The traditional sweatlodge (in Nahuatl known as temazcalli) represents concepts related to the magic of birth, life and death.
The traditional sweatlodge is a transformative experience that we can use to purify, let go, open our hearts and connect with Mother Earth. The physical structure of the temazcal is the representation of the uterus of mother earth. Before we were born we were warm and snug swimming in the amniotic fluid in the belly of our mother: the waters of life. Death is also related to darkness we find inside the temazcal, the emptiness of the cosmos that we return to after our earthly life. Darkness helps us to direct the energy of our five senses into our self, into the least-well-known parts of ourselves. A process of physical purification is achieved through sweating, helping us to let go of damaging toxins from our physical bodies. The songs we sing clear our minds of extra thoughts and bring us into the present (Intloque Nahuaque) Darkness obliges us to look inside, feel and transform stuck emotions, while the heat softens and opens our hearts, so we can reconnect with the love that exists within us and in all things.
During the ceremony we thank and honor all the elements that make life possible: fire, air, water and earth
Earth is represented by the volcanic rocks that we call abuelas (grandmothers) because they are the oldest and wisest. Fire is what ignites and heats the rocks Air is the water vapor that is release when we put water onto the hot rocks. Water is the sweat that our skin produces and that we offer with thanks inside the temazcal. We conduct 4 rounds (puertas) during the ceremony, each honoring a cardinal direction and an element. During each round we share, express thanks, sing from the heart and unify our intentions. Inside the temazcal is a sacred space which has the potential to help us give our lives a more firm, congruent and elevated purpose. Who can enter the temazcal? This traditional sweatlodge is a ceremony appropriate for anyone with the intention of purifying their body, offering an intention and opening their heart. Children who are accompanied by adults are also welcome. Recommended for those who find themselves stresses, anxious or depressed. People who have a specific physical pain, or chronic illness, be in mental or emotional, can also experience healing. Pregnant women can participate in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Not recommended for: The sweatlodge is not recommended for people with high or low blood pressure, chronic migranes, in the first trimester of pregnancy, heart issues, serious disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. What should I bring? Traditionally the temazcal ceremony as a sacred rite honoring the fire god, Hueheteotl (masculine element). To synchronize with this sacredness women use long skirts while in the presence of the creator. Men can enter wearing shorts or cotton pants. We recommend using cotton clothing or natural fibers because it allows our skin to breathe freely. ALSO synthetic fibers, when exposed to heat and steam, let off toxins into the air that we could inhale or absorb through the skin. When leaving the temazcal you will need a towel to dry and cover yourself. A change of clothes to change. Water, coconut water or other drinks. Fruit or a light natural snack is nice to bring to share afterward with the other participants.
Approximate Duration of the ceremony: 120 minutes If you have any questions or you would like to organize a temazcal, please contact me to: email@example.com