The hoola hoop is hands down the most unconditionally-loving-low-maintenance-high-pleasure-forever-partner dreamable. Who else can you choose to or refuse to dance with at any hour of any day and it will always be okay? What else looks as beautiful silently dangling from a hook on your wall as it does swinging boldly around your heavenly hips? Give it a whirl this LOVE day, or tomorrow, or the next… it is ALWAYS a great day for some scrumptious hoop lovin. Photo Credit: Stefanie Atkinson, 2010.
Archive for the ‘Foto~Circular’ Category
Here’s a magnificent little being who’s already found the ring of love. It’s easy for people of ALL ages to fall for the hoop, since it is simply a pretty-shaped object even if all you’re doing is picking it up, staring at it (a.k.a. being ‘hoopnitized’), or donning it on your wall as decoration. Don’t believe the myth that one needs to be able to actively waist hoop to enjoy all the many bennies. The hoop is far too useful in ways beyond the waist to cast it aside based on your age or body’s physical limitations. So get to it! Start surrounding yourself with circles and watch your world fill with MORE JOY.
A beautiful, striking shot my friend Ricardo captured during my stay in Valdivia, southern Chile, a couple of years ago. The seagulls (las gaviotas) were migrating and can be seen as a wispy shadow above my hoops (mi palabra= upas) held high, with the moon (la luna) prettily peering out, too. <3
I cannot believe that I did not know about spin art until this week of my life. Not only am I a hooper (so naturally obsessed with mandalas and all things that orbit) but I had never set mine eyes on a spin art machine, much less even heard of it until I got a chance to see one in action at a camp where I taught hoopdance last week. After we’d wrapped up our hooping, I saw all the youth bustling in a far corner of the retreat space, and when I followed them over I found several gorgeous, bright-colored, circular-blasted paintings hanging to dry and a sweet older fellow helping folks one by one, affix their paper canvases to the inside of the spin machine and go to town on creating their prize paintings. Apparently this man had found an heavy-duty grade spin art machine at an estate sale and took time to clean it up and get it running well, and then volunteered his time to spread the spin art love with these young campers. What a splendid combination of activities for a youth (or any age!) camp~ hooping AND spin art… when I mentioned the natural association, people said they hadn’t until then thought of them being related. Well I’ll be! I want to spin more art! Pictured is the one I did very quickly just before departing… I shall name it ‘Spin Rising.’ : )
This beautiful mandala is one of many different ones painted on my friends’ property in Santiago, Chile. I do not know of what artist to credit- but I am thankful for their creation. I love the 12 (paralleling astrological houses & signs, all 12-step programs, and the number of apostles, etc.) points on the rose-colored portion of the mandala. Within the 12-pointed flower is a 6-pointed flower- 1/2 of twelve and also my favorite number. Additionally, I enjoy seeing the light beamy bubbles peering from the 4 corners towards the edge of the circle- representing for me both the cardinal directions and seasons where I live. The mint-green colored square, scale-like shape reminds me to strive towards balance in all my pursuits. And finally, the triangular, sideways Star of David-like Venn diagrams resting in the center help me sit with life’s core complexities a little bit easier.
For many of us, hooping practice affords us a chance to clear our minds and be with our breath, grounded & embodied. Whether actively spinning the circle around your core- constantly hugging your hips and heart space, stretching with the hoop as your body follows the curve of the ring, or simply & peacefully sitting inside of the hoop & breathing (like Elsie the cat pictured above), the hoop is a gift to be present.
Many folks new to meditation have a hard time practicing the sitting still part- fidgeting & restlessness being a common experience. A solitary hoop practice can help by focusing on keeping the ring up… and through this physical, rocking back and forth body motion bilaterally stimulating the brain, thoughts & feelings more easily synthesize, come & go- and eventually fade from focus making way for that quintessential feeling of flow.
One way to dramatically enhance your ability to go inward with your hoop practice is to use a blindfold while you hoop. Hooping without being able to use your sense of sight helps to increase the kinesthetic experience of the hoop encircling your body. ‘Kinesthesia’ is defined as the sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints, or the sense of moving in space. Particularly with a rapidly moving object like a hoop whipping around the core, one’s vision can serve as a real distraction from being able to fully feel the hoop’s motion & the body’s innate rhythmic connection to it. Oftentimes when someone begins to hoop blind, they immediately find it to be easier, more calming, and even a transcendental experience. Do you yet practice hoopitation inside your ring? Let us know how it goes and any useful tips you have for finding your flow~
Hooping makes us feel not only well-connected to ourselves, but extraordinarily connected to each other as well. The shared love of the hoop creates community faster than a wolverine can dash across a field (I just watched a nature documentary on wolverines; they’re fast!)- and amongst some of the most diverse types of people imaginable. Have you experienced a connection through your hoop? Chances are, if you’ve walked outside of your house with a hoola hoop, many otherwise would-be strangers have eagerly smiled at you, or begun a conversation with you from across the street, or even tried to hire you to bring hoops to their niece’s birthday party. Hooping crosses all lifestyle barriers~ from age to culture, gender to body size, religion to ability. We are scant of objects and pastimes in our world quite as positive & bridge-building as that of the simple and infinite ring. How blessed we are for the hoop’s awesomeness. And hoop hoop hooray for community!
Here’s a swank-diddilyOcious hoop shot of a fancy Friendship Heights shore on the MD-DC line I spotted not long ago. Most hoopers know what a stunning symbol & frame the hoola hoop naturally makes. A growing number of hoopers are also aware of the powerful meditative qualities of the hoop or ‘mandala’ to calm oneself, focus, & do amazing visualization work. Apparently marketing & window display designers are catching up with the times getting on board the hoop train, too; no doubt it’s good for business!
This is one of my all time favorite hoop shots for so many reasons (thank you Christine for taking it! and Carol for sharing!). The composition & lighting= my cup of tea. It a picture of my oldest friend on earth, Carol, whom I have known since the ripe young age of one. It’s a picture of a beautiful rainbow hoop complete with alien inside- and don’t we all feel a little alien now and then? In it, Carol’s giving a *beso* to the alien kin, AND wearing an iFree tee that is pretty much the coolest t-shirt this side of anywhere. Everyone and thing is laying on the ground which is such a nice gift for ourselves in this fast-paced culture where we rarely stop to lay down unless we’re in bed. Lastly, this picture was taken at Joe’s Movement Emporium- where I’ll be starting new classes on Monday the 13th- new HumpDayHoopJams on Wednesdays beginning next week, and where we’ll be having the screening of the new-hot & not-yet-released documentary about hoopers called The Hooping Life on Saturday October 9th in celebration and FUNdraising for World Hoop Day 10.10.10!
Many thanks Erin [Doh!] for sending along this fabulous femme-fantastical hoop shot in my general direction. Love to hoopers all over the world! It’s already been brought’en. : )
Here’s a powerful double hooping shot from a recent afternoon with my talented dancer and photographer friend Isaac Oboka. Thank you so much Isaac, for the lovely images & and for the laughter-filled time in the studio. I will be sharing more from this hoop-shoot in the near future so check back often to see what we recently captured. Also, if you are a dancer-mover-person in the DC area and are interested in getting some fresh images of yourself and/or your work, Isaac is currently accepting new clients. Especially gifted in the the art of photographing dancers, I highly recommend contacting Isaac for your upcoming still picture wants and needs~
How many foods can really represent as well as this one can for us fans of the sublime circle? The onion steals the show. We should all try our hands at finger hooping!
You can play ‘Seek The Circles’ in this one, like ‘Where’s Waldo?’ for hooper-geeks.
This is a new hoopLog series in which I’m posting circular-ish imagery I’ve captured, mostly from my less-than-awesome camera phone and occasionally also a Canon Power Shot. Low end hoopLove-flavor at it’s finest. Here’s some love for the littlest hardcore wheels of the world!