Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Am I the "fat hooper"?




So I'm about to get really real. REALLY real. If you know me, you know I rarely give a damn about what others think about me. It doesn't even occur to me usually that someone may be judging me. I walk around with a smile, oblivious to any dirty looks that may be coming my way. But there are times when my self confidence takes a nose dive, and last Sunday was one of them.

Said Sunday was the Rachel Lust hoop workshop here in Houston. I signed up for the evening course over the summer, and was moderately excited. Why only moderately? Because I knew that I would be the biggest girl there. Often I am at these workshops. I don't know why. Normally I don't care, but the thinness was just intense this time. I felt like a fool, using my larger hoop while others used hoops that looked like minis to me. ME, I felt like a fool!! The girl who is CONSTANTLY reiterating that hoop size doesn't indicate being better! The girl who constantly reminds students that hooping is not a competition.

Except that it is. Everything is. Who has been hooping longer, who learns tricks faster, who has the best hoops, who has been to the most (and best) conferences, whose videos have the most hits, who performs most, who gets better gigs, etc, etc, etc.

Don't get me wrong, the workshop was great, and I learned a ton of stuff. Really great stuff that I cannot wait to use in my own dance, and Rachel is a great teacher. But I have to say, I was grateful to have a reason to bail early. Looking at myself in the mirror next to the thin girls was starting to wear on my soul. This is no one's fault but my own, and certainly not anyone else in the class. But still, it was a problem.

Why am I telling you all this? To show that it's ok. Even the most confident people feel like crap sometimes. And this too shall pass.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Love your body!!

One of my favorite things about hooping, or dance in general really, is that no matter what kind of body you have, you can do it. And having a smaller body doesn't necessarily make it easier or vice versa. A lot of people shy away from hooping after seeing videos online, thinking that it's only something for smaller ladies. Nothing could be further from the truth! With the right size hoop, anyone can excel. I'm a huge supporter of loving the body you're in, not the body you want. So, on to my annoucement...

I'm the new Street Team Leader for Body Love 4 All (http://www.bodylove4all.org)! We're an organization of like minded people, looking to spread the idea of respect and love for everyone, regardless of size. Society and media doesn't make this easy, and one of my personal goals as the street team leader is to change that. Can I change everyone's mind? Nah. Can I change at least one? You better believe it. Join our local chapter for soon to come fun events!! Here's our meetup group, http://www.meetup.com/Body-Love-4-All-Street-Team-Houston/ 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn, is that you?

Y'all, I woke up this morning, felt the 63 degree temperature here in Houston, and all I could think was "FINALLY OUTSIDE HOOPING WEATHER." Will it last? Probably not. This is Texas after all. But it's definitely a precursor of what's to come.

You ever feel like you're in a hoop rut? I know I do. Every once in a while I get so bored with everything from doing the same moves over and over to the same music over and over. One GREAT way to get out of it is to make a list of moves, and if you're not too shy, hand it to a friend, put on a song you never dance to, and have them call out moves randomly. It's even better if they have no clue what each name means. That way you're doing moves outside of your normal patterns and transitions.

Here's a video for inspiration, be prepared to have your mind blown!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Hoopversary to me!

My 4 year Hoopversary is this month!! I can't believe it's been 4 years since we moved to Houston, and I picked up a hoop as an adult for the first time. I never thought it would turn into such an important aspect of my life. On one hand, hooping is my business, my passion, and on the other hand, it's still a plastic hoop that contains a limitless amount of fun. Through the hoop, I've made so many new friends, new and far, and learned things about myself that I never expected to. Thank you to all my friends and students, who push me to keep learning, keep teaching, and keep spreading the hoop love around. :)


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

No Hoop Class Today, August, 12!

Hey hoopers!! Just a quick note to let you know there is NO hoop class tonight,  I'm enjoying the beach with my family! See you next Tuesday, August 19th, 6pm at Yoga Studio Of The Woodlands. Love y'all!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer time...

Just an FYI, the current session of Burlesque for Body and Mind is now over, the next session to be announced soon!

What have you been up to this summer? I've done some traveling, some relaxing, and a lot of swimming and hooping. Gotta use the neighborhood pool while it's open, right?? A couple of weeks ago the husband and I went on a road trip to Glacier National Park in Montana, and let me tell you, that's a long drive. 29 hours each way. And of course, I brought my hoop!


I never travel without it!

Soon we'll be heading to the beach with family, so you know I'll be in the hoop there. Summer is a great time to reflect on the things that really matter in life, like family and having fun. There's lots of not so great stuff happening in the world right now, and it's a good thing to step back from it for a while and just play. I hope you're having a lovely summer, and I hope to see you at hoop class tonight, 6pm, at Yoga Studio of The Woodlands on Oak Ridge Drive!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Burlesque for Mind and Body




Always wanted to dabble in burlesque, but have been too afraid? Think you don't have the right body, the right mindset, the confidence? Throw all of that out of the window. Burlesque for Body and Mind is part dance/part comedy/part therapy. Learn what it REALLY means to be sexy, both through sensual movement, and sensual thought. You'll learn the "bump and grind", sexy strutting, chair dance, boa play, glove removal, and SO much more, including costume advice, how to put together an act, and different apparatuses to add to your dance. Whether your goal is to perform for your partner, on stage, or even just for yourself, you'll get the kick in your pants (ooh la la!) to become the sexy creature you were put on earth to be.

*Regular workout clothes are preferred. Please bring a boa and gloves (check out Arne's or Claire's)

*Classes are $15 per person.

Burlesque for Body and Mind was created and is taught by Heidi Von Hoop, owner of HoopCubed, and cofounder of Rocket Girl Burlesque. She is a Goddess Life certified burlesque instructor, and Hoopnotica and Punk Rock Hoops certified hoop dance instructor. She has performed both hoop dance and burlesque in around the Houston area. In addition to being a Health At Every Size advocate, she is also the Outreach Chairperson for the Benefit Betties, and a huge Jem and The Holograms fan.

For more information on Heidi Von Hoop, go to www.hoopcubed.com. 

To sign up, email hoopcubed@gmail.com