Brain Tips for Muscle Memory With Double Hoops

Brain Tips for Muscle Memory With Double Hoops

By the time you pick up your second hoop, you likely already have the muscle memory down in your dominant hand, and your natural current. Your non-dominant side probably feels pretty foreign, so you will want to practice spinning on that side. Caterina Suttin shares some effective exercises to help speed up the process of training your muscle memory on both sides in this tutorial “Drills for Twins Practice”, filmed at Sacred Circularities in Bali. Now you’re feeling a bit more comfortable with your ‘left’ side, it’s time to exercise our brain to establish a connection with both sides. The key to this, is where you bring your focus. You already *know* how to draw flowers with your right side, and keep the hoop on a clean vertical plane, but you feel your left side is still sloppy. Maybe you keep going, naturally, keeping that clean plane on the dominant side, while the other hoop is spinning more and more out of control, until finally, it flies out of your hands, or manages to swing up and hit you in the face. “WHYYYYY?!” Now, we have to evaluate what went wrong, and how do we get our ‘left’ side to stop being so lazy, and straighten out that plane? We shift our focus from the right side, to do this, we area really tuning in to where our mind, and body are paying attention to, and work on thinking and feeling, focusing on the hoop in our left hand. So although you are spinning two hoops at once, you are really only concentrating on the parts of yourself that feel awkward. Eventually with practice,...
Twin Hoop Tutorial: Extensions, Anti-Spins and Variations

Twin Hoop Tutorial: Extensions, Anti-Spins and Variations

A tutorial on a variety of double hoop skills to open the door to many new skills. This tutorial is brought to you by Mike Lisse. He says: “A brief introduction to extensions and anti-spins, with a couple of patterns to play with. Extensions are a fundamental concept that lead to a huge variety of really pretty patterns and illusions.”  My added tips: With the twin hoop anti-spins, there are three options. One with the hoops spinning in opposite directions, one with the hoops both spinning forward, and one with the hoops both spinning backwards. Begin by practicing the options with both hoops spinning in the same direction. To do the option with them spinning opposite directions, you can choose to do a 3 petal anti-spin flower or a 4 petal anti-spin flower. 3 petal is like a triangle, 4 petal is a square shape. The petals are where your hands stop moving for a brief moment. Practice with each hand separately and then practice trying them together. Make sure you’re very comfortable doing anti-spins to your side on both your left and right hand before combining them.   Enter our like and share flow prop giveaway!!! 3 winners will be chosen after our facebook page reaches 6,000 likes!!!...
Berg Lake Trail Hooping by Dagny Sanche

Berg Lake Trail Hooping by Dagny Sanche

Ruby Hooping Sponsored hooper, Dagny Sanche of Citrus Circles didn’t forget to bring her camera or her hoops on this gorgeous hike up Berg Lake Trail in Mt. Robson Provincial Park  BC, Canada. This park has vast protected land with hiking, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, mountain vistas, and much more to see.  The backdrop of her video looks as though it were painted. Gorgeous,...
Advanced Thread the Needle Variation by Monica Marie Hoops

Advanced Thread the Needle Variation by Monica Marie Hoops

Re-post from previous blog hooptricks.org, originally published September 16, 2015 at 10am Although it doesn’t look like the thread the needle much, it does use the skill for the move. This is an advanced new move for those who are comfortable with thread the needle and are advanced with doubles and two-handed coordination. You will want to be comfortable with the vertical linear isolation as well. Make sure to practice each section separately and then put them together when you’re comfortable. Great tutorial, Monica!...