December is the month of light, peace and generosity....so it totally makes sense for this month I share some hints on what to get the hooper in your life...or you can just leave these open on your computer for someone to discover and bam...happy hooper ;)
My first idea....it's about your banged up well loved hoop...she could do with a makeover I bet! Hoop tape is not meant to last forever...you might be super careful with it but chances are if you got 1 year out of it and it's not in tatters you are amazing.
Connect with your local hoopsmith and see what tape they have in stock. Know your hooper's favourite colours? Let your hoop maker get creative and come up with an original design! Depending on how crazy your design is the price could start from $20 and up. Want to speed up the process? Clean off your tattered hoop for your hoop maker;)
Every hoop dancer needs some tunes...you could go with something meditative, world beats, top 40...or if you're a bit lost a gift card for music is totally the safe bet.
You know what a total treat is? A large open space with awesome ceilings...especially in these dark, cold wintery months. If you could hook up a hoop dancer with a beautiful indoor space for an hour or two they will be your friend forever. Supply the water and music - hoop dance heaven!
New hoop clothes...this could be a tricky one...what does your hooper like to dance in? Has your hooper friend recently worn a hole into her leg warmers? Big toe sticking out of her ballet flats? Tank tops looking tired? Your favourite clothes shop probably has some workout gear - your local dance shop probably has some awesome leggings too...
I've saved the best for last...well I can think of several awesome things but this one made the cut...a hoop dance experience is by far the best thing you could give your hooper friend (or yourself). Either a class, private session, workshop or a full on retreat! The chance to fully immerse into hoop dance even for one hour is such a treat. Your hooper will love you forever!
Find out what is happening in your hoop community and book something for your 'friend' :)
I hope you found one of these ideas helpful for the hooper on your shopping list. There are still a few days left to get their special something!
From all the hoop pages, groups and performers I follow on facebook and Instagram the big theme for January is definitely centered on growth and possibilities. Every coach and career counsellor I know (my other passion) is working on their action plan for the year. Creating goals and making them visible - either in a calendar, vision board or post it notes - all help bring our swirling daydreams into tangible, visible desires which then let us see where action must take place!
So what are you desiring for yourself this year? A new fancy hoop? A new flow toy....wand, staff, poi, fans? How about buugeng?
Yes, this is a thing! I am still inspired and excited to discover new ways of flowing and the communities that have been created as a result.
But back to what is big right now...I'm seeing a few things going on other than creating your master plan for 2015...like highly reflective tape...this tape is brilliant...literally. I may have to order some just to see it in action...because on video these hoops look like they are radioactive bright!
Another major trend is hoopers hooping on the road...taking their hoops to wonderful destinations and creating connections with other cultures through the hoop. And never mind the beautiful vistas and imagery....I think a hoop could fit into any landscape and be a thing of beauty;) Art and Community are both trends I am seeing so far in 2015. Here is just one project that is sharing the joy of hula hoops with others in impoverished countries:
The last big trend...at least in my neck of the woods is how the weather has impacted our hoop practice...cuz it's flipping cold out where I am and my house just doesn't bring out my moves like a gym or a park can! I found a nifty list of the pros of Winter hooping just so I could keep a positive perspective. I hope these help...at least they will be something to think about as you patiently wait for Spring;) Oh and if you are new to hoop dance you will want to check out the wonderful articles and updates on Hooping.org or follow them on Facebook to keep in the hoop loop!
And on that note, I invite you to hoop it up with me on fb, instagram or in class - we can keep each other warm this winter and discover how a plastic ring can truly send us in new directions<3 If you haven't signed up for my monthly email - filled to the brim with encouragement, hoop motivation and juicy hoop offerings that are being cooked up as I type - well what are you waiting for?! Hint: a fire workshop is just one of several things that will keep me warm this Winter!
Warmest of Hoop Hugs,
Carron is passionate about all things HOOP, improving your hoop dance practice and creating a hoop dance community!