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Veggie Pride Parade wants Hoopers!

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Toronto's 3rd Annual Veggie Pride Parade All are welcome to celebrate with us! Don't delay, Get Your Veg On! & Your Hoop! Date: Saturday June 2 Time: 12-3:30 pm Location: Yonge & Bloor to Trinity Square ***LINE-UP STARTS AT 11:30am on Asquith Ave. (Yonge/Bloor @ the Toronto Reference Library) 15 city blocks! Vegan Meals and Entertainment at Trinity Square from 1:30-3:30pm On Saturday, June 2, 2012 hundreds of people will descend on Yonge Street for this third annual, wildly successful, joyful event. This is a family-friendly parade that will feature musicians, dancers, jugglers, party-goers and fun-seekers of all kinds. We...


The Care and Feeding of Jams

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What's that I see? Sunshine - muddy feet - open-hearted park sitters - jam jam jam time is here!! Time to use public space for play, for relaxation, for GROWING! We have a solid jamming tradition here in the big smoke, and I'm here to give some tips on how to keep it strong! First off - big big thanks to those who have stepped up to organize east and west end jams this year - Mandy, Elana, Morgan, Sara, Arno, and Naoise.  Thanks so much for keeping the free-flowing free-spirited practice flowing!  Thanks  also goes out to those who...


Dancing makes you smarter!

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A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that daily dancing lowers your risk of dementia.  The authors studied leisure activities that were mental (cross words, reading) and physical (golf, biking, dancing) and dancing showed the greatest risk reduction of any leisure activity. Why? It's the split-second decision making that dancing (especially partner dancing) requires that keeps the brain learning and building new connections.  I feel this in the hoop, where every moment opens up possibility for muscles and bones to reposition, for physical and emotional weight to shift, for a new path to be chosen.  Plus...


The Coolest Thing in Sadie's House

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Want to see what it's like to live with a hundred hoops? Check out this video where Sadie shows her around her home - it's the latest episode of Coolest Thing in The House  


Outdoor Hooping Gear

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While prepping for an early-spring park session I realized all the little tricks I've found and things I've bought that make going to the park to hoop more comfortable.  Now I'm not saying to rush out and buy more stuff (all you need is you and your hoop and some space!) but if you do find yourself in need, here are a few suggestions! The kit - must-haves for the park Big bottle of water! Being hydrated helps your body run smoothly, everything from digestion to joint mobility to thinking! I'm a fan of Nalgene's 1-L bottles because it's easy...