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And Then I Started Hooping: A New Documentary

And Then I Started Hooping by Liz Frederiksen

Picking up the hoop can be life changing. Whether it’s weight loss, finding inner peace and joy, or making new friends, stepping into the circle can have a huge impact on our lives. We often, however, keep these transformational stories to ourselves, sharing them with only a few fellow hoopers or a particular group. Sensing the power of our collective stories, and the impact they could have on a wider audience, Emma Bice of Emma Bice Performance Art, a filmmaker and Loyola University student, set out to share hoopers’ stories in her new documentary, And Then I Started Hooping.

Like many of us, 20-year-old Emma found hooping to be a huge benefit, and, as a result, she feels connected to her documentary subject. “I moved to Chicago away from my family and friends and hadn’t quite found a place I belonged. There was a hula-hoop club on campus that I decided to join and I ended up falling in love with hooping. It’s been my savior here in Chicago,” she said.

Top: Liz. Bottom: Rachael Lust and Emma Bice.

Top: Liz. Bottom: Rachael Lust and Emma Bice.

When Emma, a film and dance major, first came up with the idea for her documentary, she thought she would make a short 10-minute piece, doing interviews in the Chicago area about how hooping helps people. All that changed when she met Baby Jane, a hooper from Tennessee who uses hooping to help her cope with breast cancer. After hearing her incredible story, Emma knew she and co-director, Akash Patel, had to make a feature-length film, and look beyond Chicago for other inspirational hoopers.

Of all the amazing people Emma has encountered on her filmmaking journey, the woman who stands out the most to her is Liz, a hooper who suffers from brain damage. “If hula hooping has improved anyone’s life dramatically, it’s hers. I don’t want to give away all the details, but it’s such an inspiring story and I can’t wait to share it with the world.” She also met some well known hoopers like Rachael Lust. “She is seriously the sweetest girl,” Emma explained, adding, “She shared many of her adventures due to her recent hooping fame, and how hooping has drastically changed her life. Hooping is now her job, and she travels just about every weekend.”

Making the film, which is a completely extracurricular project for Emma, has been a long, but rewarding experience. She and Akash were blessed with a summer of shooting without technical problems, and they had no issue finding hoopers willing to share their stories. However, as with most indie films, budgeting was an issue, but, thanks to the help of the hooping community, they were able to finish filming and are now spending the cold winter months in post production.

And Then I Started Hooping 2Emma would like to finish the film in April and the release date has not been set. “We’re going to send it to some film festivals, and those festivals usually require that you don’t share it with the public until after you’re finished with the festival circuit. As for the release, we plan to sell DVDs, stream it online, and sell the rights for hooping organizations around the world to have premiere parties.” Whenever it rolls out, we’re looking forward to seeing And Then I Started Hooping. In the meantime, you can follow her filmmaking process on the And Then I Started Hooping Facebook page.

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lizfrederiksen Contributor Liz Frederiksen was a rhythmic gymnastics performer with Ritmika in the ‘80s/‘90s and participated in the SkyDome (Roger’s Centre) opening ceremonies and Argos football halftime shows in Toronto. After two decades away from rhythmics, she discovered hoop dance and is having fun learning the on-body skills to go with her off-body tricks. She’s a social media consultant and lives in the GTA with her husband, cat and growing collection of hoops! She’s on Twitter and Pinterest.

Living Hoopily Ever After

Hoop Dance Like Nobody is Watching by Theresa Rose

Last weekend, I had the incredible privilege of attending a weekend hooping workshop led by the gorgeous Ann Humphreys of Line and Circle. Like her mentor Baxter, the golden goddess from the HoopPath tradition holds a safe, trusted container whereby students can learn deeper aspects of hooping, exploring greater realms with our sacred circles while exploring our own inner spaces that are calling out for healing and empowerment. (We also learn mind-blowing techniques that refine and strengthen our hoop skillz, making our flow flow like butta.)

At the beginning of the workshop, we all sat in a circle within our circles to share our love affair with the hoop. As any hooper can affirm, there were lots of passionate exclamations of previously-undiscovered depths of joy, stories of dramatic healing, and diatribes on the profound spiritual transformations that can take place within the hoop (and that was just me talking).

This is not news to me. My Facebook feed is chock full of hoopers of all ages, shapes and sizes extolling the virtues of the hoop. One only need to take a peek at the posts from Hooping.org and local hoop communities like my homies at Hoop Twin Cities to see that the hoop has a powerful effect on those who are blessed to dance with her. (Sorry if I am offending any masculine hoops out there – I always see my hoop as a female. The staff can be male.)

But one comment from a participant in Ann’s workshop stuck with me long after the hugs had ended. She was a relatively new hooper, about a year into her practice and had characterized herself at the outset of being “just” able to waist hoop (JUST?! Hey, it’s a huge deal that
you are doing that! Congrats, sister!). She summarized her relationship to her instrument like this:

“I’m not shy in my hoop.”

I get that. I understand what it’s like to step into that sacred space and finally, finally, FINALLY shed the cloak of insecurity, fear, doubt, shame, and self-hate, replacing it with unbridled joy and kick-ass chest hooping. I understand how spinning can become addictive because it is the only place where one can feel truly beautiful. I understand the freedom that the flow brings.

But I also wish that my hoop brothers and sisters would feel more of those feelings when they are OUTSIDE of the hoop too.

Like it or not, we cannot live our lives solely within the confines of the hoop, or anywhere else that is our safe haven, whether it’s the gym, the office, the yoga mat, the basketball court or the house of worship. At some point, we must stop the action that is brings us infinite pleasure and rejoin the real world of jobs, bills, commutes, and dinner. Blech. The key isn’t to ignore those less-than-hoopy activities, but to find the hoopiness within them.

My advice to the schizophrenic hooper who is blissed out in the hoop but miserable outside of it is this: Just as you learned how to become an amazing hooper by constantly drilling your isolations, breaks and paddles, you can also become an amazingly powerful, joyful, and
successful person by drilling your confidence, belief and gratitude.

When you find yourself afraid to take the next move at work or in a relationship, ask yourself, how would your badass inner-hooper respond? Would she or he shrink at the opportunity or go blazing forward as if all five wicks were lit?

When you find yourself feeling insecure because you aren’t the hottest, skinniest or richest babe in the bunch, ask yourself, what would your badass inner-hooper think? Would she or he tell herself that she should just pack up her gear and go home, or would she decide to highlight the tricks she knows and do it with gusto?

When you find yourself wanting to shrink away from your power, ask yourself, what would your badass inner-hooper do? I don’t know what yours would say, but I have a feeling I know what Ann Humphreys would suggest: she would challenge us to engage the opposite, or the anti-point, in order to fully express ourselves.

The anti-point of our fear is LOVE. If we want to live just as joyfully outside of our hoop as we do on the inside, we need to see fear as our emotional contact point, and the love of ourselves, each other, and the earth as the anti-points of that fear.

To live happily and hoopily ever after, each one of us is invited to acknowledge our fears that pop up moment by moment and activate the anti-point by choosing to show ourselves genuine, authentic love and gratitude for the many gifts we offer the world.

My hope is that my new hooper friend will someday say,

“I’m not shy in my hoop. Or outside of it.”

As hoopers, we know what bliss is. Now it’s time for us to live that bliss whether we are spinning or not.

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TheresaRose Theresa Rose of TheresaRose.com is a nationally-acclaimed inspirational performer, award-winning author, and hardcore hoopdancer who is passionate about helping others to live, work and move in joy. Thanks to the hoop, she lost over 50 pounds; more importantly, they didn’t find her again. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Salina Hudak’s Amazing Hooping Transformation

SalinaHoops Salina Hudak, aka Salina Hoops, has been hooping for two years and during that time has made an inspirational transformation. She says, “I tried hooping and gave up because I couldn’t even hoop around my waist. Then I gave it another go. Since then my confidence and self esteem just bloomed. I started losing weight too. Alot of it. I lost a total of 70 lbs in 5 months!” Her hoop love runs deep and someday she would like to open a studio where she can inspire others through hoop dance, the way it has inspired her. We love it!! Salina is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and her soundtrack is “Man on Fire” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, which can be easily purchased and downloaded for your own collection on iTunes.

Jackie Adams Spins Her First Hoopiversary

Jackie Adams Jackie Adams of Jackie Spins Hoops is not only celebrating her first hoopiversary, she’s celebrating a life transformation that she found inside a plastic circle as well. Allow her to amaze you with her flow and progression in this compilation that includes a taste of Jackie’s fire hooping, and some slick moves all entangled in her love for hoop dance. Jackie is from Springfield, Missouri, USA, and the soundtrack to this isn’t one we could identify, so if you know it please share that info with the rest of us below.

Circular Awakenings: Hoop Dance and our Higher Self

Circular Awakenings “Circular Awakenings” by The Independents is a mini-documentary exploring the sacred connection between hoop dance and the ancient tradition of spinners & meditators. Filmed at the Sacred Circularities gathering in Bali, Indonesia, Erick Joseph and others discovered there was much more depth and tradition to our rapidly expanding hooping movement than they imagined. Featuring Jaguar Mary who states, “Spinning supports the universe…everything spins. We’re just bringing this ancient tradition into the 21st century,” we also get to take a closer look at the circular awakenings of Tiana Zoumer, Adam North, Francie Fishman. Their passion for hooping has as much to do hooping, as it does connecting to their higher Self.

Getting Ourselves Animated

Getting Animated by special guest blogger Johnathan Livingston Baxter

Like so many others, the entrance of the hoop into my life has been a cataclysmic force that has, quite literally, broken me open. I wish I could say that once the first crack in my shell appeared, that I pried it open like a wild animal and bound for my karmic freedom. Hardly. In the world of Seekers, I would imagine that I would be classified as “Reluctant.” In other words, I often rehearse decisions rather than make them on issues concerning my freedom.

Therefore, I am forever grateful to fate for the slow, slide-like descent into myself that the hoop provided, without its ever asking me to commit to it. In fact, my hoop and I didn’t have any promises to each other. It never promised me beauty eternal or offered me divine intelligence and I never promised it my eternal devotion. It was just there with me in the room each day and I with it: two objects.

Early on, I believed my hoop practice was a study of an object and, in some ways, it was. But ‘which’ of those two objects I was studying would become less and less clear as my Practice deepened. In the hoop practice, you learn a lot about *how* you learn. I think of it like catching fish with your hands in crystal clear water – our misses are caught in the reflection of us – as are our successes. I enjoyed the learning of my Learning. I enjoyed what I was seeing in the reflection of that water. I was seeing successes in spite of earlier failures. I was seeing challenge instead of frustration. I was also seeing a growing belief in myself that, with enough tries, I could achieve almost anything with the hoop. It felt good to be in that reflective space for once. It felt right. It felt, you know, spiritual. In the absence of any kind of dogmatic pressure, I chose it happily. Everyday. I was never haunted or taunted by the hoop. I wanted to do it. It felt good to me. I was the Prince of Doldrums then, so the time in the Sun was good for me. I was completely in my ‘is’.

Then, I started teaching. I felt the need to be able to explain some of this. It was then that I started the long walk called, “Why”.

As a devout Esotericist (or something), I was open to all sorts of understandings about why it felt so good to hoop or why I loved hoping so much. I still do. I have collected many over the years. Yet, at this moment, in this coffee shop, I think that I can sum up what I loved and love so much about hooping: mutual animation. I animate the hoop. The hoop animates me. And we, the hoop and me, are mutually animated by Flow.

To ‘animate’ is, “to bring to life”. My life with the hoop has opened up the word “animate” to a more broad understanding of the concept than I had ever understood.

At that time in my life, when I was without the hoop, I was just as inanimate as the hoop was. Yet, with the hoop, I was in motion, baby. I was dipping. I was turning. I was ‘feeling’ expression, rather than emoting it. I was moving energy around. In a word: I was ‘animated.’ In the personal development sense, I was ‘brought to life’. A relationship was born and Animation and I became friends who hung out almost daily.

Depression, on the other hand, is a phenomenal inanimate-r. I know. I have roomed with it my whole life. (I don’t know the latin or sanskrit roots of the word, depression, but I think it is surely something like, “to feed on the blood of your own isolation”.) All you have to do is nothing and Depression is amazingly effortless to hang out with. But, Depression is like that friend you have that never wants to hang out with you when you’re with your other friends. It’s awkward when they eventually do and you realize how much attention they need/drain from you. When my old friend Depression and my new friend, Animation, did finally hangout together, I never saw Depression again the same way. Honestly, Depression looked kind of dumpy and unappealing to me standing next to Animation. Animation was so easy to get along with, while Depression always wanted to talk about itself.. incessantly.

That was hugely important for me. It was like I realized that Depression and I were not soul-mates and not destined to see each other exclusively for the rest of our days. The dates I went on with Animation everyday during my Practice were metaphorically raising my eyes from my feet. I was looking up, as it were, toward my more distant path and observing with a discoverer’s delight just how very big and very open the world in front of me really was. It was in the openness of that new space, that fresh perspective, that I even began to work on my relationship with Depression back at home. Instead of going drinking together, D and I would have coffee together and music shop. I don’t know if I ever would have understood the need for a rhythm change with Depression, had it not been for my time with Animation.

I don’t want to get too bogged down in continuing to personify emotional states or conditions, but let me lastly say, that Animation went on to introduce me to many of its friends and therein lies the real impact of hooping in my life. Before hooping, I believed that I had met all the emotions of the world and seen all the Beauty those emotions could offer me. It seems crazy to me, now, that I could have been so arrogant, but my world view was stuck on the inevitables (sickness, change, death) and disinterested in the intangibles (beauty, laughter, connection). I saw my life at that point as a type of jail sentence I was living out, rather than as a substance out of which positivity could be created. That shift from passive endurance to active assertion not only launched the HoopPath, it launched me.

I suppose the greater lesson in all of it that informs me almost daily is the question, “What animates you?” What art, or force, or song, or Spirit brings life to you? Will you allow it to move you? Will you allow it to introduce you to new things? Or will you just wait your time out in-between life’s inevitables?

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Baxter Baxter has hooping his way into the center of his circle for many years and is the founder of The Hoop Path. The first inductee into the Hooper Hall of Fame has received community honors include Hoopie Awards for Instructor of the Year and Male Hooper of the Year. He lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.

Hooping Through The Deep

Hooping Through The Deepby Flavie Steelandt

We all have experience in how difficult it is to face those dour moments. We have all had hard times where sadness, pain, anger or emptiness have astounded us in our lives. The feeling that we are alone and misunderstood can leave us questioning ourselves. Who am I? Why do I feel so bad? Why is this happening? In these cases, I think that almost all of us who have tried hooping through the deep have experienced how calming and helpful the hoop can be for us, how it can help us to find ourselves again and rediscover who we are. Here are a few tips I have found valuable for spinning our way back.

Let the fire out. Let your body and your mind cry. Let the feelings get out. In traditional Chinese medicine, the fire energy represents our feelings. When we feel that we have a lot of things to say, but we don’t really know what to say or how to say them, we can let our inside fire out through hoopdance. A favorite song can help you to express how you feel through movement. Singing is a good thing too!

Concentrate your mind on the connection between your body and your hoop. Feel your skin, your body’s limit. Let the hoop show you exactly where you are. Every time the hoop caresses your skin, you are reminded that you ARE, that you exist and that you have a place in this world. Feel the warmth rise within you. Any tricks you decide to do remind you that you have choices, that you do have some control, that you are the master of your life. You can decide what you want to do, and how you want to do it. Chest hooping for awhile too can open your Heart Chakra to express the feelings within. Find you own tempo.

Center Yourself. Spent a good deal of time waist hooping. The belly is the house of your earth energy, a connection with the mother-earth. Connecting to your belly’s center (our Hara) is a way to find stability, calm and harmony. As you hoop feel the energy refocus to your core. Feel the calm in your heart. Breath deep and with every release, let any negativity go.

Do you feel more free and clear? Then you are ready to let the heat and the light shine in all parts of your body. With every release of your breath, imagine this light running through your veins, your muscles, your nerves, going everywhere in your body. We are all light! Feel the light go away through your fingers, your feet, your eyes, your forehead (the third eye). The hoop on your waist will keep you in movement. Focus on this movement and feel that you’re alive. You are alive, you are light and your light illuminates the world!

Let go. Move your body, hooping on your body and off, vertical and horizontal, up and down. The wood energy helps you to make plans in your life, it give you the power to act. Wood energy is the energy that makes new flowers bloom and trees grow every Spring. Our muscles and ligations belong to this too. It makes us move and go. A good wood energy make us flexible: not too strict, not to attached to how it was. The eyes are important in this energy too. Thanks to wood energy, we are able to look forward, to see differents horizons. It gives us the power to try something different, One part of wood energy, make us aware to see other possibilities in life, and the other makes us strong enough to plan and to act. Experience it through your hoop movement. Try a new move and if it doesn’t work, try it again. This energy gives us the force to accept things as they are, to deal with the situation and to let it go!

Keep your eyes open and see the world that faces you. Feel all the things you can’t see too. Feel the light of everything as it embraces your own light, embracing you. Feel how your hoop supports you. It is a bridge between you and the whole world. You are an adventurer and with your hoop, you can face whatever comes your way!

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Flavie Steelandt The lovely and talented Flavie Steelandt of Floop di Hoop is a columnist and contributor to Hooping.org. Originally from France, she is currently living in Nersingen, Germany, where you can typically find her hoop dancing for hours, performing, and sharing the hoop love with everyone in her community.

Hoopers Rising With One Billion Rising For Justice

One Billion Rising For Justice by Geri McNiece

A year ago, in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the coordinating home of a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, they launched their most ambitious campaign to date – One Billion Rising and women rose from around the world. The concept of the campaign was simple. Taking into account that 1 out of 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime, you’re left with the staggering statistic that over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence. On 2/14/13, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, all one billion women and those who love them were invited to walk out, to dance, to rise up, and to demand an end to this violence. V-Day wanted the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across the entire world. How do you comprehend and document such a wide-scale global movement? We were invited to film our events and submit them.

1billionrising Knowing that the hoop has such powerful transformational and healing benefits for us, last year, as a hoop dance instructor, I went into action when I heard about it. I learned the choreography to the event anthem “Break the Chain”, figured out a way to incorporate hoopdance into the mix, and decided to share it with my students, simply hoping they would feel the same way and join me. They were excited to do so and as one billion women rose last year, we rose with our hoops, as did others – and we filmed our version of the 2013 V-day dance. It was a powerful, touching and incredible night.

And now we can witness the result of what transpired on 2/14/13 last year; a short film was put together which premieres this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. One Billion Rising was directed by Eve Ensler and Tony Stroebel, produced by Eve and V-Day, and features activists in 207 countries and as women rose together and danced to end violence a year ago, we weren’t the only ones with our hoops. Though the hoop dance segment is brief in the film, it is exciting to see and there are others of us with their hoops as well and we’d all love to know who they are. Watch the short film One Billion Rising and join us in rising even higher next month.

When asked about what we can expect on 2/14/14, Eve Ensler explained, “This year we are escalating and deepening the campaign with One Billion Rising for Justice. Justice is about restoring the primacy of connection so that we understand that violence against women is not a personal problem, but connected to other systemic injustices whether they be patriarchal, economic, racial, gender, or environmental.” For 2014 One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice -‐ courts, police stations, government offices, colleges, work places, military courts, places of worship, homes. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously -‐ through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

Robyn Brehaut of HoopBloom in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, helped organize a local One Billion Rising event there last year. “We marched from the University of Ottawa campus through downtown to City Hall where we gathered with speakers from a variety of organizations, one being Sisters in Spirit who were bringing awareness to the countless First Nation girls that have gone missing across the country. The mayor of Ottawa came to speak as well and it was televised. Then we danced. And we hooped. It was beautiful and powerful.” It was so powerful, she trained to become a volunteer at the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and it made a major impact on her hoop work. “For my personal journey, hooping is playing a massive role in healing and empowering women. We’ve been holding workshops for women to meet in intentional healing circles, to share and move what needs moving and then use the art of hoop dance to transcend, shift, and heal. Setting the intention before a hoop practice can be a really powerful experience and it connects women in a powerful way. It allows a safe space for women affected by abuse to begin to create a healthier relationship to their body and allows the power of play and joy to begin the healing process.” And she’s taking part of spinning things even higher in 2014.

Leona Rodrigues of Hoopgaga in Mumbai, India, is rising for 2014. She explained, ““I am ashamed to say that I did not actively participate last year. But I have already signed up as an event organizer this year and I plan to use hoop dance to rise! I am still planning out the details and have contacted people who will help me out. The basic plan is to gather a big group of hoopers and non-hoopers and spread the message through hooping at Oval Maidan here in Mumbai.” For those who may not be aware, it is a historic and very significant location for public gatherings in the country. In 2012, international attention turned to India when a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and murdered on a moving bus. Lawmakers subsequently increased the sentence for rape from 10 to 20 years. Despite India’s recent initiatives, however, sexual violence remains very real. On Tuesday a 51-year-old Danish women was gang-raped in New Delhi.

When asked about the role hoop dance can play in ONE BILLION RISING, Leona told us, “You may know from the news that Mumbai has had its share of violence and injustice towards women, and I hope to use social networking to spread the message about coming out and release through hoop dance. I do believe that hooping is a powerful form of expression and release, which is exactly what this movement is all about. Anyone who’s been hooping for some time knows that all the energy and love you give to the hoop always comes back to you. I have seen firsthand how the hoop has transformed women. I’ve been teaching for about a year now; I teach in Mumbai, which is a very liberal place when it comes to women and their freedoms, as opposed to a lot of other smaller towns and villages in India. Given this, I have still met women who walk in shy, timid, all covered up and conscious about moving their body too much, possibly because we come from a culture that does not approve of women over a certain age going all out to express themselves using their body, God forbid through hooping and hoop dance. And I have seen them walking out of class, beaming and confident after having mastered the hoop, and looking so much happier and younger! And I secretly know that they’re now in a better position to tackle anything that comes their way. I think bringing hoop dance to the One Billion Rising movement is a great step!!! I’m all for it!”

One Billing Rising Hoops What will you be doing for 2/14/14? Here in Arlington, Texas, USA, we’re hosting a “virtual” screening party of the short film soon utilizing a Facebook event we’ve invited everyone to attend in order to promote V-day and it’s mission and the transformational power of hooping. At the event we’ll also be highlighting the V-day music and choreography so all can learn it. Then, on V-day 2014, we will be doing the dance with our hoops downtown at lunch hour. And we invite you to rise where you live. Even if you can’t create or attend an event, I encourage everyone to dance with your hoop and RISE next month anyway. There are so many ways to rise and so many who are rising! This is not a day to be silent or to be still. Make plans to get up, grab your hoop and dance! Show the world you are strong, bold and empowered. There are many resources available here to help make it happen and if you want to let others know where and how you are rising please do so in the comments below.

We hoopers know how powerful and transformational our plastic rings are for finding our deeper self, for comforting us, and for allowing us to RISE at anytime, on any given day, so think about sharing more of that with the world on V-Day 2/14/14 this year. Together we are rising!

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Geri McNiece Geri McNiece of Around Joy and the HoopShack discovered the hoop in 2007 and now, at 54, has a passionate career she simply loves every day. For several years she has been sharing the hoop love in her community, at corporate wellness/fitness centers and with local school districts & charitable organizations. She lives in Arlington, Texas, USA.

The Power of the Hooping Community

hoops by Bonnie MacDougall

Last week a hooping friend on FaceBook contacted me out of the blue and gifted me a piece of her handcrafted jewelry. She explained this great kindness in a message, “So I decided to GIVE to (you) my hoop community (and being a teacher is Hard work)…..funny how that changes it all up and makes the energy MOVE! Enjoy. I am wishing you happiness and hope to see you sometime in 3D.” Her act of selflessly giving left me contemplating the numerous times I have been assisted by my local tribe or the greater hooping community and the many stories over the years of hoopers helping our own. I began wondering how hooping has individually affected us to create a community where support exists between people whom have often never even met and may even live thousands of miles apart?

Body Love Through Flow

Jennie Chenkin Hooping Here’s a motivational video made by hooper Jennie Chenkin who is really excited about this piece and she is dedicating her hoop dance and flow to anyone who has ever felt inadequate, ugly, fat or not good enough in any in sense of the phrase – girls, boys, both, neither, unsure, anywhere in between.” Jennie knows first hand what body love is all about. She told Hooping.org, “I am five years into my journey out of an eating disorder and am a year and a half symptom free/fully recovered. Hooping was really the thing that reinforced not only my comfort in my own skin, but also my ability to love myself for the way I am and my body for the way it is.” The audio used in this is actually a spoken word piece called “i know girls (bodylove)” and it was written and performed by Mary Lambert. You can download a copy of it for yourself too quite easily on Bandcamp. Jennie currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. (Adult Content Warning: Contains Profanity. Not Safe For Work.)