.
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