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Importance of yoga for Pole Dancers

I was fortunate enough to grow up with yoga being a way of life, however I was also not particularly fond of it. As a child I did not understand its importance. I went thru the practice mostly because it was expected and required. As a pole dancer and pole instructor over the years I have realized the immense importance of yoga especially for pole dancers. So many aerial yoga students state that their body needs it, their body craves it.

The main benefits for anyone practicing yoga are learning how to breathe, increased flexibility and strength as well as balance and coordination. I can not tell you how many times I have made students realize that they were holding their breath while learning a new pole move. Everyone does it, because our mind is so focussed on performing that we forget to breathe, Practicing yoga slowly helps us understand our breath, and how it allows us to flow effortlessly through life. Practicing yoga teaches us to focus on our breath, our prana, our life force.. Holding your breathe instead of breathing through the entrance into a pole move hinders your ability to even do it. In our classes you will hear your instructors reminding you to breathe. You would think that is an easy fix to do on your own but it takes practice. Something done repetitively, is something that becomes second nature and yoga focuses on breathing in each and every class.

We all know the importance of Flexibility for pole skills ; yoga has a way of moving you into poses that are beneficial not only for your flexibility but also your strength. A very simple example of this is Sun Salutations and Moon Salutations. We close our feminine divine flow with Moon Salutations with calm settling breaths and our warm-ups have variations of Sun salutations. Sun Salutations are a whole body toning and conditioning and each move has a breath associated with it, which becomes rhythmic almost like a dance within you.

One of the biggest challenges in any sport including pole dance  is coordination. Coordination is a key component in pole and any time you can practice slow, methodical movement such as yoga,  it will  help greatly. Coordination is a skill that is learned through practice. It isn’t built into the DNA for some people and not others. The actual definition of coordination is ‘the ability to use different parts of the body smoothly and efficiently’. This skill cannot be more important than in pole. When we work on pole combinations, recognizing unnecessary movements are key to smoother moves and transitions.  Yoga is about thoughtful, efficient movement. It’s about flow and transitions involving breath in a very intimate way, exactly what we strive to achieve in pole.

Balance is key, inside and out. Looking at some yoga poses we have all had a thought of tipping over 🙂 but we also know practice makes everything better. The most significant outcome of practicing yoga is mind body connection and at a deeper level with your soul.

If you have taken a class with me I have always equated pole dance with meditation. Even if it is for a few seconds we are completely immersed in learning a move with our full attention with our mind body and soul in that moment.  Life today is go go go, and sometimes we tend to bring the same to our pole practice too. The release, calm and relaxation a yoga practice brings is much needed.

If you haven’t tried it before, or if you tried it a long time ago, try it again. I am a big believer in yoga, especially for us. It’s no coincidence that we offer it at our studio. It compliments everything we do as pole dancers and it will help you get to the next level.

Love and Light Always

Neelam

October News

Curvy Confidence series at Aradia Fitness Loudoun

ASHBURN STUDIO
Workshops with Rihannan

October 20th
We are happy to host guest Pro Instructor Rihannan Nichole!  Please note that both workshops require intermediate pole skills to attend.
12:00 Base Work & Floor Tricks: Favorites like the Venus Fly Trap, Kip Whip, Fish Flop, Lasso, and smooth shoulder transitions
1:45 Make it Rain: As the name suggests, one of her signature workshops with her signature moves do not miss this workshop.
Book your spot here Curvy Confidence
Thursdays at 8:15 pm – Starts October 10th
A celebration of you and your curves, defined by strength, flexibility and sensuality.
Join plus size dancer Lady Curvicorn in this 6-week series, where we will explore the advantages of curvy bodies, develop strength through conditioning, and discover how your unique body wants to move. All levels welcome. Curves and Chrome is exclusive to curvier (plus sized) girls.Book Your Spot Here

Slay The Night Costume Contest
October 28th October 6:45 pm

Sterling location
On this night we shall show one another how we wtp (work the pole) in our amazing costumes. Each candidate will be recorded and put on our group page so GO ALL OUT!!!  The winner will be receiving a pole party with 4  friends! No prior pole experience needed just dress up and come have some fun!
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Hustlers Club Nights
Thursdays at 6:45 pm – Starts October 17th
Want to move like J.Lo and the rest of the cast of HUSTLERS? Gain confidence and workout without thinking about it while learning how to entice an audience with slithering floorwork and sexy low flow moves!
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STERLING STUDIO
Booty TwerkOut
October 28th at 8:15 pm
Learn how to do your standard twerk moves. We will be shaking it up down left and right so be sure to bring loads of water, knee pads and wear loose shorts so we can appreciate that shake!!! Get ready to shake your bootys witches!
Book Your spot hereAerial SlingSundays at 4:10 pm
Sling is a unique apparatus that allows you to create mesmerizing shapes and fully express yourself creatively. In this session, we will focus on creating fluidity in our movements through a variety of sequences, dynamic tricks and spinning techniques. Students must be able to flip into a sling at chest height or above.
Book Your Spot HereRussian Exotic
Sundays at 12:30 pm
Russian Exotic combines floor work, low flow, and  acrobatic Pole Elements. Each session will include one or two choreographed routines that will merge pole dance acrobatics and ballet style flow and extensions.. You will learn techniques for using your heels and conditioning exercises designed to make you stronger.
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Aerial Hoop
Sundays at 11:15 am
This series focuses on conditioning, strength-building and fundamental techniques in all apparatuses.  This a 8 week session which will ready students for moving up.
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Pole’Ography
Mondays at 7:00pm
In this class you will learn a unique, stylized routine designed to increase your pole dance vocabulary while also focusing on musical and emotional connectivity.
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New to pole?  Have a friend that wants to try?  Here are our pole intro dates for October:
October 25th at 7pm in Ashburn
October 26th at 12:00 in SterlingTry our $99 special for NEW clients:  2 weeks of unlimited classes!
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“Becoming”

Former first lady Michelle Obama just published her book “Becoming” and I happen to watch one of the quick teasers about her conversation with my idol Oprah. Oprah asked the former first lady why she chose the word “Becoming”  as the title of her book. Her answer or should I say her words resonated with me so much that I had to write them down. We should strive to constantly evolve, constantly grow, constantly be better than what we were yesterday, and in that way we are constantly “becoming” a better versions of ourselves.

My last post was about being thankful and being in the present and enjoy the feeling of happiness and contentment that courses through your body. Today I invite you to experience a different outlook. Looking into our past and events gone by may not be a very welcome, however I feel reflecting on our past, our journey, obstacles we faced, and acknowledging where we are today provides an immense amount of  strength that brings on a very superhero kind of a feeling.

Celebrate your achievements, celebrate your journey

Celebrate your life

I was at PSO competition in Philadelphia supporting our students as well as my dear friends. Once the competition was over for my friends we were in a celebratory mode at night and wine is our go to celebration drink. We got to discussing our near past and then of course our past like way past past. My friend had no idea how far I had come in my journey and honestly that was the first time I had voiced my journey to her and to myself. I could see pride in her eyes for me and that made me feel so special. Even as I write this I feel  a bit embarrassed, as if I am bragging, but I do believe we all have the right to feel pride. Pride in our achievements, overcoming obstacles, fears, judgments, and challenges is important. Many of you have overcome obstacles, challenges and only known to you fears in our classes, for that I am proud of you and so should you. If it was not a very guards down candid conversation with my friend I would not have had this revelation, I absolutely had to share it with each of you.

“Remember how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” ~Rick Warren

 I urge you to take a walk by yourself, acknowledge your past and see your present. Be mindful of where you have been and how far you have come. When we truly spend time with ourselves and speak to our deeper selves, a self that knows the hurt, the challenges all too well and has seen defeat, that self also needs to see accomplishments, recognize and thrive in all the achievements. Do not deny the feeling of pride in yourself to yourself. Appreciate your journey, revel in your strength, in your bravery, know how wonderfully special you are. Celebrate your progress, let your superpowers shine, it is wonderful to be “present” but for an equal measure, honor yourself and your past and how far you have come. You are amazing!!

Moral of the story, you do not need wine to celebrate your accomplishments :).
Be A Goddess

 

“The more you praise and celebrate your life the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfery

Love and Light Always
Neelam Kataria

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