Lots of crazy messed up happenings in the world. Thought we’d repost this lovely Aradia Pride.
This blog post is inspired from the notion of shaking the myths of pole dancing, and my own personal fascination over how and why people and societies have developed said myths.
Pole is obviously something in which I am entrenched. Watching HOW people react TO me being in this industry and their notion of pole will often allow me to surmise a lot about that person’s nature.
I happened across this great presentation by Christie Kerner and her pole journey experience. (below for your viewing pleasure). It exemplifies her naïve perspective to pole.
If you don’t have the chance to watch the video, here are some key things I pulled from it.
Ignorance truly is bliss…maybe.
A pole class experience is:
And finally I love this quote she used: Sometimes your head doesn’t know best, and it is smart to let your music play louder than you can think!
It is a powerful, NEGATIVE statement, and it bothers me every time I think about it. (For those that can’t see the attached caption it reads: “Why weigh yourself when you could set yourself on fire then roll in broken glass and feel the same way?”)
More and more I run into people who are feeling abashed, and beating themselves up because they know they are “overweight” and “need to lose weight”. Millions of companies and products bank (literally) on encouraging you to feel like that.
BUNK. Weight — over or under, is one of those societal or actuarial ‘standards’ set in place by others. Marketing to your fears and insecurities.
Health. Fitness. Feeling good about your body. These things are not measurable by a scale.
Oh, I used to obsess about my scale as well. I used to like to see the pounds drop. Then I started the studio, and working on the pole and silks. I started getting stronger and GAINED WEIGHT! #shock #horror.
But hang in there a second…it was because I have a new found “core”, a ‘flak jacket of PURE Muscle’. Yes I still have fat over top of it. But I find this kind of psyche bashing around using the scale as a measure of how you feel to be utterly disgusting. I would like you to challenge yourself to think outside of the box. Find something you enjoy doing. Find something you think might be a FUN weight goal. Like being able to “weigh yourself on a wall bar” like Dakota Fox, our US pole-sister is doing here. Help a friend weigh in, like these ladies, Julie and Dakota, are doing. Or by weighing yourself by rock climbing or hanging off a pole, or lyra hoop. Your muscles will tell you exactly how well your “weight” feels. When it feels easy, comfortable, doable, repeatable…you know you’ve hit a milestone. Not only in accomplishing a goal, but abashing this kind of “rolling in shards of glass” thinking right out of your head and your world. And who knows…maybe someone will be infected and INSPIRED by you….not bound further into the ‘pit’ of ‘scale despair’.
Please share with us your great “out of the box” weight targets. We want to help you inspire the world!
Thanks to Dakota from Aradia Fitness USA, Franchise Owner, Studio Owner, Pole Instructor, Pole Performer, PoleSister Extraordinaire,
Julie Flint, Stony Plain Aradia Fitness Studio Owner, Pole Instructor, Ab-inspirer, Motivator, PoleSister Extraordinaire!