HoopPath Boulder // Days 2 and 3

4 Feb

“I teach hoop DANCE…hoop DANCE…hoop DANCE…”

“Open…open…open….”

“Unlock…unlock…unlock…unlock…”

I can still hear Baxter’s voice booming above the thumping music…my eyes closed behind the blindfold. Feeling more free inside my hoop than I have in a long time, I let the music and movement  lull me into a comfortable rhythm.


In trying to explain HoopPath to my friends who weren’t there…I described Baxter as an “inspirational speaker” who uses the hoop as a teaching tool. That’s the only way I could think to describe it. His workshop left me encouraged in my hardships, challenged in my hooping, and more focused in my faith.


Baxter brought the ever beautiful and grace-filled Beth Lavinder with him…and as always, it was a joy to watch her hoop. I pretty much want to BE her. 🙂


One of my favorite parts of the weekend was when Baxter taught “touch technique”…this was entirely new to me and I really enjoyed trying something completely different than what I was used to with my hoop.


The circus center is located just on the outskirts of Boulder and the light was so beautiful at night! Big thanks to Leah and Mia for showing me their hoop ninja moves 🙂


All in all, this workshop far exceeded my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised at the intensity of physical and emotional exertion. I was completely EXHAUSTED every night…it was a great reminder at what a great workout hooping truly is!

If Baxter comes to your town (or within 10 hours of your town 🙂 )…don’t miss the Deep Water. You’ll find good stuff there.

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2 Responses to “HoopPath Boulder // Days 2 and 3”

  1. Crystal Edge February 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I teach hoop DANCE…

    Sara, I can testify to what you saying. I walked away from last weekend with a new perspective on and appreciation of the movements that I instinctively bring to my practice. Many hoopers (myself included) get so caught up with what we can “do” with our hoop, rather than using it as an extension of our internal rhythms. Bax is a truly gifted teacher!!!

  2. Sarah February 7, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Wow! The photos are amazing. You’re so lucky you got to go to this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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