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11 Tips to Help You Access Your Hoop Dance Flow

11 Tips to Help You Access Your Hoop Dance Flow

How do I find my hoop dance flow?

A question that is often followed by … how long did it take you to find your hoop dance flow? What tricks really helped you to find your flow?

 

These are common feelings and valid questions but they really shine a light on some of the biggest misconceptions about hooping and flow states.

 

The misconceptions are that hoop dance flow comes to you after you have learned a certain number of tricks or you have been practicing for a certain number of days/weeks/months/years.

 

Or that hoop dance flow is something you have to search for.

 

Sure you might start to feel more confident, strong and coordinated with practice but in fact, hoop dance flow is something you can access right from the very moment you pick up a hoop and spin in on your waist or hand.

 

To answer these questions about hoop dance flow and dispel some of the misconceptions it is important to understand what flow actually is and how to access it.

 

Dr Csíkszentmihályi, a Hungarian psychologist who created the concept of flow, describes the state as

“being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

 

Ultimately when a hooper asks, “how do I find my hoop dance flow?” they are asking how to access the feeling of focus, be immersed in continuous action, feel enjoyment, make the most of the skills they have and overcome the challenges.

 

Below are 11 practical ways with video examples to help you actively access your hoop dance flow.

 

Action is key. You cannot think your way into flow.

 

21 day hoop dance flow challenge

 

  1. Trick Restriction

Q: What is one of the biggest misconceptions about your art? A: There are a few but the one that springs to mind about hooping is that you need to know a lot of tricks before you can access a state of flow. I strongly disagree. In fact many hoopers report feeling deep flow states from the very beginning of their time with a hoop; simply waist hooping. You see flow is synonymous with focus and release so whether you have developed a wide array of tricks or you have only learned one or two you still have the ability to access flow. I personally practice “trick restriction” by simply concentrating on one trick or one hand position I am able to free up all other pathways and release any blockages to a flow state. I highly recommend it to any of my students experiencing a hoop rut or those nudging up against the flow blocks of anxiety, apathy or boredom with their practice. ✌️ Here is an example of Trick Restriction. You will notice that my hands are only on two points on the hoop and remain there for the whole practice. This free up my entire body and mind to drop very easily into a flow state. Totally recommend trying this practice for 10 to 20 mins at the beginning of your hoop practice to warm up creative movement patterns, allow relaxation of thought, and as a freedom technique then take the sensations into you regular practice time ✌️ #flowstate #freedom #misconception #flow #practice #imtheone #release #movementmeditation #meditation #guidance #restriction #hooplovers #hooping #hulahoop #hooplove #hooplovecoach #joy #love #djkhaled #justinbieber

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Part 2 of “you don’t have to know a ton of tricks to access flow” Take your hoop on a journey with you ✨ Trick Restriction (see my last video post for a description of the practice) : One Hand One Point : For this whole practice I only focussed on one “trick” holding the hoop at one contact point with one hand. This frees up any blockages to flow and allows energy to move to other concepts like space, timing, levels, musicality, rhythm, punctuation, pace changes, making shapes, chaos and flow. 💜 Enjoy! And of course a solid @nickiminaj track HELPS! #freedom #dance #chaos #hoopdance #tricks #lightmybodyup #nickiminaj #lilwayne #hulahoop #hoopersofinstagram #hooplovers #flow #flowarts #love #space #time #fierce

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To enhance focus by practicing the method of “trick restriction” for one or two songs.

Did you know that even if you knew zero “hoop tricks” you could still find gorgeous flow and dance with your hoop?!? I wanted to show you what my hoop practices look like from the moment I pick up my hoop. I walk into my hoop space with a blank canvas (my body and mind) I switch on whatever playlist I have created and I practice “Trick Restriction” as a warm up. I simply spend a song or two moving with my hoop, at first slow and simply making shapes with my circle and my body. This technique helps to discover the unique and beautiful lines and curves of the body and hoop together. No tricks required just a willingness to dance and be free. In this practice there is no judgement, no right or wrong, no goal. It is a time to allow the body healing movement, a fun and freeing way to warm up and for me always the ideal way to make space for dance and find a sweet balance with tricks I might practice later on. So many Hoopers ask me how to find dance flow. Allow it. Let it out. It’s there already. If the tricks are hindering your flow then pull back a little to find that sweet spot. As in Yoga when the asana is too strong the breath is weakened and it is a perfect sign to soften the practice, in hoop dance when the tricks block the flow it is a beautiful reminder to move in new ways, pick up the feet, glide with the movement of the hoop. #hoopdance #flow #hoop #circle #movement #practice #play #hooping

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2. Single focus. Warm up your body and soul by giving yourself the luxury of a single focussed hoop time. Waist hoop. If you cannot yet waist hoop keep trying for the length of one whole song.

 

3. Shapes. Create shapes with your hoop, set this as your only intention for one whole song. No need to worry about nailing tricks or remembering sequences simply fall into the flow of painting pictures and creating shapes with your hoop.

 

 

4. Your body. Take your focus into your body, specifically the muscles that make your movement. Focus on particular muscle groups and how they are moving or take your attention to the muscles that are moving your hoop.

Flow Tips : Feeling “bummed” about your hoop dance, your flow, your personal practice? Release resistance to tricks and dance by taking your attention to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your beautiful body. Let energy, sensation and dance ripple through them from the small parts in your feet (we have over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in our feet alone!!) through your powerful legs, give some special love to your gluteus maximus (your largest butt muscle😊) while wiggling around, loosen and expand through your upper body muscles, groove the 43 muscles in your face 😍, the muscles in your neck and shoulders that hold tension and resistance pump blood through them releasing and healing and most importantly activate your heart muscle radiate brilliance, energy and love into your movement. Your hoop will accompany you if you allow it, take it on a journey of dance and play. We feel “bummed” when we have expectations and resist, we feel ecstatic when we play 💗 #play #flow #hooping #hooplovers #love #dancetherapy #norules #letgo #workitout #hooplove

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5. Same moves, different music. Create a short (or long) hoop dance sequence that you are familiar with and practice it to different types of music. Make yourself a varied playlist.

 

Hooper tip: when you are feeling stuck in a hoop rut take a short hoop dance sequence you are familiar with, something that comes natural, and give it new life. Put a playlist on repeat and improvise giving new energy and variations to the same flow session. Something new will come out every time! ⚡️⚡️ Just about to upload this week’s flow session tutorial to my YouTube (will put link in insta bio soon) but I thought I would add a few videos here to show you how you can take one hoop flow session and go be it lots of different flavour by changing music, pace, energy and adding variation into the moves. ⚡️ go check out the tutorial, have a play with it then tag me to share your variations. ❤️😍 . #flowsession #variation #hoopdance #hooping #hooplovers #hooplove #rhirhi #rhianna #rehab A video posted by Deanne Love 💜 Hooplovers.tv (@deannelovexo) on

 

 

6. Drop it like it’s hot. Celebrate your mistakes. Don’t let drops and mishaps with the hoop shatter your flow and focus, continue to move and creatively dance while rescuing your hoop, make it part of the flow.

 

 

7. All about the tunes. Create playlists that motivate your moves, fill them with songs that inspire you to dance.

 

8. The floor is lava. Pick up your feet as if on hot sand, feel a sense of weightlessness. Create patterns or freestyle with your footwork.

 

9. Find your inner fierceness. Take charge of the moment and hold strong to your intentions.

 

10. Dare to take up space. Whether you have a small practice space or a wide open area utilise the space, move into it, be bold and deliberate with your expression.

 

 

11. Stop searching for it. Flow is not a destination, it is a way of feeling that requires action and letting go of resistance.

 

Some more tips to help you float into flow with every practice

  1. Set aside a designated, distraction free time and space.
  2. Enter the practice prepared by being hydrated, ready to play and with a positive frame of mind.
  3. Set an intention for the play time or goals for the practice.
  4. Gently witness your emotions, allow them, shift them if needed but stay focussed on the intention or practice.
  5. Keep going, take action, MOVE into flow.

 

How do you embrace your hoop dance flow?

Share your break throughs and brilliance with me on Instagram @deannelovexo #hooplovers

 

Some other ideas that you might like if you are in a dreaded hoop rut or need some new hoopspiration:

30 ways to get out of a hoop rut
Creating Hoop Dance Flow
Never fall into a hoop rut again

 

Hooping for Happiness : A Playlist to Raise Your Vibrations

Hooping for Happiness : A Playlist to Raise Your Vibrations

Got a case of the sads? Feeling over worked and under-played? Need a boost of extra joy in your day?

You need a happy hooping playlist. And here it is.

Lovingly crafted to instantly lift you up and out of your low and float you to the dance floor. Get your hoop on your hips, plug into this playlist and let the instant rush of beats make you come alive. Hands in the air, hips moving, hair flowing. Let it go, let it flow.

Follow it here.

If you are not on Spotify. Why not? Free to sign up and oh so many playlists to keep life pumping. Check out my Hooping to Music tips below in this blog.

 

New to hooping and need some inspiration to get you started? Try the free 7 Day Waist Hooping Challenge. Starts the 1st of every month.

100s of free hula hooping tutorials for all levels on the Hooplovers YouTube channel.

Enjoying playlists and hooping to music. Tips.

Join Spotify. Yes it is free. Or you can pay a small fee every month for the joys of endless, ad free listening. So worth it.

YES you can download your Spotify playlists if you don’t have wifi.

  1. Create your playlists on Spotify or follow mine here.
  2. Download your playlist for Offline play. When you are in wifi or connected to the internet (don’t use up all of your data) Click the “Available Offline” option at the top of the playlist. It should turn green, and the tracks in your playlist will begin downloading to your Spotify program.

Sync up to your UE Boom or your favourite speakers. Or play your fav playlists through your blue tooth headphones.

HOOP!

Does hula hooping really make you fit?

Does hula hooping really make you fit?

See the results of the hula hoop test I did. And try your own hoop workout test.

I don’t know about you, but when I dance, hoop and workout, I do it because I want to feel good.

There are many different ways to test if we feel good. Obviously you know when you move yourself out of a funk or maybe when your energy levels are up after a workout. You know, that feeling, when your workout truly shifts your mood. That’s a great way to just be witness and test if your workout, dance or hooping session, is really giving you what you want.

Another way that we often test if our workout is really giving us benefits, is to see how many calories we are burning, or to see how much energy we are putting out. The more calories that we burn off, or the more energy that we burn off, the more the feel good chemicals are really kicking in.

There’s definitely different types of hooping and different ways that you can get a little bit more out of your workout. I know if I have a very chilled out hoop dance, then I’m not getting myself into that peak state of feeling really good. I actually have to level up a little bit with my energy expenditure so that I can get what I need, I can feel better with my workouts.

Join the 7 Day Waist Hooping Challenge here

 

Today, I thought that we might do a little test.

The first 10 minutes, I’m going to do a relaxed, not moving my feet, just pulsing my belly with the hoop on my waist, barely moving my arms, and we’ll see how much energy I can burn.

In the second 10 minutes, I’m going to get a little bit more excited with my hoop dance. Going to start to move my arms, I’m going to keep the hoop on my waist though and I’m going to start to pick up my feet and move around. This is the kind of hoop dance that I really loved and still do, really love when I first started moving with the hoop. It’s what really activated that feel good energy. It’s why I’ve continued to hoop dance for so many years. We’re going to dance around a little bit more for 10 minutes.

Then in the last 10 minutes, we are going to see how much energy I can burn when I am totally going for it, rocking out, pushing the hoop onto all different parts of the body. I’m going to do minimal off body moves, but I will transition the hoop on and off.

Let’s just see the difference, 10 minutes chill, 10 minutes dancing, 10 minutes rocking out. Let’s go.

THE RESULTS

After 10 minutes of relaxed hula hooping

In the first 10 minutes I burned 56 calories.

I’m not super concerned about the calories, I’m really about the energy that I’m burning. This is just one way to measure it, and we’re just doing one test here, but we are going to look at how much more awesomeness and energy output we can do when we start to dance and pick up our feet.

For the next 10 minutes, I am going to be moving around in my circle, maybe do some breaks back and forth, but I’m going to keep the hoop on my waist. Let’s just see the difference.

10 minutes of moderate hoop dance

First of all, I feel so much more alive, than the first 10 minutes of just on my waist. I had so much more fun, I was singing along to the tracks and feeling really free, almost having these visions like I was outdoors. I was truly having a great workout.

In this 10 minutes I burned 75 calories. Quite an increase from just standing still.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with standing still. A 10 minute waist hoop is awesome, it’s going to be great for unlocking your posture, for opening up your body, and for making you feel good.

I’ve go another 10 minutes to go. This time, I’m going to be bringing the hoop up and down my body. If you’re a beginner, and you like, “Okay, whoa, that is just way too intense.” Well you can always check out some of my other tutorials and some of my lessons on Hooplovers.tv. It does take time, but part of the time taking, part of the process is making you stronger and fitter and have more stamina; just feeling more alive.

10 minutes of totally rocking my hoop dance

According to the Fitbit and my sweat, in that 10 minutes of on body, waist, upper body, vertical hooping, a little bit of off body, doing some vortexes, and spinning above the head, I burned 89 calories.

Now, whether it’s a number or whether it’s just a feeling, I absolutely know that that level of hoop dance, where I have a few different tricks where I’m really moving around, where I’m taking the hoop onto different parts of my body, it allows me to access a feeling that is like a high intensity workout. It’s a feeling where everything else just drops away. I can forget about whatever the day has brought. I can forget about any of the problems that are going on, and I can drop into my body. That’s what I personally want from a workout. That’s what I personally want when I dance and when I hoop.

The moral of the story, is that the more you move, even within the same time frame, the more energy you’re going to give out, the more your body is going to activate, the more you’re going to be able to release in your mind and drop down into your body and into your movement. The movements can be repetitive. I wasn’t thinking, “Oh, I have to do this certain sequence.” I was just dancing wildly freestyle, without any stress about what tricks I should do.

I have learned some tricks along the way. If you do want to learn some tricks with me so that you can amplify your hoop dance workouts and dance so that you can get into this state, this state of feeling absolute over the top bliss in 10 minutes.

If you want to learn some more amazing tricks with me and come along and do some workouts, there are three ways.

First of all, Hooplovers YouTube. Lots of fun, free tutorials for you. Be sure to subscribe.

Here on Hooplovers.tv, I really go in depth with how to master the moves safely, how to build them into your own practise.

Then there is Hoop Love Workouts we get into the flow of workouts so that you can create this bliss, the hoop glow, fun hoop dance workouts.

YOU get to decide for yourself where you want to take your workouts and how effective, how amazing you really want them to be.

Do I really need a weighted hoop?

Do I really need a weighted hoop?

Weighted hoops. Are they more effective than dance hoops? Do they burn more calories? Do you need a weighted hoop? To answer these questions I had to do a test. The results were interesting and I made a video for you. First of all, let’s define what a Weighted Hoop really is. A hoop that… Continue Reading

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