• Leah Kenyon, CTE

The Most Unusual Class in Grand Junction: Cuddle Yoga

A love story: Dave and Joyce met at the most unusual class in Grand Junction: Cuddle Yoga. They fell in love. Now they live together in a blissful (sometimes rocky, but pretty damn nearly perfect) relationship and want to bring Cuddle Yoga back to the Grand Valley. It's a good place to meet good people when you need to recharge.

Cuddle Yoga is for everyone who gives, gives, gives, and needs to recharge: mental health professionals, educators, massage therapists, parents, people in strained relationships, and yes...singles.

Cuddle Yoga is a safe, light-hearted space for adults to exchange the benefits of non-romantic touch.

So, what are the benefits of platonic touch? Touch releases the wonderful neurotransmitters oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, hormones responsible for all sorts of lovely effects: decreased blood pressure, slower aging, increased digestion, a boosted immune system, and best of all, feelings of belonging and peace.

Studies have shown humans who do not get enough touch suffer ill effects worse than cigarette smoking, even death in babies and the elderly.

That's a powerful statement, but even so, isn't getting together in roomful of strangers and hugging each other just plain weird? Well, yes of course it's weird--at first. Lots of wonderful things were once weird until people fell in love with them: bicycles, automobiles, Queen, peanut butter cups. By the end of the Cuddle Yoga exercises, no one is a stranger, and hugging your new friends feels natural.

Touch is the only therapy with no side effects and beneficial for both the giver and receiver.

As you might expect then, a lot of hugging in various sizes and intensities happens at Cuddle Yoga. We start with small, polite touches, like hand, foot and shoulder rubs (ahh), back scratching (yup...that's the spot), enjoy a group meditation, until eventually we all end up in one big relaxing cuddle puddle.

Isn't all that touching, well,ahem, stimulating? The keyword here is platonic--human touch may stir sexual feeling, but we don't act on it during Cuddle Yoga. In fact, we have rules of engagement to keep cuddling safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Tantra recognizes between any two people there is a sacred temple where loving energy is exchanged; we need only to remove any obstacles to love. In Cuddle Yoga you'll learn about seeing another person as a manifestation of Divine Source energy and about sacred energy exchange in a non-romantic setting. Many people in our society don't get the touch they need to stay healthy because they believe they need to be in romantic partnership, or they aren't in a position to get touch from family. Cuddle Yoga uses Tantric ideas to remove those obstacles and let love flow.

January 11, 2019 Dave & Joyce's House 7-9 pm

$15 Tickets

Leah Kenyon is a Certified Tantra Educator dedicated to world peace one heart at a time through the practice of affordable, hands-on Tantra. Leah offers both classes and customized private instruction to couples who desire to invest in their Oneness. Classes and private instruction are also available to singles looking to attract the perfect partner and have Tantric tools prepared for that relationship. She offers Cuddle Yoga as a non-sexual, non-commitment-oriented space for students to enjoy the rich health benefits of touch.

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