FRIDAY NIGHT PJ YOGA
Fridays | 6:45pm – 8:30pm |
Drop off your little yogis in their jammies for children’s yoga while you do your own TGIF activity!
Young yogis will improve flexibility, body awareness and strength in this playful yet relaxing yoga experience.
Visualization and breathing exercises are used for overall balance and concentration, which can carry over into the yogis’ practice outside of class in everyday life. A great way to start the weekend!
For children aged 5 –11 years old. Includes a snack. This class will be led by Katie Tessin.
Indulge in an evening of chocolate, ritual, and joyful love. Join Michaela Brown to experience ceremonial grade cacao from Belize and its medicinal wisdom, guidance, and healing. To open the ceremony, we will gather in an experiential healing circle and set intentions for our personal explorations. Upon drinking the sacred cacao, we will drop in deeply to our soulful essence and receive divine heart medicine. The ceremony deliciously blends sound, silence, yoga, meditation, creative expression, and aromatherapy, invoking mindful movement and all the senses.
The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are necessary to hold your place. Participants must be at least 18 years old. We will have some light snacks for grounding at the end of the evening. Before the ceremony day, please let Michaela know if you have food or plant sensitivities. Specific details will be emailed prior to the ceremony.
What is Cacao?
Raw cacao is the pure origin of what we know as chocolate. The fruit of the cacao tree contains beans from which the cacao is extracted and chocolate is made - with many additional ingredients. Cacao is native to Central and South America. “Theobroma,” from its scientific name, Theobroma cacao , means “food of the gods” in Greek, and traditionally it was treated as such. Cacao has a rich 4,000-year history. The beans were once used as currency. The Mayans worshipped the cacao goddess and reserved chocolate for rulers, warriors, priests, and nobles. Over time, cacao has served as food and beverage, health elixir and spiritual elixir, sacred healing medicine, and potent aphrodisiac.
What is Cacao’s Unique Medicine?
Cacao is a heart-opening plant. Its active constituents directly affect the heart. When consuming cacao, its healing properties enter the body at the heart meridian and heart chakra, affecting cardiovascular health and emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Cacao facilitates a communal heart connection and deeper self-love and joy. It is a cardiovascular stimulant, it improves the mood, and as a superfood it is abundant with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other healthy and anti-aging benefits. Four notable scientifically proven “bliss” chemicals in cacao include serotonin, tryptophan, phenethylamine, and anandamide. These neurotransmitters help relieve stress and depression, regulate the mood, and increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Cacao increases the heart rate and is a vasodilator, meaning it opens the blood vessels and increases blood flow. It also reduces blood pressure if it’s high. Please note, if you are on blood thinners, have a serious heart condition, or are taking certain anti-depressants (MAO inhibitors and SSRI types), please consult your medical doctor before participating.
What is a Cacao Ceremony?
A cacao ceremony is a sacred experience that allows us to connect to our highest self through the spirit of cacao and receive pure, ancient heart medicine. Cacao is consumed in ceremony and ritual for physical and energetic clearing and heart-centered rejuvenation. Cacao was first used as a health elixir and ceremonial and ritualistic medicine thousands of years ago by the Olmec people of Mesoamerica.
What are the Benefits of Participating in a Cacao Ceremony?
Each cacao ceremony is unique. These are some of the benefits you may experience:
- Joyful, euphoric sense of wellbeing with self and the universe
- Pleasurable nourishment
- Gentle healing and expansion around the heart
- Inner exploration and growth, emotional release, and play
- Heart-centered focus and concentration
- Enhanced creativity and productivity
- Deeper understanding and retention of information
- Improved meditation, yoga, tai qi, qi gong, chanting, and other longevity and enlightenment practices
- Strengthened perception of intuition, insights, and inspiration
- Accelerated personal transformation with flowing ease
- Powerful, elaborate lucid dreams
How is Cacao Different from Other Plant Medicines and Healing Tools?
Like all plants, the natural healing intelligence of cacao meets you where you are. Its versatility and non-directiveness make cacao a profoundly powerful and wise teacher. When cacao is received in ceremony, its spirit encourages and guides you through a heart-centered inner awakening and renewed sense of creativity. Cacao supports whatever you put your energy toward and facilitates your unfolding, rather than “taking” you on a journey into another realm, like other plants used for spiritual journeying. Cacao as ceremonial medicine is gentle and nurturing, yet potent in its ability to access hidden emotions and stuck energy in the heart and body and bring them to surface to be seen, felt, and transformed, which creates space for more joy, love, and magic that the plant naturally emits.
What to Bring: -
Please dress comfortably with loose-fitting clothes for sitting, laying down, and moving. The cacao will warm you up, but it’s best to be prepared and wear cozy socks and layers. The venue will provide free yoga mats, blankets, pillows, and bolsters. If you prefer using your own, please bring them and come early to set up. You may want to bring a journal or sketchbook and pen or pencil to use throughout the ceremony. It is recommended to drink water to help ground your energy during and after the ceremony. Please bring a water bottle.
About the Facilitator
Michaela Brown is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, and Birth Doula. Her practice is located at Omaha Integrative Care. Michaela empowers her clients with information about holistic healing, offers support during transformation and growth, and shares the magic of mindfully formulated plant medicine. She practices Traditional Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Native American Medicine. She is the owner and plant alchemist of Moonbeam Medicinals. Michaela creates and holds a safe, beautiful, loving container for people to reconnect with themselves and heal with medicinal plants. Her divine purpose is to share native healing and cultural traditions in the Americas, and the spirit of cacao is the first plant that wanted to work with her to uphold that calling.
About the Cacao
We will be drinking ceremonial doses of 100% pure ceremonial grade cacao from a Maya family business in a small village in Belize. Michaela had the pleasure of getting to know this family and worked with them as business partners for years before they became her craft chocolatier for cacao ceremonies. Both sides of the family have extensive history as cacao farmers and have produced cacao to chocolate for generations. Their cacao is organic, sustainably sourced, and made with love, romance, and laughter, the most authentic heart medicine infusion.
Saturday April 13th 1:30-3:30pm
Trauma-Sensitivity for Public Classes: Yoga teachers... let's explore the methodology behind a real trauma-sensitive yoga class, and how it can be modified and employed in an all-levels setting! Yoga teachers will leave with tools to help make all populations feel comfortable in class, and a deeper understanding of the science and reasoning behind the practice. Learn how a somatic approach to healing can aid in trauma recovery. Create a healthy relationship with your students by leveling the power dynamic. Find ways to modify your cues and language to avoid traumatic emotional triggers. Take home a comprehensive list of mainstream yoga techniques to avoid with trauma survivors, and also ways to create a safe space for them to self heal. This class is led by Linsey Birusingh E-RYT 500 YACEP who studied with David Emerson of the Justice Resource Institute and pioneered trauma-sensitive yoga research. Yoga Alliance teachers can earn continuing education credits through this workshop.
Friday May 17th 7pm-9pm
Most people have no idea how good the body is designed to feel! There is a bevy of possibility and deep happiness waiting when we start seeing our bodies, not as the enemy or something to be conquered, but as a force to be respected and nurtured. You will not find the punishment of western exercise in this vibrant and challenging vinyasa class, but you will push yourself to leave everything on the mat! Come love on every part of the body, counteracting anatomical degeneration and overuse by both stretching and strengthening muscles and connective tissues. We'll also open energy channels, and ignite the central processes of optimal health through stellar alignment, a good sweat, and the amazing physiological responses created by this ancient practice. You don't have to be an experienced yogi to explore more challenging and intricate postures, so come tap into bodily potential and mental fortitude you never knew you had! This class is led by Linsey Birusingh E-RYT 500 YACEP, a believer that yoga can tailor to and transform any body.
Wild Wisdom Retreat
March 1st- 7th 2020
Join Bridget next year March 1st- March 7th 2020 for a week immersion in the lust jungles of Costa Rica. This beautiful offering invites you to practice yoga and meditation on a platform overlooking the ocean every morning and evening. Morning activities, soulful excursions, reconnecting with nature, heart warming ceremony, and lots of time for inward reflection to deepen your self study and understanding of yoga. The afternoons will be free time for you to enjoy and explore the magic of Puerto Viejo. Potential afternoon activities might include beach time, hiking, waterfalls, zip-lining, animal sanctuaries, cacao farm tours, and an opportunity to connect with the indigenous Bri Bri tribe.
Are you ready to remember the Wild Wisdom within you??? Let's gather as One with Love in the sweet sanctuary of Mother Earth and remember our Divinity.
Retreat includes 7 nights stay at Cashew Hill and three meals a day.
Space is limited.
More details coming soon, but reserve your spot NOW by putting down a $300 deposit. (NON-REFUNDABLE!)
Early Bird Price- $2,444+ (Ends July 31st)
Full Price- $2,999+