Today, I want to shine a spotlight on something that brings me immense joy and makes me feel incredibly worthy: hula hooping!
For over 13 years, hula hooping has been my special talent and a source of endless joy. It's not just about the mesmerizing movements or the intricate sacred geometry shapes it creates around my body—it's about the journey it has taken me on.
Hooping (as it is called in the hooping community) is magical and transformative in ways that are beyond what you might initially think.
Sure, there's the physical benefits it brings, like burning 400 calories an hour while feeling like you're just spinning around and having fun. Sure it is a full body workout that is great for cardio. And sure, it's cheap and easy and portable.
But hooping is so much more than that.
Think about it: the act of spinning around inside a fixed circular space creates a little mini vortex of energy that flows with, through and around you. It creates sacred geometry shapes around your body as you spin and twirl the hoop. And it stimulates the solar plexus chakra (which we'll dive into in another post).
Plus, it is literally impossible to be sad when you're dancing to your favourite tunes while playing with a hula hoop. It just is!
Now I know what you're thinking: "But Jen, I tried a hula hoop once and I couldn't make it stay up!". I hear that.
And here are something to consider: you were likely using a cheap, dollar-store bought hoop that is meant for a child's body size and weighs next to nothing.
In the hooping world, that would be considered a very advanced hoop. The lighter a hoop is and the smaller a hoop is, the harder it is to keep it up and spinning.
Which is why, in the beginning, the key to successful hooping is to utilize that natural forces of momentum. This means bigger hoops and heavier hoops are your friend!
I was by no means a natural at this when I started! In fact I could only get the hoop to stay up for a few rotations at first before it would fall down.
One of the best gifts of hooping is cultivating patience because it takes time for your body to understand what you're asking of it and that means you need to work with your body, not against it.
Hula hooping has taught me to listen to and appreciate my body beyond its physical appearance. It's a dance of self-expression, creativity, and mindfulness. Every spin of the hoop is a reminder of my worthiness, strength, and unique abilities.
Whether it's a solitary hoop session in the park or sharing the magic at one of my retreats, hula hooping creates an energy vortex of positivity and empowerment in my life that I did not expect when I picked up my first hoop.
Til next time!