The August 2011 issue of Yoga Journal has an article titled, “You Spin Me Round“–a hooping revolution churns up ever more Joy and self-awareness in the Yoga community” (p. 72-5, 105-6). If you don’t subscribe or if the video’s gone from the site by the time you see this post, look for the issue in the library!
No, I’m not a yogini. Not by any means. I read the magazine; that’s all. It was a discount subscription offer. That said, I can follow most of what they say in the article. (I mean, they talk about how hooping improves your life in the terms that they usually use for yoga poses I can’t imagine doing, but I can agree with most of the benefits. You can get the benefits of hooping without having to do yoga at the same time.) I’ll sometimes hoop twins (two hoops), rarely more. If there’s a crowd of boys young enough to still have fun in public when I have the hoops at an outdoor event, they’ll usually try to hoop as many hoops as they can lift.
Yoga studios sometimes offer hoop classes. I used to take classes at a yoga studio in Carrboro, Balanced Movement, but eventually stopped because it was farther away than I wanted to drive, and the ceiling wasn’t tall enough for my style of hooping. Spiral (Vivian Hancock), the hooper mentioned on the last page of the article, was one of the teachers at that studio at that time.
However, I think I more closely align hooping with ballroom dancing, only with gravity instead of a partner. I’ve never found a partner who was as completely balanced as my hoop, who never judged or said anything about what I could have or should have done differently.
Hoops don’t judge. If you’re not where you need to be at any moment in time, they fall. And they let you pick them up again and again and again. They’ll never roll their eyes at you. They’ll never sneer or sigh. They just go on.
I make and sell hoops for people in Eastern NC, most of whom buy them at events. If you don’t live nearby and are looking for a custom hoop by mail, try Diana Lopez’ hoops from Body Hoops.