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All vouchers must be redeemed by email before you can register for class(es). Follow the steps below to get started redeeming your Groupon voucher:

(1) Create a User Account with our Schedule House class registration portal. Please CLICK HERE to get your account set up if you do not already have one.

(2) Email infoaradiafitness@gmail.com with a screen shot or PDF of your Groupon voucher. We must have the full Voucher number (listed under the barcode) in order to redeem your Groupon.

(3) Once your Groupon is received and redeemed, our staff will place the corresponding class credit(s) on your Schedule House account. You will receive an email back when your classes are available for use.

(4) Due to the volume of voucher redemptions we receive, please allow 2-4 business days for this process to be complete. We encourage Groupon users to plan in advance for the classes they wish to attend as our classes sometimes fill up 2-3 weeks in advance.

Self Love: Be Good To Yourself

Practicing Self Love; A series to focus on practice (part 1)

Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown

Be good to yourself Aradiafitnessloudoun
Be good to yourself

Be Good To Yourself, loving yourself is so much harder  than what the words imply. I have been struggling with it myself. Fairly recently when Ms. Crystal Belcher was at the studio teaching workshops, a friend and I were catching up after the workshops, she is coming back after major surgery and I am battling various obstacles life throws from time to time. While we were chattin with each other I believe we were having an internal dialogue with ourselves too and were realizing how hard we were being on ourselves. That interaction made me realize that self love is not one and done, it is a process that needs consistency. At the studio we value self confidence, Self-confidence is about trusting yourself and your abilities for example of hanging upside down, or baking perfection. Self-esteem, on the other hand, is about how we see ourselves. It’s about our perception of our worth. No matter what happens on the outside, do you treat yourself with love, care, and respect or not?

This realization that been coming in small doses over the years, when I left a kickass corporate job to be a mom and wife, taking on a new country new culture and a language that I was fluent in yet it was foreign. As a high achiever it is very easy to mask the issue of self esteem. Learning the art of self love is a work in progress and I believe it will always be.

Lets practice self love ❤️ 💖 💗 

Be someone who loves.

This is hard, no question about it. It will take practice just like when we learn how to invert, from pole inversions to silk inversion, it is the consistency of practice, understanding how your muscles work. Similarly the practice of self love will take consistent practice. Try to be someone who loves, allow  love to flow through yourself as often as possible, If you take aerial Yoga class with me and have practiced the flow of love ; )  you know how to practice it, for others where have you been (hahaha) all jokes aside, really practice the flow of love think of anything or anyone that made you feel love and place it in your heart, be open to all the feelings it invokes in you. Be in that moment, you do not need to be in a hammock to practice this, you could be waiting at a red light to turn green or waiting for you coffee to brew, and then slowly grow this practice, find things you love in people or nature, take thew time to observe and acknowledge them, be open to love.

Take it further by feeling what it feels like to be loved

Life is very smooth when things go as planned and we are succeeding, it is when stuff falls apart, or when we feel rejected that we need to find the place of love. It is during these challenging moments that we are meanest to ourselves. Think of things a person who loves you would say when you are facing those challenges or struggling. Pretty sure there would be no criticism or judgement. There would be kindness, understanding, and acceptance and that is what you would need to practice towards yourself.
 

I am practicing self love by sharing this small note I received from a student which made me feel so loved and appreciated. 

“Thank you so much for bringing heels class to the studio, I can not tell you how much positive impact  the studio has had on my life and how much I love dancing here.” ~ Arielle
For the next two weeks inculcate the above two practices in your daily routine. Our next blog will take your practice further,When self doubt clouds me or when I am having a tough day, your words give me a quick dose of “what it feels like to be loved”, Thank you 


Love & Light Always

Neelam Kataria

Inversion Benefits

There are so many benefits of inversions!!
I came across this very old video of world renowned yogi Yogacharya BKS Iyengar. He was explaining the importance of inversions and how inversion benefits the activities of the brain. I can vouch for the benefits of inversion on a personal level.
Dr. Karen Koffler, medical director of Canyon Ranch Miami and formerly director of Integrative Medicine at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, explains the benefits of these inversions for the brain:
“Inverted positions that are assumed in yoga alter the blood flow (including lymphatic drainage) and flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). If there is increased blood flow to the area, there will be increased bioavailability of oxygen and glucose—the two most important metabolic substrates for the brain. It follows then that cells bathed in a solution that is rich in factors required for the creation of neurotransmitters (like norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin) will be better able to produce these chemicals.”

Aradia Fitness - Loudoun, Northern Virginia Pole Dance Studio

Inversion Benefits Aradia Fitness – Loudoun, Northern Virginia Pole Dance Studio

I on the other hand have always felt that it is the emotional and psychological journey that makes inversion practice so valuable and enriching. In fact, it is not uncommon to feel immediately uplifted after an inversion. If you listen to the explanation of inversions and how it affects the different sections of the mind the feeling of “uplifted” would make sense. Psychologically, inversions can break down some personal barriers. If you have taken classes with me I often explain how we prison ourselves in fear, and how practicing Aerial Yoga takes you into a deeper journey within, Inversion is one of those activities that makes you more aware of your fears. When we approach this type of practice we realize that it is consistent mindful dedication without ambition, letting go of all that is holding you back, and an open, welcoming attitude toward the teacher and assistance that is the secret to a successful inversion pose. Inversions can also help develop patience, focus, and listening skills. I often cue closing our eyes when in an aerial inversion, to help with focusing and deeper connection with yourself and your body. Closure of eyes I believe shuts out the visual impossibilities and boundaries, our mind enters the body awareness more acutely. And slowly as the awareness of body increases, a level of trust and confidence builds in, and that strength is NOT limited just to aerial inversions, something deeper inside unlocks and your journey within begins.important.
Aerial Yogis are often surprised by how much they can achieve and uncover about themselves, impossible seems more attainable, and a new sense of accomplishment, pride in the capabilities of their mind and body increases, and self confidence grows. Inversion practice in aerial hammocks fully supported are magical on every plane.
Benefits of Inversion for physical body:
Improves circulation of blood by reversing the Flow
Work smarter, not harder! Use gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood, thus improving mental function, including concentration, memory and processing abilities. Inversions in Aerial Hammocks take away the stress from your body and assist in holding inversions for longer.
Increases Immunity
The lymphatic system is a key player in keeping the body healthy. As lymph moves through the body it picks up toxins and bacteria to be eliminated by the lymph nodes. Because lymph moves as a result of muscle contractions and gravity, getting upside-down allows lymph to more easily travel into the respiratory system, where many of the toxins enter the body. Aerial silk provides binds at key points in the body, places where the fluid builds up also on places where we hold our tensions and stresses. The binds help release Lymphatic fluid.

Energized and Relaxed
Different inversions with the assistance of the hammock can have different effects. Heating inversions energize and cooling inversion relax mind body and soul.
Improves Balance and core strength
It is not just about getting legs up in the air, it is about engaging the core to find the balance and hold it.
   When our students achieve their first inversion they know they conquered their fear, their obstacle and that does wonders for their confidence.

Gain a new perspective, look at things upside down, world is different when hanging upside down. Physically and metaphorically it teaches us that there is always a different perspective to look at things/situations/persons/problems

 

Love and Light always

Neelam

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