It’s that time of year again boys and girls. Hooping.org is spinning away on our annual vacation so the web site won’t be updated and we won’t be answering email and such for a little while. Hoopers galore are currently heading to Burning Man, quite possibly the largest gathering of hoopers on the planet annually, in addition to other festivities above and beyond and around the globe. We’ve got our hoops packed and all of us here at hooping.org are heading somewhere to make the most of the sun and the season. We hope you’ll be out there somewhere celebrating life and doing something festive too. If all goes as planned we’ll be back online and at the helm here on Wednesday, September 5th, with a smile on our face and all kinds of great hooping stuff to share with you. Until then, dear hoopers, here’s how we spent our vacation last year and we wish you nothing but the hoopiest of times possible. Happy hooping everybody!
Hope you’ve had a super happy weekend hoopers and that you’ve all been able to spend some time inside your hoops. It’s time for us to count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the week (as based on reader response) and what’s in our top ten this go around? Let’s start things off at number ten and work our way up to the number one spot of the week.
10a: We start things off with the first of our tie for the 10th spot on the list: O Jabberwocky! A Hoop Spectacular. We wish we could have been there!
10b: Also in our 10th spot this week was Khan, teaching us a two handed insolation: Hooping Tutorials: Two Handed Isolation.
9: We love the hooping high! Stacie Meredith Gets High on Hooping.
8: GroovinMeGzz got us in shape for hooping: The Hooping Body Workout.
7: Next up we have Zach and he’s Running Home To The Circus.
6: Lara spun up the hooping with school teachers: Hooping It Outside The Park.
5: Our top photo of the week was of the hooping bride: Echo McLashley.
4: Our top rated video this week made everybody happy: Silvana Palacios.
3: Seny wanted us all to know Real Men Hoop Dance.
2: Hooping + Drum Corps = Awesome! Blue Devils Hoop Up a 2012 DCI World Championship Title.
1: And at number one this week, Casandra reminded us that Hoop Jealousy Doesn’t Spin Very Well.
That’s our Top Ten List for this week, and remember that if you see something you appreciate here (or anywhere online), it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment, share the hoop love and make someone’s day. YAY! Each like or comment is worth a point in calculating our Top Ten. We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr, if you haven’t already done so and our community forums are open, as always. Happy hooping everybody!
Jenni Fenton enjoys hooping on a hot, summer day by the pool in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jenni was paralyzed right before Thanksgiving 2011 and has been making hoops and sharing hoop love to anyone and everyone since her accident. She’s truly an inspiration. Jenni lives in Ocala, Florida, USA. Thanks Victoria. A Hooping.org Photo of the Day.
[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn hoops it up with the less expected.]
Has any hoop workshop ever been quite so incredible as the one I organized yesterday morning? It all happened in an elementary school cafeteria, but there wasn’t a kid in sight. School starts on Monday in these parts and, like so many teachers and staff around the country, the 45 school teachers and staff at this rural elementary school have spent the week preparing their rooms, curriculum, and sanity for the coming school year. Next week, our schools will begin another year with another budget cut, reduced staff, and not enough support for what they do. But not this morning. This morning, they will hoop.
A room full of first-time hoopers rates pretty darned high on my This-Is-Awesome list. But I didn’t know what to expect from my first time teaching a group who hadn’t come to a hoop class, you know, on purpose. I needn’t have worried. They. Loved. It. At first, things went along about like you’d expect. Some were gung-ho to give it a try. Others, nervous, moved to the back of the room. And the “I Can’t Hoop” chorus stuck together in strong numbers for a while. But then the tide began to turn and as it did, that elementary school cafeteria lit up in overdue laughter like it was the most glorious cathedral in the world. 45 new hoopers. 45 new school teachers and staffers with a new way to access instant stress-relief and a genuine smile.
Students, faculty and staff are taking part in special hula hooping sessions on Fridays at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, otherwise known as UTEP. Hula Hoop Retro Roving Recesses have been happening regularly on campus to promote health and wellness. The mission of the University of Texas at El Paso Employee Health and Wellness Program is to create awareness of healthy and positive lifestyle choices by providing tools, resources, education, and peer support necessary to support healthy living, and therefore reduce the incidence of preventable illnesses and injuries. And when it comes to tools that will help do just, there’s just about nothing better than the hula hoop because while you’re getting your exercise, you’re having fun doing it. Watch the video below: