Today is day 5 of the Hooplovers.com 30 day challenge and I got the whole family involved in the hooping fun.
We had quite an exciting evening yesterday. It was my first time lighting up my fire hoop and I can honestly say that leading up to it I was a teensy bit nervous.
I had been practicing hard with my new hoop, getting used to the addition weight that the spines add, the bit of extra bounce to the hoop, and where to place my hands so they don’t touch the spines. I had been reading and re-reading about how to spin fire safely and made sure to have all the necessary safety measures in place. The one thing that I didn’t count on was the SOUND from the fire. There is a definite roar as the wicks light up and you spin it round. It was a truly wild experience!
We were lucky enough to have my friend George come over to take the kick-butt pictures posted above. Thank you so much George!
Once I got my first taste of fire spinning, I just had to do it some more. After several more spins, I’m feeling pretty darn comfortable and can’t wait to do it again. Who knows! Maybe I’ll do a little more tonight!
This is my first ever hooping video. Its super short because I ran out of space on the memory card (forgot to empty it before I started recording. Duh!) but it was a great first attempt. There is just something about hooping infront of a camera that unnerves me a wee bit but I suppose it will lessen the more I try taking vidoes.
I’m still fairly new to twin and mini hooping but I’m really enjoying it. I spent this winter practicing in my tiny living room with a smaller pair of hoops (you should see the hoop scuff marks on my ceiling!) and also experimenting with poi. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ve been taking my hoops outside and trying to learn some fun new tricks. I’m hoping that, with enough practice, I’ll be able to spin fire someday.
What fun new activities have you picked up? What new skills are you learning? I’d love to hear!
It has been a while since I’ve made an inspiration monday post and I felt it was high time I started doing it again. And what better way to kick it off than hoop-style
I found this quick hooping video by Baxter that I really wanted to share with you all because I love the concept that he is featuring in this clip. To quote him, he’s “bluring the line between on and off-body with hip hop.” I love how he’s thinking outside the box and how fluid the transitions are. I gave this a little go and I must say that it is definitely a lot of fun to play with. I hope you enjoy his video as much as I have and that you try it out in your own hoop practice.
I’ll leave you with another Baxter vid, because I’m just in that kind of mood.
Happy hooping all!
xhello0dino rocks! I love her style and her emphasis on finding your own flow and going with it. This week during your hoop practice, I challenge you to throw all your tricks by the wayside and just EXPERIENCE hooping … discover how the hoop rebounds off your body in different places, how the hoop can fill and move through the space around you … you might even try hooping blindfolded!
Find your own hoop flow!
Photo credit: ”Brighton Seafront Hooping” by Woodlouse on Flickr
The holiday season is upon us and along with joy and celebration, family and fun, it can also bring with it a whole lot of stress. What if I told you that you could decrease your stress, have fun, and get fitter and healthier starting with only 10 minutes a day?
I KNOW you want to year more!
This is what the Holiday Hoopdown to 2012 Challenge is all about. Whether you are brand-new-just-picked-up-a-hoop or a well seasoned hooper, there is something here for every one.
The challenge is really simple, all that is required is that you commit yourself to picking your hoop and giving it a whirl for only 10 minutes each and every day from now until January 2012. Easy right? And 10 minutes from an entire day should be manageable. Already a consistent hooper? Challenge yourself to extending your practice sessions by 10 minutes, commit yourself to working on that dream hoop trick you’ve always wanted to land, or spend just 10 minutes in absolutely free, dance-like-no-one-is-watching crazy style hooping. So turn on the tunes, tune in to your body and your hoop, and let the whole world fly by while you’re in the hoop zone.
And to help keep you inspired throughout the holiday season, I’ll be posting my favorite inspirational videos and links to cool trick tutorials.
A bit of advice for the new hoopers:
- Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.
- Do a warmup and a few gentle stretches before you start hooping.
- It is exciting starting out on a new endeavor but be sure to pace yourself so you don’t burn out. Muscle stiffness and soreness happens and so does occasional bruising so be gentle and pace yourself. We’re in for the long haul here!
- Don’t have a hoop yet? No prob! Here is an awesome link on how you can make your own.
- Last but not least, enjoy yourself!
And to kick off Day 1 of the Holiday Hoopdown to 2012 Challenge, here is SaFire, one of my all time favorite hoopers, and her video “Love The Process”:
So what do you say? Are you in?
As mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, we’re gearing up for the 1st Annual Harbour Hoop Jam that we’re hosting this weekend. So excited! We’ll have music going and lots of hoops to try out so if you’re in our neck of the woods, come join in the fun!
I’ve been hard at work making lots of rockin hula hoops so if you don’t have your own or are in the market for one, we’ve got your back. We’ve got several different sizes and weights of hoops and are offering gaffer taped hoops (awesome for doing tricks!) or polar fleece covers (perfect for starting out to avoid nasty hooping bruises!).
And last but not least, on both Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 3pm I’ll be putting on a “Hoop Dance Basics” workshop for anyone interested. Whether you’re new to hooping and want to see what its all about or have been hooping for a while and want to try out some new tricks, this is the class for you. There is no registration … just show up
Lets get hooping!