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Falling Out Of Love With Pole

I know.. it doesn’t even make sense reading that title. How does one fall out of love with pole?! It is crazy, but the reality is that it happens, and it could happen to you. But that is OKAY!

The things we forget about Pole is that its not about how long you do it, or how much you invest into it. Its how much it contributes to your overall wellbeing. Pole like any other sport, or hobby, or interest, takes a lot of time! A lot of commitment. A lot of love needed to grow the relationship.

It requires effort. Effort is not easy. If you love it, it is; but what happens when you start to not feel the love anymore? When going to class feels like a chore instead of enjoyment? It happens and it is normal!

There is no unwritten rule that you must stay in pole for the rest of you life! If you are feeling like pole isn’t what it used to be, then there is no harm in stepping back. Sometimes all you need is a break. Its hard to step away from something that once brought you so much joy, but its hard to constantly be involved with it when you are no longer feeling the same way.

Speaking from personal experience, I was obsessed with pole for the first 2 years as a student & the first 2 years I was teaching. I loved sharing my love for pole with everyone I could. I bought my own pole, I was creating my own classes, I was teaching nearly 5 days a week. It was my LIFE. But after some time, the craziness of it all started to ware down on me. I started to feel pressured and unmotivated. I felt like my classes were not progressing and we were just always going over the same concepts. I could no longer take classes for myself and I felt I had nothing new to offer my students. I was not feeling the love I once had for pole. And yes, it was showing in my instructing. Now of course there is no way just Pole had all these effects on me. We need to still recognize that I had a life outside of pole too. A family. Job. Responsibilities. Stress.

I think most people forget that as well. That pole is NOT your whole life. There are other factors that can contribute to unhappiness & can effect you in lots of different areas in your life. Pole being one of them. Its completely possible to no longer be in love with pole!

I know it can feel wrong to think that something that once brought you so much joy could now making you unhappy. I know there may be a lot of denial to that statement. It is a hard concept to grasp and may take some time to wrap your head around.

 

But if you think that pole is the problem, let me repeat again; THAT. IS. OKAY. Its not taboo, its not wrong, it is completely normal! If you are not loving this anymore, take a step back! Maybe life will be better off without it. Maybe you were only meant to experience pole for that time frame in your life & that was enough. Maybe you will notice a change once you cut down your pole schedule so much. Maybe you will see how helpful a break was and you cannot wait to get back to it! Maybe it has nothing to do with Pole! But maybe just even reading this will help. No matter what happens, it is okay. I promise the pole community will not hold it against you if you leave. If you decide to go & come back, you know we are a loving community that will welcome you back with open arms!

 

 

 

 

  • Written by Asher Moorji (instructor & admin assistant)

Fit And Curvy with Charmaine Holan

Have you heard? We’re collaborating with holistic health and life coach Charmaine Holan! Click here to get tickets to our upcoming Intro To Pole Fit and Curvy happening on Saturday May 26th at 2:30pm-4:00pm at our Sherwood Park location!

Let’s meet Charmaine!

What is your faveourite song? Bangarang by Skrillex

What is your faveourite hobby/activity? Walks with my hubby and dogs. A close second is dancing my ass off.

If you were to win a million dollars, what’s the fist thing you would do/buy? Complete the funds needed for our fundraiser to build a school in rural Nepal and then book a 2 month Europe holiday with my family!

Who’s your biggest celebrity crush? There are too many to name!!! Jason Mamoa & Tom Hardy are always on the top of my list though

Tell us about Curvy Girl Health coaching! When did it start, and how did it start?
I think Curvy Girl Health Coaching has always been in the making and I just didn’t know it at the time, but officially started it July 2017 😉
I am a certified Holistic Health and Life Coach specializing in Confidence and Self-Worth. I empower women to claim out loud that they are ditching the diet mentally and loving themselves HEALTHILY as the curvy bad-ass-chicks that they are! I also offer my signature DESIGNER LIFE Workshop, that at its core, is an awakening of your soul’s story to honour who you are and who you are meant to be. With guidance, you learn how to Design Your Life with appreciation of the past, present, and future.

I know what it’s like to have dieting as “my hobby” and I took a stand on loving myself, deciding to break the cycle to truly heal myself inside and out, by looking at the bigger picture. My true why underneath the why. Helping others seems to be where my life keeps bringing me back to. I was the biggest tom boy growing up and rocket the sweetest mullet for years… trust, you would be jealous! I know the feeling of being that chubby, awkward, ugly duckling and I have something deep inside me of letting everyone see the true inner beauty that each of them possess. I’ve come to learn that I’m a healer and helper at heart and developed a business to honour that expression.

Why do you feel it is important to have a health coach that embraces the curvy lifestyle?
Curvy lifestyle = embracing who you are in this present moment so that you can love and hold to the highest version of yourself.  My style of Health Coaching allows you to feel comfortable in your skin. We work together to silence the negative voice in your head so that you can start to feel a solid sense of confidence in who you are by loving that woman staring back at you in the mirror! Once you start loving yourself as the magnificent person that you already are, any HEALTHY habit changes you make will be sustainable and done on an intuitive level which means that they will be successful.

Are there any misconceptions about what you do? What is the most common?
The biggest misconception is that HEALTH is only about what to eat and how to exercise. The “Health” in Curvy Girl Health Coach means Holistic Health which encompasses BODY. MIND. EMOTION. SPIRIT. I do not give you a diet or exercises to follow – instead we work together to clearly define the reason you want to reach a certain goal, find foods that give you energy, discover movement that you actually enjoy, create healthy habits that allow you to reach your goals, rewire perceptions that have stuck with you, define boundaries, and SO MUCH MORE!!!

Who is your ideal client?
Any woman wanting to ditch the diet mentality and wants to start rocking ownership of their body and its absolute beauty.

Do you think that curvy people can pole dance?
HELLA YA! The cool part about having curves is that any movement is accentuated that much more!

let's talkWhat advice would you give to someone who is curvier and wants to try pole dancing, but is unsure because of their size?
Do it in-spite of the perception you have of yourself now! You’ll change that perception ASAP once you do your first spin

What advice do you give to people who hold back in life because they restrict themselves due to their size?
Health looks different on every body!!! Get out there and experience the life you want to live! Stand up and be an inspiration to someone in YOUR shoes.

If you had to choose one, what would you say is your life’s mantra?

I have 2.

“what the hell, let’s see where this takes me!”

“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

Visit her website at: https://www.curvygirlhealthcoach.com/

Are You Neglecting Your Best Training Aid? Sleep!

Rest, recovery, and sleep are all overlooked topics in the common conversations surrounding training and physical fitness. More often than not we prioritize our diets and strict exercise schedules or goals while blindly overlooking your best training aid available, your SLEEP!

Sleep is an essential part of our health. According to the experts, An average adult (age 26-64) requires between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Although, sleep is not a one size fits all, efficient rest is obviously best. Some of the benefits of a full 7-9 hours include increased energy, heightened awareness, muscle repair and an overall increase in mood. When sleep is disrupted or cut short the body does not have enough time to complete all of the stages needed for body recovery, memory consolidation and the release of hormones regulating energy, growth, and appetite. When we sacrifice our sleep we can often find ourselves less prepared, less motivated, and less engaged in our priorities and activities.

Together with diet and training, sleep makes for a crucial component for our workouts, our physical recovery and future progress towards our goals.

Here are 8 quick tips for overall better quality sleep:

  1. Read, try yoga, stretching, or meditation before bed to help calm your mind and relax your body.
  2. Find an ideal pillow. Consider one with a 100% cotton cover (breathable percale weave). This way you’re always sleeping on the cool side.
  3. Avoid drinking caffeine after your mid-day meal and resist sugary treats too close to bedtime.
  4. If outside or neighborhood noise is crushing your sleep ability, consider playing light music or purchasing a white noise machine. Your sanity will thank you later.
  5. Establish a routine to create order, familiarity, and comfort in your night time habits.
  6. Keep distractions out of the bedroom. Including devices which emit blue light and items that may wake you during a sleep cycle.
  7. Lavender is a fantastic sleep aid and you can find a variety of lavender scented products for the bedroom (diffusers, waxes, oils, bed sprays). Explore why lavender is the sweet scent of sleep here.
  8. If you suffer from allergies, a warm shower before bed will wash away any outdoor allergens collected through the day.

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