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5 Transitions with Twin Hoops

5 Transitions with Twin Hoops

There is a moment between each hoop trick or move that you have a multitude of options; like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Those moments, known in hoop speak as transitions, can be either crippling or liberating. The more transitions you learn/give yourself the more freedom you will unlock in your flow.

So this week I thought I would give you 5 adventures to choose from. In last week’s mini twin flow we finished with a toss that ended with both hoops out in front of the body, wrists together, thumbs up. There are many paths from here but let me show you five of them.

Here are some more twin hoop moves for you to play with.

8 Essentials for Busy Hoop Teachers

8 Essentials for Busy Hoop Teachers

Reaching for a balanced life is like the never ending quest. Time management and productivity are overused buzzwords that often feel like a pipe dream when juggling full plates of delights. So let’s get our life hacks on.

As a hoop teacher activating creativity, finding time to play, building your community, wrangling with the joys of being an entrepreneur and simply getting shit done can be a stretch but it doesn’t have to be a struggle.

The key is to become a paperless smartypants. This means using smart phone apps like power pellets.

Note: Coffee may also help!

Here are 8 super apps that are going to free up your time for what you love the most – HOOPING!

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Why Using Two Hula Hoops at Once is Good for Your Brain

Why Using Two Hula Hoops at Once is Good for Your Brain

It was once believed that the brain was a static mass that hung out in our skulls; if you were lucky enough to be born “brainy” then challenges would be few. Thanks to the brainiacs of the world cracking open that theory we now know that our brain has plasticity, like the childhood favourite play dough it can be moulded and mixed depending on the activities we choose.

You can expand your mind.

This is exciting as movers and hoopers. As we all know most new hoop moves do not come easily upon first attempt, certain tricks or combinations can seem downright impossible. We can be forgiven for believing that we are just not strong/coordinated/flexible enough or will never understand how to do certain tricks and moves. However if we spotlight the exciting reality of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to grow with new behaviours, experiences and focus, then we can look forward to not only nailing those moves with practice but expanding our mind in the process.

Twin hooping, using two hoops at once, takes the art of hoop dance to a new level in terms of learning to coordinate both the left and right side of the brain and body (with off body hooping aka pooping poi + hooping) or maintain momentum with two on the body. With consistent play and practice we not only strengthen our body but we train our brain to understand and smoothly execute new flow using both left and right. Promise.

I call it my Alzheimer’s prevention practice.

If you were born right handed (or left, they are both equally as fabulous) it is likely that you practice most things in your life with that side. Watch yourself for a whole day and become aware of all the things you do with just one hand: brush your teeth, drink from a glass, pick up your lap top, use your fork or chopsticks at lunch,  sign your name, pick a flower, stir your coffee, pick up your hoop. If you spent the rest of the year doing all those things with your opposite hand you would find you train yourself to be ambidextrous. What a cool thing to put on your resume, if you are a twin hooper you can go ahead and update your resume right now!

Changing our movement patterns changes the pathways in our brain. 

By patiently, repetitively and meditatively introducing new patterns and drawing new shapes with twin hoops we are retraining and growing the plastic that is our brain. Gives a new positive spin to the term Dough Brain.

Try this mini twin sequence, grow your mind. 

Next week we explore 5 transitions to take this mini twin hoop sequence to a new space.

If you want to learn more about flow moves or hula hoop tricks, make sure to check out our download video courses.

How to Bring New Life to Your Hoop Dance

How to Bring New Life to Your Hoop Dance

The past three weekly tutorials have been variations of the swing start behind the back move. This idea to share variations of one move came from a technique that I personally use to expand my hoop dance. By taking one simple and common aspect of my hoop dance flow, something that I do repetitively without thought, and making alterations to that move. This technique requires an unpacking and amped up awareness of the moves that I am flowing through.

You might like to try this yourself.

What is a common move that flows out in your play time? Perhaps a weave? Maybe waist hooping? It might be isolations. Take that move and try putting a fresh twist on it.

- try playing with the way you enter and exit the move. Mix up the moves to try before and after your focus move.

- you could try it in the opposite hand

- maybe flow it in the opposite direction

- try turning with that move

- try stepping or jumping through the hoop as the move ends (if accessible)

- try out some fancy footwork that feels connected to the move

- try adding a new body part into the mix

As a creative being of the hoop I am sure you can come up with some other ways to explore and expand your dance.

This practice is designed to bring greater expansion and sensation to your natural movements, to wake up the mind, body and soul to play with new path ways.

Let’s take a look at the new pathways that have been created from the Swing Start.

This week is the Behind the Back Palm Spin

We also explored the Behind the Back Elbow Pass

And the Behind the Back Jump Through

How do you expand on your moves when you are looking for newness in your hoop dance flow?

Behind the Back Moves – Jump Through – Part 2

Behind the Back Moves – Jump Through – Part 2

A new style of move for you this week as Part 2 (Behind the Back Moves – Jump Through)of the behind the back spins. It is a bit of a jig saw puzzle like move but when you put all the pieces together it will totally make sense.

I saw a really cool quote on Instagram this week that went something like this “when it appears too difficult, try harder” I liked it a lot because it made me think of so many times when I could have given up but pushed through and then felt the buzz and the benefits of sticking to my goals. Also made me think of all the gorgeous hoopers who send me their progress reports, at first they communicate their doubt and let me know how hard it seems but then I love to hear of their success with some focus and practice.

This one could take some practice ;)