Huge congratulations for our next SIotM winner!
Stephanie currently attends the Advanced level classes. She is one of The Coven’s long term students and what we find the most inspiring about her is that she’s spreading the awareness of equal rights, feminism and mental health wellbeing.
We asked Stephanie to tell us a little bit about her pole fitness journey with The Coven so far and here’s what she would like to share with you all:
“I got introduced to pole at a bachelorette party and immediately fell in love with it. So I immediately joined a studio and started my pole journey. Before moving to Galway I researched pole studios and found The Coven and I haven’t looked back once. As I don’t like working out, I had to find something that I love to do while also sneaking a workout in and pole does exactly that for me. I get strength training, a good core workout, and also train my flexibility and all this while having fun. I have been going to the Coven for 3 years now and I love how there is a sisterhood between us all and the support we give each other.
There hasn’t been one class where I didn’t laugh out loud with everyone. There is also a lot of trust as you have to trust your teacher or fellow students when they spot you. We all look out for each other and there is a vulnerability between each other.
I know a few people who would love to try pole but because you have to be in basically just a minimal amount of clothing they don’t want to go because they hate parts of their body. I keep telling them that this is a way to not focus on what you hate but learn to love yourself and your body and that there are all ages and shapes in the studio and none of us are perfect. So, my advice would be to not let yourself be held back because of some (most likely) irrational dislike for a body part.
An advice for an existing student would be not to compare yourself to others. I struggle a lot with that myself, but I have to remember everyone is different and everyone’s body is different. Some moves are easier for others and some people will progress faster than you and that is ok. We can’t all be the same.
And so, by being part of a pole studio I have learned a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses, not only physically but also mentally and it has helped my personal growth and journey as a woman. I am beyond grateful I found pole dancing and that I still enjoy it just as much as the first time.
One of the pole dancers I follow and love watching is Sarah Jade. I used to go to her studio Buttercup and she’s super nice and makes all the pole moves look super easy and elegant. Love watching her pole dance.
My favourite quote is: Be yourself, no one else is better qualified.
Thank you for featuring me :)”
Thank you Stephanie for your beautiful words and inspiring story!
Team The Coven