I Tried A Combination Pole Dancing And Meditation Class( Yes, Together)

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I f* cking love novelty sh* t.When it comes to trying new badass stuff, Im an impossible flirtation. If its weird, I want it.

So I decided to trypole dancing meditation at City Pole, because … pole dancing arbitration? What the actual f* ck, amirite? Those two things seem so counterintuitive. How are you able dance like a stripper while procuring your centre and inner peace? Riddle me that one, maestro.

What is pole dancing meditation?

It’s just what it sounds like, actually. Instead of simply focusing on pole dancing, it’s about engaging your intellect too. According to the City Pole website 😛 TAGEND

“Taking an internal approach to pole fitness, we welcome clients to feel vulnerable and explore their sensuality while strengthening their bodies and sharpening their intellects. The mind-body connect is important to us and we prioritize fostering your mindfulness.”

I asked my co-worker Celine to come with me, and off we went. Weclimbed up the slippery metro stepsat Canal Street totheoutskirts of TriBeCa, nearly traversing into Chinatown territory. Thisneighborhoodwasrather grim compared to the area where Taylor Swift calls home. It’s riddled with tiny stores that sell semi-new suitcases and inexpensive, neon iPhone covers.But that’s New York.

The studiowas in a run-down, industrial-esque apartment building on Beach Street with a janky elevator and molding fixtures.It looked eerily similar to the house where “Hey Arnold! ” lived.

Any skepticism I had melted away when Kylee Sallak, the founder ofCity Pole, satisfied me and Celine outside herstudio. Her cheery disposition set us at ease immediately.She’s a bubbly dirty blonde who looks like your childhood best friend cool older sister that you appeared up to.

We took off our shoes and built our route through the smaller studio. It reminded me of one of those early 2000 s ultra trendy boutiques I shopped at in middle school, all hot pink and black details. The full-length vanity mirrors and black velvet decorative sofas tickled the fancy of the adolescent inside me.

Kylee said there was a reason for this. “I watched a need for a studio that exemplifies warmth and compassion, rather than an intimidating element, ” she said.

We then constructed our route to theRejuvenation Roomin the back. Kylee saidthis room is meant to connect mind and body. Itwas going to be the peaceful haven where we would meditateafter a long hour of working thepole. I was definitely intrigued.

She told us 😛 TAGEND

“I wanted to encourage my students to honor and acknowledge whatever comes up by giving a structured possibility of self exploration via the Rejuvenation Room. Meditation, both motion meditations as experienced in the 5 pillars, or silent meditations as experienced in the Rejuvenation Room, are both excellent ways of actually being present for yourself.”

Kylee has assured girls cryingafter meditatingin the Rejuvenation Room becauseof all the tension and stress they released. “Light bulbs went off for them, ” she said.

Inside theroom, there were punching bags, bubble wrap and a rose petal water basin. There was soft, calming music and a lavenderscent floating through the room, all of whichmademe feel like I wassitting in a relaxing spa , not the back room of disintegrating house near Chinatown.

You have two minutes until your class! Kylee proclaimed, shooing us back into the studio and into the hands of Sam, our pole-dancing instructor.

We started class with a series of Pilates-like stretches.

“Swim like Michael motherfucking Phelps! ” Sam yelledover his Adele and Sam Smith-infused playlist as we reached our arms to stretch out our lats, muscles we’d need greatly in the hour to come.

Sam wasevery nervous, inexperienced girl’sfitness wet dream.He’s a glorious lean human who is pure perfection from the top of his human bun to his chiseled ass, the cheeks peeking out the bottom of his white shorts. He isalsothe sassiest man you will ever meet.

We then moved to the poles to get down and dirty with our badass female selves. Before we actually began, Sam explainedthe five pillars of confidence, which are the keys to connecting the intellect and the pole. Pole dancingwasn’t just about get that burning workout and being a sassy ass biatch on the outside. It was aboutworking out your insides as well. You know, inner peace and sh* t.

See, its not just weird AF! Would Auntie Gigi lead you astray, infants?

Kylee explained the justification for these pillars 😛 TAGEND

“The fluid motions themselves, are ultimately used as a movement meditation so students can make sure they are present, in mind and body, in class. Turning off the work brain, the partner brain, the mid terms brain, the children at home brain, and just BE.”

It’s not exactly easy to feel comfortable acting like an exotic dancer, so in case you gotnervous while twerkin on the pole, these five pillars were painted on the back wall in delicate handwriting.

There wereonly six poles in thestudio. I wondered why there were so few poles, but after the taking the class I realized that it’s because you would f* cking die otherwise. This sh* t is mad dangerous.You required the educators hands on attention to even complete the moves, let alone do them safely.

I had aconstant, underlying feeling of dread that I was going to seriously injure myself, but as Sam pointed out, the pole is stationary.That thing has got you no matter what.

Sam insured me that if I waited for the back of my knee to catch the pole, I wouldnt autumn. “I gotchu, bitch, ” hewhisperedas his leg camearound to catch me.

Therewas no way to feel self-conscious with Sam. He brokeyou out of your shell. Even the meekest among us stoodno chance against Sam’s remarkable fierceness. Kylee calledfinding Sam “a godsend, ” and I understood her sentiment. He has confidence for days. It’s genuinely something to behold.

I guess it’s easy to be confident whenyour thighs could cut diamonds.

When I was attempting my firstpole trick, trying to be sexy but feeling awkward AF, I said, This is literally never happening, but within minutes I was spinning backwards around the pole and having the time of my life.

Itdid not feel like a workout class at all. And it’s impossible to be really emphasized when you have someone as overtly expressive and unapologetically outrageousas Sam fearlessly resulting you into the foreground of stripperdom.

Hewas resolute in his craft. A true pole artist among us wayward plebs, he showed us how he could hangupside down from 13 feet in the air with the grace of a ballerina.

“You want your bicep to stiffen at a 90 -degree angle. People think the pole is all hands, but it isn’t, ” Sam said.He showedme the proper way to utilize my armpit to lift my legs for~ sexy~ fan kicks and “ego kicks”( inverted fan kicks ), aptly named for how much higher your legs go.

“Our egos aren’t bad! Let’s stroke them! ” Sam said. I find myself in a constant fit of sweaty-palmed giggles , not out of embarrassment, but out of sheered joy.

Being a stripper is hard AF. I was astonished by the physical strength needed to pole dance. There wasso much more to pole dancing than only gripping your hands and stripping off a thong.After every spin, I would dramatically fall to the ground and retract to the fetal position from exaggerated fatigue.

Point your toes for Jesus! exclaimedSam with bravado.

After class, we constructed our style back to the Rejuvenation Room to meditate, part two of our adventure.

Sitting on the plush pillows, I felt like so much of the stress I let go of in class was truly washed away. Celine and I popped bubble wrap and used the hot pink boxing gloves to smack the punch bag, though neither of us were particularly stressed after an hour of pole work.

Everything in the room is playful and digestible without being silly.

I wrote things down that I wanted let go of and set them free into the clear, cool water basin of floating rose petals. The newspaper dissolved along with my anxieties.

I sat peacefully for a few minutes, practicing the meditations I’ve learned in yoga class, and just breathed. It felt good to simply be still with the hectic city of New York rightoutside the walls.

I left class impression sexier, calmer and ready to take over the world. It wasn’t a sweat inducing intense workout, but I highly recommend this class. You can take your first one for $25 and get package bargains after that.

It was so much fun. Take your girlfriends. Attain a day( or night) of it.

And BAE, if youre read this, I wouldn’t mind a few more lessons for Valentine’s Day. It’s a gift we’ll both enjoy. Hint hint.

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