January 2009 Journal Entries (46)

Ugh...Off days...

Today was an off day. I couldn't nail a thing and I kept getting frustrated...even simple waist hooping felt awkward. I hate days like this! I know that tomorrow could be a great day, but it makes me feel so down when nothing's working...

I've found that it seems harder for me to hoop on the lawn. I do a lot better on a flat surface (concrete or linoleum or something). Does anyone else have this problem, too? I think it might be psychosomatic...I only think it's harder. Ah,…  

Added by Jessica Torus* Wagstrom on January 31, 2009 at 5:24pm — 7 Comments

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Added by ॐ Miss☆Honey ॐ on January 30, 2009 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments


I've finally had a breakthrough and am proud to announce that I can now CHEST HOOP! This has been an extremelyyyyy frustrating thing for me as I've seen videos of people who have been hooping for less time than I yet can nail chest hooping.

Now it's my turn!!! I watched Megz tutorial on chest hooping which helped me and I just kept practicing and practicing annnnd I actually did it today. I still look pretty silly doing it but I know that will change with time.


Added by Alli on January 30, 2009 at 2:02pm — 10 Comments

Happy Hooping Day!!!!

Wow... I had such a productive day today! I managed to kinda sorta learn 3 new tricks!!! I don't think I've ever made so much progress before... I give credit to the tons of inspiration and good vibes I've gotten from you guys! I learned the 'revolving door' lol which was pretty easy, but then i FINALLY got a behind the back roll! Not sure if that's the right name for it, but you spin in front of you and then bend over and it rolls across your back and arms... yea, well I have been working on…  

Added by JeNi on January 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

The Fire's in Your Eyes and the Words Are Very Clear

I just found out that this chick I graduated highschool with has breast cancer. She was the star of the girls basketball team, prom queen, did not party or have sex with her prom king boyfriend and was nice to everyone. Erin was perfect. I don't know much about her diagnoses except that she is opting not to have chemotherapy treatments. I'll let you know as things develop.

A 60 year old lady named Ila came to hoop group last Saturday. She couldn't keep it up around her waist at first…  

Added by Lealyn on January 28, 2009 at 8:15am — 6 Comments

Death to angle hooping!

Okay, so everytime I attempt angle hooping, I look like a complete moron. My boyfriend started laughin his ass off and was like "uhh.... I wouldn't practice that one in public" Yea. So my problem is that I'll have it going at first, but then it would just start falling back on the horizontal plane. SO I started kinda hopping when I do it, and it works better! So I figured out I have to push the hoop in an up down motion (duh.... captain obvious) SO is there anyway I can make this motion without…  

Added by JeNi on January 27, 2009 at 8:32pm — 9 Comments

Staten Island Hoopers

There's got to be some hoopers hiding out in good old Staten Italy :), or am I just the only one that has taken on this great new hobby? I'm hooping not :) If there were just two more people interested then maybe there could be the making of a new get together / hooping / music / exercise type of thing right here in Staten Island. ANY HOOPERS OUT HERE????????????????????????????????????????????????

Added by Christine on January 27, 2009 at 6:01pm — No Comments


Well, recovery is here! On december 2nd 2007 i had my left fo0t go through some major surgery. I had each toe broken and a small peice taken out and then had my toes straightened and screwed back together.

In march 2008 i recieved my first ho0ps! Jamie, hearing my 0o0ohs and aaahs over ho0ping had amazingly created them for me on my 20th birthday! i ho0ped all summer and then, in december 2008 i had surgery again, now on my right fo0t.

Not being able to ho0p for 3 or 4…  

Added by Toxic_Waste on January 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Strawberry Shortcake Goes to the Beach

So, I heard on Oprah that there were these Blue Zones. They are these locations on earth where people live the longest. They live a long time because of their environment and lifestyle. I heard one was in Nicoya, Costa Rica. I'm a tropic girl living in one of the coldest spots in the nation so that was the one I was drawn to. It's a peninsula on the west side of Costa Rica. While looking around at various websites I stumbled upon this one: www.montezumabeach.com . Montezuma is a funky little…  

Added by Lealyn on January 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

OMG! I won a Hoopie!

Hello Hoopers

Great news, the hoopies are in and several members of our great community have won!

We should all be very proud of our girls and their skills. Thank you for joining us here in the community. You are truly an inspiration!

Much Love,



Added by SaFire* on January 26, 2009 at 3:29pm — 5 Comments


Well, the Hoopies have been awarded, and our own SaFire has won Outstanding Hoop Instructor of the Year!!! I think we'll all agree that she deserves it!

Other winners from our community include GroovinMeGzz, our new Female Hooper of the Year, Veronika Petra, Fire Hooper of the Year, and…  

Added by Jessica Torus* Wagstrom on January 26, 2009 at 8:07am — 4 Comments


so ever1 has heard/seen burning man? while the burning man idea was taken from Zozobra. it this huge thing in Snata Fe New Mexico and i got my group and my self in to dance for it!!! here is a vid if you want to know…  

Added by Snake on January 26, 2009 at 7:42am — No Comments

First week of hoopdancing...

My first day was this Monday, MLK day, and I pretty much just got used to keeping the hoop up without dropping it - Tue and Wed were much better. I've practiced every day so far and I'm able to hoop in both directions, circle around, walk, dance, stall the hoop and do basic arm work. I can hoop with one arm inside and at my hips. I have a pretty good sized bruise on my left hip right where the bone sticks out in front, on my forearm and a few on my leg. All-in-all I'm happy with my progress so…  

Added by Amy Irish on January 25, 2009 at 12:49pm — 8 Comments

Wheel Throwing Pottery vs. Hooping

I recently graduated with my Fine Arts degree, concentrating in ceramics. I had never done much with clay before I came to college. I remember learning to center the clay, the first step in wheel throwing. Being at the wheel was a wonderful experience for me. I became mesmerized by the circular, spinning movement. It hypnotized me, and it felt so comfortable to close my eyes and use centrifugal force and nothing but my hands to control the shape of the vessel I was…  

Added by JeNi on January 24, 2009 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

Take Two Scarves and Call Me Happy!

Today I had the most brilliant idea to wrap scarves around my knees for leg hooping! Yeah, that's right and it worked wonders! I wrapped them a little above and below the knee. They act as a barrier to keep the hoop up and in the unfortunate (and frequent for me) event that the hoop hits you on the knee it doesn't hurt! Waaaa Hooooo!

I fell off my Compact wagon yesterday. I bought a lightswitch cover and I don't even know why. TOTAL buyers remorse afterwards and it's not even that…  

Added by Lealyn on January 24, 2009 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Totally Inspiring!

This is awesome,

So I think I'm pretty close to having the class outlines done. It's been really tricky to decide what is a "beginner" and what is "advanced." I found as I was writing the advanced trick list I kept say, "nah, I bet intermediate hoopers could get that one."

The thing of it is, is that we all learn differently, what might be really hard for me might be really easy for you. So I've done my best in trying to organize the tricks into the correct group to create…  

Added by SaFire* on January 24, 2009 at 3:15am — 5 Comments

Dorm Hooping:D

So, I don't have a TV in my room, and this leads me to the downstairs Big Screen every Thursday to watch The Office. My friend Ashlee and I watch it together, so we brought our hoops and decided to hoop during breaks. One guy came and started watching with us and we somehow got him to hoop with us! He was pretty decent once he got the hang of it:) Anyways, between 20:45 and 12:15 we got about 10 people to stop and hoop with us! After we were all tired and just sat and talked about getting…  

Added by Amye on January 23, 2009 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

Less talk, more hoop!

I just got back from a great hoop session! I'm so happy we were able to turn an underused boardroom into an exercise room at my office. No one was in there today and there is just enough room for me to dance and practice tricks!

I have been talking about hooping so much in the past week but have actually not been hooping at all so I figured today would be a good day to go burn off some energy and I felt like I had some breakthroughs today with some combos and tricks I've been trying…  

Added by Rosehip Hoop Dance on January 23, 2009 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

Hoopers break down all barriers!!

I love and want to reinforce the fact that religion, gender, sexuality, beliefs, taste in music, and politics cannot create a division in the hooping community. I want it to stay this way. We need to set the bar when it comes to equality and keeping things non-competitive. I think the community could set a new tone in the years ahead.

Added by Tina Fernandez on January 23, 2009 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

What I love about hooping


So I think I've watched almost every hooping video ever on youtube and I've been watching some of the videos on this site as well and I noticed something that I really enjoy about hooping is that everyone has their own unique style! There is no right or wrong way and I keep figuring things out about hooping that I can apply to my everyday life! I love watching others hoop. I love how everyone does it different and no two people hoop alike, just how in life, no two people are…  

Added by Freedom on January 23, 2009 at 11:01am — 4 Comments

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