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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin
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  • Kansas City, MO
  • United States
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin's Discussions

What to practice during recovery from foot surgery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin Jun 11, 2011. 5 Replies

On June 16th, I'm having foot surgery on my right foot and the left is scheduled for June 30th. Nothing major. I have flat feet which I've learned is responsible for many an issue I've had over the… 

Do you have a 'pet name' for your hooping sessions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shaina Buhler Dec 11, 2010. 3 Replies

When I'm ready to hoop, I always tell my husband, "I'm going to go play for awhile" and he knows I'll be down the basement with the music blaring. He also knows that if he hears a 'thud' against the… 

Has hooping changed the way you dance without the hoop???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Olivia Winterbottom Dec 12, 2010. 34 Replies

I've grown to prefer dancing with the hoop, but I think I'm using my body differently now when I dance without it. I haven't actually watched myself, but I can say that it feels more sensual - freer… 

What are your plans for Christmas day?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anput Dec 9, 2010. 12 Replies

Our plans haven't completely firmed up yet, but we will definitely be in town. We moved back 'home' a couple years ago and it's so nice not to have to travel for holidays anymore - did that for 32… 

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Tuesday October 21, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"It's not bad; it's honest. It's a compliment to the instructor that you enjoy helping her and it speaks to your passion for hooping - not just for yourself but for sharing with others that they may have a hoop journey as well.…"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Tuesday October 21, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Still dragging today, but I decided to play for half an hour not because I felt like it, but just because I could. And don't you know, I really ended up pushing myself. Didn't do anything new or remarkable, but it really felt good.…"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Tuesday October 21, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"So excited for you and can't wait to hear!"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Monday, October 20, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"No hooping Sunday - it got filled with both planned and impromptu social gatherings. I'm really dragging today, but I convinced myself I could do half and hour. It was one of those days when I just couldn't seem to do the same moves with…"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Monday, October 20, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Having never had any dance training, it kind of surprised me to hear the hoop could intimidate a dancer. I'd never thought of that possibility. From my perspective, there's more a feeling of being inferior never having 'trained'…"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Friday October 17 through Sunday October 19, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"So excited to hear how well everyone picked up on the lifts! They may be naturals, but even naturals need good instruction for success :)"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Friday October 17 through Sunday October 19, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"40 crazy minutes for Saturday.. The first 20 were pretty good, worked mostly on that left hand. The second 20 proved that hooping after celebrating a local Oktoberfest is not a good idea. I think the experience proved unequivocally that wine and…"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Friday October 17 through Sunday October 19, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Blew the day off to hop shop with a friend, so only had energy for about 20 minutes tonight. While I'm still trying to work more with my left hand, my primary focus tonight was leg hooping - trying to strengthen my knee hooping and gain more…"
Saturday

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Friday October 17 through Sunday October 19, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"What fun to find a local hooper so close by! Please be sure to share about your meet :)"
Saturday

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Thursday October 16, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Yes, and what better way to re-train the brain than with music and a plastic circle!"
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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Thursday October 16, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"No hooping for me today. The day flew by with me, not much for a lot of phone talk, spending a good deal of it on the phone. At any rate, my MRI showed no change. The neurosurgeon explained, in short, that there is a much greater risk of further…"
Oct 16

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Wednesday October 15, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Just completed my half hour for today. The left hand was more receptive today than yesterday, so my brain must be doing its job :) Russian kick starts were sloppy, but improved and the grip stick must really be working on the shiny hoop because I…"
Oct 15

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Wednesday October 15, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Yes, welcome back. Want to express my heartfelt sympathy and say that I like that reconnecting with us is the start to your return to the hoop. As Loop said, we did indeed miss you. Hoop hugs."
Oct 15

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Tuesday October 14, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Ok, makes sense. Kind of a simplified version of the 'classic' vortex, I guess. Not something I ever consciously learned, but in flow it comes naturally for me to both llift and lower the hoop in front of me with my right hand (hooping to…"
Oct 15

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin replied to the discussion 'Tuesday October 14, 2014' in the group Daily Practice
"Well, now I'm confused. How does that even work? Does she lift it off at the front instead of reaching behind??? I have a HoopGirl book of tricks...think I need to go take a look. I'm not good at visualizing, so I'm not even seeing…"
Oct 15

Profile Information

Do you teach hoop classes? *Please only answer 'yes' if you teach classes on a regular basis.
No
What year did you start hooping? (e.g. 2003)
2009
Who is your hoop mamma or papa? (The person who introduced you to hooping)
Actually, I stumbled upon it in an attempt to collect some exercise DVDs to encourage myself to be more active and not get bored doing the same thing every day.
Who's hoop style do you love? i.e. Who inspires you?
I enjoy all styles and watching all hoopers, but I am probably most drawn to those who move with grace as I am anything but graceful!
What is your goal for 2014 and why is it important? (Doesn't have to be hoop related.)
No earth shattering goals for 2014. Just want to keep hooping and see some improvement now that I've started documenting regularly. Other than that, my focus is on weight maintenance. Lost over 40 lbs last year (yet again) and I've decided that for me losing is the easy part. Keeping it off is what I need to learn. Hooping regularly really helps since it's the only physical activity I truly enjoy and don't have to make myself do it.

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Paula (hoopaula) Hamblin's Journal

Still here and still loving it

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:43am 4 Comments

It's obvious I've been here awhile...just check the dates on the few journal posts I've made. And as the whole New Year/new start really does lend itself to contemplation, I've been thinking a lot about my hoop journey during my daily sessions.

When I first started, I thought I'd discovered a path to the greatest joy in the universe and I wanted to share it with everyone. I imagined I'd become an instructor just so I could spread the joy. But I realized I don't have to be an…

 

My Journey to Find Physical Balance

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 2:19pm 0 Comments

Where to begin? If I'd known how fascinating the journey to find physical balance would be, I'd have started this journal years ago.

 

I had the talotarsal dislocation corrected on my right foot on June 16th. It still hurts to put weight on it and I'm still using a walker, but the changes are phenomenal. I can stand on both feet and my right side…

 

Is hooping hard???

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Since I've been hooping, I've had a number of people want to give it a try. Some, of course, catch the hoop 'bug'. Others end up commenting, "Wow, it's hard" and simply give up. So I've been thinking a lot lately: IS hooping along with the associated tricks/moves hard?

I started answering myself with another question: What does learning to hoop really entail? Well, if you bring it down to the very basics, it's understanding the mechanics and applying the time and effort necessary for…

 

How weird is the sub-conscious mind!

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 7:41pm 0 Comments

I was just mentioning something in a forum about my balance (or lack therof). When I hit post, I saw my profile pic and it dawned on me that I must have subconsciously picked that particular picture. One of the desires of my heart is to have the ability to stand on one foot. Seems funny to me to even admit this when there are people with real problems. Thus far I'm unable to balance on one foot for more than a split second due to some vestibular issues I've been pursuing with the doctors.…

 

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At 1:47pm on February 22, 2011, Pixxy Haze said…
Good to meet you too, hopefully we will get to hoop together some more :)
At 2:23pm on December 16, 2010, Richie 'Monkey Mooncalf' Isaacs said…

(And thanks for the link!!!!!)

At 2:22pm on December 16, 2010, Richie 'Monkey Mooncalf' Isaacs said…

I meant to do that yesterday via a message but sidetracking and me, well, we go waaaaaaaaay back!

The best place to find my stuff is on a kinda hokey little critique site, all my stuff is there for a free download, I don't do the whole critiquing thing as I take stuff as it is BUT I DO like sharing so posted my stuff...and coffee (the latter maybe too much)

http://redfizz.com/rf/band.aspx?&bandid=434735

My alter ego has music too!

http://redfizz.com/rf/band.aspx?&bandid=434951

 

Hoop hugs!

 

At 11:23am on December 15, 2010, Richie 'Monkey Mooncalf' Isaacs said…

Hi!!! Nice to meet you!!! 

That lil bear was my much missed Japanese friend's son's bear so is used in conjunction with happy memories whenever I can :o)

I play & teach guitar for a living here in the city (the size of a U.S town!) of New Plymouth in little ol' New Zealand, used to play for a living but too many years before putting the ear plugs in has left me with tinnitus and the word 'pardon?' (or what!?!?!...depends on the mood!)

Oooh, one of my workmates has a Thunderbird bass...looooove those (and the Firebird guitar *sighs*) will share my music with yaz if ya want?

(I write lots)

At 8:45pm on October 18, 2010,
Student
Stephanie Brown
said…
Hey Paula, it was great meeting you too! I am hoping the weather is good on Sunday too! Hopefully will see you then!
At 8:24pm on October 17, 2010,
Student
Charly Delaney
said…
Hey Paula! It was great meeting you today! Thanks for all your tips, I can't believe I actually got the hoop to stay around my chest LOL
At 11:43pm on April 13, 2010,
Student
Satina
said…
Welcome to Hoop City! Enjoy!
At 8:49pm on April 13, 2010,
Student
Rose
said…
Welcome to Hoop City!!!
At 6:46pm on April 13, 2010, Jodi Flesberg Lilly said…
Welcome to Hoop City, Paula!

It's great to have another of my Hoop Dance Sisters here. I've just gotten started learning my way around. There are thousands of hoopers and tons of great hooping resources. I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas morning every time I enter Hoop City.

Enjoy!
 
 
 

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