Yoga and a Healthy Raw Food Treat
is a special event a few times a year
at Maha Pura Yoga
Next Chocolate Yoga Day: Monday, February
14th 2011 at 7:45pm
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All Levels. Beginners welcome! You
will tone, shape, stretch and strengthen your body while relaxing and
rejuvenating your mind. Includes a small blob of raw chocolate to
promote your health and happiness. You will love this class!
What is it?
It's extremely healthy! I began these classes in 2005
after being inspired by a fabulous instructor from Hawaii, and as far
as I know, this
was the first class in Canada of it's type.
The practice combines the natural high of yoga with the endorphin high
of eating raw chocolate to facilitate relaxation, health and happiness.
Still in it's infancy, chocolate yoga is quickly gaining in popularity.
Normally, it is best to practice Yoga on an empty stomach. In this
case, I still request that you do not eat 1 to 2 hours ( or longer ) before
the class. We will enjoy the benefits of a small amount of
honey-sweetened, raw cacao beans (which will not interfere
with our ability to have an enjoyable and healthy Yoga experience) In fact, it
will take your practice to a new and delightful level.
What kind of chocolate
will we eat? We will enjoy chocolate in it's purest and
most natural form. Sweetened Certified organic raw cacao beans
from Nature's First Law (package shown above). Cacao is the seed of the fruit of an Amazonian
tree. Called "the food of the gods", Mayans and Aztecs so revered the
cacao bean that they were used as money! The raw cacao bean is one of
nature's most nutrient rich and complex superfoods. Many of its unique
properties are weakened or lost when cooked, roasted, processed and turned
into the sugar and cream packed treat we know as chocolate. The cacao
bean is incredibly healthy and contains less fat
than an almond.
Why are cacao beans so
wonderful? Cacao is the #1 source of
magnesium of any food. This is likely why women crave chocolate
during the menstrual period. Magnesium balances brain chemistry,
builds strong bones, and is associated with more happiness. Over 80%
of Americans are chronically deficient in Magnesium! Cacao is
remarkable rich in the beauty mineral
sulphur. Sulphur is essential for strong nails, hair and beautiful
shiny skin. It detoxifies the liver, helps reduce mercury and
supports healthy pancreas function. Raw cacao is the
highest known source of anti-oxidants, many
times higher than blueberries or green tea! Cacao contains
subtle amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have
shown that these stimulants are far
different when consumed raw than cooked.
The aromatic substances released during roasting cause an excitement of the
nervous system, however, these physiological changes were not noticeable in
those that consumed raw, unroasted beans. Cacao
seems to diminish appetite, probably due to it's MAO inhibitors.
These rare MAO inhibitors allow more serotonin and other neurotransmitters
to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO
inhibitors facilitate youthening and rejuvenation. Phenylethylamine
(PEA) is found in chocolate. PEA is an adrenal-related chemical that
is also created within the brain when we are in love.
PEA also plays a role in increasing focus
and alertness. Anandamide ( the bliss
chemical) has been isolated in cacao. It is known as "the
bliss chemical" because it is released by the brain while we are
feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our
bodies' ability to break down anandamide. This means that natural
anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us
feel good longer, when we eat cacao.
Cacao is also high in
calcium, phosphorus and protein. It has an
ultra low microbe count and low acidity. A
recent study showed that only one out of every 500 people who thought they
were allergic to chocolate actually tested positive.
Allergies to chocolate are quite rare.
Typically the person is in fact allergic to milk and dairy products.
The chocolate may
have come into contact with nuts or soy. If you have any kind of severe
allergic reaction to any foods please decline the treat.
Montezuma, the famous Aztec emperor, had his vaults filled
not with gold but with over 900 million cacao beans!
What style of Yoga do you
teach? I have developed a style that embraces
both traditional wisdom and modern science. I teach Hatha Yoga with
some vinyasa flow while paying careful attention to alignment. My
classes have a pleasing pace and
are designed to tone, shape, stretch and strengthen all the muscles of your
body while relaxing and rejuvenating your mind. I believe in modifying
the poses to suit your body and it's strengths and limitations. You do
not have to be flexible to do yoga with me! You go to my classes to develop a
greater range of motion, gain more strength and joy and achieve your optimal
health. I teach men and women of
all ages and fitness levels. You will love the way you feel after one
of my classes!
How do I register?
Contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 519 824-8369
or just show up to any class and start!
Where are the classes? There
are 2 convenient locations. The Central Guelph Studio is at the Guelph
Montessori School, 151 Waterloo Avenue. The south end of Guelph Studio
is at Performance Dance Academy, 340
Southgate Drive, just off of Laird Road. Click
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