Frequently asked questions

the Hoop Flow series

4 week Course

FAQs

Oh how I wish I had the perfect definition for this ‘new wave’ of hooping. It took me a month to learn hula hooping, but almost a decade to activate my hoop flow. For me, being in a ‘state of flow’ is a sensation of losing myself, finding total peace and joy in the present. Everybody’s ‘flow state’ is unique and incomparable. One can learn how to hoop from any Youtube tutorial video or classroom, but to tap into your hoop flow is something that even I can’t ‘teach’ you. As a facilitator, my sessions will simply provide you tools to explore and navigate your way around this unknown territory. Will you find your flow by the end of the month? You may, you may not. It’s a strange and beautiful journey that keeps evolving. I’m still finding my flow, after having found it several times in the past.
On-body hooping refers simply to when the hoop spins on your body. When you, or a part of your body is inside the hoop. This includes spinning the hoop on your waist, neck, knees, ankles, nose, anywhere on your body, and also being able to transition it up or down to another body part. Off-body hooping refers to when the hoop is outside your body and not spinning on any region. It includes a lot lot of tricks like isolations, weaves, lassos, etc.

If you don’t already own a hoop during the lockdown period then you have two options :

  • Make your own hoop! There are tons of videos of Hoop-makers/Hoop-smiths taking ‘Build your hoop tutorials’ on Youtube. If you by chance have the materials at home for it then it’s time to test your creativity.
  • There’s always a next time! There will be a waitlist for the next series and if you register now, you’ll be put on top priority.

For any beginner who wants to get into On-body hooping a big sized hoop (34-40inches) is recommended. Avoid using weighted hoops as they bruise you and may also be counter-productive in losing weight (if that’s why you bought it). For reference, even the Decathlon hoops are a bit on the heavier side for dancing, but if that’s what you are quarantined with then it’s perfectly fine. As long as you’re mindful of your body and don’t overdo it.

In the foreseeable future, when you have access to buying a hoop, I will make another post of what kind of hoops one can purchase in the Indian market, shedding light on the different kinds of tubings available.

Absolutely! If by small you mean a hoop diameter of 28-32inches, then you’re still good to go. The smaller the hoop, the easier it get’s for off-body tricks, but harder for spinning on the body. The curriculum I’ve designed for you will include a mix of both off-body and on-body movement. But a hoop size smaller than 28inches will be challenging (not impossible) for a beginner to work with.

Nope. Hooping is for everybody. It’s also very accommodative. You could have two left feet but still rock it with style! Dancers and movers may have a slight advantage of having good body awareness, but I can say with personal experience that you’re still going to rock it. There’s no prerequisite to core strength and flexibility, these are things that you’ll build in the process. All body types, all genders, and all age groups can benefit from this.

You will! And if you’re not, don’t beat yourself up for it. Everybody has their own pace of learning. I will be in touch with you through the month for any guidance. In addition, along with these 4 sessions, my Hoop Flow Workbook will provide you with enough material to practice by yourself every day. Even when these sessions end, you have access to the Workbook to keep you going for months.

This program will definitely be a better bet. Why? There’s a lot of scope for you to expand your on-body flow when you already know the basic hip movement. Being patient with it instead of jumping to a more fast-paced intimidating course is advisable. And there’s a lot we’ll be focusing on other than just waist hooping.

Now this, is your personal choice. You are that population that will benefit from both. The beginner’s program will push your on-body flow into new dimensions. It will also be a wonderful revision for you if you think you’re rusty at the moment. Whereas the intermediate program will challenge you to explore new vocabulary. If you’re an intrinsically motivated person who’ll practice hard enough, then there’s no doubt you’ll catch up with the rest in no time. I would personally recommend the first option though!

Yes! Firstly, if you already have a great hoop vocabulary then this will be a wonderful space for you to experiment with your existing flow. The sessions are inclusive, but not limited to what the curriculum says. I will be providing you with a framework that you can implement to absolutely any trick you’ve ever learnt. Eg, If I demonstrate a dynamic move using Isolations, then you can use your creativity to use that information even for your escalators and chest rolls. And secondly, it’s always nice to brush up your basics from time to time.

Cotton, comfortable, stretchable, fitted. You don’t want to wear something flowy like a skirt that may get stuck between the hoop. Or anything synthetic that may make it slip because of its smooth surface. I personally love feeling the hoop on my bare skin.

Hoop Flow

Total Beginners

4 wEEKS

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Intermediate

4 wEEKS