Hooper Chrissy Cochran made the news in Surf City, New Jersey, when she was spotted strutting her hoop stuff at the Long Beach Island Thank-You Fest. And this five-year hooper had lots to say about the benefits of hooping. Like so many of us, she told the SandPaper that once she started hooping, she just couldn’t stop. “When you’re hooping, you can start to feel the music, and the hoop flows and becomes a stress relief. Knowing that I have a hula hoop, I can let everything else go and be expressive in my art,” she explained. For Cochran, hooping is a whole-body experience that opens up a mode of expression you just don’t encounter at the gym. “You find your flow and you find your groove and the whole circle of life – your mind, body and spirit getting intertwined together – you can feel it. You’re expressing your core, your soul movement, and you’re expressing yourself in a way that you usually don’t. You don’t have to use words. You use your body to figure out where to go next, and then it comes naturally.”
Chrissy picked up fire hooping too at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, but when she isn’t hooping, you’ll find her at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences where she is instructs nature studies for children ages 10 to 12 about wildlife, their habitats and leading science experiments. Chrissy teaches a free weekly hoop jam/class on Tuesdays as well at 6:30 pm at the local Firefly Gallery. Though hooping is “just a hobby” for her right now, Chrissy is keenly interested in starting a hoop troupe in Surf City too. So if you’re nearby, be sure to drop by and say hello!