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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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Pixie Vision Photography

I just LOVE Pixie at Pixie Vision Photography. I was so ultra fortunate to book the last photo shoot appointment with Pixie this passed Winter on a tour stop in Atlanta at Tribal Con. What a thrill to finally be able to work with such a talented, patient and giving photographer. She really works her charm to bring out the best in each and every one of her photo subjects. Check out Pixie’s talented works on her website, like this entire amazing portfolio of just hoopers or this red-hot fire album. You can also “like” her on Facebook where she shares some pretty amazing shoots and tidbits of her travels.

On a side note, I think next year if I am not in Bali I will try to hit up Tribal Con for some workshops and fun. Perhaps I can teach hooping at Tribal Con next year, what a dream come true! After all, it IS my birthday weekend. What a way to celebrate 34 years of life!

I was her last shoot on her last day and she totally rocked it out with me! She suggested before hand that I create a playlist to listen to during the shoot. How awesome! I wish I had thought of that in the passed, it totally helped me rock it out and feel great for my shoot. Pixie does a great job at keeping you sane and relaxed during your shoot. She is a stellar director, too. With her direction we came out with hundreds of photos during my hour long shoot. I had such a hard time picking my favorites at the end. I have picked 4 for her to edit but am already checking out which ones I can purchase next. Check out Pixie Vision Photography out of L.A. and be sure to keep an eye out for her in your area. I will be adding the gorgeous shots we created together to my website soon. Keep an eye on the newsletter for more info!

Special thanks to my friend Molly who loaned me her fire-y boots for the shoot and my friend Caity at Salon Modello for hair and makeup help.

Have a great Monday!
XX,

Rebecca

photoshoot

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Squashing Bugs (virtually)

As many of you know we uploaded a spanking-new design here on HoopEssence about a month ago. Overall, the new design and code has been a big improvement over the previous system. We really appreciate all of your feedback as we’ve worked to make the website a great place to visit.

One of the last sticking points we were having on the new system was the events system. Well, I’m happy to announce that the last of the bugs have been squashed (no actual insects were harmed in the creation of this website). This means it will be faster and easier for you to find our events and get tickets & info. It also means it will be easier for us to manage these events and hopefully start offering even more to you. Continue reading Squashing Bugs (virtually)

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Hand crafted hula hoops in Atlanta

Hey there happy hoopers! I just wanted to make a note for your shopping pleasure this holiday season. Hand crafted hula hoops make a great gift for all ages for fitness, fun, meditation and more! You can purchase a hand crafted hoop right here in Atlanta made by yours truly and feel great about your purchase by supporting a local Atlanta artist. Shop via my web shop and pick up locally in Atlanta within 2-3 days in Atlanta or place an order for pick up at one of my great hula hoop dance classes across Atlanta. You can fully customize your hula hoop by choosing your ula hoop tubing type, hula hoop size and tape decoration. I have so many different colors and sizes of hula hoops for your hooping pleasure.

Not sure what you want? Drop me a line, I can help you customize your hula hoop just for you or your loved one.

Do you want instant hula hoop in hand gratification by shopping at a store?? My beautiful hand crafted hoops can be found in Atlanta for purchase right away to satisfy your needs. You may purchase a hoop at 42 Degrees in Atlanta. I have a small selection of hoops ready for you to grab and go hoop or grab and gift. You may want to call before you head over just to check out what hula hoops they have in stock. They have been going fast! 42 Degrees Atlanta,GA 

Place your order as soon as possible! The hula hoop shop closes as of Dec 20 for custom orders before the holiday in Atlanta, GA.

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Gift certificates now available!

Hey ya’all! Just in time for the holidays, HoopEssence gift certificates. Buy and print online, it’s that easy! Choose from $15, 25 or $50. Good for any goods and services. Not valid for sales tax or shipping.

Great for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or just because you love someone. Gift the gift that has the potential to transform body and mind with hooping.

Order now and let your special someone fully customize their own gift to get exactly what they want this year! Take the guess work out of gifting with a gift certificate sure to please any age or gender.

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Contest Winners!

Hello my lovelies! The moment has finally arrived to announce the winners of my exciting October giveaways. Thank you all for your support and for each person who registered as a user.

First Place:   Username: Christy Mathis

You have won a free ticket to the amazing Miss Rosie Masters/Founder of Hero Hoops workshop in Atlanta on November 3rd! Congratulations Christy! This workshop is perfect for hoopers on any skill level. Get ready to grow!~ Learn more about this amazing 3 hour workshop here

http://www.herohoops.com/hoopology/classes/2010_tour_de_hoop_atlanta_ga

Second Place: Username: B-Sting

You have won a hand crafted Pro hoop hand made with loving care by yours truly! Congrats B-Sting! This prize is the bees knees – ha! You will receive one 42′ inch adult dance/fitness hoop with 1 premium mirror tape and 1 accent gaffer tape. You are gonna love this hoop!

Thank you all once again for playing along. I will be announcing details of another really exciting giveaway for November in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled ♥

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Contest & Miss Rosie Tour de Hoop in ATL

Thank you for your continued support of hooping and my classes, performances, workshops and hoop jams! I really appreciate all of your enthusiasm and wonderful positive energy. YOU – my students, fans & friends inspire me to keep reaching for the stars. Without your constant love and support, I would not be able to keep at the pace I run. My deepest gratitude and love to you all. I look forward to each and every opportunity I have to enrich your lives. Do you have any suggestions, comments or concerns that you would like to bring to my attention? I am always here for you.

I am pleased to announce that I have the honor & privilege of hosting the one and only Miss Rosie Masters – Founder of Hero Hoops at her upcoming Atlanta workshop on 11/03! Have you heard about it yet? You can read all the yummy deliciousness here: http://www.HeroHoops.com/hoopology/classes/2010_tour_de_hoop_atlanta_ga

Miss Rosie is one of my absolute favorite hoopers of all time! You will absolutely adore her. Come take this class with me, you will not regret it! You have until 10/20 to take advantage of the early  bird pricing. After that, the price will increase. Don’t delay – register today to ensure your space! You will love Miss Rosie! I am excited about my first official class and am ecstatic that it will be with one of my most inspiring hoopers. I have been following Miss Rosie since my first days in the hoop almost 2.5 years ago!

I am holding a contest for a free Pro Hoop & a ticket to THE Miss Rosie Masters Tour de Hoop Workshop here in Atlanta! Simply register & sign up for my email newsletter by Octobver 19 to win. Winners will be picked at random and announced right here on HoopEssence! What are you waiting for? Sign up today!