Most common general questions
Because it’s FUN, connects you to your body in new ways and opens up flow. For me, hooping is an embodied movement practice and that’s how I like to teach it to others. It provides excellent fitness for the body and a meditation-like state for the mind. Much like dance, hooping increases coordination, grace in movement, core strength, tones the muscles and improves cardiovascular fitness. It keeps you engaged and is a refreshing change from your old fitness routine. It is perfect for overall mind/body health. Most importantly, it is fun!
General rule: the bigger and heavier the hoop, the easier it is to keep up on your body. Though I don’t recommend hoops that are more than 2 lbs…you have organs in there! Most students find that a 38 inch to 42 inch (95-105 cm) hoop works best to learn on-body movements, depending on their unique body size. Measuring the length from the ground up to your belly button is also a good way to determine what size hoop may suit you.
You’ll find there’s a ‘Fitness Weight’ and ‘Dance Weight’ hoop option on my US hoop supplier, LiviJoyHoops website. Fitness Weight hoops are slightly heavier and will be best for very beginners. Most students find they can work with the Dance Weight fairly well however, it may be more challenging in the beginning.
Polypro hoops are excellent for off-body tricks and will make it easier on your hands and arms. These hoops are the ones many advanced hoopers dance with. They are much lighter and zippier!
Check out this video if you’d like to learn more.
This is the million dollar question! Honesty, you’ll probably end up with heaps of hoops if you find you enjoy it. If you’re a beginner, please refer to the question above. Hoop size and weight comes down to preference. Keep in mind, the bigger the hoop, the slower your body has to move to keep it up, thus, making it easier. The smaller the hoop, the more challenging it is to keep on-body, though smaller, lightweight hoops are great for off-body moves. With more and more practice, most hoopers begin to flow mostly with polypro hoops both on and off the body. However, you can still use a bigger, heavier hoop for off-body, it will simply be just that – bigger and heavier.
LiviJoyHoops has HDPE hoops, as well and is a ‘bridging the gap’ hoop, if you will. This will be great for you if you’ve got it down on your body with a bigger hoop though aren’t quite able to keep the polypro on-body yet.
To give you an idea of what my hoop journey has been on my 5’7” medium frame:
From my first hoop to present day:
42” Fitness Weight hoop
40” Dance Weight hoop
36” Polypro hoop
33 – 35” Polypro hoop
If you live in the US, visit livijoyhoops.com. Use the code ‘beautyinmovement’ and save 15% off all of your orders.
If you live outside of the US, I’d suggest doing a Google search or check out Facebook to find hoopers in your area.
If you’re local to Cairns, please contact me and I can get you set up with my hoop supplier here.
You CAN hula hoop and I’m here to show you how. Practice, patience and perseverance, my friend. You didn’t come out of the womb walking so remember to approach hooping the same way!
Wear what you feel comfortable…always! This is one of my mottos.
Here are some helpful hints when it come to hooping…
The hoop LOVES skin and the hoop will ‘stick’ better to areas of your body that aren’t covered in material. If you want to rock out in bra and booty shorts, go for it! Comfortable, cotton clothing that isn’t too baggy is best (slippery, synthetic material makes it more difficult) and I recommend shoes for beginners. When the hoop drops, shoes provide protection for your toes, especially if you have a heavier hoop.
Embodied Movement to me, is a movement practice that awakens and brings awareness to the body. It’s conscious, creative movement that takes you on a journey connecting you to yourself, others and life around you.
Visit this link, scroll down and decide if you’d like to join the live online classes, in-person classes in Cairns, become a member, just receive the downloadable recordings, drop-in or book a private lesson. From there, please follow the registration process.
Check your inbox! An email will be sent to you, once you’ve registered. If you chose to pay via Venmo, the email will be sent once funds are received. If you don’t receive the email within 48 hours, please reach out to me via email. Be sure to check your spam folder, as these can sometimes end up in there.
Please check your spam or promotions folders. It may have ended up in there. Be sure to add me (Laura Aszman, firstname.lastname@example.org ) to your contacts list in order to avoid this from happening. If you still can’t find it, please email me directly.
Online classes are held on Zoom. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link that will be used to login to every class. Be sure to save, star, add to your calender or do whatever you need to in order to make it easy to access the link when the first day of the course rolls around.
On the day of your class, you will use the link to join class. Here’s a ‘How to Join a Zoom Meeting‘ video link that may be helpful.
I recommend trying to use the largest screen you have available, no worries if all you have is a phone to view the live classes on.
Plug in to an external speaker system for better audio. Bluetooth headphones or a bluetooth speaker work great for this.
In some classes we will ‘pin’ other participants’ videos. Here’s a link on how to do that.
Check your inbox! There, you will find a welcome email that will provide you with helpful details before your first in-person class. On the first day of class, show up to the location with an open mind, a water bottle, ready to move and groove. If you don’t receive the email within 48 hours, please reach out to me via email. Be sure to check your spam folder, as these can sometimes end up in there.
This group is an opportunity for students to connect with each other, worldwide. Once you’ve registered for class, you’re in! Visit Beauty in Movement – Hoop Student Connections on Facebook to join, stay connected, inspire and encourage others on their hoop journey.
When you become a Beauty in Movement Member, you enter into a world of self-discovery. Being a member gives you access to a global community of inspiring movers and shakers, live, online teachings, as well as 24-hour access to movement classes, dance parties and more! Please visit the Become a Member page for more details and to join!