Hello, lovelies. Benny Berrafato, otherwise known as Heathen Benny, is here to teach us a few things about hula hooping for fitness and it’s actually one of our favorite lessons in awhile. Why? Well, it’s not that everything he has to say is accurate, like his directions for how to choose the right size hoop simply do not work for lots of people. And it’s not that he even really has hooping for fitness down – in fact he’s a veritable novice. But in spite of these things we know that Benny likes to be happy and he made us a whole lot happier simply by watching this and we’re pretty sure he’ll do the same for a lot of you as well. He’s from Long Island, New York, USA.
Summer, beaches, and hula hoops almost make the perfect love triangle. When two of these components are paired it’s almost like they were made for each other, but when all three come together? That’s when it becomes something magical. Evan Davis shares some summer seaside hoop love with us as he brings sunshine of his very own, jamming out on the beach in Amagansett, Long Island, New York. Evan lives in Coram, New York, USA, and his music of choice for this is “Don’t Blame Yourself” by New Deal, which you can get for yourself on iTunes.
Welcome to Taylor’s Bat Mitzah. Our entertainment for tonight will be the hoop dance stylings of the lovely and talented Jami Doria of Hip Mama Hula Hoops – who is in fact a very hip mother of two. After several years of only seeing herself as “mom” and “wife” she rediscovered her inner essence and regained her identity as a vibrant woman, uncovering her creative passions through the art of hoop dance. Now hooping is her vibrant life. She’s a full-time resident of Long Island’s East End community in New York and the soundtrack for this beautifully filmed video by Forte Productions is “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights and it’s available on iTunes.
The hooping bug has hit Long Island, New York and the hoopers there are thrilled to talk about its health benefits. Jami Goleski of Hip Mama Hula Hoops credits her hoop practice for her bounce back to shape after pregnancy. Goleski told Long Island Newsday, “Finding hooping was the best thing that has happened to me since I became a mother. Hooping is what a person wants to make of it . . . It’s not structured like an aerobics class or any other fitness class that follows a structured routine with the sole purpose being strengthening muscles and losing weight.“ In Greenport, New York, Rachel Reich, owner of Five Branches Wellness is happy to have a hooping class at her fitness center. Reich gives credence to the total body and mind benefits hooping offers, “You use the hoop on the body as well as off, so it’s really a full-body workout, strengthening deep core muscles as well as arms and legs. Hooping increases flexibility and balance, and has a positive effect on mood and self-esteem.” And Reich personally vouches for the fitness advantages of hooping, “After a few classes, I was already doing several techniques. I’ve noticed an increase in overall flexibility and sense of pride in being able to master new techniques.“
Diane Gunder had never even touched a hula hoop until a year and a half ago. Then, one day, Gunder saw a Facebook post from her friend Jamie Doria about hooping and decided to give it a whirl. “I saw it and said, ‘Wow, I want to do that,'” according to the North Fork Patch. “I haven’t been able to put the hoop down since. I’m addicted. I found one of my passions in life!” For her, hooping is great for fitness as well. She explained, “It’s a great workout that strengthens the entire core and tones the whole body. When you’re moving with the hoops, it’s an intense cardio workout. You can burn up to 600 calories per hour in a low-impact workout. I’ve never felt better in my life.” She’s also got her Mom hooping now too. “My mom hoops for 40 minutes a day. She was having back problems, but now she’s able to bend and garden again.”
The Sag Harbor Express, serving the South Fork of Long Island in New York, reports, “There are some things that are just so much fun, it’s hard to believe they’re not bad for you. Unlike chocolate cake or a fine cigar, these precious indulgences won’t compromise your health in any way. Quite the opposite, when you’ve finished with fifteen minutes of blissful hooping or a session of joyful poi, you’ll be healthier in mind, body, and spirit. Hula hooping used to be in a class with roller skates and sock hops as something of a bygone era. But in the past few years, it has experienced a renaissance at festivals like Burning Man and on the beaches of the Hamptons. Last summer there were a number of places, from Amagansett Square to Sagg Main Beach, where you could meet up with hoop groups and get swinging. “The movements of hooping really opens up the chest and spine, thereby opening up the meridians and the heart chakra,” says Samantha, a member of The Fiery Sensations, a group of hoopers and poi dancers that rocks parties across the East End. “When you open up your heart chakra, you react with people in a more open way… the specific movements help open the heart, and this causes me to smile most of the time I’m doing it.” Full story: Sag Harbor Express
In Long Island, New York, the Northshore Sun reports, “Adrienne Lojeck has hula hooped her way into a new hobby. And by new, we mean it’s nothing like the 1950s version of a single plastic hoop slung around a waistline. The 26-year-old Miller Place graduate, whose performance name is Cosmic Swirl, practices a modern version of hula hooping, simply called “hooping.” It’s a dance performance involving crowd-pleasing tricks with multiple hoops, sometimes using fire. “The first time I tried fire hooping I was really nervous,” Ms. Lojeck told The Sun. “But once I started, it was such an amazing experience and it was incredibly relaxing.” You can find Adrienne online at Outta This Whirld. Full story: Northshore Sun