3 Funky But Useful Tips for Hoopers

3 Funky But Useful Tips for Hoopers

Hula hooping is so much more than just a plastic circle that goes around your waist. There’s a lot of thought, practice, hard work, and dedication that goes into hoop dancing. However, I never knew this when I started hooping and had to find out the hard way. There are some great tips I learned and taught myself along the way and I hope they help you too. They are a bit weird, if you ask me. Especially to someone who is new. So here ya go… three tips that are super useful for hoopers, but also a bit funky! Round n Round You know you’re teaching a new person to hoop when every other word out of your mouth is “spin.” This is a fundamental of hooping. If you don’t spin, you won’t get that trick down, and there will likely be a slew of hoop-to-face action, which is never fun. Almost all on-body moves require spinning. Spin spin spin. Think you “just can’t do a trick?” You’re probably not spinning. Can’t get the vortex down for the life of you? You’re probably not spinning. There’s no way your hoop ever stays on your knees! You’re not spinning are you? There are lots of off-body moves that you should not spin for, including but not limited to isolations, chest rolls and anti-spins. Yes, being a bit dizzy is part of the game.    Go with it I love this one. It’s great, you essentially make your mess ups a totally sick new move, go along with it. It’s hard to explain, but instead of saying “Ah, I messed...
3 Beginner Hula Hoop Moves to Build From

3 Beginner Hula Hoop Moves to Build From

Well, hello there you fabulous new hooper you. That hoop looks good on you! Welcome to the circle, my friend. Let me help you rock it out even more. If you got waist hooping down and you’re looking to progress your hula hoop skills on the fly, here are your core three basic moves. Of course, for every hooper, the process is different, but I think these will start you off spectacularly! Get these sweet moves down, and you’ll unlock a treasure chest of other moves to stem off the basics, promise!   The Vortex Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. This move is such an integral part of hooping, and it’s super pretty. This is the first move I learned, and it’s the first thing I teach those who want to learn to hoop. Vortex A video posted by Nina – Hooper And Expolorer (@that_hooplife) on Oct 9, 2015 at 10:14am PDT KEY: Spin. I can’t stress this enough. Spinning is the key to nailing this trick instead of nailing your ear (which really hurts, by the way). Don’t forget to spin until completion.   Isolation Let’s start off with just the basic isolation. There’s a slew of others to follow! Mix this up with the vortex so you’re not just studying one thing. Isolations are a wicked illusion where it looks like the hoop doesn’t move, but you do. Basic isolation A video posted by Nina – Hooper And Expolorer (@that_hooplife) on Oct 9, 2015 at 10:12am PDT KEY: Mirror. Doing this trick in the mirror will work wonders for you. You need to get it...
Two Hot Spots for Flow Artists in Thailand

Two Hot Spots for Flow Artists in Thailand

Holidaying in Thailand? Sweet. You’ll love it. I’ve been living in Thailand for quite some time and I have two excellent locations for you to visit. These two spots have incredible views and vibes that you’ll surely dig. And as soon as you realize the flow community, including hoops of course, you’ll fall in love. Grab your hoops and whatever other flow toy you want…You’re off to Thailand!   Pai Get up north to the beautiful mountains. Breathe in some fresh air, visit a few waterfalls, and then bust the hoop out! Pai is a chill town that will be vibing on the hippy wavelengths. Besides bringing your hoops anywhere you want, as usual, you’re also going to want to check out the Pai Circus School. There’s plenty of other flow friends to chill out with here. Poi, staff, slack line and a wealth of other toys are here to play with, along with a couple of hoops. I often found myself teaching random travelers some hoop moves and I hope to have inspired a few to go through with it as a new hobby.   Did I mention the circus school has an infinity pool, hammocks, beers, and an epic view of Pai? Yeah… The whole town is accepting though, so don’t feel weird bringing your hoop places. 😍💚✈️🌏⭕️😊 #pai #thailand #travelhooper #hoopersthattravel A photo posted by Nina – Hooper And Expolorer (@that_hooplife) on Oct 5, 2015 at 7:19am PDT Pai Canyon, don’t drop your hoop off the ledge!   Railay and Tonsai Ah, these two spots are my little beachy havens. If I could slap the cute...
A Quick Guide to Traveling with a Hula Hoop

A Quick Guide to Traveling with a Hula Hoop

Attention wandering souls with a hula hoop! Here is what you need to know if you want to traverse the world with a hoop. We love our hoops, and going on a vacation without them is essentially not an option. We need them there no matter if it’s a weekend trip or an extended stay, we will want to hoop. The biggest issue with traveling with our hoops is the whole getting on a plane thing.   I feel confident in giving you these tips for flying with your beloved plastic circles because I’ve been traveling with them for nearly two years now. So let’s jump right into it… 1. Check to make sure you know how to properly collapse your hoop. Sometimes it’s a figure eight fold, and sometimes it’s a snap button and then curl down type of collapse. You will need a collapsible hoop. Yes, there are people who have flown with a full size hoop, but I can’t attest to this, nor can I imagine that experience being all that fun. Some airlines will let you store it on board, but it seems like a lot of trouble to me. I’d suggest a collapsible hoop only, there’s no risk as to where it will be stored once you board the plane, it will fit in the overhead compartment (so you can keep an eagle eye on your babies). Extra tip if you have small hoops: If you have hoops that are smaller than 32’’ chances are, you will have trouble collapsing them, they are just too small. The best advice for this situation is to...