Monthly Archives: July 2004

Intimidation vs. Inspiration

I recently saw The Mutaytor perform at the Fire Arts Festival. Here are some pictures from that performance. The Mutaytor’s cast has some really amazing hoopers, in particular Karis. I have never seen a faster or sexier or more skilled hooper. He made my jaw drop.
I was a little bit bummed after the show. I had thought that I was a fairly good hooper, but after seeing The Mutaytor I felt that I had no talent whatsoever – compared to the Mutaytor hoopers. I was intimidated.

Hoop Love at the Vancouver Folk Festival

For a country that by many measures looks a lot like the States, and seems to adopt so many of the same trends (kind of like a little sibling trying to be cool)… it amazes me that hooping hasn’t really taken off in Canada yet. I could philosophize about the reasons… but instead I’ve just decided to help change it! We’re a small but committed bunch, and our numbers are spreading…
This weekend, at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (an incredible venue for a festival, with so much space to dance and hoop, and killer vistas to boot) there were a grand total of about 5 hoops on site for the weekend – at a festival of ten thousand people! One of them belonged to Brendan, who bought his at Horning’s Hideout last month (it’s enormous!), and two of them belonged to me. Brendan and I hadn’t met before, but we were both delighted to meet another Vancouver-based hula-evangelist. We made a pact to “spread the hoopy happiness” (in the words of Jason) far and wide up here in the great north. We’re going to start a hooping group in East Van… any other interested folks, please email me!
Hooping highlights of the festival included a little 3-year-old who marched over to me with her little pink hoop while I was hooping, and proceeded to show me what was what. She got a standing ovation from the crowd for her prowess, both with her own little hoop and with my hoop (which was bigger than her!) Also, during the Sunday sunset, I watched a whole gang of kids take turns with the three available hoops and then invent various games involving hula hoops. I also watched my friend’s 11-year-old daughter, previously firmly convinced that she couldn’t hoop, discover (to her delight!) that she could, given a bigger and heavier hoop.
I love festival hooping. Only next year I’m taking along about 20 hoops to send off into the world…

The Healing Art of Hooping

Hooping makes our bodies feel great. We know it instantly when we pick up our first hoola-hoop as a kid, and when we rediscover hooping with large handcrafted hoops as an adult. Spinning the hoop around our body and dancing with the hoop to music is fun, sensual, blissful, and creative. Hooping invokes laughter and smiles, and it improves health.
Hooping gently restores health and vitality through playful exploration of breath, movement, and awareness. Movement and breath coordinate to nurture the flexibility of our spine, strengthen the core musculature of the torso, and promote the integral functional of our organs. Optimal health is nurtured through hooping.
Movement is consciousness. The brain formulates a thought and sends that information via the nervous system through the body, where movement takes place. When the skin, the largest sense organ in the body, perceives touch, it transmits that information to the brain. There is no separation between mind and body, spirit and form. They are a continuum of the spiral of life.
Hooping reeducates the body in conscious movement through: spiraling movements, sacral rocking, abdominal massage, and rhythmic movement. Spiraling, rocking, massage, and rhythm are primal motions of human life, beginning in the womb. Adopting these motions through playful exercise invigorates the body and stimulates self-healing.