Two of my favorite things in the world are yoga and chocolate. So when I heard about a workshop called Yoga + Chocolate being held at my yoga studio, I couldn’t resist signing up. The description wasn’t very clear as to what the workshop was about but I figured that combining two of my favorite things couldn’t be a bad thing, right?
David Romanelli, also known as Yeah Dave, is presenting 3 workshops focused around “living in the moment”. More specifically infusing life’s indulgences (wine and chocolate) with the practice of yoga. I attended the Yoga + Chocolate workshop last night, which ended up being better than I imagined.
When I stepped into the room, an unexpected sound was coming from the speakers. Normally, soothing, spiritual music is played during a yoga class (except for Bikram classes which are intentionally silent) but this was not that music. A mix of modern, up beat music was played throughout the class. At least one lady in the class was bobbing her head to the beat the entire time.
The workshop started off with an explanation of where the concept of fusing yoga with chocolate came from. David also talked to us about his own personal journey in yoga. During this time, he also informed us that the chocolate part of the workshop would becoming at the end after we did a vinyasa flow class. I have tried several different types of yoga but this was my first vinyasa class. I absolutely enjoyed it. The sweat was dripping off of me before we finished warming up. It was fantastic!
After the yoga was done, we enjoyed the chocolate. David brought different types of exotic chocolates for us to try. The chocolates were made by one of his friends and celebrity chef Katrina Markoff, founder of Voges Haut-Chocolate.
There was one white chocolate, two dark chocolates and one milk chocolate. The white chocolate (Amalfi Bar) had a soft aromatic scent and had a delicious infusion of lemon zest and pink peppercorns. The first dark chocolate (Black Salt Caramel Bar) was made of the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. The milk chocolate (Barcelona Bar) was another excellent mixture of sweet and salty with the added punch of almonds. The second dark chocolate (Blood Orange Caramel Bar) had a deliciously, citrus flavor to it. My favorites were the Barcelona Bar and the Black Salt Caramel Bar.
By the way, if you want to truly enjoy the flavor of chocolate, eat a piece of these bars right after a vinyasa flow class. I am not sure if it was the chocolate or the yoga (maybe a combination of the two) but I have never enjoyed chocolate as much as I did last night. Let’s not forget that I LOVE chocolate so me saying that is HUGE!
Have you ever attended a yoga workshop? Was there anything special about it, such as post workout chocolate?