Yoga Journal

We Tried The Maltyox Method Gratitude Ritual, And Our Hearts Felt Full For Days

AS I STOOD with my eyes gently shut beneath the wide California sky, a dog howled off in the distance. Its echo through the verdant hills reminded me that I was just a tiny speck in the vastness of the Santa Monica Mountains. I was at Topanga Canyon to try the Maltyox Method, a gratitude ceremony created by yoga teacher and author Christine Olivia Hernandez. It’s a practice of thanks designed to clear the mind and open the heart using meditation, a sacred cacao ritual, asana, and ecstatic dance.

In the ancient Mayan language K'iche', (pronounced maal-tee-osh) means “thank you.” K'iche' is the second-most-popular language in Guatemala behind Spanish and a widely-spoken

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