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Within the hula hoop, relief from anxiety and depression

We all find ourselves down in the dumps from time to time.  The world is complex and things don’t always go our way.  When these feelings are compounded over a long period, they can result in anxiety and depression.

Hula hooping calms the mind and relaxes the body, which can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety.  Releasing some of the tension of everyday stress, hula hooping allows you to practice self-expression and artistically work your way through difficult times.  The meditative back-and-forth motion of the hula hoop elicits peaceful feelings.  When you’re hula hooping, the rest of the world falls away and it becomes just you and the hoop.

Like anxiety, depression can make it hard to enjoy life, but hula hooping can help bring some of that joy back.  Sadness and anger fade away as the hula hoop’s trance-like movements take your mind off everyday problems.  Hula hooping gives you time to tend to yourself and focus on the beauty of your own existence.  Jonathan Baxter, founder of the introspective hula hooping school HoopPath, said in a video interview, “When I’m within a practice space, I am not there for anyone’s enjoyment except my own.”  His own experiences with depression were alleviated when he started hula hooping on a daily basis.  Hula hooping is often referred to as a “transformative dance” because of its ability to change the mindset of the participant.

In no way is hula hooping a substitute for medical treatment.  If you are experiencing anxiety or depression, seek help from a professional.  However, hula hooping is a powerful supplement that works in tandem with other treatments.  It’s an amazing way to feel good about yourself, relax, find your focus, and have some laughs.  You may find that it’s hard not to be happy when you’re hula hooping!

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Free Hoop Jam!

Come play with us in the Downtown Decatur Square! The end of Summer is here and we are ready for some outdoor FUN. I don’t know about you but the cooler temps and breezy early morning air has me thinking about Fall. While I welcome a break from the humidity any chance I can get, I know time will fly by quickly and land right smack into Winter. Let’s get outside and play while we can enjoy the weather.

Bring a friend, your family – all ages and everyone is welcome. This is a free event. Come learn to hula hoop by playing with others. Bring any hoops you would like to share, I will provide a few hoops for use and we will hula hoop, dance, play and join in community. Can’t wait to see you! Come make new friends and learn to hoop dance. We welcome everyone to join the fun! Get a good workout while you smile and giggle, you won’t even notice the time.

Wednesday Aug 29, 2012 6-8pm

Wednesday Sept 12, 2012 6-8pm

Wednesday Sept 26, 2012 6-8pm

We will gather in the center of the square either by the gazebo around the law or at the top on the concrete by the “misting” sculpture. Call me if you have any questions! 404-431-8876 **These events will be cancelled in the event of severe weather in Downtown Decatur.

Check the calendar for updates! http://hoopessence.com/calendar/

XO! Rebecca

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Beginners Hula Hooping Workshop

Beginners Hula Hoop Dance PLAYshop
Saturday August 18, 2012

Ladies Workout Express
1:30-4:30pm

In one fun filled afternoon we will cover the fundamentals of hula hooping on our core and hands including choosing the correct hoop for your unique body/goals. We will explore hooping on different places of the core body including waist, hips, chest, shoulders and neck. We will also begin to explore hooping on the hands in vertical and horizontal planes then twirl into corkscrews.

$35 to pre-register for this fun filled 3 hour workshop.

REGISTER HERE 

Discounted rate of $60 for those who sign up as a pair (sorry we can’t split CC payments)
DROP INS WELCOME!

Come in as a bare bones beginner, to learn in your opposite current, whether you just want to perfect your own beautiful self-taught skills or as a great refresher course, all skill levels welcome. Leave with a whole lotta hoop love under your belt (and soon to be dropping from your waist line, if ya know what I mean). We will smile & laugh and yes, there will be sweating! Come find that inner child and bring them out to play! Bring a friend, co-worker or family member with you to play along to take advantage of our bring a friend special!

New to hooping? No worries! Hoops (and plenty of giggles) are provided!
What to wear: Comfortable, breathable clothes that fit are recommended. Natural fibers are best for grip! Don’t forget your water bottle!

You will have fun and be at the minimin waist hooping by the end of the full class or your MONEY BACK y’all! Guaranteed! Restrictions apply.

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Hoop Troupe: Atlanta!

I am beaming with joy to announce Atlanta’s PREMIERE HoopEssence Hoop Troupe. We have been working to bring you the best in hoop dance entertainment. Some of you caught the spectacular premiere party presented by HoopEssence for The Hooping Life at 7 Stages Theatre. We are teaming up to help raise money for 7 Stages to help them pay for some long over due renovations. We love 7 Stages, so come on out and join us for a spectacular night of entertainment you won’t want to miss.

Also appearing:

Blair Crimmins & “hula harlot” dancers

Ghost Bikini and the Clap

“Dracula: The Rock Opera”

Save the DATE! Friday August 10, 2012 at The Goat Farm in Atlanta, GA. More info.

Looking forward to seeing you! XO~Rebecca

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THIS Weekend in Atlanta!

I am so fortunate to be hosting Kenna Hoops from Hooping Mad in Bristol. We are enjoying the sites here in Atlanta and can’t wait to share the weekends hoop dance workshops with all of you! Here is the schedule break down for this weekends workshops. Contact us with any questions you may have.

3-4.30 Line and Tunnel – Techniques to break out of single trick sequence

4.45-6.15 – Fancy Tricks and Flourishes

6.30-8 – Everything elbows

Be sure you sign up before it sells out! Just $50 for all three workshops. We have just two spots left in this weekends amazing workshop offerings. Sign up here.

Big thanks to everyone who has shown your support thus far. We at HoopEssence hope to continue providing the very best in hooping and hoop dance in Atlanta.  Please be sure to pay it forward by sharing the joys of hooping with people you know. You will be surprised at who may just play along if only you ask. Hooping can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Thank you so much for being a part of our growing community. Let’s show Atlanta that hooping is HOT!

See you Saturday!

XO~Rebecca

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Be inspired!

I can’t say enough good things about Deanne Love of HoopLovers.com (yes, the gal from the post below). I sure hope I get the opportunity to meet this woman one day and get the chance to rock our hoops together. She has taught me much. I really feel she is so super genuine and I absolutely ADORE her style. Don’t you? Check out more of Deanne on her You Tube channel and her website. Here is a taste of her playing in her hoop. So graceful!

Deanne‘s funky grace.

She now offers video classes! Check them out.

And I found a great tutorial that adds some flow and variations on the basic isolations I taught last week at Kinetic Hive. Watch here.

I can’t gush about her and not include some marvelous photos, can I?

Let me know what you think! I am hoping to share with you the videos that I see each week in hopes of giving you some inspiration as they each inspire me. I would love to hear from you, leave a comment if you feel inspired!

XO,

Rebecca

 

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Making your own hula hoop

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I make all of my hoops here at HoopEssence (with the exception of my newest fire hoop from Synergy Firehoops and my Atomic LED hoops). I wanted to post a great resource for creating your own hoops.

Of course, I am speaking to you about a collection of information on Hooping.org. Click here for details all about making your own hula hoops. Grab your family and get everyone involved! Hooping is a great all ages, all fitness level activity that can really bring your loved ones together. Enjoy quality time with one another and LAUGH in your hoops all while getting a nice low impact workout.

Hooping.org is your go to source for all things hoop on the internet. We love them at HoopEssence. In the beginning of my hoop journey I was definitely all alone. I never had the opportunity to play with the actual hoopers when I got my hoop from friends. I learned everything via the internet. Youtube and Hooping.org were my teachers. You see, my hoops were gifted to me in 2008 by friends in GA as I embarked on a life journey to New York for a while. I left town before I even really felt connected to those hoops. I was appreciative of the gesture but never thought much into it until I spent time in my hoop when my friends were far away. I spent quiet time there inside that plastic circle. I found a friend. I hope hooping can touch your life just as much as it did mine, right when you need it most.

xo,
Rebecca

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Come out to PLAY!

April News!

Come out to PLAY!

“Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.”

Stuart Brown, MD

Glow Polypro

Wanna glow hoop but don’t wanna fork over hundreds for a fancy LED hoop? Check out our durable, no batteries required, water proof polypro hoop. Charges in the sun or artificial light and glows at night! Perfect for these warm Spring nights and beautiful Summer festival and backyard BBQ evenings to come.
Just $38 each for full size glow hoops.

April 4-May 9
*NEW* Decatur Weds. Hooping 101 Beginners & Beyond!

You asked for it Decatur and we aim to please. 6 week series Wednesdays 6-7pm April 4 through May 9 at Several Dancers Core right on the Decatur Square in Downtown Decatur. (Next door to Eddie’s Attic). Check the link for all the details of this great class series with certified instructor Rebecca DeShon. Hoops are provided and for sale at each class.Contact us directly with any questions. Register here.

Kinetic Hive

Tuesdays Hoop Classes at Kinetic Hive
April 3, 10, 17 & 24

7:30-9pm
Intermediate/advance hoop class. We will learn tricks and transitions to build your hooping tool box! All skill levels are welcome in this class and can benefit from the knowledge shared. SPACE IS LIMITED! This class has a max of 8 attendees. Bring a hoop or borrow one of mine! Bring water & dress comfortably in clothes that allow freedom of movement. 1.5hr hour class $15 or use your Kinetic Hive or HoopEssence class card.

Give us your feedback

We love hearing from our clients!

Got questions? Need hoops for your event? Have a complaint or just wanna tell us how awesome we are? We actually read our emails from clients and your words mean a lot to us! Help us to better serve you by voicing your opinion. Contact us today.

HoopEssence Calendar
Check my HoopEsesncecalendar online to see calendar view of all events!
Download events right into iCal to keep up on all things HOOPY!
Don’t forget, the last two classes at Pera Dance Studio are Saturdays March 31 and April 7. First class is free only at this location! Bring your friends along for a morning of fun!
Hooping 201
April 22- May 13
Hooping 201 Playshop Series: Chest, Shoulder & Legs!

This class series is for those who would like learn to hoop on their chest, shoulders, legs with many variations. We will explore stretches to help open up and prepare your back and shoulders allowing more freedom for movement. Don’t miss this action packed playshop series! *Join us for four Sundays in April 22 through May 13 at Ladies Workout Express Atlanta. Space is limited! Only $15 each class when you sign up for both through this link, save $20 when you secure your space in advance or at the beginning of the first class. (Pay in cash, check, or credit/debit card in person please come to class 10 minutes early when paying at class)
FREE HOOP JAM!

April 6
Full Moon Hoop Jam: Piedmont Park

Friday April 6, 2012 we will gather in Piedmont Park for a hula hoop jam and hang out. Bring toys, blankets, drinks & food, something to share with friends and hang out in the park. Taft Hill on 10th St by the Charles Allen Drive entrance. Gather on top of the hill for Sunset and watch the Full Moon rise. This is going to be a great learn by play experience. Come out &PLAY!

East Atlanta Kids Club

May 5
Brownwood Bike Rally:
Cranking for a Cause

“Kick your bike into gear at the 9th-annual Brownwood Bike Rally onMay 5! Join kids and adults for street bike and cyclocross races, a bike safety rodeo, a health fair, a fun festival area and more at Brownwood Park in East Atlanta.” Rebecca DeShon will conduct a FREE hoop demo & class from 10:45am-11:15am on Saturday May 5 in the basketball court area (inside the rec center if bad weather). I will also be selling my fabulous hand crafted hoops. Look for more information on our website as well as the East Atlanta Kids Club site. All proceeds benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club’s after-school tutoring and mentoring program for promising youth.

Astral Hoops LED Hoops!

We get a lot of questions regarding LED hoops, well check out our favorite durable, rechargeable LED hoops.  Use our code HoopEssence815 or this link to get 2 BONUS LED’s on your order or get $10 off the incredible Atomic Hoop pictured below or order now.

Earth Day Festival EAV

April 19
EAV Earth Day Festival

Come hang out in my neighborhood! Join us for a lantern making workshop at 4pm ($5) and enjoy our beautiful weekly farmers market. At dusk, we will launch the wish lanterns and set off on a LED and lantern parade throught the village over to Brownwood Park. Rebecca DeShon performs with others from The Imperial Opa Circus to kick off Brownwoods Movies in the Park series. Bring your glow toys, lanterns or make a lantern with us – COME PLAY! All are welcome. Check here for details.

Flame Festival
Rebecca DeShon will be teaching two workshops at this great Atlanta area flow & fire arts festival. Check out the link to see what its all about.

HoopEssence

HoopEssence around town!

HoopEssence has a team of trusty ambassadors to help us share the hoop love. We are so very grateful for our team members. Want to help spread the love for hooping and change others lives for the better? Join us!
HoopEssence Ambassador sightings:
*Focus STOP Diabetes Expo: Saturday March 31 9-3pm Cobb Galleria
Keri will be conducting free hoop class demos, answering questions and selling HoopEssence hula hoops

*Snellville Days Parade :Saturday May 5th Snellville, GA
HoopEssence will be hooping with others for the Snellville Days parade! Joinin the fun! Lineup is at 8am. Parade 9am.