We had the best time on the evening of the Summer Solstice (21st June) which is coincidentally International Day of Yoga too!
This year All About the Om held a yoga and cacao workshop at the yoga yurt at Woolley Grange – Bradford on Avon. This is such a lovely venue to relax in and all equipment is provided, so perfect if you are new to yoga.
The sun was shining, so we were so lucky to be able to start our evening with the cacao drinking outside. Tracy from Chocolate Voyage created a beautiful and lightly spiced hot drinking cacao for us and talked us through the journey that chocolate has taken.
The hot drinking cacao was dark and rich, but not in the least bit bitter. I would encourage anyone to try it. You can find out more about what Tracy does here – https://chocolatevoyage.com/.
We moved into the yurt for our yoga session and our students got to open their goodie bags! Each student was given an All About the Om bracelet and a little bar of delicious dark chocolate.
We started our yoga session with sun salutations (it only seemed appropriate!) to warm up the body and allow the cacao to move around us.
Our yoga session then focused on pure relaxation. We held gentle postures, which we could breathe deeply into, for several minutes each. Really feeling the stretch and allowing the body and mind to find peace.
We utilised props throughout the session: bolsters, cushions, blocks and blankets, to help ease into postures and to ensure the utmost comfort and relaxation.
Our guided Shavasana was all about indulging in relaxation. The students snuggled under blankets, concentrating on their breath and were encouraged to focus on themselves, their achievements and to feel good about themselves. The whole evening was all about looking after yourself and enjoying this time, just for you.
I know that our lives are busy, but it’s really important to take time to look after yourself and what you need. Keep an eye out for future events (we have our next yoga brunch on 7thSeptember) – I really hope to see you there.