For many, the phrase “pole dancing” immediately calls to mind seedy clubs and leering men—not body positivity or a butt-kicking workout. But, that’s exactly what you get—and truly, anybody can do it. You don’t have to be a hardcore athlete or look a certain way; the range of ages and body types in my first class was a testament to that.
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When it comes to finding relief from anxiety and depression, I have always looked towards exercise. While pushing myself out the door on a bad day isn’t always easy, I know a good sweat will ease the pressure. It’s also why I’ve tried different types of yoga over the years. Don’t get me wrong—I have found yoga to be beneficial, but rarely am I able to be truly mindful in a class. I had chalked up my inability to get “in the zone” to my personality, but when I first slid into a lane at our community center’s indoor pool, I realized mindfulness wasn’t some unattainable goal.
If you’re already trying to live a more natural, eco-friendly, and mind-body-balanced life, you may have considered changing your beauty and house-cleaning regimens to ones that are cruelty-free.
In June of last year, my husband and I packed up our lives and moved from New York City to Colorado—almost 2,000 miles away from nearly all of our family and friends. Consequently, this is the first Mother’s Day I’ll be spending from my mom. It got me thinking about the emotional challenges the holiday presents—not just for those of us who live far away from our mothers, but for those who have lost their moms or have strained/non-existent relationships with them.