Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hula Hooping


The hula hoop has re-emerged as a dance, a form of exercise, and entertainment. There is even an International Holiday World Hoop Day. Hoopers perform body tricks, hand tricks, use large hoops for slow hooping, fire hooping and glow-in-the dark hoops for night hooping. Hooping is all over the internet, there are clubs, groups, and fitness classes.

In a class that I recently taught, the focus was on circles. We made mandalas, played circle games, talked about the archetypal essence of the circle, did some art therapy exercises using circles and ended the day with hooping. It was a wonderful way to end a day. Hula Hooping exercises 30 core muscles, improves balance, and tones the body. http://www.hulahooping.com/ If you have never tried it, it is a tremendous workout. 
 

5 comments:

The Creative Beast said...

I've never been able to master the art of the hula hoop, despite being a dancer much of my life - maybe there are videos on how to keep that darn hoop from falling down?! That was always my challenge...but I think I would enjoy your class Karen, since the focus is more on the circle than on hula hooping =-)

PS: loved your previous post on mandalas!

Karen Wallace said...

Check out the many videos on hooping, I am so inspired about hooping. Give it a try. Hugs Karen

grrl + dog said...

My childhood is returning..
Yep- I'd love to do some hula hooping.

Karen Wallace said...

It's so fun!!!!! Hugs Karen

Elena said...

Hee-hee just the thought of hula hooping has me laughing. I haven't tried one since I was 14? Whew long time, I don't think my body knows how to move like that anymore.

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