Linn Marie Pickard
Six years ago, Linn found pole fitness. Originally just a fun new dance and exercise form, she now loves the combination of strength, flexibility, acrobatics and dancing that it involves.
She has trained in Oslo, Houston, and Stavanger. She started teaching in 2013, and has completed Levels 1-4 of the XPERT Professional Instructor Training. Linn has also taken a Beginners Aerial Hoop instructor training through Spin City, and a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through YogaWorks.
Linn took part in her first competition in January 2014 in Stockholm – the Battle of the Pole – Northern European Pole Championships. In 2015 she participated in the Professional Category of the Norwegian Pole Sport Championships, and came in Second Place! You can watch her competition videos here. You can keep up to date on her trainings through her Instagram profile and her Facebook page Pickard Training and Performance.
In January 2016 Linn became the owner of Prana Pole, where she hopes to inspire new students and instructors, and wants to help the sport grow both in the Stavanger region and in Norway! In particular Linn enjoys the sense of achievement when she or her students manage a new trick!
Yin started pole dancing in 2011 and has trained in several studios across the globe having learnt from professional dancers in both Australia (Pole Fanatics Studio, Melbourne) and Malaysia (Bobbis Pole Studio Malaysia). Since discovering pole, she has since dabbled in many forms of pole dance from the traditional sensual art to competitive sport to contemporary dance.
In addition to pole dancing, Yin also teaches aerial hoop and has an interest in arm balances, flexibility training, yoga and aerial silks.
Since joining the Prana Pole team from the beginning in 2016, she has:
- received her “Level 1-2 XPERT Professional Instructor Certification”
- competed, won (2017) and placed (2018) in the Norwegian Artistic Pole Championships (Semi-Pro)
- and become a co-owner of Prana Pole
As an educated architect, Yin has many other creative ventures, such as creating handmade pole wear @barepolewear and DIY blogging @prettyquirkypants. If you’re curious about what Yin has to offer, have a look at her Instagram profile
After giving up a lifetime of dancing ballet, Kristine struggled to find a new passion. When moving to Oslo in 2013, Kristine quickly became tired of spinning and aerobics classes and decided to try Pole at Sometimes Pole Studio. She was looking to try something fun, but found a great workout! She got addicted to the strength and self confidence she gained from mastering new tricks on the pole. She also found a welcoming community and friendship in her fellow pole-students.
When moving to Stavanger in the fall of 2014, finding a pole studio was a requirement. She started instructing in 2015, and came to Prana Pole in 2016. Kristine took her Level 1-2 XPERT Professional Instructor Training in May 2016. Outside of work, Kristine finds time to do yoga, running and strength training, when she is not on a pole. She also dreams of trying aerial hoop and tissue.
Check out Kristine’s Instagram profile to see some of her recent tricks and transitions.
Ellie has been pole dancing since 2012 and has been teaching the last two years. She is an Indi Pole Wear Social Influencer through which she has contributed to an incredible online community of pole dancers. She was invited to teach at the Indi Pole Retreat in Bali this year, and is looking forward to returning again next year. Ellie has compete and placed several times in the Norwegian Pole Sport Championships (professional and elite categories)! You can watch her routine from the 2016 Championships here.
What she loves about pole dancing is: the feeling of flying, of being stronger than you know, and the incredible supportive, community that she has found during her pole dancing journey! As an instructor she likes to create a personable, friendly atmosphere where everyone is able to enjoy and exceed at pole.
If you want to see more of Ellie, have a look at her Instagram profile.
Heidi has been pole dancing since 2013 and was a co-owner of Stavanger Poledance (which Prana Pole has since merged together with). She has experience with teaching pole dance, bachelorette parties, strength and acrobatics, and stretching since then.
Heidi is also designing and selling pole wear (through Aerial Lux Designs – a work in progress).
When Heidi started pole dancing, she had no prior experience with any physical activity as nothing was exciting enough. When she found pole, she was hooked, and has been stuck ever since. What she loves most about teaching pole is to watch the progression in her students and their happy faces and excitment when they show her that they’ve nailed a move. She loves training with the pole because you don’t feel like you are going to the gym or even having a workout session. The fun and addiction to pole, especially when nailing new moves is real!
Heidi is also is a photographer and arranges pole photoshoots. If you want to see more of Heidi, take a look at her instagram profile.
Sine – Yoga
Sine started doing yoga regularly in 2007, and took the Jivamukti Yoga 300-hour teacher training in 2014. She has also specialized in Yoga and Meditation for Military Personnel through the American organisation “Warriors at Ease”. Her normal day job is in the Norwegian Military. Although yoga is all about the peace inside you, it’s not about being a passive and accepting doormat for everything that happens around you. Sometimes you have to be a warrior and stand up for what you feel deep inside is right. In the yoga classes we try to find out what that is, through physical poses and an investigative mindset.