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Happy hooper knees

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A long-time super-sustained-spinning hooper put a call out to Facebook last week wondering about hooping's effect on the knees, and asking for advice from long-time spinners. Since I've had a few knee injuries and recoveries associated with spinning, I shared my experience with her and now I'm putting it here as an archive, or maybe it will be helpful for you! 1. go find a good physiotherapist that you jive with. It's helped me immensely to have someone to check my form and give anatomical insight 2. the knees are the 'weakest link' in our lower bodies, the muscles above...


10 ways to be a festival-friendly hooper

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It's festival season! That mean it's time to spin under the sun to enchanting beats alongside friendly faces and curious strangers.  Hoops can be a delightful addition to a festival scene, the fluid (and sometimes awkward) movements of hoopers give other dancers the permission to move freely, and hoops are a beautiful way to fill an empty space as the crowd warms up to the festival. Along the way, we hoopers need to keep in mind the other creatures inhabiting this space --  so here are 10 ways to help hoops be a beneficial part of the festival ecosystem. (disclaimer...


Tips for Smoother Cycling

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This isn't a hoop-post, but I think it's still important since so many local hoopers are cyclists!  If you're new to city biking, stop right now and check out this video : How to bike in the city (tips for the bicycle curious) Not all bike riding is a leisurely pedal through the park with Miss Piggy...sometimes you're in a rush, having a bad day, and just want to be there already! Sometimes there's a scary bit of traffic that leaves you flustered, primed for more frustrating interactions.   Here are some tips for staying calm, collected, and efficient! 7 Tips...


"No Talking" on the dance floor

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Today I was chatting with a friend who facilitates a weekly ecstatic dance jam and the topic came up of how to communicate 'no talking'.  It's a core component of many (dance) practices because our movement exploration can bring us to deep feelings, deep movements, deep connections - and chatter quickly bring us back into the (comfortable) shallow. Ah, this is a tricky one.  As facilitators, we want to communicate this in a way that is effective, understood, and respected, and at the same time is not (interpreted as) controlling.   'Lead by example' doesn't work so well in this case...


Traveling with Pushbuttons

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We love the lightness and sharpness of high performance hoops, and certainly the super-sparkly super-sleek finish!  We love their oh-so-circular shape so much that we don't mind taking up extra space to keep them whole in travels around the city and into the forest. However, there comes in time in any hoop's life when it's time to go a big adventure.  For some, this means traveling through the postal system to get from the workshop to your house. For others, it means getting into a suitcase to join in the fun of a tropical mid-winter vacation, family reunion, or hoop...