Some things are unintentional. Like the fact that my tank top matches my beanbag in this week’s tutorial. Clearly I don’t have a stylist.
And sometimes the best hoop moves come out of mistakes. Like the Flip Fold Jump Through move.
This move definitely came out of mistakes I was making. I kept letting the hoop drop to one side after the flip off my body and it would just fall. Then I realised with a bit of momentum I could fold the hoop on my outstretched arm.
The moral of that story is…great new moves come from common mistakes!
When we stop and give up or retry every time we make a mistake two things happen. We miss the chance to create more flow and moves and we send a message to our body and mind that we messed up and must stop.
What do you do when you make a mistake? Do you make it part of the dance?
I clearly remember where I was all those years ago when I started practicing isolations with my hoop; my huge, oversized, chunky hoop. It was rainy season in Tokyo at the time so I was stuck indoors for my hoop practice and decided that I was going to nail isolations. Ouch!
This was well before the iso pop days and all the fancy iso thingies that are spinning around now, so all I really practiced was the one handed center isolation until my hands and arms were numb. I kind of hated them to be honest, and never felt like I would really use them in my hoop dance flow. That feeling quickly changed.
Isolations are so powerful to draw focus, to punctuate a beat or to change the energy of the hoop dance. Definitely worth the practice, but they do take effort to master.
This week’s tutorial is a Half Moon Iso Pop. You can check that out below, it is super fun and symmetrical. I have created quite a few isolation tutorials over the years, you can check them out below or download the Hooplovers app and watch them there. If you feel like you isolations suck or you feel like bringing in some new strength and balance training then check the tutorials below.
Since then I have shared over 65 tutorials, had guest STARS like the incredible Lisa Lottie and Ngaire, worn many different leggings, made some cringe worthy mistakes, spent countless hours filming, editing and creating the videos. Most importantly though I have had the chance to hear from and connect with hoopers all over the planet sharing their improvements, strength and achievements.
So thank you, with all of my heart. It has been quite a year, hard to believe it has only been twelve months. I have so much more to share and we are definitely going to continue the weekly tutorials.
Sending a massive thank you also to my husband Masao, I could never have done any of this without him. As a team we work like a machine, often shooting, editing, writing, emailing, replying and creating until 2 or 3am to get everything sorted and on time. It has definitely been a year of commitment and hard work but so fun and creative we are excited to share more with you and amp up the fun a little more in 2014.
So this week I am adding a part 2 to the How to Hula Hoop for Total Beginners, going back to the roots. If you are struggling with your waist hooping or you have a friend that you know will really benefit from the connection and joy that hoops bring then this is for you/them – WITH LOVE!
Thank you for all of your support, for subscribing to my channel, for asking questions and giving feedback, for sharing your improvements and frustrations. It is a pure pleasure to be connected with you! Thank you!
There is a group that is getting hoopers all amped up on Facebook at the moment and it is called The Hooping Game.
The rules are simple. You post “I’m in” and someone will give you a random song. All you have to do is video yourself hooping to that song and upload it for everyone to see. Easy right?
I mean clearly it is fun and super cool to watch everyone else do their thing but the noise of my inner chatter is currently the loudest it has been in a very long time.
“That is how you hoop?” “What happened to your flow” “where are all your rad tricks” “people are going to think you suck” “you keep doing the same stuff over and over” “you are not very connected to the music” “they will think you look dumb” “you are too fat/uncoordinated/” Woah already, shut up!
I highly recommend you put yourself in the game and listen. You won’t find a more supportive and nonjudgemental group, they are all there to cheer you on. But listen to what you have to say about yourself.
When I sorted my inner critic’s crap from fact I found something though. Flow is a practice. A personal one. It can rise and fall away, shift and evolve just like anything else. We all express it differently and when we give ourselves permission to play we are sharing our true self, that is all we can be.
I realised that I have been working so hard on breaking moves down, teaching the how to and I forgot to give myself the gift of daily flow practice. And so I am saying “I’m in” The Hooping Game as often as my schedule allows. Are you IN?
This week’s tutorial is a guide to practicing a twin flow. This is a natural flow for me that came out of play and practice and I am excited to share it with you and see what you make of it.
Twins are about balance and connection, the left and the right. They require patience and understanding, softness yet control. I think you are going to enjoy this one!