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Sculpture Garden hula hoop practice

HEY NOW!

I had such a blast in New Orleans while visiting with Hey Now Hooping and attending French Quarter Fest. New Orleans will always hold such a special place in my heart. I had the pleasure of spending some time with my hoop in the Sculpture Garden. Love it when I have the chance to just play and dance freely.

Give yourself the chance to PLAY whenever you can. Free of self judgement, free of limits and boxes. Just let go and see what happens without worrying what others might think. It’s good for the soul.

Have you ever been to the Sculpture Garden in New Orleans? I just LOVE City Park.

Thank you for watching! xo ~ Rebecca

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Hula hoop class @ Wigwam Festival Atlanta

HULA HOOP DANCE PLAYSHOP WITH REBECCA DESHON OF HOOPESSENCE
SUNDAY APRIL 24, 2016
10AM

WIGWAM WELLNESS FESTIVAL:

Not your mama’s hula hoop! Modern hula hoop dance is a fun aerobic activity that strengthens the whole body; blending a mind-body connection that improves, balance, coordination as well as flexibility. Hooping burns up to 100 calories every ten minutes. Get ready for a fun filled full-body experience that will hook you from the very beginning! We will learn foundations of hula hooping and slowly add tricks/techniques that will blast open infinite possibilities. Think that “you can’t hoop”? No worries, no experience required. Hoops and smiles provided – Come ready to laugh, dance, move and get into the groove!

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Hoop Jam in Alpharetta 2/27/2016

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Hey y’all! WOW it’s been so long since I’ve blogged in this hoop space. I apologize for my absence as I am coming out of the most difficult year of my life in matters of heart and health. Life happens and sometimes it happens to be HARD. I have a lot to share with you, hope you are signed up on the email newsletter.

This weekend one of my students and a darling human being, Michelle Hamilton is hosting a FREE hula hoop jam in Alpharetta. I will be making the trip up to hoop and hang with the beautiful people in the sun. Hope you can join us! Details below.

Hoop and FLOW Jam

Saturday February 27, 2016

1-3pm
Wills Park (Pavilion 1, next to the playground area)
11925 Wills Rd, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Join the Hoop and Flow Jam event page on Facebook here.

Happy Hooping! I can’t wait to play with all of you.

XO ~Rebecca

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Headline News hooping interview

Fantastic footage from my interview with Headline News along side hoop star Rachael Lust.  I had a wonderful time teaching my class and working with Jennifer Whalen and the CNN crew. Watch here 🙂

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Hula Hooping Fitness ACE Study

The American Council for Exercise sponsored research on hula hoop for fitness and found incredible results!

 

“Hooping compares pretty favorably with most other group classes, in terms of heart rate and calorie burn,” says Porcari. In fact, exercisers can expect similar results from hooping as they’d get from boot-camp classes, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing—all of which meet fitness industry criteria for improving cardiovascular fitness (Table 1). Also, by burning approximately 210 calories per 30-minute session, hooping falls within accepted guidelines for exercise that can contribute to weight management”

AMAZING! Click here for the original study. 

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Freedom.

Freedom is to BE YOURSELF without permission.

Ditch the expectations.

Accept yourself/life and the life of others around you
Just the way it is.

Love yourself.

BE LOVE.

Toss those expectations you have into the sea. Live without them. Love with no expectation.

Freedom is being YOU without permission. Thanks to Paul for the photo!
Freedom is being YOU without permission. Thanks to Paul for the photo!

‘I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.’ ~Dalai Lama

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Win FREE Hottie Hoop Camp ticket!

Are you in it to win it? Win yourself a FREE ticket to Hottie Hoop Camp, baby. What’s Hottie Hoop Camp? Only THE coolest, rad party thrown by my good friends in Texas, the TwoSisters Rowan & Blythe. Punk Rock Hoops style for sure and so much fun. This is THE hoop camp for introverts. Do you feel like you don’t fit in anywhere at all? Every hooper, every body… This is the camp for you. No glamour prance pressure every night to be the biggest sparkle pony, show up in your pi’s or your best costume, you will get all love. We help EACH OTHER *Feel* as if we are the hottest thing in the room, (cuz ya are) ya dig? No competition, all hoop love. So right on….

Back to the FREE ticket part! Win yourself some ol’ Hottie Hoop Camp loving, right here. Did I mention this is held in a swanky house (on STILTS no less) on the BEACH? Yup. Saddle up, hottie. I wanna see you there. Get out there and make a curvy video with the Curvy Hooper Video Challenge. WOO!

P.S. I am teaching TWO pretty rad workshops that weekend that you don’t want to miss. Hoop Dance Performance Skills AND Adding DANCE to your “hoop dance”. (I know, right?!, I am excited)

xoxox,

Becca

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The Hoop of Self Esteem

Wonderful article written by Lara Eastburn about the Hoop of Self Esteem. Check it out.

You’ve all seen my Big Daddy hoop in class and asked, “What is THAT for??!!”. “It’s the HOOP OF SELF ESTEEM” I say with a sparkle in my eye. It’s true, this hoop is the hula hoop Mack Daddy, THE Man. I love my Big Daddy hoop. I bring him to classes and jams with me so that I can help ANYONE to hoop, it’s also just a whole heap of fun for those who can already hoop. This bad boy will make a hooper star outta even the biggest “I can’t” hooper wanna be. Don’t even get me started on tandem hooping with it…yes, two people ONE HOOP. More on that later…

I keep these Hoops of Self Esteem close by for many reasons, as Lara Eastburn so beautifully writes in the above quoted article:

 We all know that the larger and heavier the hoop, the more slowly it orbits around the body. That was part of what was happening. I found, though, that every time that hoop slammed into me as I was learning to hoop, I was also discovering my own body and mapping how it moved. With every revolution, I would think to myself, “Aha, there I am.” That was 11 years ago now. I don’t know if I would have become a hooper without “Silverado”, my giant, brutal taskmaster. I might very well have given up without her tutelage. Which leads me to wonder how many people do give up before they even get started because there’s nothing in the room bigger than a 42 incher.

Size really DOES matter. I always hear people say “smaller is easier for hooping, right”. It couldn’t be MORE WRONG. The larger the hoop the BETTER. A larger hoop rotates and orbits around your body much SLOWER, giving you MORE time to react and respond to it’s movements. NO DANCE BACKGROUND REQUIRED. You don’t have to be coordinated. Hooping actually BUILDS balance and coordination.

I was beyond delighted when I attended my Punk Rock Hoops Teach Training course in Surfside, TX to find out that one of our first tools we learned how to make. I learned from Rowan and Blythe and PRH how to make this colossal hoop collapsible for easy travel so it is accessible to all people, not just those who drive a huge SUV or 4×4 pickup. I can now carry this hoop more easily and all the time to my classes and jams, not just when the weather is nice enough to drive with my little 2-door convertible top down to class. It’s actually easier to travel with than MOST of my regular hoops. I traveled with my Hoop of Self Esteem back home to Atlanta on a plane as a carry-on. Easy breezy.

I love these two sisters, here is what they have to say about The Hoop of Self Esteem and their inspiration to always have one at a class or jam. Excerpt from Lara Eastburn’s article on Hooping.org

Part of a duo with her sister BlytheRowan TwoSisters came up with “The Hoop of Self-Esteem”. Her inspiration came from her own disappointing first experience with a hoop. Says Rowan, “I left my first hoop class in tears. No one sized me to a hoop that matched my dismal skill level, my well padded body and my amazonian height.” So when Rowan started teaching, she knew she needed a solution that would bring hooping success to anyone. She explains, “We added a hoop to our class set of beater hoops that me at my worst could hoop with, the hoop that ANYBODY could get to stay up after 15 minutes or less of practice.”

We’ve now made the Hoop of Self Esteem a regularly available item in our webstore and available regularly from HoopEssence. We want to make certain that everyone can achieve success in hooping opening up so many doors for transformation in our lives. Just the happiness that it brings is enough to make huge changes in lives, communities and even the world. I’ve made Hoops of Self Esteem for my lovely Mother (pictured below) and my Father. They both LOVE their hoops.

A huge Thank-you to our friends at Punk Rock Hoops for all the hoop learning. I definitely am a much better person after attending the Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training course. You can get your hoop loving learn on, too this coming March with Punk Rock Hoops before the 3rd Coast Hoop Dance Retreat, Hottie Hoop Camp.

Big Love from Hotlanta!

XOXO ~ Rebecca

 

 

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Hooping classes & more

Greetings hoop lovers! Summer has been busy and as we get ready to breeze into Fall, I am ready to spin it into high gear for our Fall class sessions and events. I hope you are ready to squeeze some more F-U-N outta Summer 2013! There is much happening….read on for the scoop!

As always, we welcome your feedback on any of our products, events and services. Your feedback helps make everything a success for the entire community. So fire away those emails and ideas, we would LOVE to hear from you.

XOOXO,

Rebecca

Studio Burlesque has taken on a new name but has the same great creative director, Ursual Undress, Now known as The Atlanta School of Burlesque.

Beginners Hoop Dance 6wk series starts Sept 17 at 7pm

Intermediate Hoop Dance 6wk Series
begins Sept 17 at 8pm.

Fall Workshops are BACK upon popular demand. Check the dates & locations in the links below.

Sept 14 @ LOA Fitness for Women Women only ages 13 & up.

Nov 9 @ LOA Fitness for Women Women only ages 13 & up

Family & co-ed workshops will be scheduled soon at various locations! All are welcome, keep an eye out for details.

Community Events. Come play with us, get sized for a hoop or shop with us.

Sept 7: Beltline Lantern Parade : Wanna come GLOW with us, Join us (http://hoopessence.com/contact/) in the parade! Send us your contact info & we will add you to the email for participants.

Sept 8: Atlanta Streets Alive : Free to the public! Hoop with us!

Circumference 2013 : Atlanta Come learn some marketing genius from the niche pros!

Oct 5: World Hoop Day location TBA FREE to the public, come play!

Bizarre Bizzaro (http://hoopessence.com/event/bazaar-bizarro/) @ Gaia Gardens Oct 13 Rebecca DeShon is performing, teaching AND vending her hand made hoops at this event!

L5P Halloween Parade Oct 19 Free! FUN! Come hoop, march, flow & dance in the parade with us. Details TBA!

Florida Flow Fest in Florida Nov 1-3 Rebecca is teaching TWO workshops! The festival is free & workshop passes are available at great prices. Click the link! Join us in FLA. We are getting a caravan together. Let us know if you wanna join! Simply reply to this email.

MORE TBA!!! Contact us to add the WOW factor to your event!

Big love & squishy hugs for all who braved the weather at Piedmont Park Arts Festival for our Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Attempt! So proud of my community for showing up and spreading the word. While we didn’t quite beat the record, we had an amazing time. Given the poor weather, I think we did an outstanding job!
Thank you all! Check out the video!

Be sure to join us next year for the Piedmont Park Arts Festival where we will try to beat this record again!
We’ve got even more colored polypro hoops from Superhooper coming to our store! Choose from 11 different colors starting in September through HoopEssence online & in Atlanta.

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World Record Hula Hoop Attemp Atlanta

Come be a part of something amazingly FUN at one of Atlanta’s most beautiful parks while supporting a great cause on August 17, 2013.

Presented by HoopEssence and AFFPS at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Saturday August 17.

*NO HULA HOOP SKILL REQUIRED!

Help us break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Human Chain to Pass a Hula Hoop!
WATCH an example video.

*Participants must be over 8 years old

Registation Info:
*Visit the HoopEssence Tent at the Charles Allen entrance of Piedmont Park between 11:00 and 3:30 PM
*Make a small donation ($2 suggested) to register to participate – All proceeds will be donated to charity
*You will receive a registration number that you must have in order to participate in the world record attempt
*Meet at the Piedmont Park Active Oval at 4:00 PM for record attempt

*After the record attempt, come celebrate with a community hoop jam hosted by HoopEssence! We will also have a booth all weekend long with FREE information about hoop dance, hand crafted hoops for sale, demo classes and more. Come play!

For more information on modern hoop dance & it’s amazing benefits, check out the Facebook page for the event and invite all of your friends!

SEE YOU THERE!