Hoop Path: St. Louis!

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The HoopPath says
St. Louis! I'm finally coming back for a FULL workshop weekend!

Hooping has changed my life for the better in many ways, but its greatest gift has been that it has given me a powerfully transformational, regular ‘movement’ practice. Through a daily movement practice, I am in the best mental and physical shape of my life. Before hooping, I used to be dogged by crazy down spells of melancholy and apathy for sometimes months at a time. After I had a good hoop practice going, I noticed that things stabilized and that the dips in my mood were less lengthy and less intense. This was a huge thing for me and the moment I recognized the impact of hooping many times a week, I was hooked.

Thus, my hoop teaching is built on this foundation of hooping as a ‘practice.’ After 16 years of a practice, I’m still going— still hooping, and STILL loving it. This tour is about sharing the ideas, drills, and techniques that have helped me establish a sturdy and durable practice.

Day 1— “Connection & Core Dance Flow”

On this day, we will combine and explore two huge aspects of my hoop practice: ‘Flow’ and ‘Core hooping.’ Core hooping in HoopPath terms, is hooping around the body from the ankles to the head. Although it is not in vogue these days, after 16 years, I believe core hooping is a phenomenal way to keep the body in shape and the mind clear. With much respect to all the other techniques of hoop dance, core hooping develops coordination, endurance, and athleticism. Plus, it’s really, really fun.

Flow can be seen as an expression of one’s confidence. Confidence is something too many of us have in short supply. Working with myself in a flow state has been hugely impactful for improving my self-confidence and I believe I know why. On day one we will spend some exercises just working on feeling our Flow and exploring its relationship to our confidence.

Day 2- Touch Flow

On this day, we will explore what I call, “Touch” techniques. In HP terms, these techniques include: Point, 2 Point, Samurai, Folding, and a small bit of Balance. These (off body) ways of hooping have been wonderful for helping my reaction time, my arm strength, my hand-eye coordination. In addition, the practice of these approaches has proven to be very meditative, as well. For some of us, repeated actions are calming and centering. On Sunday, I will explain and show some of these ways of hoop dance and give us time to explore them independently.

All skill levels are welcome, but if you have never, ever hooped you might want to sit this one out. You will need to bring water, a hoop or two, clothes you can work out in, and a blindfold for both days.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. See you soon!
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By: The HoopPath

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