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Do you trust yourself?

What are the dreams and visions you have been having lately?

Are you ready to take risks and put your fear away in order to achieve your dreams?

I know it sounds easier than it is.

” I always dream of doing….”

” I would love..but”

We are specialists in being busy and making excuses to delay, postpone or never achieved our dreams our goals.

I was like that as well but now I am determined to follow my dreams, and yes sometimes it will be hard and yes I have to be ready to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

To step out of my comfort zone and do things I have never done before.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results”

Albert Einstein

The fear to be judged, the fear to fail it can be paralyzing.

If we only change the perspective toward this we will be taking a massive shift.

If we can see we are our worst judge and maybe realize that by putting ourselves out there we might be helping someone else whit similar problems. Or instead of being afraid of making mistakes we realize that we don’t know everything, that we will make tons of mistakes so we can embrace them and take them as learning opportunities.

There will ALWAYS be obstacles along your path so that you can continually learn more of who you are and how you show up for the occasion.

Every full moon is the time to focus our energies on letting go and releasing all fears.

Time to reflect on what is no longer serving us and adapt to evolve.

Because things not always will present in the exact same way we planned it to be.

Since 2018, every full moon I host a yoga class by donation to fundraise a non-profit organization here in the Cayman Islands.

This year October’s full moon date is busy with lots of events and things happening on the island so I have decided to plan this magical encounter 1 week after the full moon.

On the Saturday of October 19th, I will be hosting an Acroyoga Jam.

This is a playful practice the invites us to meet and have fun while we learn how to perform yoga poses with others.

Click in the image below to access to the full info

Link to the Event

If you want to learn how to perform the moon salutations also known as Chandra Namaskar, the yin side of the Sun salutations, a gentle flow that invites us to cool down and reflect.

 I am giving away a free tutorial. You can have access by clicking on this LINK 

On October’s full moon let’s stop the shxt. Trust and believe in yourself fully and be fiercely independent when it comes to following your heart.

Unleash Your Inner Badass

I encourage you to take one action one step that will help you to be closer to achieve your dreams

And feel free to share in the comments below.

For positive changes.

Namaste

Myths of Acroyoga

Acroyoga is a healing practice.
The word comes from the Greek root akros, meaning hight and the Sanskrit word Yoga, meaning union. Together they form AcroYoga-Hight Union.


Many wonderful physical shapes and relationships can be formed, by this practice we can literally and figuratively elevate each other. we can get to know ourselves in a better way establishing deep states of union with ourselves, with others and with the community we live in.

Most likely when someone sees me practicing acro-yoga or any of the acrobatics postures of yoga I always get the comment of “I would love to try but I am too big, or I am not flexible or I am not strong

And that is not true, we create these stereotypes about how should we look or be before getting into the practice.
How crazy this sound?

  • Myth number 1:
    “I need to be strong”

It will help if you are strong enough to hold your body weight or if have any physical activity background, but you don’t need to be strong, instead, you need to be patient, you will get stronger with the practice and you have to.

  • Myth number 2:
    “I need to be flexible”

As I mentioned before it will help if you have your body flexibility available, but this not always is needed, instead is more important to work in the body awareness, knowing your body will help you to move better and to understand the flow of body movement with others.

  • Myth number 3:
    ” I am too tall, too big or too small”

Here is where the rule of the sides doesn’t matters apply. You do need to understand your body, knows how you move, how you balance and you will combine your movements finding balance with others. But if you have been following the movement path, I mean if you haven’t dedicated time to do any physical activity that will help you with this, don’t worry what it matters is how committed are you with the acro-yoga practice , because if you are committed and you dedicate time you will learn how to find efficiency in your movement; you will understand your body and the others, you will have fun, while you learn.

  • Myth number 4:
    “I don’t have the right clothes”

You don’t need any fancy clothing to practice acro yoga, just arrived with comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. it is better not to wear saggy clothes because it can interfere in the movements with your partners and get trapped in a toe or a finger with the acro-yoga transitions. You don’t want that. Is ok to wear leggings and sports t-shirts or tops

Be aware that if you are wearing tiny shorts and you need to do a poses that demands to straddle, someone might be seen more than they prefer to see. So be mindful and respectful with yourself and others.

  • Myth Number 5th:
    “I don’t have a yoga mat”

Ok, now you are just looking for excuses. You don’t need a super fancy yoga mat as people post on social media. I have been using my mat, the same mat for 5 years, and it works well. Before having a yoga mat I use a towel or I looked for grass areas where the practice will be more enjoyable

  • Myth number 6,
    “I don’t have anyone to practice with”

It will always be better to have an acro partner to practice with and be able to grow in the practice together but this is, not your case you can start by working at home with the acrobatics postures of yoga-like sirsasana (headstand pose) or any arm balancing like bakasana (crow pose) As I mentioned before understanding your body will help you to have a more enjoyable practice with others, so when you find someone you are already one step ahead in the practice Other option will be to approach the community in the beach or the parks, depending where do you live. When you find any acro yoga jam don’t be shy, that is your time to go for it and meet wonderful people who for sure will open you the door be part of their practice.

I hope this helps you to start with your acro yoga practice if this is what you want to do and you have been postponed it.

Oh, and before I forget, if you are currently living or visiting in Cayman Island.

I am hosting 2 acroyoga events:

  1. An Acroyoga Jam- class, by donations to fundraise a non-profit organization Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness.

If you would like to join is check out the full info on my facebook page,

2. An Acroyoga Workshop Series, were will get a deeper understanding of the Acroyoga practice.

This will be done at a yoga studio in grand Cayman, Cayman Yoga Club.

“Be brave, be courageous and you will be surprised by your achievements”

Renée

Why Acroyoga?

Every full moon has a different name, this was the way Native American Tribes would track the seasons. August full moon is known as the Sturgeon Full Moon. This is because Native Americans knew that the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. The surgeon is an ancient fish, people will call live fossil

The word “sturgeon” means “the stirrer,” which is what this giant fish does when it is looking for food; it stirs up the mud and silt on river and lake bottoms.

Famers Almanac

According to some tarot readers, August’s Full Moon invites us to let our imagination stir with eccentric ideas and visions that will contribute to the whole and betterment of our society. 

Before even knowing this I have decided to change my fundraiser classes to an Acroyoga Jam.

Every full moon since August 2018 I have been hosting a yoga class to fundraise a nonprofit organization Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

I hosted these classes around the full moon dates and during the classes, we worked with the full moon energy. We reflect about what do we need to release and let go and we practices a slow yoga secuense as the Moon Salutations or Chandra Namaskar in sanskrit

(You can read more about it int this Blog Post )

August full moon in 2019 is 1 year I have been hosting these classes!

I am so happy that I want to celebrate the anniversary involving more people in an acro-yoga practice

Acroyoga is all about letting go and trust.

Letting go of the fears, the insecurities. Stop saying to your self “I can’t”, “I am not strong enough” or any other excuses that might show up.

This full moon is here to help hold you accountable for stepping into who you really are and releasing those layers and masks that no longer authentically align

Brittney Carmichael

I decided to do an acro yoga jam because when I have practiced acro-yoga for the first time I felt free but I felt free with others and I want to share this with you.

Acroyoga is a community-based practice that encourages personal transformation.

Acroyoga invites you to experience the full spectrum of your being through opportunities to:
-give and receive
-support and be supported
-experience strength and sensitivity.

It is a systematic approach to health and healing designed to be accessible for every practitioner.
It is fun to practice and fun to watch.

“The best of acro yoga is that it brings people together in the old fashion way, through human connection, touch, and play”

Jason Nemer

No one knows exactly when this practice started, acrobatics and yoga have been mixed in many ways for thousands of year.

But it has been found photos with ancients yogis practicing similar poses to what it is Acroyoga today with kids.

Krishnamacharya and one of his daughters presenting a little ‘acroyoga’ in a scene from the 1934 film documentary footage “Breath of God”

No a days there are two well known yoga shcool in Canada, “Acroyoga Montreal and “Acroyoga International”, among many other qualify teachers

Acroyoga is all about community, relationships, and partnerships. Has grown beyond one school or one person only. Thanks to the curiosity of the modern yoga teachers, practitioners, and acrobats who have shared their knowledge now we can know acro-yoga as it is.

If you are currently living or visiting in the Cayman Islands
I invite you to come and join the practice.

facebook event link

We will meet on Saturday august 17th, from 5 to 6:30pm in an outdoor grass area at Public Beach, next to Calicos bar and next to the kids playground area as a reference to find us.

Please bring:

  • Yoga Mat
  • Water bottle
  • Towel, because we are going to sweat 😉
  • Moquito spray in case de mosquito get to crazy at the sunset
  • And good vibes

All the $ donations for the class will go to fundraise Cayman’s Act of Radom Kindness.

If you love outdoor sports, yoga nd acrobatics I have created the perfect retreat for you. This is an “Acroyoga &Rock Climb Retreat” in Cayman Brac.

Click here to know more about it

Feel free to contact me any time

Join the facebook group Yoga for every Acrobat, were I posted weekly videos tutorials with easy yoga postures to to encourage you to practice at home so you can imporve your acrobatic development.

Hope to see you in on one these places

Renée

Full “Thunder”Moon in July 2019

July’s full moon is known as the Full Buck Moon because a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
The Full Moon Names is being used in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native American tribes, Colonial Americans, or other traditional North American names passed down through generations. Each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.

July’s full moon is coming with a partial eclipse. This will be the last lunar eclipse of 2019, is visible on Tuesday, July 16th, from Australia, Africa, South America, most of Europe, and Asia.
The eclipse will miss North America, except for the very southern and eastern parts of the continent.

This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse invites us to face our fears, and accept the life lessons you’re currently being taught.

Like every full moon is time to release and let go what no longer positively serves you to make room for what you want.

This energy is going to be intense so take time to rest after a big release. You’re being stretched beyond your comfort zone to expand past your current limiting thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

On top of all these energies changes, in July we are being influenced by mercury retrograde.

Did you heard about it but you don’t know what is it?

According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde. Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky concerning the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion.
Three times a year, it appears as if Mercury is going backward. These times, in particular, were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.
However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

In 2019, Mercury will be in retrograde three times, during the date ranges of:

  • March 5 to 28
  • July 7 to August 2
  • October 31 to November 20

How this can affect us?

The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such.
So, when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Double-check your email responses, check-in with reservations before you take that trip.
Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans and be prepared.
Some people blame Mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, this is a good time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas?
Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.

Like every month since 2018, I am hosting a yoga class by donation to fundraise Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness a non-profit organization in Grand Cayman.

We practice the Moon Salutations – known as Chandranamaskar in sanskrit. A slow flow yoga sequence that helps us to reflect and relax.

The perfect practice for this time of the month.

If you are visiting or living in Grand Cayman, you are welcome to join us:

  • Friday, July 19th,2019
  • From 6:15pm to 7:15pm
  • Location: Dart Family Park , direcctions here
facebook link

We will meet at the theatre of Dart’s Family Park to share our Chandra Namaskara- Moon Salutations practice with others; surrounding by nature, ending with a guided meditation

Please bring:

  • An open heart.
  • Your yoga mat
  • Towel, scarf or blanket to cover during our meditation.
  • Pen and paper to perform a release ritual
  • Water Bottle
  • Mosquito spray

All the $ donations will go to Caymans ARK – Acts of Random Kindness

Spread the word and share this event!

Hope to see you there,

Namaste

Renée

P/S: it will be canceled only if there are thunderstorms

June’s Strawberry Moon

In the month of June we can find some interesting dates you might not know about.

One of them is June’s full moon on the 17th, it has associations with ripening and the fullness of life. 

In North America, indigenous peoples called it the Full Strawberry Moon because of the berries they collected around that time.

In Europe, terms like Honey Moon and Mead Moon presented early summer as a time to wed. Newly married couples in Europe received mead and honey as gifts, a custom that probably gave rise to the modern term “honeymoon” probably comes from this tradition. 

Pagan cultures talk about the June full moon as the Lovers’ Moon and perform sweetening rituals. In India, married couples celebrate the June full moon as Vat Purnima.  This tradition calls on married women to fast, put on particularly beautiful saris, and wrap a thread seven times around a banyan tree. This expresses a wish that their husbands will live long and be happy.

How we can be influence by the moon?

According to the tarot readers each full moon is the time to release and let go.

Because of the aspects present this full moon, you can expect extra focus, optimism, and feelings of security as you pursue your goals. Is time to focus on your personal growth, don’t hold anymore things that are not letting you evolve.

Allow yourself to be creative; is a good idea to jornal your thoughts and your emotions as something to do as the first thing in the morning, without judgments.

Write down in a pease of paper what you want to manifest and what you want to let go. Be clear, be specific; go outside the night of the full moon and read it out loud.

Burn the paper where you wrote the things you are releasing (be safe) and keep the paper with the things you want to achieved. Save it in a place where you can read it every morning until it is manifested.

Another interesting date of the month is June 21st, a day to celebrate the summer solstice

What is a solstice? 

Ancient cultures knew that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year.

They built monuments, such as Stonehenge – in South West England – to follow the sun’s yearly progress. No one really knows why Stonehenge was built some 5,000 years ago. But one possibility is that it was used to mark solstices and equinoxes. That’s because during the summer solstice, the sun rises just over the structure’s Heel Stone and hits the Altar Stone dead center.

Today, we know that the solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and its motion in orbit around the sun.

Did you know June 21st is the International Yoga Day?

As you might know already, yoga is an ancient practice originated from India. This practice is 5000-year -old which heals your mind, body and soul and we can say that yoga reforms your thoughts to peruse a great lifestyle.

June 21st was declared as the International Day of Yoga on December 11 in 2104, by United Nations General Assembly after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. 175 nations took part in this resolution.

During his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 Modi said,

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”

 Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

By suggesting June 21 (which is summer Solstice) as international yoga day India Prime Minister said that- “The date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world”. 


Bringing together all these interesting events taking place in June; I have decide to host the monthly Chandra Namaskar practice on Friday June 21st, 2019, where we will gather to celebrate the full moon, the summer solstice and the yoga day.
Wow so many good things!

The event will take place At 6:15pm, with a Yoga Class where all the donations will be to fundraise  Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness

If you are around this side of the world you are absolutely welcome to participate.

Here is a flyer with a link of the event below

We will practice Chandra Namaskar also know as Moon Salutations.

I will guide you in a slow flow practice that invite us to cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy.


What to bring?:

  • Your  Yoga Mat 
  •  Your water bottle.
  • Pen and paper to perform a release ritual.
  • Mosquito Spray for the sunset
  • Blanket if you prefer to cover during the meditation

Place: Dart family Park.
Link to the map direction

If you can please share this event, we will definitely appreciate it and you will be helping us to reach more people.

Love & Gratitude

Renée

Pink Moon April 19th, 2019

April’s full moon is already here!

I don’t know you guys but time is flying for me.

Like almost every month I am here writing a post about the full moon energy with a brief description so you can learn more about it.

Since 2018 I got more and more interested in the how the moon can affects our emotional and spirituals states. Specially when is full

Long time ago, in ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern calendar are based on.

For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical

Each tribe had its own names, hence the reason why it is also called the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Hare Moon, or Fish Moon. All of these moons conjure memories of April. Overtime, colonial Americans adopted these names as well, and today, they’re still just as important to our cultural consciousness.

The Pink Moon is specifically named after the reappearance of a dazzling set of flowers known as “wild ground phlox,” according to Farmer’s Almanac. These flowers drape over the green like a quilt of pink petals and its no wonder they inspired the name of the April moon.

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata)

Spiritually, the Pink Moon signifies rebirth and renewal. After a long, cold, gray, and miserable winter, (if you live in the norther hemisphere) resurgence of the color pink is a revitalising dose of beauty and joy.

It serves as a reminder that life is a set of ups and downs, a cycle of hibernation and reawakening. “The flowers may go away for a while but they always return, more beautiful than they’ve ever been before. Their color is appreciated in a new light, since we’ve all gone so long without embracing their poetic impact on our world”

The Pink Moon “brings the stability and security to crystallise recent changes and make them permanent improvements.”

Cherokee Billie, espiritual advisor

This is indeed a lucky time of year.  If you’ve been struggling at the first part of this year things should turn around for you if you pay attention and give thanks for this full Moon.

With April’s Full Moon come new beginnings, new growth and the perfect opportunity to take control of your life. It’s time to tap into that innate sense of power you have over your life.

Whatever intentions you set on a new moon always develops throughout the course of the waxing moon phase, until your desires blossom completely on the full moon.

Friday April 19th we will gather to celebrate this transformation with a Yoga Class by donation for Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness

We will practice Chandra Namaskar also know as Moon salutations.

A slow flow yoga sequence that invite us to cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy

What to bring?:

  • Your own yoga mat if you have it otherwise there will be viable at the studio and your water bottle.
  • Pen and paper to perform a release ritual at the closest beach ( weather permitted)

Time and place:

  • From 6 to 7pm
  • At Quintessential Movement Studio located in Galleria Plaza, George Town, Grand Cayman. Cayman Islands.

If you live in Grand Cayman or you are around you are welcome to join us in the practice.

We are moving forward on our spiritual journey and it’s not to our benefit to look back.  The past is over and it’s time to be in the here and now.  Do not worry about the future.  Only be concerned about where you are on your spiritual path NOW.

Cherokee Billie

Please share this if you think someone else will like to read about.

Hope to see you there,

Namaste,

Renée

The last Super Moon of 2019

March’s full moon is the third and final super-moon for the rest of 2019.

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We will also celebrate Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere at the same time.

This change in seasons causes a shift in the expression and flow of energy around us.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is a time where everything comes into bloom. Is a time where the energy is moving from an inner state to an outer state. There is a lot of outward energy guiding us and encouraging us to get out there and express ourselves.

The days will be longer than the nights! And with longer days, comes the return of Yang energy.

In the Southern Hemisphere, Autumn is perhaps one of the most meaningful times of year as it reminds us of the cycle of death and rebirth.

It is a time where we have to release, clear out the clutter, and to celebrate all we have achieved and accomplished. It is also a time of harvest, where we can recap the rewards of all our hard work and effort

“You might have a strong need for balance and harmony now. You probably desire to keep things “nice” rather than venturing into fundamental questions in order not to disturb the peace. You must learn to share your good and bad feelings. Do not be afraid to be who you really are, despite what is expected of you”.

This Full Moon is going to supercharge us. It is going to awaken and revive us. It is going to help us find new inspiration and joy for life. We are going to feel a push forward, and we are going to feel excited about the journey to come.

During this time we are letting go of the old so we can grab on to the new intention we manifest at the time of the new moon.

Full moons are a time for celebration!

To honour the moon; to celebrate and to give back to the community I will be hosting a Yoga class by donations.

We will practice Chandra Namaskar commonly know as Moon Salutations f

This practice is a quieting sequence that invites you to slow down, bowing to and cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy. Paying special attention to the quality of each movement. Instead of moving quickly, jumping into and out of poses as we would in Sun Salutations, we move slowly, as though we were moving through water.

This will helps anyone who suffers anxiety or feels under stress.

When?

  • Thursday March 21st
  • 6-7pm

Where?

At Quinntessential Movement, Pole and Aerial dance studio

Located in Galleria Plaza, George Town. Grand Cayman; Cayman Islands

The practice will be lead at the studio (to avoid the mosquitos) Before the end of the class we will walk to the closest beach to perform a release ritual, if the weather allow us 🙂

This ritual is going to help you release the past and welcome in the new. It is going to balance your energy levels and make you an open channel so the lunar energy can shine down on you in all the right places.

What do you need to bring?

  • Pen & paper
  • Your Yoga Mat, if you have one, otherwise the studio can provide some.
  • Your Water bottle

All the donations will go to Caymans ARK – Acts of Random Kindness

Huge thanks to Quinntessential Movement for donated the studio for the class.

Click HERE to check the event on facebook

Hope to see you there.

Namaste,

Renée