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How to hoop when you are not really hooping

How to hoop when you are not really hooping

These days when I think hoop jam, I think “yay hanging out with my mates chatting” Yes a hoop jam usually involves me doing a whole lot more talking than hooping. In fact I stopped going to hoop jams or even running them because they began to feel really un(hoop)productive for me. I would leave feeling like I had hardly hooped at all (but had fabulous catch ups with friends so they were definitely always fun!)

Then what I noticed was I would stand around chatting or watching but do repetitive left and right movements or breaks. Never underestimate the power of a good ‘ol break and reverse session. While I thought I wasn’t “hooping” I was in fact strengthening my left and right body and brain.

In this week’s tutorial I show you some ways you can do the same.

Are you one side dominant? Or do you have some moves that help you to work both sides or directions?

40 Reasons to Pick Up a Hula Hoop Today

40 Reasons to Pick Up a Hula Hoop Today

Yes hooping does make the world a better place.

1. Hooping is known to cause fits of giggling and laughter. They say laughter is the best medicine, right?!

2. Hooping strengthens our Hearts and that means stronger bodies and minds (oh and less of a burden on our medical systems, now that is awesome)

3. Hooping is known to relieve stress. When we are less stressed we are better friends, better family members, better workers, better creators, better lovers, better drivers, better …. do you need me to go on?

4. Hooping activates the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Hoop for a smarter planet.

5. Hooping promotes self love. Wouldn’t the world be an incredible place if self doubt and self harm were erased?

6. Hooping for many is a meditation. The Dalai Lama says “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” Clearly our mission should be to get a hoop into the hands of every 8 – 80 year old then!

7. Hooping burns calories the fun way. It is the best reason to get up and groove. A planet of healthy and hot humans!

8. Hooping improves coordination and spatial awareness. Safer drivers? I think so!

9. Hooping strengthens patience, it teaches a love of the process.

10. Hooping gets kids away from the screens and back in the playgrounds.

11. Hooping brings out the inner dancer and supports creative expression. More dance floors? That is an essential way forward for this Planet!

12. Hooping creates vibrant communities of like minded positive peeps. Hoopers rock!

13. Hooping gives full permission to get dressed up and rock out at any moment (as if you needed permission)

14. Hooping makes it totally acceptable to dance with wild abandon in your local park, parking lot, gym, playground.

15. Hooping can turn a crap day into the best day ever!

16. Hooping connects us with our purpose, our source of creativity, our joy states.

17. Hooping makes others stop and stare in wonder and amazement. Put out the hat, collect some coin, give it to charity.

18. Hooping brings more colour to the world.

19. Hooping gives the mind and body a positive focus so that even just for a moment we can forget about our worries and spin them away.

20. Hooping gives us a chance to be a kid again; carefree.

hooping helps the planet

21. Hooping is the only reason some of us get out of bed in the morning. The world would be kind of boring if we all just stayed in bed.

22. Hooping makes an introvert feel like an extrovert; sometimes.

23. Hooping helps us to connect with music and create our own beat. Mix some of your own music up!

24. Hooping helps us make friends; colourful, cool and creative ones.

25. Hooping gives us the confidence to try things we never thought possible.

26. Hooping can take us on adventures that we had never dreamed of.

27. Hooping makes us feel like we have run away with the circus even if we are in our own living room.

28. Hooping has the power to heal old injuries, emotional wounds and scars from the past. Moving forward one spin at a time!

29. Hooping puts a smile on your dial, it is the new face yoga. Throw out those anti ageing creams, get your happy face on!

30. Hooping makes you a star! Light up the planet.

31. Have you ever seen an angry, grouchy, grumpy, violent, sad hooper inside their hoop?

32. Hooping makes you think about what you put in your body. A happy mind desires a healthy body plus hooping with a hangover or in a food coma just sucks!

33. Hooping gives you a reason to buy extra sparkles!

34. Hooping makes you feel like a magician, especially when you are doing an isolation (yes, when they ask just tell them it’s magic!) The world needs more magic!

35. Hooping teaches us to face challenges and spiral them into achievements and success.

36. Hooping inspires others, it restores faith in the human race and reminds others that the world is full of wonder.

37. Hooping pushes boundaries, expands horizons and shatters stereotypes.

38. Hooping provides a safe bubble to explore movement and body awareness.

39. Hooping allows us to eat more chocolate!

40. Hooping excludes no one. No matter age, race, sex, beliefs, background, body type hooping is for everyone.

As a hooper you inspire, challenge and create change. Never forget that! Now get out there and make the world a more awesome place!


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Creating Hoop Dance Flow

Creating Hoop Dance Flow

Recently I have seen many posts like the following on various Facebook groups

“So I’ve been hooping for a while(almost 4 years), and know a ton of tricks, but I have such a hard time dancing and “flowing”! How do I find my flow???”

Reading through the wonderfully helpful comments I also felt the need to offer my own.

My hoop story was a little different. For the first year or two I just wanted to dance inside my hoop to really loud, cranking dance music. Never a trained dancer, unless you consider countless dance floors around the world to be training, I just loved music and moving my body. In my mind that is exactly what dance is. Movement, expression and emotion to music or beats that you love.

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”   – Martha Graham

As hoop dance evolved and more trickery came into my hoop world I noticed two things happening.

1. My natural dance took some what of a back seat to nailing tricks.

2. My own natural dance inside the hoop started to morph into movements inspired by others. Grateful for all the learning I really wanted to retain my own style, so I started to play with a few methods to amplify my own hoop dance.

“Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement,in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.”   – Jaques D’Amboise

Here are some of the ways that I maintained the dance in my hoop and explored it even more deeply. You might find them useful in your playtime.

Trick Restriction

Cut out the tricks. When we focus so much on drilling and perfecting tricks our energy goes into that and we can feel stuck in the mud with our dance. A method I like to use is Trick Restriction. The following video is an example of that. In this video I hold the hoop with only one hand in one place for the whole track and focus on the movement the rest of my body makes. Drawing the hoop in close and extending it out and away from my body is a simple hoop dance technique that makes use of space, creates new shapes and encourages my body to move/dance without doing any “tricks” at all.

Letting Go

Letting go in life and in hoop dance is something most of us are often striving for so it is definitely always a work in progress. But I often find that when I am not really thinking about what I want or need to do when practicing or if I am chatting while hooping at a jam certain repetitive movements come out that initially don’t “make sense”, they are not constructed, they are simply a natural sequence of movements.

This week’s tutorial is a perfect example.  Try out one of my natural pieces of flow and see how it might alter movement with your hoop.

Change Everything

I will never forget the first time I successfully shoulder hooped after months of trying. I was getting so frustrated and just figured it would never happen for me. Then one day I decided to go and hoop somewhere I had never been before, changed my environment. And a track came on my iPod that I didn’t often hoop to, it was much more chilled than usual. And suddenly something shifted in my hooping, I had a major break through.

You know how they say if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got…or something like that. Well I am a huge believer in shaking things up and shifting stuff around to discover newness in your hoop dance and flow.

This video is a cool example of that for me. I was given this song in the hooping game, I stepped into a new space that I don’t often play in, I switched on this super chilled but beautiful track and found new movement and flow.

Flow Sessions

Develop your own Flow Sessions (sequences of hoop moves). Capture the sequence of tricks/moves by writing them down or by repeating them in order until they are physically memorised. Once you have a Flow Session that you feel in love with, inject dance into it. By that I mean move your feet, turn your body, express with your arms, take up space, match the moves to the beat, play with the pace of the tricks, use emotion or imagery to express the feeling of the Flow Session.

I have a few other Flow Sessions on YouTube or download my Flow Sessions package.

How do you find dance in your hoop?

Two Handed Iso Flip Tutorial

Two Handed Iso Flip Tutorial

Check out this funky little move that has become a fun punctuation point in my hoop dance flow! It is the two handed iso flip. I share the how-to and then some variations in this video but would love to see yours.

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Do you use isolations in your hoop dance flow to punctuate a beat? Or simply so you look like a hoop magician? 😉

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