Meet the Indi girls: Emily Laura Young!
Posted on August 08 2016
Who are the ladies behind our favorite pole brand? They are inspiring, passionate, determined, funny and strong. Through these blog series you will get to know them a little better ... And who knows, they might share some of their secret tips and tricks with you!
EMILY LAURA YOUNG
Emily Laura is a pole dance instructor and yoga teacher based in the UK. By day, she is a commercial property solicitor, but much prefers teaching and sharing her passion for pole. Emily loves spinny pole and creating beautiful flowy pieces.
WE WANTED TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT EMILY LAURA
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS!
Determined. Chatty. Passionate. Dedicated. Honest.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN POLE DANCING?
4,5 years...I think!
DID YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE, EXERCISE RELATED, BEFORE POLE?
Yes! Lots! I’m a very sporty person.
My Mum’s business is as a dressage trainer and judge – so I had ponies and could ride for as long as I could remember. I represented England several times on the international dressage team and am very proud to say that, with my pony Coco , I won 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal for my country. Then, when I went to university, I wanted independence and left dressage and joined Mixed Martial Arts. I really loved the physical challenge of a new sport. That and I met my future husband!
PLEASE SHOW US YOUR FAVORITE COMBO AT THE MOMENT!
Well, this probably isn’t a surprise! One handed spin to pixie to reverse split grip!
HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO FIT EVERYTHING IN? (POLE, STRETCH, COMBOS .. ETC)
This is a really good question!
Training everything is so hard especially when you have a day job! For me, planning is key. I plan my weekly training schedule, and each training session. On a weekly basis, I try to dedicate each session to a different thing – so one session on strength, one of combos and one to two on bending. I leave one day as a “float” day. This is for when training, or sections of training, has not gone to plan on a different day, I can move it to the float day. In terms of floorwork and pole to pole transitions, I add this to every training session as part of a warm up. My individual training plans are very detailed, especially when training for a performance or competition. I personally need that organisation. I plan everything – warm up, conditioning, floorwork, bending, combos and cool down / recovery. It really helps me focus my training – if I’m having a flexy training session, I want to ensure my warm up and recovery assists.
WHAT TRICK ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ACHIEVING SO FAR?
So, here’s the background. First, I had my right hip rebuilt as a child. Then, once I had discovered pole, within the space of two months’, I had two instructors who both told me “you’re not flexible, so you won’t get far in pole”. That hurt! I felt deflated and demoralised. I nearly gave up. Then I thought, no, I’ll show them. And I decided to train. To become flexible. This is where I need to credit two amazing women. First, Bendy Kate. She helped me with a routine I never thought I could do, and encouraged me to train bendy moves. I clearly remember her telling me that I could do it, if I set my mind to it. That was a game changer for me. Secondly, Charlotte Roberston, for teaching me her bendy ways, and encouraging me to love stretching and flexy moves. I couldn’t have done it without her. So, the tricks (sorry, there are two!) that I am most proud of are the eagle and contortion scorpio. I never ever thought that I would be flexible!
THREE THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT INDI POLEWEAR?
1. Fit – super flattering but super safe. Makes you look awesome with no slip issues.
2. Colours and print I really love the unique prints. You know an Indi print when you see one.
3. Quality – I’ve spent so much time and money on cheap pole clothes that don’t last and don’t offer the coverage / support needed. Indi is pure quality. Amazing comfortable, sweat wicking fabrics that move with you.
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