Three years ago, I was fresh out of yoga teacher training, practicing six days a week and in the best shape of my life. Yet, I didn’t think I was a good enough yogi because I couldn’t do crow pose. And I still can’t.
Today, I’m much more comfortable in my body. I feel more sensual. And it’s all thanks to pole dancing, believe it or not. Here’s how the “sport” changed this suburban mom’s take on exercise:
1. I loved yoga, but I wanted to move my hips more.
I was always drawn to yoga and after a long career in politics and education reform, I decided to become a certified yoga instructor. Hoop dancing followed, fueled by the discovery of something that got my hips moving, feet rooted and elevated my sense of possibility. Buoyed with confidence, I mustered the courage to take my first pole dancing class. I’d been reading about Sheila Kelly’s SFactor studio and dreamed of going to New York City to learn, but I needed to get a taste closer to home.