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Dream big – the way to your dreams!

 

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One and a half year ago, I came home from a worldtrip with a dream. Before that I was lost and did not find any meaning in life, I was jobless and did not know what to do, I had a carreer switch 7 years ago that did not really bring me fulfillment anymore, so I was eager to look for a new direction, a real passion and new goal in life. I was hoping that my travels would give me an answer on my questions. Very soon I realized that I would need to have more patience so I had to let go of the pressure trying to find the answer and had to learn to surrender and go with the flow of travelling. However after 5 months travelling and observing myself in what I like and what I am good at, there was a little idea growing and unfolding.

During my travels I fell in love with yoga and I spontaneously asked any yoga teacher that would inspire me to come to Belgium and teach in my country. As I come from event management, it is in my nature to organize, in fact I was already organizing our group ski holidays when I was 20 (I just realized;-). In all my excitement I did speak to teachers about my idea and was inviting them to Belgium. My idea was growing and it became a dream, a dream I wanted to realize.
So in March 2013, I came back home with this little seed that was planted in my heart during my world trip.
And now we are one and a half year later. In the meantime, I have organized yoga holidays in France http://yoganicmoves.com/beauty-french-alps/, Turkey http://yoganicmoves.com/yogacruising-ahoi-turkey/, Belgium and Thailand and invited two teachers over to Europe.
The road was not easy and very bumpy and to be honest, it still is, but all what I do gives me so much fulfillment.
I just want to expand a little bit here on how you come from an idea to realizing it. The first and most important is taking the first step. Even if you don’t see the complete picture, even if you don’t see how you will realize it, you do need to take a first tiny little step in the direction of your dreams, the first step on a ladder, even if you don’t see the end of the ladder. It is easy to be discouraged and put your idea aside. When I came home from my world trip and googled on “yoga holidays”, I thought that I was crazy to start organizing yoga holidays. There were so many yoga holidays already. But then I realized, there is so much of everything, if you really want to do something and you are passionate about it, you will make the difference.
So how high do you put your dreams? How easily do you let people steal your dream? How much do you protect and feed your dream? Only you can take the first step, no one else can do it for you.
Going for your dreams, you need to have persistence, believe in yourself, overcome your fears, find the courage to stand up again each time you fall and see what to learn from it and how you can grow. You will need to have patience and most of all enjoy the process, without getting to attached to the result. If you put your dreams higher than your obstacles, then even if you have a lot of obstacles you still can see your dreams as they reach over it.
I have to say that setting up a business for me is like a yoga practice off the mat, I compare it with practicing for a difficult pose where you need the persistence to try it again and again, without being attached to the outcome, but enjoying where you are in the pose and just doing your very best, finding the balance, falling and standing up again, overcoming your fears and believing in yourself.
I continue to take steps towards my goal, little steps, slowly but surely, but I have to say that I am happy with what I have realized so far. I am grateful for all the people I have met and meet along the way and grateful for the nice yoga weeks and for every yoga class I can teach.

I hope to inspire you to go for your dreams! Believe in yourself, even if no one is believing you. How high are you putting your dreams?? Put them high, very high, so that you can overlook your internal and external obstacles. Plant the little seed in your heart, water it, give it attention, take care of it and for sure it will grow. Dream big and it is coming to you.

IMG_1135-300x225We are born with a full potential and capacity to be vibrant, radiant and full of light. We are unique and each have our own qualities and strengths. The question is if we really know our own strengths and if we also value and use them? A couple of years ago, I lost touch with what I really want in live. I was in a job that I did not really like anymore, and I was not happy, but was afraid to change and did not know what else I wanted to do. Through my travels, I had time to connect to myself again and fell in love with yoga. I found so much in the practice that helped me moving forward and I dared taking the step to start up my own company (one year ago). My path now is still insecure and sometimes I want to be at the destination already and I can be very impatient. But yoga helps me and I learn to have faith, to surrender to the journey and to find balance in persisting (working hard) and surrendering (letting go). I know that step by step http://yoganicmoves.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/IMG_1135-300×2251.jpgI am heading in the direction of my dreams.
Here is a great story that I would like to share with you.

An eaglet once fell from his nest and a farmer found him and took him home. He put him together with the chickens. The eaglet began clucking and pecking at some grains on the ground as the chickens did, since he thought he was a chicken, as he was growing along with them. Once the farmer’s friend visited the farm and when he saw the eagle amongst the chickens, he said to the eagle, “You are an eagle, you are meant for the heavens, what are you doing here with the chickens?” Hence he picked the eaglet and threw him in the air. The eaglet flapped his wings, but fell to the ground and went back with the chickens. The next time, the friend visited the farm, he saw the same eaglet with the chickens again. He now took the eaglet to the top of the barnyard and threw him in the air, the eaglet again flapped his wings and fell to the ground and again went back with the chickens. The farmer’s friend was sad. When the farmer’s friend visited the farm for the third time and saw the eaglet still with the chickens, he felt really sad and this time he took the eaglet to the top of a mountain and threw him high in the air. The eaglet, very frightened, flapped his wings and fell downwards. As he was falling down, he flapped his wings harder and harder until suddenly he soared up into the sky and disappeared. He had learnt to fly.”


Through our conditioned minds, driven to avoid fear and seeking for pleasure, we often make decisions we think are best for us, but which are not according to our nature. When we let go of our fears and insecurities and embrace our true nature, we learn what it means to be fully alive.  Through our yoga practice, we can learn to let go and surrender, to accept the present moment with gratitude and to give up our attachement to a future outcome.
What are your strengths? What do you like deep in your heart? What are your plans in this unique and precious life?
Get in touch again with your true nature, connect to your body through yoga, nature, life coaching, mediation, …

Yoga is my path for awakening and I would like to share it with you.


Hope to see you soon on the mat or on my travels.

Join our yoga community!

We had a great yoga morning at Dok beach in Gent. The message was powerful, connecting through yoga with yourself and others, overcoming your fears through the practice of handstand. We had a wonderful morning thanks to our guest teacher Joachim Meire.

We often organize one shot yoga sessions in Ghent and other locations over Belgium and we even are enthusastic to visit our neighbors. If you would like to stay tuned on the exciting upcoming shots, please register on Meet-up.27 july joachim

Join our community on meet-up  http://www.meetup.com/One-Shot-Yoga-Belgium/

One Shot Yoga Belgium: We are a group of yoga enthusiasts that would like to connect and practice together at unconventional moments! A sunny morning, a public event, a special venue, … might be a good occasion to organize a ONE-SHOT-YOGA session. Let’s inspire each other.

This initiative was made possible by the co-creating tandem Annick Cuvelier (Yoganic Moves) and Frederik Baert (Coordinator of INspé)

Unfolding like a caterpillar to a butterfly – the way to your dreamsyogMovesAlFl08_Recto_RGB_04

I am grateful to have a dream. Some years ago, I was lost in life without a dream, without a goal, without inspiration, feeling not very meaningful, having a lot of fears and feeling restraint in life.

This was at the time that I left my job, looking for new horizons but not knowing which direction to go.

Now, I have found my dream and that is to share my love for yoga, to inspire people going for their dream, connecting people from all over the world through yoga holidays.

The journey so far has been challenging, every day I am persistent to heading towards my dreams, the road is not easy and I find many obstacles along the way, sometimes I am impatient and I lack confidence, but then I find my inner teacher again that tells me to be patient, that shows me I am on the right track. I find that my yoga practice is a mirror for the live I am actually living, yoga practice is about persistence (sthira), acceptance (sukha), patience, self confidence and faith. It’s a continuous exercice in balancing. It’s about working every day towards your dreams, enjoying the journey without being attached to the outcome. It’s like practicing headstand or working towards a challenging pose, you try it again and again and the day you are not expecting it, you all of a sudden can do it. Headstand is about overcoming your fears, the fear of falling. But life is like a yoga practice, facing your fears, taking little steps, standing up again after failures and having the faith and courage going for it again and again, and then all of a sudden you are one step closer to realizing your dreams.

A caterpillar did not become a beautiful butterfly in one day.

If you have a dream, go for it, take the first step and just continue taking step by step towards your dreams. You will be supported meeting the right people, you will feel you are on the right track, you will get so much energy and synchronisity in your life. Go for it, share your ideas with others, believe in yourself and have faith.

The Power of Yoga

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It was nice to read your feed-back and positive notes on my blog. To be honest I don’t have any experience writing or starting up a blog and I am still in the learning phase. I now decided to jump and to start as I want to share my stories with you. In the past I would have waited until I knew perfectly what it is all about, but life is not about perfection, life is about doing things. Only from doing, you can learn, even more, you learn from your mistakes. If you wait to do a bakasana or headstand to make the perfect pose, you will never start, you need to start doing it, you first bakasana might be a very low one or you might only take one foot of the ground, but step by step, you will get better. I am now reading the book of Kino Mac Gregor, where she describes yoga as “the process by which the impossible becomes possible and the possible after a long time becomes easy”. That’s where many practioners fail, says Kino, as they want to go from impossible immediately to easy. If you want a movement as impossible and you want it to be easy, you will certainly fail, as change does not come easy, Kino says.

She is right, in your yoga practice it is important to just start and try the poses which at first seem impossible, you will maybe fail, but you can try again, you will learn and soon you will see that the impossible starts to be possible (the impossible headstand all of a sudden becomes accessible to you, your legs might not be perfectly straight, or you might only stay few seconds, but at least you are coming one step closer). This is how it is in life, start with the first step, learn from your mistakes, overcome the difficulties and the obstacles. Getting where you want is taking a lot of perserverence, trial and error, hard work and even pain. Kino says “yoga teaches that only by transcending the illusory world of limitations, you can actually move past these false boundaries in your practice and in your life. In fact, yoga is the most basic path of self empowerment”. I hope your yoga practice is making you stronger in life and gives you more trust to move in the direction you want.

 

Seeing the possibility

I remember a great yoga class I recently had at Radiantly Alive with some challenging armbalances. I tried it and I fell (luckily soft landing ;-). The teacher was almost happy about someone falling and I don’t mean this sarcastically but meaning, at least the student was trying. I tried it a few times more and I saw that I kind of got the feeling of the pose (far from doing it right, but going in that direction).

In life, it is just like in yoga, “we just need to start doing it”, meaning taking the first step. You need to see the possibility (I like these words from my teacher Daniel Aaron). When you think something is not possible, then I am sure it will not be possible. It is your attitude towards a situation. Sometimes we have fear, but then again, running away from the fear does not help. What will help is facing the fear by taking little comfortable steps. In a yoga headstand that would be: putting your head down on the floor and walk your feet closer towards your head so that your hips come over the shoulders and maybe lifting up one leg. You might have fear, but if you stay for a while, you start feeling comfortable and you can go one step further.

Yoga is a metaphor for life, what you encounter on the mat is a reflection of what is happening in your life.

On this note, I am leaving Koh Lanta heading to Bangkok for a workshop with one of the great teachers Kino Mac Gregor and then heading back home to Belgium on Saturday.

Love

Annick