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Cacao Kirtan with Luke Maguire Armstrong

  • Daya Yoga Studio 360 Jefferson St Brooklyn, NY (map)

Cacao Kirtan
led by Luke Maguire Armstrong

Join us for an afternoon of heart-opening magic that mixes the Mayan heart medicine of cacao with Indian Kirtan, the music of yoga.

Luke is honored to be carrying a ceremonial cacao that contains the rare Pataxte, or white cacao, shaman-sourced from the coastal region of Guatemala.

100% of profits for this event donated to Integral Heart Family kids breaking out of generational poverty.

More about Cacao:

The indigenous people of the Central and South Americas regarded cacao as the drink of love. The Mayans called it “heart medicine.” Theobroma Cacao literally means Cacao - Food of the Gods. The Aztecs called it Heart Blood. They were aware of its health benefits, such as it’s ability to increase blood flow to the heart and all the extremities.

Pure Cacao is a Superfood that has numerous health benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. It is a natural anti-depressant and MAO inhibitor, meaning that it releases endorphins and other feel good chemicals, and keeps them in our brain for longer.

Theobromine, the active compound in Cacao, is similar to caffeine in its stimulating effects, it increases energy, mental alertness, motivation, and focus. Unlike caffeine though, theobromine contains chemicals that support your cardiovascular system called flavonoids. Flavonoids are the largest family of polyphenols found in cocoa. These polyphenols increase vasodilation- flexibility of arteries- which lowers blood pressure, increases blood vessel health, improves cholesterol levels, lowers the risk of heart disease and heart attack. It also increases blood flow to the brain, increasing cognitive function and decreasing the risk of Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

Cacao contains Phenylethylamine PEA, an adrenal-related chemical that is created in the brain that makes us feel good! It gets released when we are in love and increases relaxation, mental clarity and focus.

Cacao is the only plant known to contain and increase the amount of Andamide, known as the “bliss chemical,” in the body. This neurotransmitters is the chemical that is released when a woman gives birth, aiding in a feeling of unconditional love and connection, like the feeling that is felt when a mother first encounters her child.

Cacao is also a good source of Magnesium. It increases communication between the left and right brain which is expressed as being able to see things from a wider perspective and to see connections between concepts/ideas not seen normally, thereby increasing creativity and inspiration.

:: $25 Suggested Donation ::


BIO of Facilitator
Luke Maguire Armstrong ( is the author of the "The Nomad’s Nomad." He has lived in Thai and Tibetan buddhist monasteries, and has studied yoga and meditation in Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, and The USA. His focus is classical hatha yoga, Dorje Tibetan Yoga, and vipassana meditation. He continues ongoing studies with indigenous populations and combines cacao ceremonies with trainings in Mayan cosmology. Sometimes his joy is the cause of his smile, other times his smile causes his joy.