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Intentions and Making resolutions, we have reached the beginning of a new year – a time of reflection and rebirth. This is the time that we set our intentions for the rest of the year through the making of resolutions. Unfortunately, these resolutions can sometimes be unkind toward ourselves, focusing on perceived flaws. Or they can be unrealistic – setting ourselves up for disappointment, which is also unkind. I’d like to take the month of January to discuss realistic resolutions, that come from a place of respect and compassion for ourselves and for our bodies.

Self love is important to me, and I know that it is important to Neelam, which is one of the reasons I was drawn to Aradia as an instructor. I’m very happy that this blog series can find a home here, where people are passionate about breaking cycles and healing.

Intentions and making resolutions: Eat Intuitively

The second resolution I’d like to discuss is EAT INTUITIVELY. What does that mean?

“Intuitive Eating is an approach developed to help people heal from the side effects of chronic dieting. An intuitive eater is defined as a person who makes food choices without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma, honors hunger, respects fullness, and enjoys the pleasure of eating.” – Be Nourished

I have personally suffered from eating disorders and health problems as a result of toxic diet culture, and discovering the intuitive eating movement was a life saver (literally) for me. We often make resolutions about healthy eating, but forget what healthy means. Mental and emotional health are part of our health, too, and they directly contribute to physical health. Also, wellness and diet culture promote a lot of ideas, fads, and trends about what is “healthy”, making it hard to keep up. And the information is often contradictory, or flat-out incorrect.

So I’d like to propose that you stop listening to the internet, and start listening to your body.

Intuitive Eating has 10 principles, which you can read about here. I’m going to talk about what’s worked best for me, in my own words.

Eat Only when Hungry

Learn to listen to your body. Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that it needs fuel, don’t ignore it. Conversely, wait until you are actually hungry to eat, not just because it is a scheduled meal time. This may mean that you are eating at unusual times, and that’s okay.

Stop Eating When Satisfied

We often interpret “full” as a stuffed, uncomfortable, lethargic feeling. When really we should feel satisfied and energetic. Learn to identify what satisfied feels like, and stop there. Even if it means you are hungry again in a few hours.

Savor Your Food

Take the time to really savor and enjoy your food. What does it look like? Smell like? Taste like? Eat without distractions, like television, so that you can really stay in touch with how your body is feeling. Try not to eat in a rush, or when stressed, which has negative effects on your digestive ability.

Reject the Concept of “Good” or “Bad” Food

Food is fuel, there is no moral value attached. Instead determine – how does this food make my body feel? Does it make me feel sick and tired? Or energetic and strong?

Honor Your Cravings – Food shouldn’t make you feel guilty or naughty, or that you’ve cheated or splurged. If you have a craving, satisfy it. Food restriction leads to negative mental effects and overeating. It is better to fully enjoy one scoop of your favorite ice cream, than to binge on diet food and snacks without ever feeling satisfied (and then probably going for the ice cream afterwards, anyway).

Progress, not perfection – and self compassion, always.

Lady Curvicorn

Aradia Instructor Lady Curvicorn has spent years researching self compassion and intuitive eating, and has used that experience to create a list of compassionate New Year’s Resolutions. We will be sharing her blog series with you throughout the month.

Aradia Goddess Spotlight-Natriya Aradia Fitness Loudoun Best pole studio in NOVA

 

Aradia Goddess – Natriya

 

Aradia Goddess- Best pole dance studio in Nova Aradia Fitness Loudoun

Be A Goddess

We asked our Aradia Goddess a few questions, and here are her words

What is your favorite past time besides pole? 

My favorite past times and present are photography, knitting/crochet and always creating something or learning a new craft.

What do you love about pole dance aerial yoga 

I love that with both I find myself. I get to express myself with pole dance and move to musicals I choose. With aerial yoga, I am free to focus within and always feel supported and safe as I explore deeper stretching and mindfulness.

What is your favorite classes at Aradia?

My favorite classes at Aradia? Oh my, I have loved everything that I’ve tried. From aerial yoga to OG pole to sling to liquid motion to chair dances they are so much fun! Now whether my body agrees with me due to my knees or not is another thing!

What surprised you about pole fitness and aerial yoga?

The most surprising thing to me was the community. So much love and support for one another and bonding experiences are things I did not expect.

Why should someone join Aradia Fitness and start their pole journey today?

They should take the leap and just go for it. The worst that could happen is they will learn about themselves, find that goddess that may be hiding within, learn to love their bodies and find an incredibly supportive community.

 

 

Take the first step..come to a class at Aradia…allow your inner goddess to manifest.
Her experience in her words, Be an Aradia Goddess

 

Student Spotlight- One Year Anniversary

I am so proud to share our student spotlight today. It is moments like this that I cherish; for I remember the very first call I received from this now strong.fit.confident Aradia Goddess. In her voice I knew with certainity that she was clear about what she needed to do for her mind and body. I was equally aware of the slight fear of the unknown. I remember her first Intro to pole dance class with me, and how she waited with patience to get all her fears and questions answered. Every time I see her at the studio I feel a joy in my heart, I have seen her grow in her strength and confidence right before my eyes. She walks taller with proud shoulders, carries her body’s strength and embraces its sensuality with beauty, grace, and acceptance.

Aerial Yoga Aradia Goddess

Here is her experience in her words,

1/20/19 marked my 1 year anniversary stepping through the red door of Aradia Fitness Loudoun. After very little hesitation and an amazing phone call with Neelam (which i can remember vividly today), I strolled in excited to start and slightly nervous. What I’ve gained in the last year was much more than I ever imagined it to be; new sense of self love, empowerment, strength (that i never thought I’d get), and most importantly, the friendship with each of the ladies! Regardless of level, talent, size, or strength, everyone I’ve met has been unbelievably supportive and there is an out pour of love that fills the heart and soul. They are family to me! I’ve always wanted to be a dancer and Aradia Fitness Loudoun has brought that into fruition. I thank and love you all for helping me be a better me everyday!!

Words from Maya Angelou’s Poem come to my mind

It is in the reach of my Arms

The span of my hips

The stride of my step

The curve of my lips

I am a woman

Phenomenally

Phenomenal woman

That’s me

 

Love and Light Always

Neelam

 

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