Spring Has Sprung … So Hoop It Up!

 

Spring is here, finally!  Time to get those winter pounds off of you and get ready for summer!

So, pick up your hoop and start a new workout!  Even if you cannot hoop, just start picking the hoop up during the day and use it to do stretches, side bends, shoulder rolls, lifting your arms to the sky and back down, and don’t forget to stretch backwards.  

Create your own workout and if you can hoop, add that!  Hoop on your waist, hips, thighs, shoulders, arms, and twirl it a bit! 

Remember that whatever you do to the right; try to the left, and vice versa.  Doing things in your normal direction and your awkward uses both sides of the brain and marvelous things come from that!  

Above all … Just have fun!

 

 

 

 

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My Visit to Atlanta

Thank you to all the wonderful people that I met in Atlanta the last two days!  It was my pleasure for our paths to have crossed!  You are kind, energetic, friendly people … you know who you are!  But do you know what you did for me?  You touched my life!  You shared a special moment in my life with me!  You gave me a blanket at the airport when I was cold, you hooped with me, laughed with me, and you shared your stories with me everywhere I went!

Thank you and God bless each one of you!

~ Sue

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Hoopnotica® Licensed & Certified Instructor

Hello!

For those of you that are looking for credibility when searching for a Hula Hoop Instructor, here I am!  I am a “Traveling” Hoopnotica® Licensed & Certified Instructor.  I have been hula hooping for a short time, just since mid 2008.  No, I never could hoop as a child or even as an adult until my friend showed me the technique.  Since then, I fell in love with “hoop dance” and received my Hoopnotica® Certification in August of 2009.  I am continuing my education with additional Certifications and I am striving to be a Master Trainer for Hoopnotica®.

I am not just a Hoopnotica® Certified Instructor, but I am a “traveling” instructor.  I travel all over the United States and actually, will go almost anywhere when invited!  So, if you don’t have an instructor in your area that is licensed and certified, please consider inviting me to your city!  I would love to have the opportunity to meet you, put a workshop together with you and for you, and share my knowledge with you and/or you and your friends and family.  Just go to the “Contact Us” tab and fill in a bit of information and I will get back to you personally.

Thank you!

“May your hoop surround you with peace, love, and joy!”

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Save the Date 11*11*11

Save the Date 11*11*11

WORLD HOOP DAY 2011

“Tearing Down The Walls … Hooping For A Cause”

Let no differences come between us …
Where young and old: rich and poor: male and female: red and yellow/black and white can come together as one to share our “joy of hooping”.  Where an individual can make a difference towards a “cause” of their own choosing!  What do you believe in?  Do you want to raise money for a youth group, abused women and children, cancer research, a church building fund, animal shelters, a local school, suicide prevention, drug abuse, or any other non-profit cause?
Get your FREE sponsorship sheet and packet so that we can all hoop together at this event, raising money for many causes at once on the same day!  Make a choice to make a difference in this world!
Email sue@hoopsurround.com for your FREE registration package and sponsor sheet.
Donations will be accepted all year long.
(Sue hoops to raise funds to give hoops to underprivileged children as
an “Ambassador of Good Will” for www.worldhoopday.com)

Thank you for your support!

Copyright 2011 Hoop Surround. All rights reserved.

“May your hoop surround you with peace, love, and joy!”

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Break Out Your Hoop!

No matter what the weather is … break out your hoop!

It’s great for the mind and the body so remember to take time for you!  Bundle up like a kid going out to play in the snow if need be, but break it out … for you!

~ Sue

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Save the Date 10*10*10

Save the date … 10*10*10!

WORLD HOOP DAY 2010

“Tearing Down The Walls … Hooping For A Cause”

Let no differences come between us …
Where young and old: rich and poor: male and female: red and yellow/black and white can come together as one to share our “joy of hooping”.  Where an individual can make a difference towards a “cause” of their own choosing!  What do you believe in?  Do you want to raise money for a youth group, abused women and children, cancer research, a church building fund, animal shelters, a local school, suicide prevention, drug abuse, or any other non-profit cause?
Get your FREE sponsorship sheet and packet so that we can all hoop together at this event, raising money for many causes at once on the same day!  Make a choice to make a difference in this world!
Email sue@hoopsurround.com for your FREE registration package and sponsor sheet.
Donations will be accepted all year long.
(Sue hoops to raise funds to give hoops to underprivileged children as
an “Ambassador of Good Will” for www.worldhoopday.com)

Thank you for your support!

Copyright 2010 Hoop Surround. All rights reserved.

“May your hoop surround you with peace, love, and joy!”

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“Hoopnotica®”, My Story

I went to my friend’s house one day to workout with her.  I was so disappointed when I got there and she wanted me to hula hoop with her, instead of the workout that we usually did. :(    You see, I NEVER could hula hoop my whole life and this little plastic circle had been such an embarrassment for me.  She insisted that I try it again and let her see what I was doing.  I reluctantly took the very large hoop from her, (compared to what I had seen at local stores) and did my thing.  Sure enough, I did everything right, or so I thought, and that hoop just “hit” the floor!  I mean, I picked it up, moved my hips in a large circle, somewhat tracing the hoop, and it went around me one or two times and fell!  I hated hula hooping!  I could do “Tahitian and Hawaiian” dancing, why couldn’t I hula hoop?  I felt “stupid” yet again because of this plastic toy.

Then my friend smiled at me, looked me in the eye and said, “I know what you’re doing wrong.  Just move front to back this time and try it again.”  I was thinking, yeah, right, like that would ever help me, but I did what she said and to my surprise … the hoop stayed up on me a little bit longer!  Oh my gosh!  This was the best I’d ever hula hooped in my life!  So she and I took the hoops into the backyard with her children and we played.  I still didn’t quite get it right away.  I had always danced “in my hips” so I had to struggle to make myself stay in this “front to back rhythm”.  I just wasn’t feeling it; it wasn’t my “natural” movement or “flow”.  Meanwhile, she was trying to learn all of this crazy stuff like taking the hoop on and off her body!  Can you imagine?  I couldn’t ever imagine myself doing any of that stuff!

Days went by and I got a little bit better but I still wasn’t “into” this hooping thing.  I really didn’t see what she was so excited about?  I practiced hooping in my dining room from time to time and almost broke my nose trying to “lift” the hoop off my body!  Really, I had a green railroad track bruise across the bridge of my nose for weeks! :)   I kept getting all “pretzeled-up” trying to learn this move, but I was determined to “get it”!  Still, I kept trying to learn.  I valued the time I had with my friend when we could get together and I was trying to learn this so that we could have something fun to do outside!

My friend went on to invest in her own “hooping” and training, and became “HoopGirl” Certified, so I enrolled in her first class series.  She made me an offer to take the class as her assistant so that I could be a part of this training for free.  I was grateful and said, “Yes!” right away!  I wanted to give back to her and be the best assistant/friend I could be.  She asked me to help those that were struggling a bit more to learn, like I had experienced.  So I eagerly helped those students grasp what little knowledge I had of hooping and in doing so, I happen to miss learning some of the tricks.  Not a problem with her, she was great with me and asked if I would like to assist again in the next class!  As I studied the tricks I had missed before in her next class series I started catching on quicker and quicker each time.  Now … I had the “bug”, I really enjoyed “hooping”.  I would never have even tried this without her loving kindness, her gentle spirit of sharing and giving, and the instruction that she gave me.

Next thing you know, my friend took an opportunity to leave the area and handed me a class to teach.  I wasn’t great with the tricks part at this point as I was still learning and growing myself.  So I began with a “Hoop Fitness” class.  I taught the basics of waist hooping in both directions and moving around while hooping.  I added a few tricks here and there to the class as I mastered them and continued to practice what she had taught me at home.

Months later, the time came when I decided to get certified myself to take my dance and my students to the next level.  I researched around a bit and I signed up for “Hoopnotica®” Training.  The DVD and the Training Book came in the mail so I could practice before taking my training in Washington, DC.  I LOVED this method!  :)   I loved the grace, the flow, and the ease of the tricks.  This was “my style”.  It fit my personality and my dance style and it felt like I had found my rhythm!  I couldn’t wait to fly to DC for my class.

Finally, the day arrived and I was driving my sister’s little “smart car” down to Georgetown for my class!  I was SO excited and a bundle of nerves all at the same time!  I walked into “lululemon athletica” where they directed me to the studios upstairs.  There I met the lovely, Jocelyn Gordon, my Trainer!  She had such warmth, a glow, and a genuine kindness about her.  I felt relieved.  I was a little overwhelmed thinking about this 8 hour training and testing.  Hoopnotica® certainly made a great choice when they picked her! :)   As soon as class started I couldn’t stop smiling!  I just knew that this “style” was for me!  I just knew that “this” was what I wanted!

Well, class went well, I passed my test and became a Hoopnotica® Certified Instructor! :)   I still LOVE the grace, the style, the flow, and the ease of learning and instructing this curriculum!  It is a great part of my performance style as well! :)   I am a “Traveling Instructor” for Hoopnotica®, responding to requests as they come my way, and loving every minute of sharing this with others!   Hoopnotica® is my “choice” of hoopdance styles and this is the basics of my hoopdance story! :)

Note: To request a Hoopnotica® workshop in your area, please go to the “Contact Us” tab and fill out the form.  Please make note in the comments that you would like to have a workshop in your area.  Thank you! :)

Written by: Sue Ann Bacher a.k.a. “Hoop Diamond”

July 24, 2010, Revised July 25, 2010.

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“May your hoop surround you with peace, love, and joy!”

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“Music is in My Soul”

Music is in my soul … it pulsates through my veins, coursing through my blood to every part of my being!  It is the beat within me, the beat I walk to, talk to, dance to, sing to, and hoop to!  It is the sense of being within me … alive and well!  It plays in my ears, it beats in my heart, and it is even in my dreams!  I awake singing as if the dream song continues to start my very day … upbeat, praising and worshiping God … all the day long!  (Song playing in my ears …”This is my story; this is my song, praising my Savior, all the day long!”)

One phrase spoken by a stranger to the next phrase prompts song after song within my memory banks and the music continues … music notes flying all around my head and caressing my heart.  No wonder I’ve been wearing an “Eighth Note Necklace” most of my life … it is woven into the very thread of my existence.

As I “hoop”, the music captures my body and rhythmically I begin to sway and then pause, and pulse and dip and dance and step and dance again.  Then the tribal music begins within me and I am connected to my forefathers that roamed this land with the buffalo.  As I dance in a circle, I hear the beat of the drums and I have no desire to stop, nor can I!  For, I am free!  I am creative, I am love, I am joy, I am kindness, I am possibilities, and I am flowing and floating and twisting and turning and dancing to the beat within me!

Ideas come, visions follow, and the possibilities of effectuating a change in this world become within my grasp.  Spreading peace and love by offering a “hoop” to another human being.  A moment of “hoop bliss” for someone in pain, a moment of “laughter”, as the child within us playfully spins and dances within a circle of tubing.  It is all connected and in the circle of life we are called to “each one, reach one” … “each one, teach one” … and so on and so forth.  Music within one person becomes contagious to another and another until I see a vision of us all coming together as one … hooping, laughing, singing, dancing, crying tears of joy, healing, smiling … “tearing down the walls” between us, as we dance on the air as if we have wings to fly.  Fly we will, if we can spread this peace and love like wildfire through the world!  It’s catching on, grab a hold, don’t be left behind … there’s music in your soul … do you hear it?  Come on, take my hand, and get up and … “hoop dance” with me!

Written by Sue Ann Bacher

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Basic Waist Hooping

Getting started!  Push your hoop around your body in whatever direction is comfortable for you.  (This is to determine if you are a “left push” hooper, or if you are more comfortable as a “right push” hooper.)

Now stand with one foot forward, this should be the same foot as the direction that you prefer to “push” your hoop.  Example: if you pushed to the left then put your left foot forward and the rear foot turned out, much like a fencer’s stance.  This is the position for a “basic forward stance”.  Bend both knees slightly and relax into this position so that you are able to glide a little bit back and forth without standing straight up or locking either knee.  Put your hoop against your body on your back at waist level.  Twist your upper body back slightly in the opposite direction that you intend to push your hoop, just like you are “winding up” to push.  Your hands should be on the outside of the hoop and grasped like it is a huge beach ball that you are holding.  This will give you momentum as you then push the hoop in the direction that you have chosen above (left push or right push).  It is important to follow through with the last hand as you push the hoop around and let it gently touch your waist as you let go.  Now with your knees bent at all times, rock back and forth in a front to back rock.  If your hoop falls try again.  You will get it, I did! :)

The key to hooping at waist level is pushing in two directions (in this case, front and back) as you move within the hoop.  If your natural tendency is to make a circle with your hips, you will not hoop well as you are making a circle within a circle and this does not provide enough resistance to the hoop for it to keep moving.  It is necessary to have two points of contact, a front and a back to keep the hoop moving.  These contact points are not your belly button or your backbone as you are in a forward stance.  These points are slightly off center and out towards your hip bones.  (In this situation, your left front and your right back.)  Don’t try to make it hit these points, as it will naturally touch these points when you hoop correctly.

Note: IF you already hoop and you can keep the hoop moving making circles with your hips, I suggest that you teach yourself the front to back movement as this will help you gain better control of your hoop and allow you to be a much stronger hooper.

I teach all of this and so much more in my “Intro to Hoop Class”, please come join me!

Written by Sue Ann Bacher a.k.a. “Hoop Diamond”

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“May your hoop surround you with peace, love, and joy!”

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