Well Rounded Hoops

Hoopnotica Minis DVD Level 1

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 The post was written by Mandy Harvey of Sugar Hoops. You can find out about her weekly classes, special events, bachelorettes, and other offerings at www.sugarhoops.com I have always been a lover of fitness DVD's ever since I can remember. Growing up in a small village, I didn't have the opportunity to try dance or fitness classes like I wanted to - so I bought DVDs. After speaking to some Hoopers recently, it came to my attention that there was an enormous group of people that had never even seen a hoop DVD or realized they existed. So as a...


On the cover in Osoyoos

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I was passing through Osoyoos, BC and spotted hoops on the cover of their Visitor's Guide!  My hosts say they've never seen hoops before, though I'm surprised because the beach-climate and wine-culture would go perfectly with hooping!  


I am the MASTER of this song!

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Sadie hears a played-out song that changed her view on these too-familiar tunes. I was at an ecstatic dance jam, the second of the week led by the same glorious facilitator - Bernice Rabbis.  I was dancing along, exploring the texture and feeling of the songs, exploring the space and my body, when BOOM! My bubble is broken by Beats Antique! I thought "uuuuughhhh not this song again!" and I probably rolled my eyes too.  I've heard this song sooooooo many times that it bugs me to hear it. It's played-out.  I get distracted from my dance and go into...


Warming Up Bodies and Seasons

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During my morning walk I reflected on this in-between season, where there are days with hot summer breezes and days with frigid flurries.  I got to thinking about the link between winter-spring transition and the warm up at the beginning of exercise/dance/fun-jumpy-times. It's important to warm up! We all know this, we've been told so many times.... but then out it in the wild, the warm-up is often skipped.  The last time I heard a friend proclaim 'I don't need a warm up! I'm always ready!' he had a serious shoulder injury by the end of the ski day -...


The learning process

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Sadie's reflections on learning a new skill One of the things that brings us hoopers together is the shared learning experience.  To carry a hoop means you've tried and failed and picked it up again. To carry a hoop means you've surprised your friends, made up new moves, hit yourself in the face, been a riddiculous sight, knocked over lamps, and (loudly or silently) exclaimed "I GOT IT." We carry that sign of our process on our shoulder - as if saying "I stepped up to the challenge of awkward and survived." This season I've been learning to snowboard and...