Tuesday, December 5, 2017
1. Class gift card! Find out your favorite aerialist's go to workout establishment and get them some classes. You can always call to inquire about adding funds to their existing membership or purchase them a gift card pre-loaded with funds they can apply for future activities themselves. If you're local to Indianapolis, here are my top picks for Pole Dancing and Circus style classes.
Be You Fitness: http://beyou.fit
Cirque Indy: http://www.cirqueindy.com
2. Leg warmers! An all time favorite for BOTH pole dancers and aerialists! You can never go wrong with leg warmers.
3. Journal. A notebook journal for documenting moves learned in classes and overall fitness goals.
Etsy Aerial Fitness Journal
4. Burn Bar. Pole dancers and aerialists know all too well the phrase, "No pain, no gain." Apparatus burns or "pole kisses" or "aerial kisses" are just a part of the lifestyle. The Burn Bar was developed to help ease and heal those pesky areas that have turned kiss into bite via your favorite apparatus.
5. Aerial Silks Coloring Book. Coloring is a very relaxing past time. Ease away stress with this book full of beautiful goal worthy aerial poses. Perfect for those beach vacations away from the gym.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
❤️💚❤️December Combo Challenge❤️💚❤️ December combo challenge with @dredee1983 and @kristen.bethanie starts next week! We will be giving away 3 prizes again this month! This month's moves focus on multi-step combos. Because we know most of us are traveling or have limited quality pole time during the holiday season, we designed this challenge to help keep you conditioned through the holidays with combos that can be done for all levels. You also have the option to participate in pole conditioning workouts that don't require a pole, posted on Mondays by @dredee1983. To play, follow the steps below: 1. Repost the flyer and tag two friends to play. 2. Follow the hosts and sponsors and tag in all your entries! Example videos will be posted 2-3 days before each combo week so check the host profile before each combo. It is best to watch the example videos we post before each combo so you can see how to do the moves in sequential order. Pole conditioning workouts are optional but not required to earn prizes. 3. Post a video of your combos using the moves listed in the order they are listed for each week. Don't forget to do each combo on both sides. The combos are designed to start easy and get more advanced so just do as many steps of each combo as your level allows - even if you can only do 2 parts of the combo that still counts! Use the hashtag #decembercombochallenge, and don't forget to tag the hosts and sponsors in all your entries! All entries must be received by January 3, 2018. Winners will be announced January 6, 2018. Winners must complete all combos as best they can for their level and will be chosen based on fluidity of transitions and good form. . 🏆PRIZES🏆 1st place will receive a pole set from @galepolewear 2nd place will receive a shirt from @darkside.fitness 3rd place will receive a jar of Dry Hands ✨✨✨✨✨ Happy poling!
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Are you ready for CHRISTMAS POLE CHALLENGE?! 🎄☃️ #christmaspolechallenge ❄️ Hosted by @melania_poledance and @diamondpolewear 💎🌨 This challenge includes many pole moves with the letters of Christmas is coming! ⛄️ Here is a list 📝 of the pole tricks, but you can do any other move with the daily letter. Everyone can join this challenge and win an amazing sport bra from Diamond Pole Wear! 💎😍❄️☃️ 🌨🎄❄️💎⛄️❗️ To join in ❗️ 1. Repost this photo on instagram and tag some friends who may want to join the challenge. ✅ 2. Follow me @melania_poledance and @diamondpolewear so we can see you joined the challenge. ✅ 3. Post a photo or a video every day and tag #christmaspolechallenge @melania_poledance and @diamondpolewear in your post description so we can see your photos. ✅ ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ Be sure that your profile is public or dm me 💌 to follow you. In the end of the challenge, we choose a winner 🏅who will win a sport bra from Diamond pole wear! 💎 Can't wait to see your amazing photos! Do your best and be creative! 🎄❤️ #poledance #poledancing #poledancing #poledancer #poledancenation #polechallenge #poledancechallenge #polesport #polefitness #polefit #poleaddict #poleart #poletrick #poledancersofinstagram #poledancersofig #polelife #pdrussianlayback #pdbutterfly #stargazer #pdallegra #pdcapezio #pdscorpio #pdgenie #pdseahorse #pdteddy
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🎅🏻 Santa Claus is Coming to TnT 🎅🏻 Join us for our Christmas Countdown Pole Challenge running from 1st - 23rd December 2017 ☃ With a different challenge every day, there is some fun to be had for all levels🎄 Share and tag your friends to help us spread some festive cheer 🎁 💜🦄✨. - - - - #twirlntone #tntxmaschallenge #santaclausiscomingtotnt #christmascountdown2017 #pdchallenge #polechallenge #poledancers #polefun #poledancing #scottishpoledancers #poledancenation #passionforpoledance #glasgow #glasgowfitness #polefitness #polegoals
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💙💙💙 🆕➡️WEEKEND POWER POLE® PROJECT! ⬅️🆕 11/24/2017 ALL LEVELS! Project: #PowerPoleSkirtWorkWeek Move: #pdskirtwork 💙💙💙 It’s BAAAAAAAAACK!! Power Pole® Skirt Work Week is back just in time for the holidays! This week's #weekendpowerpoleproject is an awesomely fun #pdskirtwork project!! If you've seen the photos and videos and you've always wanted to try, now is your chance!! And if you don't have a skirt yet, now you have your excuse to go out and get one!! Any skirt will work, and we'll be giving you plenty of all levels inspo with tons of different ideas ALONG with who's wearing what so you can find your very own favorite. We are accepting still photos and videos. We'll share with you some of our favorite stills as well as spin pole, static pole, and slo-mo video. We are looking for jumps, sits, spins and inverts in skirts!! Be sure to include your skirt info in your post so other polers can find your beautiful skirt if they love it too! 💙 We’re looking forward to all the beautiful skirts flowing across our page this week! TAG YOUR POLE FRIENDS TO PARTICIPATE WITH YOU!! 😍😃 💙💙💙 For feature in this week’s project, YOU MUST SHARE THIS PICTURE and YOU NEED 3 TAGS IN YOUR POSTS 👉🏼👉🏼 @powerpolesports #WeekendPowerPoleProject #pdSkirtWork. 👉🏼👉🏼 ALL 3 TAGS must be in your original post description, and not in comments. And be sure you are following @powerpolesports. 💙 BEGINNER: Sits on the pole, Kicks and jumps with the pole INTERMEDIATE: Spins on static pole or spin pole ADVANCED/ELITE: Inverts on static pole or spin pole BONUS: Add friends, add lights, add holiday themes, and how about outdoors??!! 😃😍 💙 MORE PHOTO AND VIDEO SKIRT WORK INSPO TO COME!! This stunning model is @_mariya_dobrovolskaya_ 💙 We do a new Weekend Power Pole® Project every Friday, complete with breakdown and slo-mo videos and tutorials. You have ONE FULL WEEK TO ENTER. (Each project runs from Friday to the following Thursday.) 💙 www.powerpolesports.com 💙 #powerpole® #polechallenge #poleprogress #pdnewmoves #polepose #pdtrick #pdtricks #ig_poledance #contemporarypole #polecombo
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Pole along with AcroPark! 🔹Start December 1st by posting a video of each combo until December 12th. . 🔹You can invert the combos and add variations if you like. The important thing is to have fun and get moving! . 🔹We'll be posting a demo video every day. Tag us in your videos so we can share your skills!! Happy Holidays everyone!
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Anyone interested in yoga - I'm creating a December challenge for myself and anyone else. Beginning Dec 1. The challenge is seemingly easy: roll out your mat every day in December. Whether you practice yoga for meditation, exercise, muscle recovery, flexibility, or other reasons. Whatever gets you on the mat. You don't need do to fancy poses, even just taking the time to sit and think/mindfully breathe is yoga (to me). You can take a picture of you or your mat every day and post it to your feed/story of what yoga is for you. Or you don't have to post at all! I ain't picky. If you do post, use #DailyYogaInDecember. Use this challenge to make some time for yourself every single day, it is possible. You can be on your mat for 5min or an hour. Whatever floats your boat and clears that monkey mind. Let me know if you want some good online references for yoga classes/sequence ideas. Or meditation ideas. 🤗
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• #SelfPracticeChallenge • 1-10 December 🙏🏼Hosts @arigadoryoga @ainania_yoga ✨Sponsors + 🎁 prizes @shambhalabarcelona (Leggings from the new collection) @live_simple_uk (Meditation cushion) @foodspring_es (Vegan raw energy bars) @gaudiumvitayoga (Half day in our retreat) @potionsbcn (Mat cleaner) @yogisurprise (Yogi Box) . During this 10 day challenge we will explore the different elements need to develop a personal practice at home🏡.Yoga is not only about asana🤸🏼♀, so we will go from basic asana to bandhas🗝, pranayamas🌬 and meditation📿, including aspects as important as creating a nice enviroment🕯... Everything you need for a conscious self practice. . 🤗How to join? 1⃣Follow hosts and sponsors 2⃣Repost this banner and invite 3 friends 3⃣Post every day . 📆Calendar 1 Tadasana with Anjali mudra - Motivation/Moment of the day 2 Uddiyana Kriya/Jala neti - Kriyas 3 Purvottanasana + Kapalabhati - Pranayama 4 Anjaneyasana - Pratyahara 5 Chapasana - Drishti 6 Sirsasana - Bandhas 7 Adho Mukha Svanasana - Fundamental asanas 8 Dolphin/ Pinchamayurasana - Objectives 9 Uttana Shishosana - Teacher/Studio/Self study 10 Sukhasana / Padmasana - Meditation . 🇪🇸 En comentarios 👇 . . . #yoga #gaudiumvita #gaudiumvitayoga #yogachallenge #challenge #practice #selfpractice #yogaselfpractice #asana #pranayama #meditation #kriyas #december #yogaeverydamnday #yogalife #yogalifestyle #yogalove #yogaunestilodevida #yogabarcelona
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Hello dear yogis❤! . Are you ready to spend the last month of the year sparkly eyed with us on the mat and in the air 😍☄💫? . We’ve created a special festive yoga challenge #YogaAllWays which will happen 1st-10th December 🎄🎉❄😍 . The idea of the challenge is to provide a pose each day with aerial yoga and mat yoga variations for the given day. You will be able to choose which option you want to do. It will be a really versatile and fun challenge you shouldn't miss!🎄🎉❤😊. 💫 💫 HOSTS: @stardivakhushi (mat yoga) @omniyogagirl (mat yoga) @kaitlynpatrizia (aerial yoga) @pielattesandpilates (aerial yoga) 🎁 🎁 Sponsors: @Liforme @Yoga_democracy @Ohhellohair @Bohemian_treasure ▪ ▪ Poses for those who need to plan ahead: Low lunge Shoulderstand Split Bow Pigeon Scorpion Backbend of any kind Camel Dancer Any inversion 🎄 🎉 All you have to do to participate is: 👉(1)Repost this flyer. 👉(2)Follow all hostesses and sponsors. 👉(3)Tag a couple friends join the fun. 👉(4)Tag all hostesses and sponsors in your daily posts to we can see your beautiful pics! Don't forget to include the hashtag #YogaAllWays so we can find your posts! 🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬🍬 . . . . #yogaphotography #yogapose #yogagirl #yogisofinstagram #instayoga #yogafit #yogainspiration #poseoftheday #yogafitness #yogaeverydamnday #yogi #feeltheyogahigh #practiceandalliscoming #instayoga #yogacommunity #iloveyoga #yogalooksgood #inspiredyogis #yogamotivation #yogaposes #myyoga #yogaeverywhere #practiceyoga #yogachallenge #igyogachallenges #decemberyogachallenge
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Social media is where a lot of us in aerial apparatus fitness connect and draw inspiration for our movement. Social media can be a positive attribute for the movement arts in this regard. However, social media can also cause one to internalize what they are seeing and focus more on what everyone else is doing and what we are not doing for whatever reason. The dictionary defines the ego as a person's self esteem or self importance. Our ego can have greater expectations for our physical abilities than we are ready or have trained for. This is an important concept to self realize. Know you are doing well regardless of your ability to perform amazing jaw dropping movements on your chosen apparatus. Give yourself credit for your achievements and your determination for your goals. Try to put your ego into check and ponder more on these feelings of inadequacy when they arise. Mind mapping these feelings can help you develop a plan to work towards your goals. Remember, it's about the journey, not the destination. Once you check off another item on your list, there will always be another goal to strive for. Be patient and be kind to yourself. Some solid advice I think we all need to be reminded of time and time again.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
I signed up for a Beginner/Intermediate Aerial Silks class with Destin Pilates and Aerial Center. The studio was located in a City Market shopping complex. The outside of the studio was very clean and the signage was easily visible from the street. I used Google maps to find it and had no problems arriving to my destination. Inside the studio I walked into an open space that had privacy partitions placed to allow customers/students privacy while they work out on the various pilates reformers or while attending a pilates or aerial class. The front of the studio had reformers while the back area was an open space. For the aerial silks class, there were three rigging points with three mats below them. The silks are tied up and hung along the wall to keep the open space free of the fabric for the non-aerial classes. When I arrived I introduced myself to the classmates and instructor. I told the instructor that it was not my first class and I currently teach classes and was visiting their studio on my vacation.
Upon arrival, the other students were on the floor stretching and conducting dynamic warmup moves. I took this as the cue that our class was not going to have an instructor lead warmup. Once everyone stated to the instructor that they felt they were ready, class began. We first started with a shoulder stretch that I typically refer to as the twizzler stretch. We then moved on to climbs. Some of the students were working on a new inverted style climb so they incorporated that climb once they completed a few of their basic climbs. After our climbs we moved on to egg inverts or what I call the ball. I did my ball upright then inverted repeatedly without tapping out for 4 in a row. After climbing, it was evident that my endurance was lacking and I decided once I got home I was going to have to start participating in my own classes a little more than I had been. After our conditioning portion, we broke up into groups and those of us that were a little more advanced went to our own silk while the instructor mainly focused her attention on the beginner students. I was fine with this as I said previously, I was actually out of breath and surprised my endurance was as poor as it was. My group then began to work on tying a knot with the feet in the air. A move I had recently seen one of our instructors at the gym I work at working on. Funny how with the distance between our two aerial facilities that everyone seems to be working on the same skills at the same time. I attribute that to a social media win for the day- HAH! 😂 So I some-what learned how to tie the knot with my feet- going to have to work on that one. I then started to pay attention to some of the beginners as terminology peaked my interest. I learned that they call the splits roll up from a double footlock a rotisserie chicken (I let spell check take care of that one, I can't spell rotisserie.) After being amused by the food reference, my group proceeded to work on whatever we could think of. After failing miserably at my attempt to demonstrate a skin the cat flip from a cross back straddle pull up, I decided to take my tired self down and stick to hip keys- which they term fan kicks. I watched one of the students in my group do a mind boggling twisty flip thing and decided it was too much for my body and brain to grasp. I did do a few progressions from hip key and my favorite cyclone/tornado spin from hip key. By the time we worked some more with the beginner students and having them try to master their hip keys, it was time to cool down and head home.
I really enjoyed my class at Destin Pilates and Aerial. Everyone was so nice and easy to get along with. The locals even had cute southern accents. (I'm pretty sure I had an accent to them as well.) My husband and I really enjoyed the vacation destination and have decided we will be returning for future trips. I look forward to returning to more aerial classes on future trips as I felt the studio was a very warm and welcoming environment.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
First off, what is Fertility Awareness Method? Kindara has a quick description on their website depicting the science of the system. There are numerous resources available online for learning more about the FAM system as well as reputable texts including the highly recommended book by Toni Weschler, Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Basically, FAM is a system of charting your monthly cycle to determine the optimal time for achieving or avoiding pregnancy. Most women begin using the FAM system as a means of natural birth control or as a supplement to additional non-hormonal birth control. As those women's lives progress, they may decide they are ready to begin their family and having the knowledge base of the FAM system, they find their ability to conceive much easier and less stressful. Or if they have found cycle abnormalities by the use of FAM, they have that information at their disposal to present to the appropriate doctors for treatment measures. Learning FAM can be overwhelming at first, especially if you have never been taught the fundamental concepts regarding the female body. After learning and using the system, it constantly surprises me that as a woman, I was never taught these very basic concepts about my own body. It's a shame our society does not place an importance on this very natural and healthy way of how a woman's body functions. A little education for developing young girls can go a long way.
Kindara is an app that allows women to track information and incorporates it into a chart that serves as a tool for women to determine their most fertile days of the month and when ovulation has occurred. Our cycles are comprised of a Follicular Phase and a Luteal Phase. The Follicular Phase is the egg maturation and ovulation phase. The Luteal Phase is post ovulation and can be visualized on a chart by the change in basal body temperatures. This is why a thermometer is used and temperatures are taken and recorded every day around the same time upon waking after at least three hours of consecutive sleep. The basal body temperature is your "resting" temperature or the lowest body temp. Once you begin moving around after waking, your body's temperature will rise which is why you must take your temperature immediately upon waking.
1. Portability. Small and discreet. It actually looks like a makeup item which made it very easy to throw into my makeup bag when traveling.
2. Battery charging capability. My previous thermometer required me to get out some screw drivers and take apart the back panel of the thermometer to replace the battery. The Wink thermometer allows you to charge up via USB. The Kindara app also enables you to view the battery life on the Wink thermometer easily.
3. Syncs temps to Kindara. I don't have to remember to log my temps daily for fear of losing the data if I don't. The thermometer syncs my temps into my chart for me.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
I want to be like a sunflower So even on the darkest days I will stand tall And find the light. 🌻 Come and join us for #StandTallForFall November 1-7. Seven days of poses to help ground and center us. To participate and be eligible for some of our sponsor love: 1. Follow all hosts 🍂: @_monette @pigeatsfish @shiziks @zenbeeni 2. Follow our generous sponsors 🍂: @dharmabumsactive @onzie @yogisurprise 3. Use the hashtag #StandTallForFall and tag us every day so we can see your lovely asanas! Make sure your profile is public so we can show you some love! 4. Repost this flier and tag some lovely friends to join us 🌻 ________________________________________ Poses: Nov. 1 ~ Tree Nov. 2 ~ Wagtail Pose Nov. 3 ~ Hand To Big Toe Nov. 4 ~ Triangle/Pyramid Nov. 5 ~ Eagle Nov. 6 ~ Any Warrior Nov. 7 ~ Yogi’s Choice
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EMPOWER YOURSELF 30-DAY YOGA CHALLENGE (for subscribers*) You heard right! We are launching an exclusive 30-Day Yoga Challenge for our subscribers, starting November 1st! It will feature both beginner and intermediate options. One class each day for 30 days, featuring our best classes from our most popular teachers. We want to help you Empower Yourself! *If you are not a subscriber, you can still do the challenge by being 1 of 5 to WIN the opportunity to join! Here's how to enter: 1. Film yourself answering the question 'Why do I REALLY want to do the Empower Yourself 30-Day Yoga Challenge?' 2. Post the video on your facebook page and tag @doyogawithme before October 23rd. We will be announcing 5 winners on October 27th, of a 1-month subscription to do the Empower Yourself 30-Day Yoga Challenge with us! If you are currently a subscriber and would like to join, choose one of the following: 1. Bookmark either the beginner page (http://bit.ly/2zfdM7X) or the intermediate page (http://bit.ly/2xJDksK) to find your daily class. Each class will be posted by 8pm EST the day before. 2. To receive the daily classes by email: Subscribe to receives daily emails with the beginner classes (http://bit.ly/2gmE709) or the intermediate classes (http://eepurl.com/c7t8H9) #30dayyogachallenge #30daychallenge #yogachallenge #yogachallenge2017A post shared by DoYogaWithMe (@doyogawithme) on
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TOMORROW!!! Feel free to use variations ❤ pic or vid ❤ We are hosting a challenge starting November! 🎉🎉🎉 To take part 1. Share this picture 2. Tag your polebuddies 3. Tag @passion4poledance 4. Use #novemberpolechallenge Have fun! ❤ . . #passion4poledance #poledancedeutschland #poledancegermany #poledance #poledancechallenge
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💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥 Attention Pole Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you ready for an awesome #polechallenge in November? We prepared something challenging for you! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks to our sponsor @backbone.polewear we are able to choose 3 winners after our challenge! The winners will be chosen randomly! What are the prices? 2 Outfits and 1 Leotard from @backbone.polewear !!! They also have amazig polewear for men! So boys don’t be shy and participate too! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ How to play: ☀️Follow our sponsor: @backbone.polewear ☀️Follow the 2 hosts @maja_pole and @sarahoffi - we will post a video every day, so you can see how the tricks or the combos are done! For the more advanced tricks we will give you an easier variation or an easier trick! ☀️ Use the hashtag #polefitnovember so we can find your videos and see how awesome you are! 😍 ☀️ Repost this Insta-Flyer so we can spread the word about this challenge! 👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯 Our goal is to have tons of fun and a great poleworkout!!! With all of you!A post shared by Maja Paunkoski (@maja_pole) on
✨✨ NOVEMBER CHALLENGE! ✨✨ November combo challenge with @dredee1983, @kristen.bethanie, and @tara.renelle.roxy starts next week! Excited to be giving away 3 prizes again this month! This month's moves focus on BACKBENDS. @tara.renelle.roxy has joined us to give you a weekly yoga sequence or exercises to help improve your backbend for that week's pole tricks. To play, follow the steps below: 1. Repost the flyer and tag two friends to play. 2. Follow the hosts and sponsors and tag in all your entries! Example videos will be posted 2-3 days before each combo day so check the host profile before each combo. @kristen.bethanie will demo the first half of the moves and @dredee1983 will demo the second half of the month's moves. Also watch @tara.renelle.roxy weekly videos for your back exercise or yoga sequence for each week. 3. Post a video of your combos using the moves listed for each odd numbered day of the month. If the moves are too advanced for you, do videos of prep work for each move - that still counts! Also post 1 weekly video with the yoga sequence or exercises provided by @tara.renelle.roxy. Use the hashtag #novembercombochallenge, and don't forget to tag the hosts and sponsors in all your entries! All entries must be received by December 3, 2017. Winners will be announced December 6, 2017. Winners must complete all combos and weekly exercises as best they can for their level and will be chosen based on fluidity of transitions and good form. . 🏆PRIZES🏆 1st place will receive a pole set from @galepolewear 2nd place will receive a shirt from @darkside.fitness 3rd place will receive a jar of iTac ✨✨✨✨✨ Happy poling!A post shared by Andrea (@dredee1983) on
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
I recently decided to start working with a new apparatus, the static trapeze. I hadn't ever been exposed to the static trapeze until I started my current teaching position at Cirque Indy. It started out as a flirtation really. I walked by the trapeze, eventually I touched the trapeze, then I sat on the trapeze. Before I knew it, I was mounting and performing moves in the trapeze. I'm taking things slowly and working on building confidence and aerial awareness in this new to me apparatus. I'm getting that excited newly discovered feeling all over again- one I felt nine years ago when I first touch a pole and recounted again and again with the silks and lyra. It's a happy feeling to be excited and driven to explore a new apparatus. It's the feeling that keeps an aerialist coming back for more. I'm hoping to explore more of this apparatus and share my journey here on my blog. So as they say in show business, stay tuned for more!