I Bring THIS Into My Hoop Practice

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You know what inspires me? Any form of dance and creative expression…I bring this into my hoop practice…I think about the bliss, not the steps or the tricks…I let the fun that I feel come out in my hooping…and it is my sincere hope that you will do that, too.

Just sharing a video below that I hope will bring a smile to your face…and JOY to your heart, which I hope will give you a little bit to think about. Move in a way that makes you feel light and happy. It’s important to lighten up…both in your thoughts and physically, lighten your grip on that hoop! Just let it GO a little. Feel free.

I know many of my students express desires to get better with their hooping. I’m here to tell each and every one of you, YOU already ARE better! I have seen SO much growth in the individuals who came to my private sessions over the last year! All you need to do NOW is just ENJOY…and put your heart and soul into it…hoop like you mean it, like nobody’s watching…let’s dance…from the inside…because it makes no difference what’s on the outside. What you feel in your heart, what your intention is, when you REALLY let go…THAT’S what will shine through in your hooping!

Get ready to expand more on all this in upcoming offerings in 2016, both online and at The HoopShack. Specific small-group workshops, an exclusive online study mentorship and even a hoop retreat. With our new guest house almost ready, I truly am opening up my “home” to make clients feel very welcome. We’ll celebrate being with our hoops, playing like we were just kids and enjoying our time together. It’s truly a time to DANCE…

Hooping in the Winter

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Hooping in the winter is hard, some people say. I get it.

It’s getting windy and cold outside. On days like that, I “just dance” with my imaginary hoop…yes, I “air hoop”  inside my home…without my hoop…but I PRETEND that I have it! Doesn’t require much space and it REALLY helps me practice…plus, I am up on my feet…moving…STILL in my hoop-mindfulness.

Part of learning to hoop is being able to “do” the moves without a hoop. This helps the brain build connections with the muscles. It’s all about breaking down things. Some moves are on the body, on the torso. Some moves are off the body, as we hold the hoop in our hands. All moves can be learned and we do that by building upon previous moves learned. We visualize and take the hoop out of the equation when we are learning. It also helps to NOT use the hoop when we practice. Winter is a GREAT time to get lots of THAT kind of practice done!

Yes, ask anyone who hoops. Sometimes, the best thing we can do in our hoop practice is not use a hoop at all…just visualize and move. So, if you are sitting on the fence about hooping, stand up and just DO IT. You don’t need a hoop. It’s simple to start, and we begin with warm-up and stretches. Try this:

Pretend you are holding a hoop with both hands, and you are standing in the middle of it. Now, raise your arms and bring the hoop up above your head, really reaching for the sky. Breathe in deeply as you lift those arms! Slowly come back down with those arms, bringing the hoop down, back to where you started.  Breathe out as you lower the hoop. Repeat, doing these two moves a few times, taking it slow and focusing on breath, as you press your palms slightly on the inside of the hoop when you are lifting those arms. This helps to keep the hoop level and flat, while going up and coming back down. You’re getting in some oxygen, starting to elevate your heart rate and getting the blood flowing, warming up the arms, while also starting to center and clear your mind.

That is just the first thing we do with a hoop…Breathing Up, Breathing Down…an important move to help prepare our body for hooping, but it’s something ANYONE can do. This kind of hooping I refer to as HoopRelax™ , and it’s essential to having a sold hoop practice that allows you to improve your skills while not over-stressing.

So, do  you want to hoop with me?

Well, you just started to.

It’s simple to get more of my training today, right now, at home! I have 4 free videos that you can get in your email inbox this week!  They will help you learn and practice what it takes to waist hoop successfully, even if you don’t have a hoop yet. It’s just a sample of aRoundJoy Basics, my exclusive online hoop training course inside HoopShack-to-gO! It includes many more videos and tools that can get you in great shape while having fun. Just fill the form out below!

Do this kind of daily study with me from the comfort of your own home and by spring, you will be a ROCKSTAR with your hoop! If you need a hoop, you know I can help you with that, too. I just wanted to remind you that you don’t need a hoop to get started with training. Getting your body moving JUST LIKE you are hooping is really the first step and can be practiced without a hoop!

But do I really go outside to hoop when it’s cold? Awwww, sure…I’ve in been known to have some fun even in the snow to reduce cabin fever, more than “once in my life!”

 

 

I sure hope you’ll continue hooping with me in 2016. I’m ready for YOU!

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

She Was So Surprised

REALLY! She was SO surprised!

OK, I know your wondering…Who? What? When? Where? Why?

OK, here’s the deal…she’s a new client. Just a few days ago. Her name is Debbie and she has something to say that you might want to listen to…she happily expressed her feelings after her first hoop training and it sums up things so wonderfully that  I just had to share…

 

 

Believe me, she is not alone in her feelings. This is not the first time I’ve heard such a testimonial. What IS hitting me for the first time, however, is how well prepared clients are coming to me after ONLY watching my training videos. It’s a trend I am seeing in each new client the last several months. I’m noticing they are more in touch with their body and my instructions simply from paying attention to how I explain everything virtually.

This gives me such validation as an instructor, to know that my videos actually do what they were designed to do! I know I can help anyone, now. I feel it deeply. They can learn from me without even being at my studio in person. It really has made an impact on me and I’m excited about the future possibilities in how I can teach and reach others.

The reason I share this now is because we’re at the start of a new year. Time to decide if you’re going to sit on the sidelines or get in the game. I’m making it a point to be more inspirational and motivational in 2016, offering you more ways to hoop with me. In fact, you don’t need to wait, because my online training is always available. YOU DON’T NEED A HOOP to even get started. Many clients get their hoop later. You don’t need to even have a lesson with me in person to benefit, as I mentioned.

My online hoop training stands alone as the perfect tool, an organized resource, to help you succeed in your goals to improve your health and wellness by hooping. You just have to get up off the couch, practice the body awareness techniques I show you and get familiar with some simple stretching. That is a HUGE start towards success in making the change to get more active. So much of hooping is less about the actual HOOP and more about you understanding how to open up your own body and listening to it…learning how to move it in a gentle way, too, without having to lay on the ground. As long as you can sit up in a chair,  or stand up, of course, you can benefit from simple stretching. You can do all this at home before touching a hoop and I show you how.

That’s what Debbie did BEFORE she ever came to The HoopShack. She signed up online for aRoundJoy Basics, ordered a hoop and booked a private session with me, but waited a couple of weeks to come to the studio. She then watched a few of my online training videos to get prepared prior to her lesson. As you heard in the video, she was surprised at how much my instruction helped her both before and during the lesson. She didn’t even have a hoop in her hands at home initially, but she was reviewing what to do. She picked up her hoop for the first time at that first lesson, feeling ready and confident to begin trying out her hoop for real.

That’s powerful. I go over all this and more inside HoopShack-to-gO, my virtual training studio, and anyone, anywhere can benefit. Besides videos, there’s lots of tip sheets you can print out for your own study guide. It’s step-by-step, comprehensive and organized…plus, the bonuses I throw in are challenging, updated periodically and your access will never expire. You might be miles away from me, but you’ll have access to my training 24/7 and I’ll be able to help you anytime, making it easy to fit into your schedule. Watch a little, then go practice. Repeat. It’s just that simple. Soon, you’ve developed a habit and before you know it, 3-4 of weeks later, you’re hooping longer each day, your body feels stronger, you are more relaxed, you have less aches and pains and your pants fit a little loose!

I know many out there reading this today ARE hooping and enjoying the benefits. If that’s YOU, I’d love to hear from you. How has hooping helped with your wellness goals? What feelings come to mind when you think about hooping?

Looking forward to helping many more of you! It’s my passion and I’m honored to be here for you.

 

New Year’s Revelations

Well, here we are. 2016 is upon us…so, what’s your New Year’s revelations?

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Ahhh, did you notice something? I didn’t ask you about resolutions. I also didn’t do the “hoop” thing and mention REVOLUTIONS either.

I have been considering this whole idea “change” and “self-improvement” we always focus on this time of year, and I did some contemplating…this is what I have come up with:

What so many of us do is make a promise or commitment to ourselves to do something that will help us be better or do better. It’s usually a goal with self improvement benefits, but not always. Unfortunately, sometimes we set ourselves up for failure. We put something out there that we want to achieve and we say we’re going to do it this year. Often, it’s only a few weeks before we realize it’s going to be a REAL struggle. We find excuses again, we delay, begin the procrastinating…and just like that, in a few weeks, the plan falls apart.

I have a new outlook…just simply look for REVELATIONS each day, starting on January 1st. Start a journal…and each day, as you write down what you notice about something or a situation, I promise you you will learn more about yourself and probably start to make some kind of change a long the way. This is such a low pressure way to improve the quality of life. No lofty goal…just opening your eyes to what is around you. Being more focused on the little things and how you are feeling. You’ll feel so much better after a few weeks of awareness, instead of feeling as if you let yourself down when you gave up on your resolution.

Getting in touch with ourselves is an important step in making changes. That’s what is missing in New Year’s resolutions sometimes. You might need an attitude check before you can make any changes. So, simply making a step towards self discovery in a small way will really put you in the right direction that you know you want to go. The “writing it down” part is pretty important, too…yeah, it’s old school, but it helps your brain soak in a message or grasp a feeling deeper. Remember old school days? Yeah, we learned that way to study…we took notes. How about our diaries? Those were how we expressed ourselves. It’s not old-fashioned to grab a pen and paper. It’s like a warm blanket, in my opinion. Even if you do it “post-it note” style…it takes 5 seconds to jot down something real quick! Save the notes in a spiral…go back and read them later. It’s a way to really discover meaning and gain insight! What will you REVEAL to yourself?

I talk about keeping a Hoop Journal in my aRoundJoy Basics course, actually. Keep in mind, I wouldn’t be a helpful hoop instructor if I didn’t mention here that hooping is perfect for discovering more about ourselves…everything from our physical strength, determination and tenacity, all the way to our emotions, desires and sense of humor. The hoop is a very inexpensive therapist that gives you a total head-to-toe wellness check daily if you allow it…

 

 

H.O.P.E…

hooping.offers.possibilities.everyday…

but I digress. You’ve no doubt heard me say that a lot.

Let me just say this for now. My wish for you as we roll into 2016 is simple. It’s kinda my thing, what I long for all of you, each and every day.

J.O.Y.

just.open.yourself.

Keep aware. Notice things more. You’ll see. Possibilities are out there. From that, things will begin to shift in the direction you desire, or perhaps a new one you hadn’t planned. Change is good. I promise. It means you are growing and learning.

I pray you have a happy, healthy and joyous New Year…I hope to help many more of you in 2016!

Tips for Staying Younger

Think of this as  aRoundJoy UNPLUGGED…Tips for Staying Younger

If you know me, then you are aware I don’t act my age!  A couple of  years ago I made some videos and I’d like to get back to doing more of them soon…this first one was from 2013 and I have a few more in this series over on my YouTube channel.

In this first installment of “I’m Jus’ Sayin” I explain little tips on how I keep my mind, body and spirit youthful! It’s the little things that count!

 

What do you do to keep a youthful attitude? Do you feel like age is JUST A NUMBER and we really can BE younger if we keep a spunky spirit?

Well, you now know a few examples of how & why I do it…and I have no regrets, because I feel pretty great most of the time!

I’ll continue doing more of these videos occasionally to really tell you how I feel about lots of things, some hoop-related…and SOME NOT! If you have a topic you want to see me talk about, let me know by commenting below, on my Facebook page or even over on the original  YouTube  video itself!

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Stay Young, Be Joyful…and as always…

Happy Hooping!

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