Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow

Last night my girlfriend Abbi Doyle (who makes fantastic clothing by the way! Check out her growing Etsy shop, Prasarita Designs) said something to the effect of, “what if you made a sticker with a bunch of flow artists on it that said ‘flow artists go with the flow’?” and I thought that was a pretty rad idea. I quickly grabbed a few images, went on Fiver.com and requested a gig from someone to turn it into a sticker and violla, a few hours later the sticker was born! I put it on Instagram and Unity of the Hula Hoopers to get feedback on which design people like better. After 12 hours of comments it seems that BOTH are liked equally well. So we decided to offer both stickers, so each of you can get the one you liked the most! Just click below to order the one you like and you will have it in your hands within 7 days. (please note that the stickers say “a” and “b” on the below image ONLY. The stickers are NOT printed with the letters a and b.)   Choice Sticker A $2.50 USDSticker B $2.50 USDOne of each! $5.00...
We have a new LOGO!

We have a new LOGO!

We finally after many YEARS have a new logo that we love! We went through a couple designers and lots of different mock ups, some of which were ok. ………and some of which just made us laugh real hard out loud! I know it’s ok to make fun of the above images as the designer will never read this blog……mwah hahahahhhahah! I’m feeling really good about this new logo, I feel it captures the feeling I wanted to go for and I can’t wait for the stickers to get finished printing so I can stick one on my car! Which brings me to my offer for all our readers. We are printing off 250 for our initial run and ONE of the stickers is special! If you get the sticker that says, “I WON” we will send you a set of Pele Fire Hoop Wicks! It’s that simple. Buy a sticker below for $2.50 and you might just get lucky!   1 Winner will be announced on Instagram March 1st  Please let us know what you think of the logo and any feedback you might have. We love interaction and connecting with you. P.S. If you haven’t done so already, sign up for our emails and get our Top 10 Tips to Stay Inspired in your Hooping! P.P.S. – Here’s a quick way to follow us on Instagram   Thank you,...

Intro to Headstand Foot Hooping

  A Full Breakdown of How to Engage and Strengthen Your Headstand Foot Hooping As a developmental specialist, one of the first things I came to know was that we all learn differently. My! my! how vast our capacities are! I am hopeful the array of tools presented are enough for you to enjoy, harness, and grow your upside down explorations, with or without a hoop. You are offered the tools to learn by sight, by imitation in real time, by step by step, by fundamentals, by reading and applying, and by combining any of the aforementioned. I learn by watching and immediately doing; how do you learn? Each MOTION is an essential pose. Think of them as a stretch or yoga pose. By practicing each pose, engaging deeper into them, and combining hooping into each practice, you will find that growth and expression come with greater ease. Headstand Tips Stack Your Bones: From your toes to the ground your bones should be powerfully rested on each other. You should be straight, butt in, and toes pointing to the stars. Arms: Your arms can be as a right-angle tripod with hands down (as shown), they can be as a head-down forearm hold, or a full forearm extension is totally possible with time, and awesome. These are the most common. Right angles, lines, and balance with clean up with practice and muscle growth.   Michelle Bell, a deeply involved hooper of the upside down practices, offers some insight for headstand progress and expansion. Well experienced with the general variations of headstands, Michelle heavily points out that, “the biggest factor in having a successful...
So You Did Not Win a Social Media Contest…

So You Did Not Win a Social Media Contest…

So You Didn’t Win a Social Media Contest, but Here is What You Did Do.. We have all been there. We share, we hope, we share some more, and we even may add boat loads of our friends. We do what it takes to increase our “impact” on the apparent share-a-thon that is social media contests. And we hope to win. Unfortunately, most of us walk away from our computers at the end of a contest with less friends than what we had prior (oopsies! they grew tired of your “incessant” posting), and our contest hope greatly depleted. Its okay though *hugs* To those of you that continue to share onward in to the never-ending inter webs, with high hopes and fingers crossed like champs…..KUDOS. You are a sharing champion! Now, regardless of your winnings, here is what makes you a winner in the eyes of those businesses and creators you are Sharing for: You win the award for Increased Likes! Congratulations you share-master! You may have shut down your computer with no new goodies to claim, but you sure did help out a fellow human being! Every business of every sort is owned and operated by a human being. He/she has all every hing you have (emotions, financial issues, desires to fulfill dreams, downfalls, etc). Your desire to enter the contest is supporting the livelihood of another. As a business owner, I attest to this deeply. Its a beautiful phenomenon. Your action to press Share truly helps move humanity forward. The amount of Likes a page has directly impacts a person’s psyche. Typically, the more Likes a business page has,...

Hoop Help 101 ~ Collapsing and Coiling Your Hoop

Avoid kinks, cracks, and breaks enjoying this helpful new video series! Kicking off with the essentials, Breezi of Gnar guides you through a step by step process of how to collapse down and coil various hula hoops.   3/4″ Plastic tubing should not be fully coiled if the hula hoop is 35″ and under in size Can be semi-coiled, with the ends taped or secured down gently 5/8″ Plastic tubing coils with much more ease than 3/4″, and is much less likely to snap   Please leave a comment below or contact Breezi via Gnar’s FB to have any and all questions answered...

Dylan T. Bradley Fire Dancing Expo 2014

Dylan rips it up with a single fire hoop and ends with some epic sparkly doubles at the 2014 Fire Dancing Expo in SanFrancisco! In his own words, “For months I have been cultivating this routine. I was full of inspiration, hit creative brick walls, cried, had break throughs, repeated the process many times and finally crafted this expression of inspiration. Love and blessings!...
Hoop Knowledge 101 ~ Hoop Size Fitting

Hoop Knowledge 101 ~ Hoop Size Fitting

The hoop questions are never-ending, and can go around and around with no true end. No certain answer. As much as we love circles, centering ourselves on key pieces of information may be in our best hoopy interest. Lets explore some common inquiries from beginner hoopers and hoopers looking to re-size, or find that “perfect fit” for their beloved circle. ✧ Get to Know Hoop Tubing ✧ Hoop size will be addressed by OD- Outer Diameter width from wall to wall. Info & knowledge obtained from first hand experience, research & education regarding human development 1″ PE: Fabulous for the hooper that is down to chill with the hoop on his or her waist most of the time. Can be quite “heavy” for a hoop, alternately known as weighted; the size and weight may limit ability to progress into the vast world of hoop tricks. The thicker tubing slows down flow – the pull of your hoop- making waist hooping a fabulous venture, but possibly hindering more advanced movements. Tapes look stellar than ever due to the larger surface area of the tubing and coils well, too. PSI rating for PE/Polytech/PEX is generally 100 – 160. PSI is used to determine the overall weight and feel of the hoop, but is an actual measurement of water pressure. 3/4″ PE: Hands down best for beginners before transitioning to “performance” style hoops – Polypro & HDPE. The added few ounces mean worlds to the control and regulated speed offered by this tubing in comparison to performance hoops. Black in color, and a very small bit flexy, this tubing coils like a...
Make money as a Hoop Dancer!

Make money as a Hoop Dancer!

*Guest Post by Hooping by Sarah” If you’re hooper interested in making money doing what you love, you might be surprised to learn that there are loads of OTHER ways to make money as a hoop dancer. When I first started my hoop business 4 years ago, I thought I had it ALL figured out. I would just perform and sell hoops and teach (and run myself ragged) and everything would be GREAT! I made really decent moolah…enough to not have another job. But I was tired and grouchy. Making 20 hoops to fill orders at 2am and have to get up the next day to answer dozens of emails about hoops before I performed or taught 3 classes sucked. Not having free time on the weekend sucked. Doing everything myself…sucked. Thank goodness I invested in myself and took some business courses.(http://leoniedawson.com/affiliate-redirect/?w=abla&p=hoopingbysarah) I learned that focusing on my strengths (and ditching the rest) was how I was going to make this a sustainable business. Since last year I only focus on performing and teaching. I’ve never been happier and my income has grown as a result. In this article, I’m going to show you: *6 not so obvious to make money as a hoop dancer *Why you don’t have to be the best to succeed (and what you need instead) *The one thing that will keep you broke for years, and how to turn it around What I won’t cover here: Performing, teaching & making hoops, because they’re obvious. I do talk about them a lot on my website (http://www.hoopingbysarah.com) Passive Income Passive income is fabulous. You might be...
Hooping for Fitness and Weight Loss

Hooping for Fitness and Weight Loss

No doubt you are madly busy like the rest of the world. No doubt you are always looking for the best value. It is almost a guarantee that you are wanting to look great, improve your fitness and lose some weight. However, being busy and always being on the hunt for great value can make these goals seem elusive. This is the magic of hooping… Picture this: You look down and see a perfectly flat stomach, wearing those great looking new shorts that show off your lean legs. You stride happily down the street on your way to work/school or heading out to meet up with friends and you feel great. You know that you look good and you love it.   Not all of us have the luxury of a lot of money and a lot of time. Some of us have one or the other, however most of us have neither, this is why I have decided to dedicate this site to something that can help you lose weight, get fit, look great and spend more time enjoying life instead. Hula hooping is a one stop shop, and here is why it is just for you: 1. Hula hooping is one of the cheapest ways you can possibly get fit. For the price of a cheap meal out at a cheap restaurant you can get started. Sure there are different ranges of models, however you can get started for a minimal cost and that is a huge blessing to a lot of us. Compare the costs of getting in your car, driving to a place to workout, paying a huge monthly fee...
Beginner’s Guide to Fire Hoop Safety

Beginner’s Guide to Fire Hoop Safety

Lets admit it and just say that almost everyone is going to want to try fire hooping at one point or another and it’s incredibly important that when the time comes to light that hoop on fire, you have the information that will keep you and others safe and free from burns. This guide is an adaptation to the Fire Hoop Workshops that I teach around the country. Fire Hooping Safety Overview Essential items for fire safety Fire extinguisher / damp towel / bucket of water / spotter Keep fuel dump or dip station a fair distance away. 20ft. Fuel stored in closed containers Be sober, be smart, have fuel dump assistant Be aware of others (audience) Have a first aid kit for burns Have at least one person on site that has basic first aid training. Personal Safety Overview Sobriety Clothing, hair, loose threads, tassels, frays Wet your hair Test your clothing, do a burn test before hand so you KNOW In the hoop keep your arms up to avoid burns or have fire resistant sleeves Breathing – keep slow and steady Be mindful of where you grab the hoop, avoid wicks, spines Spacial awareness, audience, ground, overhead, etc. Focal point for dizzyness Never spin alone Listen to your inner voice, if it tells you not to spin. DON’T Clothing & Hair Wear 100% natural fibers if possible or at least a blend that is over 70% natural, ie; cotton, hemp, bamboo, etc. If it feels synthetic, it probably is. Do a burn test – Get the clothing you plan on wearing and try setting it on fire, seriously....

Hoop Wonderland

This is one crazy video and very original idea. In the words of Kristin Lahoop, “ChickenChris told me about his video idea. He asked for an exact choreography where every movement could be reproduced in the same way in the same timing at different places. I thought this would be impossible because in my choreographies I’m moving too much and I always do some kind of improvisation. But what would it look like? I was too curious – I had to try! After I finished the choreography we filmed at seven different places with maybe eight different outfits and I always tried to move in the same way. Hard work but great fun! Finally because of the different conditions (weather, cadrage, light etc.) we could only use three backgrounds. It all happened on the same day at the Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin. I love this place and it fits so well with the idea of the film and the little graphic details of ChickenChris. I advise to watch it twice, because the first time it might hurt your eyes. Hope you enjoy this...
How to Re-Size your HDPE or Polypro Hula Hoop

How to Re-Size your HDPE or Polypro Hula Hoop

So you have been hooping for a while now and you’re learning new tricks and progressing quite nicely. When you first got your hoop it was awesome and fit perfectly, but now that you are becoming a more advanced hooper, you wish that it was smaller and lighter. Guess what? YOU can make your polypro hula hoop smaller yourself with just a few simple tools and the know how. Below is a guide to making a smaller hula hoop from the existing one you already have. Ideally, you should use these cutters to cut your hoop tubing. They are called “ratcheting pipe cutters”. Is your polypro hula hoop taped or not? If it IS taped, when you cut it down it will not look as pretty because the tape job will not align anymore. It will still function just right, but the asthetics will be off. If it is NOT taped, wahoooo, you’re in the clear. Is your hoop a collapsible one or is it secured on each side? Does is come apart with a push button connector or friction fit like this?   If it looks like the above, then you need to cut the tubing on the side that the push button connector goes into, NOT the one where the coupler is secured. You will cut the left side with the hole for the bottom hoop in the picture. You will cut the right side without the rivet for the top hoop pictured. If it is a NON collapsible hoop as pictured above, then it doesn’t matter which side you cut, just pull the tubing off the connector...

Mad Circus Gala

A beautiful performance by Danielle Lee of Hoop Elation at the Mad Circus Gala at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, WI. She has some wonderful flow, mad skills and a constant smile on her face shows how much she LOVES hooping. She tells us that her business exists for one reason: “to bring the joy of hooping to as many people as possible.” We can surely relate to that! Thanks Danielle for this inspiring hoop...

Thread the Needle

Don’t let two hoops intimidate you! It’s actually double the fun and in the long run will help with your single hoop flow. This move is great for beginner double hoopers through advanced, and it is doable on both mini hoop sizes (25″ and smaller) and double hoops (26″ and bigger).  ...

Dandelion Dreams

On a beautiful winters day hooping in the sun and in between the magic of nature, the voice of a 12 year old girl urges us to care for our ONE planet. The music is the instrumental version of Action Bronson’s “bird on a wire”. In the end you realize this perfect hoop world was only a dream. This is a self-edited video of ISOPUPPY in her hometown in seaside CA. “The frog pond is a beautiful mysterious place that I loved exploring when I was a child. On a trip back home I decided to visit this sacred place to see it had been taken over by beautiful dandelions. THIS IS MY TRIBUTE TO THE EARTH my only hope is that one-day we can all work together and save our planet. I have made it my mission to spread the hoop love and the sacred power of the Circle. Please be conscious of the world we live in this message is very dear to my soul we are all a family seven billion strong and together we can make a difference….. We must ALL DO OUR PART. Could not find video – URL was not included. –...