Lyra and pole can be exciting, exhilarating and uplifting, but they can also feel difficult, strenuous and frustrating. It may be an elusive trick that you can’t quite nail, or that pesky invert that just refuses to happen. Whatever the reason, sometimes we lose our mojo. The desire to come in to practice lessens, and coming to class feels like an effort.
The good news is that this is totally normal. When things get difficult, it’s our brain’s normal response to tell us that maybe giving up is a better option, that this is all just too hard and not worth the effort. However giving up is really just taking the easy way out! With a bit of work, you can reignite that fire and dive back into your training with fresh eyes.
If you’re feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut, there are things that you can do to bust your way out. We’ve compiled some of our favourite ways to beat the blues and get our mojo back!
Words by Eva Devore | Photo by Etienne Reynaud
It’s okay to give yourself a bit of a break! If you’ve been training really hard and are feeling flat and uninspired, taking some time away from the apparatus can help you to refocus. This could mean giving yourself a bit of a break between classes, and indulging in some serious self care, or maybe giving yourself a term to try something different, like a different style or apparatus! For example, if you’re feeling stuck in lyra, why not give a different style, like Velvet Vixenettes, a try? Or challenge yourself and have a go at pole or burlesque.
If you’ve got an injury that’s preventing you from moving forward, it’s crucial you take the time to rest and recover fully so that you don’t injure yourself further.
If practicing alone has got you down, connecting with those around you can help to reignite the spark! Having a training buddy can help to inspire and support you. Try asking some of your fellow classmates if they’d like to come along to a practice session together! By bringing a friend to practice wilh you, you’ll feel more motivated to come along and try (plus the moral support is always a boost!)
Being supportive towards others can help you feel motivated too. By celebrating the wins of your peers, you can help to create a positive and encouraging environment. Who knows, someone might even share a tip with you that will help spark that breakthrough moment!
Kickstart your inspiration by finding what it is that gets your creative juices flowing. It might be creating a fun new playlist to train to, or scrolling through instagram and checking out some of the amazing artists online. Finding what it is that inspires you and excites you can help you to find that drive to keep working on your practice!
Some other ways to get yourself feeling inspired include;
♥ Creating a Pinterest board of costume and act ideas
♥ Treating yourself to a fabulous new activewear or lingerie set
♥ Watching videos on Youtube and creating a playlist of performers that inspire you
♥ Reading articles and blog posts full of tips and tricks to try
One of the worst things you can do to your self esteem is compare yourself to others. It’s easy to feel down when the other students are getting the move, but you’re still having trouble.
Remember that each of us is on our own journey, and we all have our own challenges to overcome! Some people are natural dancers, while others might be naturally flexy, or stronger. We all come in an enormous array of shapes, sizes, strengths and fitness levels, and everyone will have a different experience.
Be kind to yourself, and give yourself the space and love to move at your own pace. Before you know it, you will master that trick you thought was impossible!
If you’re feeling really stuck in a rut, seeking out help can really break you out of the blues. In class, you can always ask your teacher for tips if a move is just not sticking in your brain. If things are a little more complicated, you can book a private lesson with one of the instructors, for a full hour of one-on-one time to help you workshop those problem moves. Popping into a Perfect Positions class is also a great way to work on specific moves with instructor guidance, as you can work at your own pace and level.
Remember to always ask a qualified instructor for help, not a fellow student! Our instructors will always show you the correct way to perform a move, and always put your safety first.
We’re always encouraging students to film their progress, and this can be so useful when you’re feeling down on yourself. If you look back at how you were doing a month ago, six months ago, or a year ago, you will see how far you’ve come!
It’s so easy for us to look at ourselves in the current moment and feel dissatisfied, but if we look back at where we were, we can realise that we’ve achieved so much! You may be a little flexier and a little closer to that split, or perhaps your transitions are looking smoother. You may find that where once you couldn’t invert, now you are flipping yourself upside down with ease! Taking a moment to be mindful of how far you’ve come can inspire you to see how much further you can go.