February 2010 Journal Entries (86)

How to Make Sock Poi (with stuff you have in your house right now!)

Poi come from the people of the Maori tribe of New Zealand. Poi translates to "ball on string" and that's literally what they are. The Maori make them by taking a small square of cloth and pouring flax seed into the center, then tying the corners of the cloth together with string. Voila! True Maorian poi.

For beginner poi spinners, though, I recommend that you consider…

Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — 17 Comments

Fur and Fishnets, Fun?

As much as I don't want this to sound like a rant I'm certain it will. Here goes:

I've been watching a lot of videos, especially performance videos, and

seeing people hooping dressed in what appear to be costumes. Fur boots,

Fishnets, Tubular Hair "thingers", etc. I am afraid that I don't

understand this. Is this type of haberdashery meant to emulate

characters from anime? or rave creatures? I just don't get it. Where

did it come from? Why did it stay? Is it…  

Added by AliciaLove on February 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — 18 Comments

Bringing Circles of Joy to Birmingham, AL

I am very excited to be teaching an entire weekend hoop and poi retreat in Birmingham next week. We're going to have a beginner hoop class, a beginner poi class, two intermediate/advanced hoop classes, an Integrating Dance into your Hoopdance class and Hoop Yoga. I'm also going to be offering a Hoop Instructor's Training! On top of all that, we are going to have a very fun, costumed up, led hoop jam Saturday night! Brandy Hughes of Aura Hoops set it up and it is going to be super fun. I am…


Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 28, 2010 at 6:47pm — 2 Comments

Knee to Waist Hooping... I did it!

I have never been good at knee hooping. I always struggle with keeping it up. I watched one of Saffire's videos about knee hooping and she stressed the importance of using one leg as the "nudger". I kinda got the hang of it, but still seemed to resort back to my double knee bounce kinda way of doing it (ie... poorly).

Determined, I have been practicing knee hooping every day for the past two weeks. A few days ago I got good enough to do a vortex from my knees up over my head (i think…  

Added by MaisieHoops of *HulaHoopers.ca* on February 28, 2010 at 3:16pm — 4 Comments

Hooper at Heart

I was on Youtube 1 week ago looking at some video (don't remember what kind) and in the related videos section was a hooping video by SaFire. I clicked on it and watched. Then I watched it again... and again.. lol. I was fascinated and so inspired. I watched more videos by SaFire and other hoopers and by the time I realized it, I had been watching hooping videos for like 3 hours. I wanted to get up and move so I turned on some music and was dancing around having fun. I realized…  

Added by Tina Circular Artistry* Pringels on February 28, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments


How old are you?

*21 on the 18th of March

When did you first start hooping?

*October of 2009

Would you call yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooper?

*Intermediate i would say.. i lack the level of flow i want

How often do you hoop?

*everyday for sure. no matter what the weather

Do you have an indoor hoop space?

*Luckily yes!! me and jenna either go up to her dads bakery where…


Added by Claudia on February 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Vegan/Vegetarian Discussion...

I read a discussion in the Vegan/Vegetarian group on this site about a woman that began hooping, watching hoopers online and the peace and happiness they put out into the world. When she went to her first meet up, there was meat everywhere. She was fairly dismayed, because she felt that with vibe that hoopers put out, she felt that they shouldn't be supported the killing of animals. I wanted to join the discussion, but it would mean I would have to join the vegan/vegetarian group. I figured…


Added by Abby Leach on February 27, 2010 at 10:19am — 13 Comments

Mastery and the Beginner's Mind

Sometimes I hear a new hooper who is rushing breathlessly to learn the next trick say, "I've mastered everything but this..." and I have to smile. Mastery? Really? I've been hooping since 2003 and I don't feel like I've come anywhere close to mastering any aspect of it. I just keep learning how much more I don't know. It's humbling.

I think what people are really seeking is the next milestone, the next deliverable, the next thing to conquer, the next rush. It's the antithesis of…


Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 26, 2010 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

secret spring

The winter solstice divides the year and divides the winter as well. On the far side of the axis is winter dark and on this side is the secret spring. Winter dark is time for dreaming who to be, whereas secret spring is the root-work that allows these dreams to manifest.…


Added by Tangled Macrame on February 26, 2010 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment



Added by Zbena on February 26, 2010 at 6:20pm — 3 Comments

Tandem Hooping

Tandem Hooping is when two people hoop within one hoop. It's beautiful but tricky to learn. I hope to make a video the next time I hang out with AliCat but, til then, I thought I'd share my thoughts on how to do this in writing.

First, use as large a hoop as you can find. Make one if you have to. The bigger the hoop is, the longer it takes to come around and that gives you a chance to prepare and get your bodies together so that you can push as one. Think, HUGE!

Let the…  

Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 26, 2010 at 1:25pm — 4 Comments


I just received my new LED hoop in the mail yesterday and I'm sooo happy!! Its perfect!

My cousin Helen is so jealous (Helen is my number one hooping buddy), little does she know that I ordered her one too!! Its a surprise though, and she has no idea!! I'm so excited, she is going to come home sometime next week to find a large package in front of her door, she is going to freak out when she opens it!! I can't wait!

Her boyfriend, Ben says she is probably going to feel…  

Added by Theresa on February 26, 2010 at 8:34am — 4 Comments

I'm feeling rough, I'm feeling raw, I'm in the prime of my life.

Ah! I'm so happy to master the 3 beat move, I love that move so much. I never thought I would learn it. Yay mee, now I need to learn how to hula hoop :S hahahaha

Added by Melanie Walker on February 25, 2010 at 9:55pm — No Comments

The reason I hoop has passed.

I have been MIA here since he's passed away. Thought it was time to share my story with the community.

This is a story. A true story of how I found something and someone special in a hoop. And how that someone helped me find myself in a

plastic ring. I want to share it because everyone should know this. I

want the world to know. We all have people in our lives that change us.

He is mine...…


Added by Cass on February 25, 2010 at 2:00pm — 20 Comments

Utilizing the Free Hand in Hoopdance

Often when we hoopdance, one hand is busy but the other hand is free. This is never more prominent than with lifts. One hand is doing the lifting and the other hand is just hanging there. We've talked about using the hands to do pretty hand and armwork. This idea holds even if it applies to only one hand while the other hand is working.

Here is a list of some of the moves that leave one hand free while the other is occupied:

- Lifts from the front


Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 24, 2010 at 9:33pm — 3 Comments

Tutorial Silliness!!

I have to admit that I'm tired of tutorials... Not of learning stuff, of course, never tired of learning stuff....

I remember getting my first hoop in the mail last October... With it, I'd order a hooping video, hoping that it could teach me some stuff. The waist hooping intro was fine. Then came chest hooping "Just shimmy it up to your chest and there you have it!" and "Just relax and let it drop to your knees. There you go, you're knee hooping!" And all I can think is THAT'S…


Added by Abby Leach on February 24, 2010 at 8:33pm — 3 Comments

Putting the Dance in Hoopdance

I enjoy studying many different kinds of dance. I find that every kind of dance informs and adds elements to my hoopdance. I take classes in everything I can, rent and buy videos, take workshops at festivals, ask my friends who take classes to show me things, watch videos and So You Think You Can Dance... Every kind of dance has an element you can borrow to make your own dance more dancey.

Dance is made up of a lot of things -- lines, foot movements (or its big sister traveling…


Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 24, 2010 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

Integrating Armwork

Hoopdance is made up of more than just a hoop moving around your waist. It also includes armwork, directed gaze, gestures, footwork, characterization and, of course, hoop moves. For a new hooper, though, the first question is usually, "What do I do with my arms!?!"

In armwork, there are two basic categories of movements -- resting arms and active arms.

Resting arms include arm movements that are still or almost still and don't require a lot of energy or strength to…


Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 24, 2010 at 8:27pm — 1 Comment

Creating Lines in Hoopdance

In hoopdance we don’t often think of creating lines. Hooping is round and we tend to relate to it with a round mindset. There are many ways we can utilize lines in hoopdance though. We can travel in lines, we can create lines with our posture, our arms, our legs, we can even imagine lines and travel along them with the hand while holding a hoop stationary to create iso-pops (or the pop out in a circular isolation). We must create straight lines to pull off a full…

Added by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy on February 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Numbers mean nothing

I have to keep telling myself that. Lately I find that I'm tethered to my scale and I don't know how to break this cycle. I'm working toward toning my physique but for whatever reason, I've formed a terrible habit of equating fitness with a number and while that number can be an indication as to whether I'm making good progress or bad progress, it's unhealthy to stress over it daily. So what to do?

Added by Jessica Rae "Soleil" Foster on February 22, 2010 at 3:48pm — 4 Comments

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