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Kundalini Cacao Awakening Series with Crystal Singing Bowls

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The Mermaid's Den

1444 Dupont St. Unit 3A

Toronto, ON M6P 4H3


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Kundalini Cacao Awakening Series with Crystal Singing Bowls

Kundalini Yoga is a physical and meditative discipline that combines postures (asanas), breath (pranayama), meditation and the chanting of mantras. Kundalini refers to the energy that lays dormant at the base of the spine. Through the practice of yoga, this energy is raised and travels up the spine, through the chakras, creating an overall sense of well being and a heightened sense of awareness.

Join Kundalini Yoga Teacher Chris Dub and Sound Healer Jesse Buck for this 2 part workshop Series as we align to our infinite potential, release blockages and expand into higher consciousness. There will be an optional offering of Ceremonial Grade Cacao and intention setting before we begin each practice. Throughout the practice you will be swimming in the soothing healing tones of Crystal Singing Bowls and other instruments throughout the practice, concluding with a 20 min Savasana!

Workshop 1 - Monday, Feb 12th 7-9:30pm

You will be led through a Traditional Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga set that will work with the liver, colon and stomach. We will breathe through and relieve lower back pain, remove toxins, balance the nervous system and more. Flow with the current of manifestation all the way down into the earth as you move prana energy through the lower three chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus).This yoga experience will give you the opportunity to move prana through any blockages in the lower chakras that are keeping you from knowing and manifesting your deepest heart desires.

Workshop 2 - Monday, Feb 26th 7-9:30pm

To reach the subtle realm of ether where we are by nature boundless, we must set a firm foundation on earth. You will be led through a Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga set that works primarily on the pelvic region as a means of setting that foundation. You will then experience a meditation that launches you into the realms of infinity. Experience the energy of the liberating current move through your uppers chakras (heart, throat, pineal and pituitary) as you liberate yourself into pure awareness, living from the essence of your being.


Exchange :: (Limited to 30 participants)

Whole Series - $55

Workshop 1 - Advanced -- $30

Workshop 1 - Door -- $35

Workshop 2 - Advanced -- $30

Workshop 2 - Door -- $35


Schedule ::

7:00 -7:15 – Arrival

7:15 -7:45 – Cacao Ceremony

7:45 – 8:45 – Pranayama & Kriya Kundalini Yoga

8:45 – 9:05 – Crystal Bowl Savasana

9:05 – 9:30 - Meditation & Closing Circle

9:30 - 10:30 - Option to stay and Socialize, Just Chill, Pillow Lounge it, Meditate, the possibilities are endless!!


Who is Jesse Buck ::

Jesse Buck is a Yoga teacher, Reiki / Sound Healer, Thai Massage Therapist & Public Speaker. Jesse has completed over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Trainings and countless other certifications in other healing modalities. Jesse hosts community events in and around Toronto while also working privately with 1 on 1 clients, groups, corporate offices and schools, supporting mental, physical and spiritual growth through his trained healing modalities. Jesse also works with the Youth Wellness Network bringing mental health and wellness programs into the Toronto District School Board for teachers and students. Outside of the school system Jesse also shares the medicine of Cacao (Chocolate elixir) in different settings from Meditation to Ecstatic wildness with an Ecstatic Dance event called the “The Big Love”, a sober Chocolate Dance Party and Full Moon SoundBath Meditations. Cacao is a stimulant which provides a natural high, allowing participants to experience deeper levels of consciousness and heart opening! One of his passions is Sound Healing where he uses mainly Crystal Singing Bowls, with an array of other instruments which allows the body and mind to rest into a deep state of relaxation and balance.

Find out more about Jesse and his offerings by connecting through facebook or by signing up for his newsletter to find out about upcoming events, workshops and classes ::




The Big Love Page ::


Who is Chris Dub ::

Chris Dub has been consciously walking the path of self-realization since becoming very ill 8 years ago. His body suddenly began to purge physically, emotionally and mentally in an intense process which created dramatic changes and shifts of consciousness. Although an incredibly painful process, it allowed him to become in touch with the essence of his spirit and follow the path of service that resonates most with his heart. Chris created Consciousness Now to assist those who are choosing the path of self-inquiry to dive deeper into self-awareness and self-discovery.

Chris is a certified Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga Aquarian Teacher, Yoga Warrior & Yoga Alliance certified. He has a diploma in Social Work and has worked in the field developing and running after school programs for youth relating to healthy living, he has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant and public speaker in elementary schools. Chris has undergone intensive breathe work, bodily cleansing, meditation and self-inquiry to move through chronic pain and find deeper depths of self love over the past 8 years. He works 1 on 1 with clients to move through stress, become aware of self-defeating beliefs, emotional repression and access one’s heart. Chris is passionate about bringing rituals to your daily life to assist in tuning into this frequency and make decision based upon what resonates with this heart space. Chris is a public speaker with a focus on empowerment and is also the former Owner and Creator of Dub’s Deals Buy & Sell. Chris teaches Kundalini Yoga weekly, run’s meditation classes, primal movement classes and hosts the Sacred Brotherhood Men’s Group. Chris does outreach work with the homeless in the winter time and supports many heart-centered community events. He is a spoken word artist and conscious hip-hop performer. He also currently run’s the day to day operations and manages the staff at Popbox Micro Mrkt in Toronto.

Learn more about Chris at www.consciousnessnow.ca.

What is CACAO ::

The Raw Cacao Medicine comes straight from the Cacao Shaman himself in the heart of Guatemala. Known as "the food for the shift", this medicine allows you the opportunity to open your heart and raise your vibration for a deeply healing experience that amplifies any experience.

More about the Cacao Medicine here ::


“An Indigenous myth tells us whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rain-forest to open people's hearts and return the planet to harmony. In one of my early communications with the Cacao Spirit, she referred to cacao as "The Food for the Shift. Cacao is a multidimensional partner and facilitator for creative, spiritual, ceremonial purpose, artistic, new age or shamanic. Chocolate brings one to the door but doesn’t push you through it.”

- Keith wilson Cacao Shaman


With over 1200 chemical constituents, the beans from Theobroma Cacao (translating from the greek: theo = god and broma = food and cacao = the mayan name for the chocolate beans) – or the chocolate tree, appear to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature. Cacao has been used for millennia as a food and antidote to a vast array of health issues. It has also been used ceremonially by the ancient Meso-americans in conjunction with other plants and rituals.

The alkaloids, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, vitamins and minerals specific to cacao have a particularly nourishing effect on the human body. The effects of these properties are amplified when using unroasted and unprocessed cacao and consuming it in the context of a ceremony. All the properties found in cacao (discussed below) are already produced naturally in the body and perform essential functions, but appear to be less and less available when living busy lives in cities and following a “western” diet and lifestyle.

When you consume cacao prepared for ceremony using high quality raw cacao beans, all the mood enhancing neurochemicals in cacao become particularly active. There is increased blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin, the whole body is nourished, awareness and focus is heightened and sensations are intensified.

The context of the ceremony is a safe and beautiful space that supports meditation (reflection and connection to the “larger aspects of yourself”). This creates a rare opportunity to explore and sit with the stories of the heart and to identify areas that are causing you restriction, limitation and pain. You have the chance to relax deeply and receive insights, inspiration and creative ideas that can give you a clarity on the “next steps” of your life and where you can support your overall health.

Many people report a deep sense of joy and peace, a connection to something bigger than themselves as well as insights of limiting behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are able to be understood and released within the safe environment of the ceremony.

Some also find that as their focus holding ability improves, their overall success in life increases and a greater sense of contentment and satisfaction follows.


The story of chocolate begins with a tree, a small tree of the tropical understory. In 1735 Linnaeus designated this tree Theobroma cacao, a scientific name that handily links two ancient cultures a world apart.

Theobroma, the genus name, is from the Greek and translates to “food of the gods,” a designation that chocolate-lovers would agree is befitting. Although Linnaeus was reputedly fond of chocolate, he would have been familiar with early Spanish writings describing the Mayan and Aztec beliefs that cacao was a gift from the gods.

Cacao is the Mayan root word retained by the Spanish colonizers of Mesoamerica to describe the tree and its products.

According to both archeologists and Mayan spiritual elders, the Cacao Spirit was one of the most powerful deities in ancient Mayan cosmology. While the ancient Mayans and Aztecs of Southern Mexico and Guatemala are best known, there are contemporary Indigenous cultures in Central and South America who continue cacao use in shamanic ceremony, preferring it to locally available psychedelics. With today’s psychedelic buzz, you may not have heard much of them. Although one of this world’s finest spiritual or shamanic partners, cacao was ignored in the ‘60’s resurgence of medicine plants because it does not act like a psychedelic – it does not take you on its trip, but facilitates your own.

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