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Twirled with Jaya Fire

Jaya Fire Jaya Fire, aka Jenni Kettles, makes her hooping.org debut in this wave crashing video, filmed and edited by Arun Maroon. While barefoot hoop dancing along the shoreline, Jenni reminds us in silhouette that spring is just around the corner. She also shows how mesmerizing on-body hooping can really be, all the while making her chest hooping, vertical hooping, and the shoulder duck outs she mixes into her beautiful hoop dance seem effortless. Jenni is currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and the soundtrack for this one is called “Just Walk Away (featuring Farisha)” by Serotoxin, which can be downloaded for your own music collection over on itunes.

Let’s Thread The Needle with Emma Kenna

EmmaKennaHooping Do you feel like working on some twin hooping skills? Great, because we’ve got a new tutorial to share with you that is going to do just that. Emma Kenna of Hooping Mad is here to teach all of us a move that is most commonly known as “Thread The Needle”. In her latest tutorial she really breaks it down for us too with a pink and green hoop, taking it to a level that most anyone can understand just how it’s done. So why not go ahead and give it a spin? This tutorial was filmed in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Emma is based out of Bristol, England, UK.

Yvonne Wyse Lost 112 Pounds Hooping

Yvonne Wyse Yvonne Wyse, a mother-of-four living in Scotland, has some big news to share with the world. She’s spun up some serious weight loss having shed a total of 112 pounds (8 stone). How’d she do it? Hooping and a change in diet, of course. Back in January of 2012 Wyse weighed in at 266 pounds and she was filled with dread at the thought of being photographed at her stepson’s wedding. Today the dining room supervisor from Dalkeith isn’t worrying about such things, all thanks to a hula hoop, a hoop that came to her as a gift from her family. She told the Edinburgh Evening News, “Instead of buying me chocolates for my birthday my family bought me a hula hoop and they’ve been with me all the way.”

Wyse, who hadn’t been able to lose her baby weight after having four children, admitted that she turned to comfort eating throughout the day. She said, “I’ve always been a big girl and I dreaded going shopping. It was a nightmare and always made me feel depressed.” Then she got her hands on a hoop. It wasn’t easy at the start, but perseverance paid off. “I was covered in bruises all over from it at the start,” she explained, “but I did it myself at home at my own pace and soon got the hang of it.” It wasn’t long before she was hooping off the weight, and keeping it off too.

Yvonne Wyse Yvonne also made changes in her diet. The old Yvonne would have started the day with several slices of toast with lots of butter, followed by a big bowl of cereal. For lunch she ate sandwiches, biscuits and bars of chocolate, while her dinner would include lasagna and french fries with several helpings of garlic bread. She’d also snack on sweet treats and cream cakes throughout the day. Now the petite mum starts her morning with a bowl of oatmeal and banana followed by either soup and a sandwich, or a salad and yogurt for lunch. A low-fat healthy dinner of grilled meat and steamed vegetables is her evening meal and instead of sweets and cakes, she’s snacking on fruit and yogurt. She also no longer needs the after-dinner digestive aids that used to go down with a cup of tea.

Today her weight problem has become a memory, one that she’s reminded of pretty much everywhere she goes. She said, “It’s amazing how many people have noticed the difference, the children at school comment on the new me and people who haven’t seen me for ages stop in the street wanting to know the secret of my success. My husband feels like he is married to a celebrity.” Yvonne is becoming something of one in Scotland too. She’s one of 20 finalists who have made it through to the Scottish Slimmers’ 2013 Slimmer of the Year competition. The event is taking place this Sunday at the Westerwood Hotel in 
Cumbernauld and we’re rooting for Yvonne all the way.

Saved from the Big C by a Hula Hoop

Janet Brodie Janet Brodie discovered she had breast cancer as a result of attending a hooping class in Craigentinny, Scotland, UK. It was a year ago that she was hit with persistent pain after spending an evening hooping and doctors repeatedly told her they believed the pain was caused by her hoop, but the discomfort persisted. Janet told Scotsman.com, “I was trying to keep fit and thought I’d try out this hula hoop class. They’re weighted and it hit me in the chest. I remember saying to my friend afterwards that I felt really sore, but I’d been a few times before and I’d never experienced that. I thought I’d just torn a muscle and never gave it a thought, but it became nagging and constant.”

Janet Brodie Janet ended up at the doctor’s office a total of five times between June and October before she was finally sent to the oncology department at Western General Hospital for testing. A few weeks later she was told that it was breast cancer. She said, “I was gobsmacked to be told I had cancer. It was like it was happening to someone else. I was stepping completely into the unknown.” Thankfully today, following months of grueling chemotherapy and surgery to remove lymph nodes, Janet has been told that there is no longer any trace of the disease and she is living cancer free. Thanks to her hula hoop, she caught it in time.

“I’m lucky I did get the symptoms, it was a good thing. That hula hoop could have saved my life! I feel extremely lucky to live in Edinburgh and have Western hospital there. Chemotherapy was tough, I lost my hair so you’re dealing with that as well as the physical reaction, but all the way through I felt positive. Although cancer is the worst thing to imagine, I feel quite blessed because I’ve been so well supported. It’s a shame it’s taken something like this, but it’s made me appreciate life much more.” Janet lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

World Hoop Day 2012: The World Spins

World Hoop Day World Hoop Day 2012 brought hoopers together in cities and towns all over the world on 12/12/12 and throughout the week to spin things up in support of world peace, while raising funds to put hula hoops in the hands of needy kids around the globe. The annual celebration has become a truly become an International Holiday. World Hoop Day’s Hoopin’ Annie O’Keefe told Hooping.org, “World Hoop Day 2012 was spectacular! We had events happening in cities and places all over this big blue marble that we call home. Thank you everyone for all of your love and support. Because you believe anything is possible, appreciation and gratitude are becoming the most important values of humanity. We are collectively making that happen!”

With events happening this year on six continents, World Hoop Day 2012 was truly epic. In Africa hoopers celebrated in Cape Town, Africa, where a multi-faceted event was hosted by Arise and Hoop that included a Hoopathon. In Asia, hoopers once again celebrated in Tokyo, Japan, as well as in Jerusalem, Israel. In New Zealand hoopers were spinning it up,, and in Australia several events were held on the East Coast in Bargara, Central Tilba, Gold Coast, as well as in Sydney. The Sydney World Hoop Day event may have captured the 12/12/12 spirit of WHD better than anywhere else.

Hooping and Laughter

Hooplaugh [Guest blogger Carly Dawson spins up the hooping and the laughter.]

by Carly Dawson

Recently, while minding my own business online, I accidentally stumbled across a video for something called “Laughter Yoga”. Now I had never heard of such a thing and I wasn’t even quite sure what to make of it, but I must say after clicking play I was laughing along with the people in the video by the time it was over. While it looked a little ridiculous to me, it also looked like so much fun! And when the video ended I couldn’t help but think more about the power of laughter. Not only can it transform our day and our lives, but it’s infectious in transforming the lives of others. It got me wondering about all of the laughter in my hoop classes. Sometimes a class really is just an hour of laughter and we don’t need to force the laughter either. It happens simply because we are feeling fun and silly inside our hoops.

I think it’s a skill to be able to laugh at oneself and it’s one we need to actively work on. Did you know that most adults only laugh 17 times a day, while pre-school children laugh 400 times a day? As we get older so many of us grown-ups begin to take life too seriously – and that’s why hooping is such a gift. Just the prospect of hula hooping in front of a room full of people can be enough to send some people into a fit of giggles! And if it is true what they always say, that laughter is the best medicine, if laughter is in fact medicine what are the more specific health benefits associated with laughter in and of itself? So I did a bit of research and here’s what I learned:

Grace Jones Super Body Inspires Mom to Try Hooping

Julie McCaffrey Hula Hooping

Julie McCaffrey

After watching Grace Jones hula hoop her way through her Diamond Jubilee concert performance while singing, many are still wondering how the 64-year-old diva stays in such phenomenal shape. Could it be her hooping? Mother-of-three Julie McCaffrey decided to find out and met up with Mazzula Hula from Edinburgh. Julie writes for The Mirror: “Do you go to the gym often?” asks Mazzula. I stare at my shoes. “Neither do I,” she smiles. “Hooping is so much better fun than sweating it out in a gym. And it’s great for mum tums because it’s gentle but really effective at toning stomach muscles. One try and you’ll be addicted.” At first I doubt if an addiction to hooping could quash my addiction to Drifter bars, but one look at Mazzula’s pancake-flat tummy and I’m ready to give it a go. My first attempt is hula-miliating. I whirl my hips around with the gusto of a washing machine on spin cycle but the hoop clatters to the ground. My second shot sees me whizz my waist as fast as a parachute in a tornado but the hoop slides to my ankles. When my third try fails I stamp my feet and fold my arms in a hula huff. At this rate, I can’t see my moves having the same effect as Grace’s did on my hubby. He drooled when he watched Grace. He would cry laughing if he saw me. “You only need to make a very small movement with your hips,” soothes Mazzula. “Just nudge the hoop along with its momentum. Stand with one foot slightly in front of the other, bend your knees and relax.” Within minutes, I’ve got it. The hoop twirls around my waist and I feel the same eureka exhilaration I did when I first swung a spanking new red hoop in my parents’ garden as a child of the 70s. A huge grin stays on my face for as long as the hoop stays on my waist. A man and his son, who were playing football in the park and had been whooping at my hooping, cheer. I love this lark! Out of all the celebrity slimming secrets I’ve tried, I think I’ll stick with this one.” Get the rest of the story.