Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James
Over on the Hooplovers facebook page we are having a total blast with the 30 Day Hoop Challenge. The pictures, videos, comments and total hoopspiration that is being shared on the 30 Day Challenge event page is powerful stuff!
It is never too late to start!
Week 1 is always the most exciting time of any new challenge but as time passes and other commitments creep in it can be difficult to stay focused. So I thought I would share with you 30 ways to activate your 30 days to keep you all spinning right til the end. You will thank yourself for doing it!
So remember these are just suggestions; some of them are sensible, others strict, some are just downright silly. Take what works for you and leave the rest. As always life is a choose your own adventure!
In no particular order…
Pound the alarm. When your morning wake up alarm goes off rise and shine then set another alarm. A hoop alarm! Set a reminder on your clock/phone that tells you it is hoop time. When that buzzer goes grab your hoop and get into the spin, no excuses.
Girls (or moopers) on film. Download a lesson or watch something on YouTube that is NEW and practice it. WARNING: do not not get stuck! YouTube as we all know is addictive and sometimes you can spend your whole hoop practice watching videos for inspiration. Watching hooping on YouTube is NOT the same as hooping!
Gold Stars. Set up a reward system for yourself. Finish a week get a … , finish the whole 30 get a … Make sure you put a reward in place for most improved hooper, most enthusiastic hooper. Hey if you are doing this alone you can reward yourself with all of them! It is meant to be fun remember!! This is a challenge and seeing a challenge through to the very end is worth being rewarded for. It is also a great target to aim for.
Hey Mr DJ. Spend an hour making a really cool playlist of all of the fun tunes you really love to move to, this will really help your groove. Add some diversity to the tracks and hoop along to the changes.
Turn the beats around. Try hooping to another hooper’s music. That could be a whole new challenge – unless you have identical music tastes of course.
Grrrrr. Turn it into a full blown, all out competition. Get some friends together on or offline and see who can hoop the most over the next 30 days. Tally up your minutes/hours at the end of the 30 days and award some gold, silver and bronze medals (or chocolates, cocktails and hugs – whatever you are in to).
Track your progress. Checking in on the Hooplovers 30 Day event page is great but make a more personal account of your progress. You might write down the moves you master each practice, the way you feel, the changes in your body and mind.
Make it snappy. One day that you know you are going to be super busy set yourself the challenge of a 5 minute ONLY hoop jam (but make every second count). Try tearing yourself away at the 5 minute mark!
Set up a hoop circuit for yourself. Choose your number of circuits. Set yourself a task at each station. Set a timer or use an App like Gym Boss to run you through the stations and GO FOR IT!
Dress up! Do I need to explain this one? If you do PLEASE share the pics!
Have a hoop party. Hula hoops + music + people = a hoop party! If you want to go all out on invitations, decorations, special guests and circle shaped food then please do – just remember to take photos for us!!
Go on a hoop holiday. Even for an hour, go some place you have been wanting to go in your local area but you have never made it to OR find a new location you have never visited and make it a hoop destination.
Have a slow day. For one hoop practice do everything as slow, poised and full of grace as you possibly can. Resist the urge to speed up and rock out just take your time, breathe and move through the motions with calm intention. Notice how this changes the way you move and the tricks you do.
Take stock. Spend one practice taking stock of all the tricks you know, write them down and be amazed at how many are coming through. Keep brain storming and moving and building your list.
Everybody cut loose! I am talking about fancy foot work, for a whole practice keep those tootsies moving. Move yourself around the space, walking, spinning, running, jumping, twirling, pivoting, sashaying; but whatever you do keep those feet in motion. Notice the new level of intensity this brings and the swirling up of new energy and flow.
Stream of consciousness. Pick two or three songs and hoop consistently to those songs with free flow and a playful approach, as soon as the playlist stops find a comfortable position to sit, quietly pick up a pen and paper and write for three minutes, you can set a timer. A stream of consciousness, write about anything and everything see what comes out.
Let’s Get Physical. Yes you are totally allowed to wear spandex and a gtard for this practice. 80s aerobics hoop class anyone? Yes!
Circle Art. Attach weird and wacky things to your hoops and spin up something new. With my kiddie hoopers I like to attach scarves to hoops and pretend we are fire hooping; who says we can’t do what the kids do?
Tactile. Find various objects to hold in your hands as you hoop. Could be pieces of fabric, tea light candles, cups of glitter, glow sticks, uncooked eggs, maraccas, water bottles…anything. This brings attention to your hands and arms giving you more sensation and motivation to move them instead of letting them hang.
Twinkle toes. Attach bells to your toes or ankles. Enjoy making music as your spin.
Get Your Gear Off. Hoop topless, hoop bottomless…oh what have you got to loose? Take it all off! (Please don’t do this at the shopping mall or local park or you might be hooping in a jail cell; just saying)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Create a safe space, put on some hoop music and a blindfold. Allow yourself to feel the hoop as it connects with your body. Watch the thoughts that drift in and out of your mind and feel the freedom of not having to keep watch over the hoop, let your sense of touch take over.
Handy work. For one whole practice resist the urge to put your hoop on your body, get really comfortable manipulating your hoop in both hands.
Just do it. Pick your hardest, trickiest, almost don’t wanna go there hoop move and GO THERE! Set a time 10 mins, 1 hour whatever it is and just work that trick. Catch yourself every time you find doubt, frustration and fear coming in, push it out and keep the new trick flow flooding in. You will be a pro in no time.
Gold medal. Pretend you have been selected for the final round at the Olympics and you are going to perform a hoop number. With or without sparkly leotards and a gorgeous classical track you execute a 10/10 performance with flying leaps, extravagant throws and breathtaking dive rolls (be careful do this at your own risk) Of course your pointed toes and posture are perfect at all times! You should probably have an award ceremony and sing your national anthem just to be authentic in your make believe.
Teacher, teacher. Teach a hoop trick to someone, anyone. Your partner, mother, friend, neighbor, cat, dog. Analise the trick, how your hoop moves and body moves. Break it down and share it. You could even put your tutorial up on YouTube and become super duper famous!
You are on in 5. Imagine you have just received a phone call from a booking agent at your favourite club/restaurant/church/school/festival they found out you are a professional hula hooper doing a 30 day challenge so they know you must be really amazing and they want you to do a show TONIGHT. You have to design, make and put on a costume of your choice, go into make up and get to the venue. As you walk through the door the manger shows you the stage area and tells you that you will be on in 5 mins. What track will you use? Warm up and get ready this is the show of a lifetime, all eyes are on you, so ready, set, GO! You rock the house and as a reward they give you a bonus check for $50 000 for a five minute show. You are a super star!
Show time. Design a 1, 3 or 5 minute choreography to a track that you love and perform it!
Sassy sequence. Pick 10 tricks that you really like, write them down even if you don’t know the names make them up. Spend half of your practice trying to transition your 10 tricks together, then the second half hoop dancing the sequence over and over.
Count to eight. Pick a track with an 8 beat that you can count to. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Practice a new trick for each set of eight e.g halo 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 floating 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 isolation 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Oh wait I have 31 ways…
Get it up. Spend a whole practice playing in the area that most hoopers dread…from the knees up to the waist. Here is a tutorial to help you out.
Knee Hooping Tutorial: From Knees up to Waist
Hope you are having fun on the 30 day hoop challenge. Let’s keep the momentum building. It has been so amazing to connect with hoopers from all over the world. Thank you for sharing your daily hoop ups on the event page.
If you have other suggestions for activating your daily hoop practice be sure to share them with us! I would love to hear fromy ou if you are finding any of these tips helpful or using them for your daily practices. Leave a comment below or share your hoopiness on the Hooplovers facebook page!
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Remember how easy it used to seem to pick something up as a child and just have a good old muck around without having to adhere to much else apart from a sense of adventure? Wouldn’t it be cool to just live in that playful pocket? Well you totally can!
I am not suggesting you have to play dress ups all day long, dust off you Barbies, switch off to reality and skip responsibility for playtime 24/7 (although that sounds pretty perfect!) but I am highly recommending you pick up a hula hoop and give it a spin, right now! Yes, a hula hoop!
If you are already a convert to the hooping life then you know the joy and wonder even a quick spin can bring. If you are new to the hula hoop as an adult grab yourself an adult sized hula hoop and give it a whirl.
If you are still not convinced that the hula hoop could be so magical, check out these benefits and if you find yourself saying yes to desiring any of them; it is hoop time!
- * A complete work out for the mind, body and soul
- * Stimulates self-confidence and sensual awareness
- * Tones and sculpts the body
- * Promotes play and childlike, spirited celebration
- * A fun and energetic cardiovascular work out
- * Improves flexibility and endurance
- * Strengthens and tones abdominal muscles
- * Calming, relaxing and stress relieving
- * Enhances coordination and balance
- * Activates speedy weight loss
- * Boosts creativity and self-expression
- * Intensifies energy levels and vitality
- * Creates communities * Stimulates laughter and joy
- * Mind altering fun!
Here I share with you how to hoop on your legs and knees. A super joyful workout that is sure to have you working up a sweat and having a good old laugh with yourself. If at first you don’t succeed, try and play again. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you go!
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OK I have arrived back in Melbourne today from an amazing 3 weeks in the tropical paradise of Bali attending the Sacred Circularities hoop retreat. It is cold, raining, windy, and grey. My iPhone was “misplaced” in Bali leaving me phoneless and unconnected, I am freezing, exhausted and pretty down in the dumps. I have some other really big shifts going on in my life that are going to be potentially tricky to navigate. I feel like Bali was one big culinary delight but I have come down with a pretty foul does of Bali belly on my return. This is not the happiest moment in my life (I do have some pretty cosy pink love heart slippers on though)!
I have two choices I guess. I can sink deep into the darkness of it all OR I can make a big leap into something fresh.
I am going with option B. You want to come with me?
Of course you do!
OK let’s get real about this hoop thing. For the next 30 days I am going to commit to personal hoop practice. And I want you to join me. Ready?
Here is what you will need…
- a hoop or two
- a hoop space, but don’t let lack of hoop space be your excuse you can hoop anywhere (truly anywhere – I hooped in a tiny Tokyo apartment for years).
- a camera to take some snap shots of your success and share it with us
Here is how it works;
- for the next 30 days, every day you HOOP!
- be creative and take a pic of your hoops, hoop space or something hoopy and share it with us on the hooplovers facebook page or on instagram with the tag #hooplovers30 so we can connect to you. This will keep us all motivated.
Things to remember;
- this is your journey so play it out as you choose
- there is no time limit each day but 15 minutes or more will be beneficial to your body and soul
- if you plan to do this as a weight loss or fitness challenge take some measurements now and maybe even a photo so you can record your progress
- journaling is a powerful way to record your journey. You might choose to write your daily times, thoughts, feelings and outcomes in a diary or share them here on this blog or even on the facebook page. The more we share the greater community support we will feel.
- set yourself some goals. My goal is to hoop through this funk, keep warm and become a stronger hooper. Share your goals below NOW!
- if you don’t start at the same time as me it doesn’t matter you can begin your 30 days anytime!
- you can have a daily focus or you can simply put on a track and get into the spin.
OK, on your marks, get set, GO!
Stay in touch, stay on track and have a blast.
Post your progress…
On twitter @HOOPLOVERS with the tag #hooplovers30
On the Hooplovers Facebook
Instagram with the tag #hooplovers30
Or on the event page for the Hooplovers 30 day hoop challenge
Share this with as many friends as you can and let’s get the whole world spinning!
It is no surprise that hula hooping is fast becoming the go to activity for those who want to feel good and look fabulous. The benefits of hula hooping are many and the secret is out! If you thought this hoopla thing was just for kids think again; celebrities, mums, corporates, teachers, trainers, yogis, fashionistas, students are all getting into the spin.
It has never been easier to get yourself an adult sized hoop and kickstart the fun and fitness. With a ton of free tutorials online for beginners and beyond as well as online classrooms to keep you moving and grooving.
If you are already a hooper and you are enjoying the benefits of hooping it is time to stand up and share the hoop love. So whether you are a beginner or you are enjoying and sharing here is a kick start tip for moving your body and feeling fabulous! How to waist hoop for total beginners gives you all the tips and tricks you need to have you hooping like a pro.
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My latest offering is Pulsing, Pushing and Sliding Isolations
This is massive news and I am sharing it with total excitement!
Hoop Revolution is super excited to bring some California body rock flavor to OZ! Please join Anah aka Hoopalicious in Sydney or Melbourne for the popular touring workshop, Foundation, Flow, Flair. Also, come to a special teaching collaboration in Coffs Harbour or Brisbane with Deanne Love and Bunny HoopStar! All details below.
See you down under!
Anah aka Hoopalicious
Foundation* The foundation of Hoop Dance is the core. These days it is common to get enticed off the core too quickly by all the razzle dazzle flair. Vital strengthening and skills can be missed if you don’t spend enough time on your core foundation, and your freedom of expression can become very limited! Using highly specialized techniques, we are going to pull out all the stops and get you REALLY dancing on your WHOLE body!
*Flow* Flow is where your heart sings, your mind stills, euphoria bubbles and we find ourselves in “the Zone”. Flow is the transcendent quality that you can’t quite put words to… get ready to find your bliss!
*Flair* Now that we have built some foundation and can more easily access flow, its time to add FLAIR! Flair is all the fancy schmancy tricks, combinations and razzle dazzle of hoop dance. Have a thirst for eye popping, brag worthy tricks? Satisfy the urge in day three! Because of the greater strength and ease you have in your body from day one and two, you will find that new and old tricks alike will come easier and induce more pleasure!
All levels **ability to do basic waist and hand hooping
Full Three Day Workshop: $250 USD
Two Days: $190 USD
Single Day: $95 USD
Friday, May 3rd, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday May 4th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday May 5th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Bondi Public School
5 Wellington Street
Friday, May 10th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday May 11th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday May 12th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Play Space*
*Exact address with be provided to you upon registration.
While in Australia, Anah will also be co-teaching a hoop dance intensive workshop with Deanne Love and Bunny Hoopstar! Learn with this dynamic trio in both Coffs Harbour and Brisbane! Follow the links below for complete info and to register.
MOVEMENT AND FLOW HOOP DANCE INTENSIVE
Coffs Harbour May 18th and Brisbane May 19th
Join world renowned hoopstars for an exploration of your hoop dance practice in Coffs Harbor and Brisbane! A special one day offering with Deanne Love, Bunny Hoopstar and Hoopalicious! With twenty years of collective experience in the hoop this extraordinary team combine their super hooper powers to bring to you an experience of hoop dance expansion that you do not want to miss. A rare opportunity filled with rich material, powerful insights and a lot of FUN! Places are strictly limited.
Registration and complete info: http://bit.ly/WSIUE2
Brisbane: Registration, location and times TBA.
For more info about workshops, hoops, DVD’s and HoopBooty pants, check out the website: http://www.HoopRevolution.com
See you in the circle!
Anah aka Hoopalicious
Deanne Love will be presenting at Hoop Camp 2013. Oh wait…that’s me! Really? Pinch me!
A few weeks ago I decided to share my Finding Your Essence playshop in Melbourne. The day was a creative collaboration; hoopers hooped and played, I got to share what I love and Masao captured it all. When we looked at the footage we were so in love with what we saw that Masao bundled it all up into a beautiful video.
At the same time as all of this creative energy was flying I noticed that Hooping.org had shared a post about a Hoop Camp Instructor Invitational. The synergy was flowing and I decided to apply.
I woke up yesterday morning to a beautiful email from Heather of Hoop Camp saying I was selected to present in California. Woah! I had watched the other entries the night before and was inspired by their strength and beauty so I really didn’t expect an offer to present and was totally OK with that. Utterly surprised and honored to be accepted.
So who is coming to California with me? Who will be at Hoop Camp this year?