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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

 

2017 : The Year of Giving

2017 : The Year of Giving

Some major life events have given me the gift of reflecting on the important things in life. I have been contemplating what the future holds. The fact is that I don’t know; none of us truly do so let’s make the best of every moment. I do know that I am happiest when I am teaching and sharing. So that is exactly what I am going to focus on this year.

3 things to begin with…

1. The first thing I want to giveaway this month is a workshop I created called 360 Activation : The Power of Turning with Your Hoop. It is online and you can access it here.

This is not a competition, you don’t have to enter to win, you can just have it. Now. Here.  It’s a gift from me!

In February it will be for sale for the regular $37 price but for January I want you to enjoy it, soak up the moves and let them activate your dance.

Enjoy and let me know if you like any of the moves. If you try them out and share them on your Instagram please tag me @deannelovexo and use the hashtag #hooplovers so we can stay connected.

 

360 Activation : The Power of Turning with Your Hoop

360 Activation Online Hula Hoop Workshop by Hooplovers Deanne Love

 

2. Are you a Hooplover? I am sure you are. Another giveaway is happening here on the Hooplovers.tv blog. I am giving away all of my 21 Day challenges, to one lucky winner. All of the details of that fun giveaway are in this blog post here.

 

Make sure you take the time to read some of the incredible comments hooper have been leaving already. I look forward to reading yours!

Are you a hooplover HOOPLOVERS

 

3. Since 2013 we have been sharing (almost) weekly tutorials on the Hooplovers YouTube channel.  Are you subscribed to that? It is free. All you have to do is click that red Subscribe button.

I always appreciate all of your feedback and ideas for the channel, thank you so much. I hope you find the tutorials helpful.

Sharing is caring. So if you have a blog or other platform you love to share your hooping adventures on it would be amazing if you share any of my tutorials that you have found helpful for you. The more we share, the more Hooplovers there are making this world a funkier place!

I have a dream for that channel. 100 000 Hooplovers subscribed. It is just a number, I know, but how cool would it be if there were 100 000 of us?!

hula hoop tutorial Subscribe to Hooplovers Deanne Love Hula Hoop Tutorials for FREE

 

I hope that the beginning of 2017 is treating you well and that you are giving yourself much needed reflection time to move into this year with focus, fun and flow.

 

What Size Hoop Are You Using?

What Size Hoop Are You Using?

Most commonly asked question on any hoop video I post : What size hoop is that?

 

You want to buy a hoop but you don’t know what size or style to get. In this video and blog I will show you all of the hoops that I use and give you some extra info and links so that you can get the right hula hoop for you.

I also made you this quick video showing you all of the hoops that I use most often at the moment.

The blog that I referred to in the video was Gala Darling. The blog post that started my hoop journey was this one.  

 

My first hoop was a 100cm/40″ diameter (25mm/1″ pipe) dance hoop much like this one, except mine was pink and blue. My husband bought it for me in Tokyo.

Here I am doing my best hoop pose, with my first hoop. 2007.

 

first hoop deanne love

 

Soon after that I started making my own hoops to use and to sell. I no longer make them, but you can find out how to make them yourself here (DIY : How to make your own hula hoops )

 

Irrigation Pipe (Polyethylene), PEX or HDPE Pipe Hoops – Great for beginners, dance and fitness

The hoops that I am holding in the video above are 20mm/ 3/4″ irrigation pipe hoops. You can get the Polyethylene irrigation pipe here in the USA or here in Australia. Many hoopers in the USA also buy their pipe from a company called LOWES. Let me know int he comments if you have another awesome supplier.

Here are some examples of irrigation style pipe hoops.

Glitter Dance Hoop

Adjustable size dance hoop

Gaffer Taped Beginner’s Hoop

 What about a weighted hoop?

No, I have never used a heavy, lumpy, hard fitness hoop like this or this. I find them painful, uncomfortable and far too heavy to allow the kind of safe movement I need for improving my skills, fitness and strength. I would never recommend buying a hoop over 800g / 1.5lb if you want to learn tricks, dance and use it for a fitness workout.

Hoops made from irrigation pipe, Polyethylene or PEX like pipe are also often called Weighted Hoops. They have more weight in them than children’s hoops or PolyPro hoops. Dance and fitness hoops (not the lumpy, bumpy, oversized ones) often come with gaffer tape or grip tape on them and this adds a little extra weight and grip.

LED Hoops

Yes the fancy ones that light up. They are incredible and a wonderful investment if you are performing or you like to light up at festivals!

The ones I use are Astral Hoops. I have the Atomics in PolyPro pipe. 90cm/35”

I have seen MoodHoops in action and they look amazing!

I have also used LED hoops from SuperHooper.org. This is a SuperHooper LED in this Instagram video. I love it.

In this old video shot in Tokyo, I was performing with PsiHoops

#pastlife as a hooping gogo dancer in Tokyo with dreads and mohawks #whodat

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You can find less expensive LED hoops on Amazon from The Hoop Shop. I have not personally tried these ones. The Fusion looks pretty fabulous for only $60 but again I am yet to try this one myself. Let me know if you test it out!

Travel Hoops

Yes you can travel with regular hoops. I often check mine in but if I am only taking carry on luggage then I take a travel hoop with me or I coil my polypro hoops down to fit in my suit case (always take care when doing that and ask your hoop seller if it is ok)

The gorgeous pink travel hoop that I showed in the YouTube video at the top of this post came from the Hooper Market 

I also like the travel hoops from Pretty Sticky in Australia

I also really love the Trinity Starr travel hoops.

And there are a few different ones on Amazon, like the Infinity Collapsible hoop, these dazzling 4 sections travel hoops by The Spinsterz

PolyPro Twins

The hoops I am using in the YouTube video and the Instagram videos below are 78cm/31″ polypro from Hoopologie. I really enjoy this size. I started with irrigation pipe hoops but find the polypro and thinner HDPE easier to work with for off body twin hooping.

PolyPro Hoops

I left my fav hoops until last. I have been using these polypro hoops from SuperHooper for many years and I love them. I use them for on and off body hoop dance. They would have been slightly too light for me as a total beginner but I love them now.

These are 90cm/35″ polypro in UV reactive 3/4″ OD (outside diameter) pipe

So one size does not fit all. Make sure you get yourself an adult size hoop from a quality hoop maker. No kiddies hoops allowed. They go into land fill too quickly, you want something that will last you a long time!

Want to make a hoop?
Read this blog post on Making VS Buying. 

How to Make Hula Hoop DIY

 

What size is best for you?
Read this blog : What size hoop should I buy? 

buy hula hoop

What size hoops do you have in your stack and where did you get them from? 

Are you a Hooplover?

Are you a Hooplover?

(So tricky to choose a winner! All of your comments are so mind blowing! You are all Hooplovers)

In 2008, Masao and I sat in our little Tokyo apartment with a pencil and paper. We brainstormed ideas and names. What could we call a group of active, fun loving, courageous, funky, fabulous hoopers dedicated to positivity, sharing and expression?

HOOPLOVERS!

And so the tribe was born.  I sketched us up a quick symbol and a friend made it digital.

hooplovers-coaching

In 2017 we are many. There are Hooplovers all over the world. From New Zealand to Norway, Croatia to Canada, South Africa to South Korea. We are global.

But what does it really mean to be a Hooplover? Sure we love hoops, we love the freedom that hooping gives us, we love the community that we have gathered. But how do you know if you are a Hooplover? What makes you a Hooplover? Is it a certain type of behaviour, an interesting quirk, the words you say, the way you act, how you show up in the world?

 

I thought it would be fun to really explore what makes us Hooplovers. And you know I love a good giveaway…so let’s combine the two.

 

Complete one or all of the sentences below and go in the draw to WIN A Hooplovers Challenge Prize Pack. All the details are at the bottom of this blog. Leave your answer/entry in the comment below. You can be as creative and clever as you please.

 

You know you are a Hooplover when/if  ….

 

I am a Hooplover because …

 

The sign of a Hooplover …

 

Here are some fun examples:

You know you are a Hooplover when your Instagram feed is filled with other #hooplovers

You know you are a Hooplover when the only reason you clean the garage out is to make space for more hoops

I am a Hooplover because I am dedicated to keeping my body strong. I hoop every day!

The sign of a Hooplover… you are oddly attracted to circles everywhere and find yourself wondering, “Do you think I could hoop that?”

 

HOW TO ENTER : WHAT YOU COULD WIN : END DATE

Enter this giveaway by completing any or all of the sentences above. Enter your responses int he comments below and include your country so we can see how global we are.

You will go in the draw to WIN A Hooplovers Challenge Prize Pack that includes 21 Day Flow Challenge + 21 Day Shoulder Hooping Challenge + 21 Day Twin Hoop Experience (Valued at $111)

One winner will be randomly chosen from the comment section of this blog. That winner will be notified the first week of February 2017.

Giveaway closes January 30, 2017 but you can enter comments as long as you like.

Really looking forward to reading all of your comments.

 

 

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