A while ago I was fortunate enough to take a workshop with the incomparable Lux ATL one of the most amazing women I have ever had the privilege to meet.
I love pole. It is my sanctuary, it functions as a work-out, social time, therapy, and so much more for me. However, I am not much of a dancer, I struggle with flow. I struggle with confidence, I struggle...
This workshop was heaven. It was home.
First: Lux is crazy smart. Which is so cool-- but not unusual in the pole world- the number of women who are unbelievably smart is staggering. What makes Lux unique is that she is so approachable she accepts and values her students as women where ever we are. She also speaks her mind- this is hard. As a women if you speak your mind too loudly you're a bitch or worse... Lux embraces this and encourages women to embrace this.. I have an awesome shirt from her that reads "pro bitch"
When I dance I get self conscious and convince myself that everyone is so much better than I am- so much sexier-- essentially just that I stink.
Which leads me to....
Second: It was like she was talking to me when she was laying out the class. Which leads me to believe my fears and anxieties are not unusual.
The first tenet of her class is:
Only you possess what only you possess
Simple, huh? Well yes, this makes sense, but how do I know what I possess that only I possess? That is the journey. That we all have to learn and to learn it we have to play with a lot of things and inevitably make mistakes. As we are learning and on our jouney, remember that everyone else is on their own journey and we may all be making mistakes as we learn and grow.
The second is:
Be vulnerable. Be willing to act weird in public
I certainly and self conscious and am afraid to act silly in public for fear of "what will people think?"
By staying in my comfort zone I am limiting myself and not growing. Growth happens outside an individual's comfort zone. Make an impression. Be weird. Have fun. Embrace it.
The third and final tenet is:
No shame. No fear. No apologies. Just Love.
This one have a hard time with. I struggle with shame. I struggle with being fearful. I apologize way too much. I can extent love and acceptance to everyone but myself. Recently, Amy Schumer did a skit on women and apologizing and how we as women apologize for everything.
So I am working on it.
I also plan on taking her classes again to really have the chance to better absorb her wisdom and learn from her incredible booty isolation ways.
Day to day- I am carrying her lessons with me, and not just practicing booty isolations in traffic- but embracing myself for who I am and loving it. All of it.