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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

 

Love Yourself

Pole dance class in ashburn va

Loving yourself is harder than it seems

 

 

Love Yourself

What does self love mean? Does it sound indulgent and almost selfish to you? Back in the day “you complete me” from a Tom Cruise movie trended for a long time. It made women teary eyed and all gooey inside. To which I say…

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha 

Loving yourself is indeed harder than it sounds. It requires a good understanding of self, which requires one to spend time with themselves. It requires taking time to have hard conversations with yourself. In this day and age of social media where lives are lived outside of self it becomes even more important to connect with one self and within oneself. Are there desires of wanting and needing love/self validations, or seeking your worth in someone else’s eyes. Be mindful of your needs that arise from deep within, acknowledge those deep desired needs and then understand WHY? Why do we crave those affectionate and reassuring words from someone else? As I write these words they translate harsh, they are equally difficult when we face them but ultimately we find the courage to be true to ourselves.

Don’t rush into any kind of relationship. Work on yourself. Feel yourself, experience yourself and love yourself. Do this first and you will soon attract that special loving other.” ~Russ Von Hoelscher

This year lets work on ourselves, what we want from ourselves, get to know our own strengths and weaknesses. Fall in love with our strengths and work on our weaknesses, but at each moment it has to be your own design and not a design created through someone else’s vision of you. This year let’s fall in love with ourselves.
To love ourselves is to never say “you complete me” it is to say I am, and the potential of that is limitless.

All that I seek is already in me. “ ~Louise Hay

Love Always

Neelam

MINDFULNESS: TAKE TIME TO DO NOTHING

TAKE THE TIME TO DO NOTHING CONNECT WITH YOURSELF

MINDFULNESS

Have you taken time to do nothing absolutely nothing at all. It is much harder than you would imagine. My recent experience in restorative and meditation class at the studio had me “woke” . As a child growing up in a village I spent a lot of time doing nothing because of various reasons (which I shall not bore you all with) however over the years I have had my mind taken over by so many things that I have forgotten the art of spending time doing nothing.

During the session Kristen explained the process so beautifully, not verbatim however this is how I understood it. Imagine yourself surrounded by dark thunderstorms, thunderstorms being your thoughts, close your eyes, you rise above the dark clouds and witness the dark clouds observe them and let them pass. That was so beautifully explained, because you are so much more than your worries, your struggles, for that matter even your happiness, these are things that happen to you but how you receive them is where mindfulness lies.

I can honestly say that the hardest was to settle down for 3 minutes, while we were being led through our meditation. I was astounded by how hard it is to NOT run away with your thoughts. I came out feeling happy from that class. If you “think” about it, our beautiful mind is the most significant part of our body. We depend on it to make us our best, to be creative. We experience moments, be kind and thoughtful, it makes us focused and spontaneous. We spend so much time and wealth on our clothes, make up, hair, cars but when it comes to our mind we do not give it a “thought”.

In our society we have grown to be so distracted, we are no longer present in the moment and we miss out on life. We are continuously lost in thought and living our lives on autopilot. According to a study conducted by Harvard university we are lost in thought 47% of the time, which means that for half of our life we are not in the present moment, we are either lost in the past or future. Have you noticed that a simple thought of being fearful brings on the feelings of fear and then we conjure up scenarios of that fearful interaction, we get anxious about being anxious and it becomes an endless cycle.

How do we become mindful and practice mediation, it is about stepping back giving yourself 5 to 10 minutes a day, see your thoughts with a clear relaxed focused mind. Start with a minute or two by just focusing on your breath, no fancy seats required, you can do it in your car, while you are waiting or drinking your coffee. Try it, remember you can’t change everything that happens to you but you can change the way you experience it AND that is the potential of meditation and mindfulness.