Saturday, July 20th, 2013 hundreds of youth and their families flocked to NEO FEST at 49er park for a celebration of youth and positivity. This raucous event celebrates 5 years of NEO, creating “New Events and Opportunities” for youth in Nevada County to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices. We were thrilled to join many other performers, bands, and activities by adding our version of fun in a HOOP. Mags performed a quick hoop dance demonstration and lead youth in a hula hooping lesson and jam. Boys and girls of all ages joined in on the fun. Many eyes lit up with delight as they hooped with the candy colored circles of joy. We at Alive Physical Therapy love awakening and encouraging the inner child in all of us, with fun heart pumping activities like hula hooping.
Joining the ranks of Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and many other happy hoopers– the vivacious Kelly Osbourne. Kelly speaks about losing almost 70 pounds and her new love of hula hooping in the April Redbook, and May SELF Magazine. She hoops ten minutes a day and has fun! Here are links to the original articles in Redbook Magazine and Self in the image below.
“Hula hooping for fitness is brilliant. It’s a challenging workout . . .
with a playfulness that makes you want to keep going.”
I had the joy of teaching my first group Hoopnotica® Hoop Dance class in Nevada City this weekend, to the 6th Grade Girls Moon Circle Group from Yuba River Charter School. The sun and shady areas under tall pines trees offered choice places to dance, play and socialize. We had a few self-professed children and adults “not able to hula hoop” in the bunch and all were happily hooping through the class. Hoops flew around the grass as we learned from our mistakes, and enjoyed the flight of hoops through the air for the fun of it. We worked on dancing in the hoop, walking and turning in different directions, passing, halos, horizontal hooping, playing at different levels, and seeing how close we could hoop dance to each other and share space. The girls and their moms all had a great time. A big “Thank you!” for inviting me to share the joy of hooping with you Yuba River Charter Moon Circle Group! It is a privilege to bring hooping into the greater community especially for young women learning more about their bodies. I look forward to teaching more Hoop Dance classes in Nevada City!