Tag Archive for Poetry

Small Moments with Jay Karma

jaykarma Jay Karma is one to keep your eye on. He makes his debut on hooping.org with some very zen hoop flow accompanying some of his original heartfelt poetry. Jay dedicates his poem entitled “Your Soul Is My Friend” to all of his wonderful friends and family in the present and to those that are in his future. Jay is currently living in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, and the serene soundtrack to this video is called “Animus” by Soundprank and it can be downloaded for your own collection on iTunes.

The Poetry of Hooping

Carol Harris
I Hooped

by Carol Harris
Springfield, Missouri, USA

i hooped till my muscles ached, my body tingled, and my skin was afire
with the heat of it…..

and then i hooped some more

i hooped till i could feel rivlets of sweat run down my spine letting
loose the poison inside me and bathing me in my own joy…..

and then i hooped some more

i hooped till i could feel it molding me with its steady rhythm into
who i want to be, each movement merging with the beat of my heart…

and then i hooped some more

i hooped till the world around me was silenced and i was lost inside
my sacred circle

and then i hooped some more

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by Aahana Ix Chel
Escondido, California, USA

circular portal
of mind body connection
these manifestations present
push me harder
hoop spinning webs of wonder
with the power of thunder
and in the circle
i become
the beat of the drum
and the wind in my face
the dizzy spells that take place when i
move about the space
spinning
spiraling
isolating
body rocking
with mindFullness
and every time
the hoop pulls me in more…
the ultimate mother
pushing me further
to meet my source
teaching me to live in the moment
and to take what comes next with loving grace
to open my heart space
and allow my self expression
to feel safe and expand
beyond circle circulating sun
with spirals of dance
and bliss movements
of this rhythmic motion
to be the potion
to seal the spell
of truest self devotion

Dawn Sperber: Belief Dance

Dawn Sperber Do you have a belief dance? Dawn Sperber does and as a poet and a hooper, here we are given the gift of being able to enjoy both of her talents. Dawn’s poem entitled “Belief Dance” is set to music by Jason Reed along with additional cello being played by Michael Kott. Reed also filmed Dawn spinning it up with an LED hoop and then he warped, transformed and mirrored that footed to create this psychedelic visual meditation that we really enjoyed. So sit back, relax and take in her words and some truly beautiful LED hoop imagery. Dawn lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Rumi, Poet Laureate of Hoopers

hoopingwhirl[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn  shares her love for Rumi.]

by Lara Eastburn

As hoopers, feelers, movers and thinkers, odds are you’ve heard of the 13th century Persian poet known to the Western world as Rumi. If you haven’t, then prepare yourself for a dose of twirling, whirling enlightenment. And even if you are familiar with his vocabulary of love, separation, and circles, perhaps you have not yet thought about how pertinent his poetry and philosophy could be to your hoopdance. Did you know that Rumi most often recited his poetry while spinning around a column? Take that in for a moment. The greatest philosopher, poet, and spiritual leader of his time didn’t consider his most sacred or profane thoughts complete, or even truly meaningful, until his body was physically expressing them through dance, and… literally in circles.

Rumi believed that the planets – and everything else the 13th century hadn’t even dreamed of yet — was turning in chorus, in spirals around itself. And so he believed that human participation in a naturally revolving universe meant that we should spin, too.  He wrote and spoke about every mundane facet of our seemingly basic lives. But when he spoke about it while whirling, he revealed those emotional and human loops as Art. Rumi endeavored to show us that if we move honestly, and especially in circles, we give tribute to what we are. Rumi IS the poet laureate of hoopdancers and that’s exactly the argument I aim to make in this week’s Hooposophy article.

PTSD, Tutus and the Joy of Jumping

Amanda T.• Tensions ran high at the J-2 Pre-Choreographed Dance Competion in Chicago – and then Team Four brought their hoops out: Fourth Team Snatch-It

• Hula hooping and tutus, two great tastes that taste great together: The Notorious Amanda T.

• We talk a lot about “hoop love” – and then we see it for ourselves: Two People, One Hoop

• Jen Cookson was diagnosed with PTSD. Hooping has been “the best medicine” for her: Performing with PTSD: A Poem

• Kristen Hunter is nine-years-old and it’s because of her we think there could be a whole lot more jumping going on: Kristen Hunter

Centered While Moving: Rumi, Poet Laureate of Hoopers

Whirling [Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn spins up a new year for us that is chock full of poetry in motion.]

by Lara Eastburn

As hoopers, feelers, movers and thinkers, odds are you’ve heard of the 13th century Persian poet known to the Western world as Rumi. If you haven’t, then prepare yourself for a dose of twirling, whirling enlightenment. And even if you are familiar with his vocabulary of love, separation, and circles, perhaps you have not yet thought about how pertinent his poetry and philosophy could be to your hoopdance. Did you know that Rumi most often recited his poetry while spinning around a column? Take that in for a moment. The greatest philosopher, poet, and spiritual leader of his time didn’t consider his most sacred or profane thoughts complete, or even truly meaningful, until his body was physically expressing them through dance, and, …literally, in circles.

Rumi believed that the planets — and everything else the 13th century hadn’t even dreamed of yet — was turning in chorus, in spirals around itself. And so he believed that human participation in a naturally revolving universe meant that we should spin, too.  He wrote and spoke about every mundane facet of our seemingly basic lives. But when he spoke about it while whirling, he revealed those emotional and human loops as Art. Rumi endeavored to show us that if we move honestly, and especially in circles, we give tribute to what we are. Rumi IS the poet laureate of hoopdancers and that’s exactly the argument I aim to make in this week’s Hooposophy article.