We joined Chris at Movement Lab for a Shamanic Chocolate experience.
Here was the invitation:
Fellow conscious movers,
Come join us on a sacred journey of liberation, connection, and celebration as Chris leads his last cacao ceremony before departing for Asia. Ancient civilizations like the Olmecs and Aztecs used cacao to facilitate connection with their gods and uplift their spirits. We will use the spirit of this amazing plant to unleash the divine creatures within ourselves and connect authentically with our fellow human beings. If you love chocolate, love life, or are looking for a catalyst of transformation we strongly encourage you to come explore cacao's profound uplifting nature!
We will dance and stomp, sing and shout, explore the loving power of touch, and tap into our primal nature as the sacred cacao medicine liberates our spirits. This ceremony is open to everyone! Please feel free to bring your friends, your strengths and your imperfections, any instruments, and your good vibes. Best of all the ceremony is for a good cause. Chris will donate a portion of all proceeds to benefit the education of orphaned and at-risk children in Rishikesh, India through the Ramana's Garden charitable organization where he used to volunteer.
What better day than today to celebrate your amazing life!?!
Eating cacao makes you happy! It contains phenylethylamine which controls pleasure and the feelings you get when you are in love. It also acts as a stimulant and can improve mental alertness. Cacao also contains serotonin and dopamine – which also stimulate good moods and ‘pleasure’ feelings.
Anandomide is also found in cacao. It’s present in the brain as an endogenous substance and interacts with cannabinoid receptors. Cacao also contains great levels of magnesium, which is an essential mineral during times of stress and helps you to feel more relaxed. It also contains manganese, zinc, calcium and potassium.
For more information on the benefits and history of cacao ceremonies please visit madwayoga.com/cacao-cermony/ and https://naturya.com/things-we-love/cocoa-butter-vs-cocoa-paste