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Electro Circus

16 Jul

I love Austin, Texas…but after watching this video, I love it even more! 🙂 I learned how to “hoop for real” in Austin…so it will always have a special place in my heart. Although, when we were there this spring, I had barely tapped into the hooping community there.

This video is from an event called Electro Circus….acroyoga, poi, hooping, and much more! It appears that they meet every Sunday evening in Zilker Park…check out their Facebook page for more info, photos, and videos. It makes me a little crazy to know this was happening while we were there and I didn’t know about it…but I will be there next spring! Anyone want to join me? 🙂

Harmony in Duality

26 Jun

This week we headed down to Denver for the “Discovering Harmony in Duality” workshop with Sam Salwei and Adelaide Marcus. Sam is one of the co-founders of YogaSlackers and Adelaide is an awesome dancer/hooper/performer and is part of the duo “The Shimmy Sisters” based out of San Diego. Sam and Adelaide are on a whirlwind summer tour, teaching slackline yoga, acroyoga, hooping, and more!

We didn’t know anything about slacklining before we got there, but we’re hooked! It was so much fun trying to balance…I can see how it could be addicting. It’s great for all ages and is an incredible workout! We had fun watching Sam and his amazing skills. It turns out Sam attended the University of North Dakota at the same time I did…such a small world!

Adelaide taught a great class…she demonstrated movements that were new to me…so that was exciting! Including a couple that I’ve been having trouble with.  I love learning from new hoop teachers…each one offers a little something in their teaching style that is different from anyone else. I left there challenged and inspired to try new things in my own practice.

It was also very physically challenging for me…I had gotten up early that morning to do hot yoga, and then did the slacklining and hooping from 4:30-7pm. Whew! Let’s just say I slept VERY well that night.

The next day, we were walking on Pearl St. in Boulder and saw a guy laying on his back on the sidewalk, holding someone up with his feet, while she was hooping with her foot in the air. Who else could it be? 🙂 Sam and Adelaide of course! It was fun to see them again. They were in Boulder for their class at Prana that day and then were hanging out with a photographer friend that night. Coincidentally, I follow the #hooping hash tag on Twitter, and I randomly saw their friend’s photos come through the next day. And THEY. ARE. AMAZING. Be sure to check them out!

They are headed to the Pacific NW next… check out the rest of their tour schedule and go see them if they are in your town! Check out more photos of the day here.

Family Hoopalong

4 Jun

Uncle Dan tries the BIG hoop!

There has been a whole lotta hoopin’ goin on around here! We spent Memorial Day weekend with my immediate and extended family in Minneapolis and we had a great time sharing the circular fun.

I’ve been trying a lot of new movements and my hooping feels SO different to me than it did even just a few weeks ago. I will definitely try to get a video up of me practicing soon! Speaking of videos, I have posted a bunch of new videos that have recently inspired me. Check out the video page.

Here are few photos of this weekend’s action:

Hooping at the BBQ/Birthday party.

Hooping in the park. And yes, that is my brother hooping. He’s a superstar.

Amy smiles and spins at the same time…not an easy task 🙂

I love this photo of Bella and her cousin, Hannah…they are both just so free! Reminds me how we should all be.

More photos in the hoop love gallery!

Hooping in the Heartland

25 May

As we left Austin, TX, I was sad because I didn’t think I would be able to find many “organized” hooping events in the Midwest. And while there aren’t as many meetups to choose from, I was pleasantly surprised to find a small community of hooping enthusiasts in Des Moines!

On our last weekend in town, I just happened to come across a card that a friend had given me for a free week of yoga at Firehouse Yoga. So I went to their site to see when the classes were…and LO AND BEHOLD! There was a hooping class scheduled for the very next day! I let out an audible *GASP* and ran downstairs to tell anyone who would listen 🙂 It turns out that the woman who runs the class is good friends with the friend who had given me the card in the first place. Ahhhhh the serendipity. Love it.

Dawn is the hooper extraordinaire who lead us in our spinning adventures on Saturday. She is a sweet soul who teaches new movements with ease and makes everyone feel comfortable, regardless of their skill level. She had just gotten back from a hooping event with Hoopmamas in the Kansas City area…oh how I wish I could have gone to that!

Dawn said that there will be a new hooping session starting this summer, and there will also be a yoga-hoopdance fusion class (see Firehouse site for details). So fun! If you live in the Des Moines area, be sure to get yourself and your hoop to her class. You won’t regret it! And besides, it’s next to Mars Cafe. You can’t go wrong a little iced caramel soy latte after class! 🙂

If you are new to hooping, don’t be afraid to seek out ANYTHING and everything hoop related in your area! Even if it’s just a few other hoopers getting together in a park…GO! You will be amazed at what you can learn. Everyone does their tricks differently and has a different “style.  Every time I gather with other people hooping, I come away inspired and excited…with a few new movements to work on!

To find other hoopers in your area, you can check out Meetup or check the regional forums on Hoop City. Or, as I have said before…START YOUR OWN GROUP! Here is a great “how to guide” from SaFire if you want to gather some local hoopers.

Thanks for the hoopin’ fun Des Moines!

Hoop Night

24 May

Last week we held a “Hoop Night” at my parent’s house! We invited a few friends over for a potluck, hoop making, and hoop spinning…it was a grand time. We had a nice open space in the back yard, and we enjoyed trying out new movements and having some good laughs in the process.

If you’re noticing that all of your friends want a hoop of their own (now that they’ve seen your hoop),  I would highly recommend a “Hoop Night”. Get all the supplies and charge a base price for everyone, and then go to it! Everything is more fun when it’s done TOGETHER!

Hooping in Community

19 May

One of my very favorite things about hooping is the community building aspect. It’s so fun to be outside hooping and have another hooper come and join you. Or better yet, someone who has never been successful at hooping comes over to get a closer look. I’ve had so many people lately tell me, “I can’t hula hoop”. And a few minutes later, they’re rockin’ it. The look on their face the first time they “get it” is priceless! Love it.

Wherever we go, we now have a common language with anyone. Hooping crosses any real or perceived “barriers” and opens the doors for communication. Wonderful conversations emerge as the hoop spins round and round.

Many of you don’t have a lot of people hooping in your immediate area, but don’t let that stop you! I promise if you step out of your comfort zone and “recruit” some new hoopers, you will have an awesome meetup group in no time! It’s so much easier to learn new movements when you are seeing someone do them first hand, and not on a video. Not to mention the excitement of learning something new TOGETHER!

Since we started hooping almost 4 weeks ago, we’ve gone through 400+ feet of tubing! We’ve had several hoop making parties with friends and we love to keep tubing stored under the RV so that we can help people make hoops of their own on the spot. I see potential for a “hooping tour” in the future! 😉

I would love to hear your story about hooping “in community”.
Do you have a hoop meetup near you?
How are you spreading the “hoop love’ around?