Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November 2017 Pole Dancing and Fitness Challenges

Fall in love with fitness this November as the days grow colder here in the Northern Hemisphere (or Spring into fitness in the Southern half of the world!) 馃槈 Below are the current challenges available via Instagram or online. 

I want to be like a sunflower So even on the darkest days I will stand tall And find the light. 馃尰 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 馃崅: @_monette @pigeatsfish @shiziks @zenbeeni 2. Follow our generous sponsors 馃崅: @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 馃尰 ________________________________________ 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 #yogachallenge2017
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馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜馃挜 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! 馃槏 ☀️ Repost this Insta-Flyer so we can spread the word about this challenge! 馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐馃懐 Our goal is to have tons of fun and a great poleworkout!!! With all of you!
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✨✨ 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. . 馃弳PRIZES馃弳 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!
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Static Trapeze

I've decided to take my aerial training to a new apparatus in order to draw inspiration into my training.  After doing aerial fitness for the past nine years, it comes as no surprise to me that I have been feeling unmotivated in my training.  So many outside distractions have taken precedence in my life when it comes to the kinds of activities I have been consumed with.  After having spent two years as a business owner completely absorbed in everything pole and aerial studio owner, it has been a nice break to get lost in the world of the daily mundane.  I was very grateful this past year to return to teaching aerial silks classes after having a little over a year away.  However, as every circus junkie knows all too well, the addiction can't be overcome that easily and one who has been bitten by the circus bug is forever infected. 

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! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Benefits of Castor Oil Packs for Healthy Living

Over the past couple years I had heard about castor oil packs and being beneficial for women's health issues.  I'd never thought to try them out until recently as I've increasingly been under suspicion of Endometriosis.  I've dealt with very painful menstrual cycles for at least the last five years.  I'd never really had painful menstrual cycles or any abnormalities related to my reproductive health until about five or six years ago when there was a sudden and abrupt change in my cycles.  The change coincided with my stopping hormonal birth control.  I decided I wanted to cleanse my body of unnecessary medications.  I felt like being on hormones was not a healthy or natural state for my body and the medications may be contributing to some of the issues I was experiencing as my thyroid function was deteriorating.  I sought out other means for birth control and discovered the Fertility Awareness Method, which is a natural form of birth control based on a woman's menstrual cycle.  It requires a lot of research, learning, and commitment to tracking your monthly cycles by taking your temperature once a day upon waking and charting some very fundamental factors throughout the month.  It can be overwhelming in the beginning but absolutely worth it.  The amount of information women's bodies are capable of relating when you know how to interpret the information is amazing.  I wish every woman was educated in having to learn about FAM.  It amazes me when I meet women and they know very little about their own bodies.  If you're interested in learning more about FAM, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler.  This is seriously the holy grail of FAM books. Charting has also been made easier in the digital age with the wonderful use of apps. I use Kindara for my own charting. I even have the Kindara Wink thermometer which automatically downloads my temps into the app.  I've been using the Wink thermometer for about a week and a half and will plan to write a review on it in the near future. 

So in the world of FAM, castor oil packs (COPs) are very widely discussed as being beneficial to women's health.  Castor Oil is derived from castor seed.  It has a long history of medicinal healing uses.  The COP is used as a topical therapy.  You can easily purchase a kit on Amazon that includes all the necessary items to create your pack.  To use a pack, you can go the less messy route by applying the oil directly to the desired area of your body and then covering with the flannel cloth, then plastic covering, then a heating pad.  The oil can stain so it's stressed to take precautions so as not to get the oil all over anything you don't want ruined.  The oil is also thick and sticky like honey.  You can easily get a little silicone kitchen brush from the local store to aid in spreading the oil over the desired area of your body.  GLAD also sells plastic cling wrap which would work perfectly to seal the flannel cloth so the oil does not stain your heating pad. 

So, I decided to give a Castor Oil Pack a try to see if I personally notice any of the benefits that are widely claimed.  Within 5-10 minutes of my first session, I needed to have a bowel movement.  I marked that as being successful and I'm a quick responder.  I have recently gone low carb with my meals so if you're also a low carb patron, then you know if you have any carb binges that things in the intestinal area tend to slow down.  Like a dietary punch to the gut.  A few days prior to using the COP and the day of, I had indulged in some high carb food items.  I was feeling bloated and just the general carb fatigue.  My COP fixed things right up.  I'm going to work my way up to the one hour increments and use the packs three times a week.  In addition to using the pack, I plan on incorporating my Bed of Nails acupressure mat for total relaxation.  I'm still using the Bed of Nail sporadically to help with sleep.  For more information on the Bed of Nails, read my blog post: "Acupressure Bed of Nails for Pole Dancers and Aerialists?"

After all these great claims and my quick response, I decided to sit down and write out this blog.  I did a little research as I wanted to know more about the claims of COPs and some of the skepticism.  I came across a couple studies conducted that actually support the beneficial claims.  One was conducted in two nursing homes on elderly patients in Manisa, Turkey (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21168117).  The study's focus was on aiding in alleviating constipation.  The study concluded that the COPs decreased symptoms associated with constipation and may be used for controlling the symptoms of constipation.  While there are many claims benefits of COPs, below I've listed a few I have found online:
  • Improves immune function
  • Boosts circulation
  • Helps balance hormones
  • Heals dry, irritated, sunburned, acne prone skin
  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps grow hair
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Supports ovary and uterine health
I'm going to continue to experiment with my COP and keep track of any changes that I notice along the way.  Have you tried castor oil?  If so, feel free to comment and let me know how you used it and how it worked for you. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stability Ball Chair for the Office

My office desk chair disappeared over the summer while my clinic flooring was being waxed.  So as I started off the new school year in the health clinic, I spent the first week on a stability ball that was part of a healthy initiative a couple years ago where students were given in place of regular chairs.  I really liked the use of a stability ball in place of a regular office chair.  The only issue I had was the frequent need to scoot away and stand when attending to my patients. I found my ball rolling away or not being in the position that was conducive to working. I did a little research online and found stability ball chairs with wheels.  After much consideration, I went ahead and ordered another stability ball with it's wheel base.  (It seems buying just the base is nearly impossible unless you want to spend an unreasonable high price).  Once my fitball chair arrived, I took the current stability ball I had been using at my desk and placed it into the chair base.  My current ball was a little on the tall side so I ended up pumping up the ball that came with the base. 

Since using the fitball chair, I haven't experienced the typical hip pains associated with long sitting in an office chair.  My back also feels better throughout the day. I'm able to lean side to side or in different positions for frequent stretching throughout my work day.  I'm not really a bouncy person so I don't typically bounce on the chair all that often.  Fitball chairs claim to build a healthier back, align the spine, relieve pain, and improve overall well being. While I agree with some of the claims, I also found that certain desk modifications can add to the benefits of any office chair scenario such as raising or lowering your computer monitor to allow proper alignment of your back and neck at eye level.

Some major considerations for my fitball chair purchase were whether or not I'd need the back support for my chair.  I opted to order the backless version as I didn't see the benefit of the chair back when I didn't see myself sitting far back enough to make use of it.  I also wanted to make sure the chair could be used with my desk cycle. (For more information about the Desk Cycle, read my Desk Cycle for Your Sedentary Work Day.) I had to test out whether the Desk Cycle worked with the fitball chair once I got my chair delivered.  I did a test run at home with the Desk Cycle and found it worked perfectly. 

I've been using the fitball chair for a month.  I am able to use my Desk Cycle without any issues.  I've also found myself engaging my abdominal muscles for little workouts throughout the day.  I do have to make sure that I don't slouch and round my shoulders. This has been the cause of major neck and upper back pain.  I may need to elevate my laptop computer so this will no longer be a problem.  I have plenty of nursing care plan books that I'm not using in my clinic so I think I will need to play around with those to see if that is truly the issue with my posture.  Overall, I'm really loving the chair alternative. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2017 Pole Dancing and Fitness Challenges

✨✨ OCTOBER CHALLENGE! ✨✨ October combo challenge with @dredee1983 starts tomorrow! Excited to be giving away 3 prizes again this month! . To play, follow the steps below: 1. Repost the flyer and tag two friends to play 2. Follow the host @dredee1983 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. 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! Use the hashtag #octobercombochallenge , and don't forget to tag the host! All entries must be received by November 3, 2017. Winners will be announced November 6, 2017. Winners must complete all combos as best they can for their level and will be chosen based on fluidity of transitions, good form, and musicality. . 馃弳PRIZES馃弳 1st place will receive a Darkside Fitness shirt 2nd place will receive a jar of iTac Pole Grip 3rd place will receive a set of TheraBand resistance bands ✨✨✨✨✨ Will be posting the first video later today! Happy poling!

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馃挜馃挜Are you guys up for another #challenge? Starting this Sunday, October 1st...馃挜馃挜 . Let's get strong in #October! 馃挭 The aim of this challenge is to showcase YOUR strengths. We want to see what makes you feel #strong , #sexy , #empowered . Challenge yourself with new moves, find variations of moves you are comfortable in, or simply take your go-to moves and find more fluid motion. The challenge will be different and personal for each individual! Take time to find music that moves you. 馃幎 Play with costumes, new attire, or props. 馃懐 We want to see your creativity! . . Most of all, have fun, encourage one another, and we hope you find some new #strengths this month! . . You will be submitting three videos per week in each of the categories listed on the flyer. Please use the hashtag #polestrengthchallenge in each post. Don't forget to follow our lovely sponsors, @elizabeth_bfit @rubberbanditz @poledancenation and @pedipleasers, and tag the sponsors and the hosts @forthelove_ofpole and @kristen.bethanie in all your posts! . All posts must be submitted by November 3, 2017. Winners will be announced November 6, 2017. 馃馃馃 . 馃挏 Happy poling! 馃挏

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STRENGTH & DOUBLES BLN LAUNCH 馃殌 TODAY! @anki.amanda @pole_stars_osnabrueck thank you for your awesome videos 馃挜CRACK THE CODE CHALLENGE - VIDEO EDITION We have exciting POLE NEWS and we want YOU to be a part of it! We are building a VIDEO catalogue of ALL CODE MOVES to include the largest and most comprehensive catalogue of FREE pole tutorials! In this IPSF CRACK THE CODE CHALLENGE, we invite YOU to teach pole to a global pole community of millions and growing! Help teach and shape the future the pole! We are looking for ALL LEVELS polers and it doesn’t matter which level you are, or how old you are, only that you can demonstrate the move correctly. _____ 馃帴HOW TO ENTER ___ 馃敼Choose your move from this month’s challenge 1st September - 30th September - FLEXIBILITY & DOUBLES (SYN) 馃敼Film your move making sure it adheres to the challenge rules 馃敼Download the IPSF drawing Stitch your video to the drawing 馃敼Post the high-quality video on Instagram with the following: 馃敽Code number and Code name 馃敽Tag @ipsfpolesports 馃敽Hash Tag #crackthecode & #ipsf 馃敽Your full name If your video is successfully listed in the catalogue on IPSF.TV your video will be credited with a post on Instagram and Facebook ___________ #polesports #polesport #polefit #polefitness #poledance #polemoves #poledancer #polemove #poledancing #poletrick #polechallenge #poletricks #poletutorial #pole #poledancersofig #poledancersofinstagram #polecombo #poleart #poledoubles #doublespole #poleduo #polemen #polekids

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KRAMA TELAS CHALLENGE ¡Krama Costa Rica te invita a participar al primer Telas Challenge en Instagram! Durante las dos primeras semanas de octubre estaremos compartiendo 14 fotograf铆as de nuestra profesora Majo Howell, apreciando el arte y el despertar de toda nuestra creatividad e imaginaci贸n para crear las mejores fotograf铆as! ¿C贸mo participar? -Debes tener un perfil p煤blico en Instagram (para poder ver tus fotos). -Compartir 1 post diario con la foto de la postura del d铆a (p煤blico) o su variaci贸n. -Usa los hashtags del challenge en cada fotograf铆a: #danzaaereakramachallenge y #aerialsilkskramachallenge ¡Expongamos al m谩ximo la imaginaci贸n, abramos nuestras mentes y exploremos los caminos del arte corporal de manera positiva para que el mundo en el que vivimos pueda observar de lo que podemos ser capaces! ¡Exp贸n al m谩ximo tus capacidades! Hosts: @aereayeterea @anincera @kramacostarica Patrocinadores: @origami_cr @macacocr @babyfacecr @Sularawear @KleanKanteencr @Sofisoaps @Cotiluactivewear @Nguvucr Se premia haber cumplido con las 15 fotos, creatividad, adem谩s de usar los tags y los host. POSTURAS: Dia 1: Monito Dia 2: Macaco Dia 3: Variaci贸n del Macaco Dia 4: Equilibrio de llave del pie Dia 5: Cuatro de llave de pie Dia 6: P谩jaro Dia 7: Buda Dia 8: Split Dia 9: Portaja Dia 10: Astronauta Dia 11: Sirena Dia 12: Variaci贸n de Split en la L Dia 13: Esther Williams Dia 14: Escorpi贸n Dia 15: TU POSTURA FAVORITA Nota: El nombre de la postura puede variar seg煤n donde practiquen telas, no hacer ninguna figura que no saben para prevenir lesiones, se pueden hacer variaciones. Premios: Primer lugar Una licra Macaco Un top Sulara Una Botella Klean Kanteen Un jab贸n y 1 exfoliante de SofiSoaps Una Calcamon铆a Krama Segundo lugar Un Short Cotil煤 Un Top Nguvu Una Clase de Skin Care por Baby Face Un jab贸n y Un exfoliante de SofiSoaps Una Calcamon铆a Krama Tercer lugar Un Leotardo Origami Una pulsera YoguiL煤 Un jab贸n y 1 exfoliante de Sofi Spa Una Calcamon铆a Krama

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