Moon Mission

A Full Moon-Inspired Monthly Health and Beauty Event Lifts Off at the Coral Gables Museum

By Lizzie Wilcox//Photos by Alexander Luna

October 2019

The full moon affects more than just the tides. It also affects us as human beings, as astrologer Valerie Mesa explained to the audience at the Coral Gables Museum. The powerful energy emitted by the full moon is what inspired the Full Moon “Glow-Up” event, where guests are invited to align the mind, body and spirit before entering the next astrological month. The inaugural event in August consisted of mini beauty treatments by Glamsquad, a one-hour yoga session and a half-hour astrology talk where Mesa explained what the next month holds for each astrological sign. The yoga class was led by GreenMonkey yoga instructor Yasmyn in the courtyard of the museum. Why pay for a hot yoga class when you can just take your mat outside in August? We were sweating from places we’d rather not say in a family publication. But as we enter the cooler fall and winter months, we can’t think of a better place for an outdoor yoga class than under the stringed lights of the museum’s courtyard.

You don’t have to be a devoted yogi to participate in the event. Levels varied from the advanced yogis to those who didn’t know Virabhadrasana (warrior pose) from Vriksasana (tree pose). Those not participating in the yoga class could shop at vendors like Athleta and Be RAD cosmetics, which focuses on cruelty-free fake eyelashes, or they could hang by the bar, which had complimentary Barcelo rum. Though it felt kind of cruel that people were sipping rum cocktails while we were sweating and shaking in Garudasana (eagle pose).

The monthly Full Moon “Glow-Up” event series is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Dates vary depending on the moon cycle.

Valerie Mesa (right) with mom Esperanza Luna