YIN YOGA & CACAO CEREMONY AFTERNOON RETREAT
The ultimate Christmas Chill-Out session with
Carla Martini and Leah Martini
Michael Martini will be assisting with yin yoga adjustments and massage
23rd December 2017 - 2pm – 5.30pm at L’Hermitage Gardens, Beaumont, Jersey
£40 per person (Refreshments included in price)
Come and join us for an inspiring and deeply relaxing afternoon retreat starting with a transformative yin yoga session followed by drinking one of the earth’s most precious gifts, sacred cacao.
YIN YOGA – 2.10 – 3.40pm
REFRESHMENT BREAK – 3.40pm – 4pm
CACAO CEREMONY – 4pm – 5.30pm
Our afternoon will begin with heart opening restorative yin yoga postures suitable for all ages & levels. The pace of the class is meditative, slow and geared towards opening the joints, stimulating flow of meridian lines in the body while also physically working deep into the fascia, the connective tissue in the body. Regardless of your flexibility you can take the postures as deep as you want to.
Following a short refreshment break we will regroup to drink a cup of ceremonial cacao directly from the Ashaninka shamanic communities in Peru and through using a combination of Shamanic tools and techniques, you will be guided on journey to a space where you can listen to your own heart’s wisdom.
Afterwards, you will have the chance to share the wisdom if you so wish before floating out the door to enjoy the rest of your Christmas weekend.
Cacao is a beautiful facilitator to help relax the body, melt into the heart and guide you deeper within to the parts of you that are calling for your love and attention. It has certain active ingredients that as a heart opening plant medicine can support you with living life with a renewed clarity and purpose.
Is this a new fad?
No, it’s thought that the fleshy fruit around the cacao bean was used as a way to maintain health around 1900BC by the Olmec people in Central America. But then the cacao bean was then used by the Aztecs and Mayans in around 600BC. The Mayans believed cacao was discovered by the Mayan gods, and was considered to be one of most sacred foods on the planet.
During the plant medicine resurgence of the 60s, cacao was overlooked as it doesn’t have the psychedelic qualities of its counterparts. However, as times are seemingly becoming more chaotic and stressful, cacao is enjoying a re-emergence of its own as a self- healing tool, helping you to realign yourself to your life’s purpose.
In yin yoga we tune in to the body and mind by practicing breath awareness and holding poses for up to five minutes. As we age, it is the tightening of the fascia around our muscles and bones which causes the inevitable aches and pains.
In holding the poses for minutes rather than seconds we are working deeper and taking the stretch into the connective tissue and thus strengthening it.
In eastern medicine it is also believed that the fascia contains the body’s energy channels.
In India, yogis called this energy prana and its pathways nadis; in China, the Taoists called it qi (pronounced “chee”) and founded the science of acupuncture, which describes the flow of qi through pathways called meridians.
There are a number of ways we can affect the qi in our bodies; the food we eat, where we live, our emotional patterns and movement. By practicing yin we are stimulating the flow of qi within the channels through sustained pressure being applied to certain parts of the body.
Props such as bolsters, sandbags, blocks and blankets are positively encouraged so that your body is in the perfect position to relax deep into the pose and open slowly and deeply when it is ready.
"Yin yoga is joint rehabilitation," says Paul Grilley, the founder of yin yoga. "The poses work your joints in a way similar to how other types of exercise work your heart."
Carla & Leah
As sisters with a 2 year age gap we have always felt like we were destined to be together. Growing up we realised we were both attracted to the same ideologies and passions. From becoming vegetarian together at the ages of 12 and 14, to going to our first yoga class and even our first Vipassana meditation retreat together.
While we shared so much, we also followed our own paths. Leah’s insatiable wanderlust led her on journeys around the world including spending years in an Indian ashram and then studying for a Masters degree whereas Carla pursued her love for Ashtanga yoga, had a baby and then finally qualified as an Ashtanga and Yin Yoga teacher.
Michael, the only boy in the family, also travelled for a long time, sometimes with his sister Leah in tow. Michael then decided to train as a qualified Thai and Swedish Massage Practitioner and Cranial Sacral Therapist.
Now we have come together as we once dreamed, to share our learnings in this very special afternoon retreat and we so hope you enjoy your experience.
I have been following a shamanic yogic path for many years and incorporate techniques from both paths into my practice. I started my yogic path just after I finished university and consequently ended up living in an ashram in India experiencing yogic traditions in their live form before deciding Bramacharia (being a yogic nun) was not for me and choosing to practice yoga as a householder.
I found cacao during a crossroads in my life and since then have been working deeply and forming a relationship with cacao for the last three years, which you can read about in my blog.
I have recently completed a year-long introduction to the shamanic medicine wheel, worked with various plant medicine and had the great fortune to undertake workshops with some of the most powerful Shamans on the planet today.
However, recently I have felt the call from cacao to work with her and support others with their own path towards the heart.
I am also a registered social worker and work with a focus on adult mental health. I specialise in supporting people who experience anxiety, depression and personality disorders and am currently working as a Mental Health Advisor at a university in London
Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat, bolster and blanket, eye mask (if sensitive to light when journeying), water, paper and pen for insights - but don’t worry if you don’t have these as we will have some supplies Try to eat a large breakfast as we won’t be having a snack until after the cacao ceremony but don’t come with a full stomach. Avoid caffeine and dairy in the hours before the ceremony.