shavonne-beforeafter My Hoop Journey Shavonne had struggled with her weight since childhood. She joined weight watchers in the 6th grade...and over the years subscribed to various fitness/health trends including the P90x and TurboJam. Working full time as a speech pathologist, however, left little room for meal planning and physical activity. Shavonne hit rock bottom, when after graduating college with a major in speech pathology, she tried to donate blood at her local blood bank, and was rejected on the basis of high blood pressure, due to being overweight. This was a devastating turn of events, since giving back to the community had always been an integral part of Shavonne's beliefs. She never thought that her weight could literally preclude her from serving others. It was then that she realized, “You can't help anyone until you learn to help yourself.” Just when Shavonne was more determined than ever to reduce her weight, she became pregnant, and during the course of her pregnancy, her weight reached an all-time high of 225 lbs. After the baby was born she threw out all of her “fat” clothes. There was no going back now, she would have to lose the weight. shavonne-header "I needed to find some way to find myself again." Losing weight was now a must, but making daily trips to the gym seemed even more unfeasible with the new baby. A weight loss program that could be practiced anywhere, at anytime was imperative.  After researching various fitness programs, Shavonne found herself intrigued by the sparkly pink Hoopnotica hoop and was excited to adorn herself with one of her own. In addition, Hoopnotica stood out above other hooping programs because of its cardio benefits, and the fact that it appeared graceful without being too“hippie”. Getting started couldn't have been easier with a perfectly weighted hoop and the Hoopnotica DVD series. “The difference with Hoopnotica, is that I can pick it up anywhere; in the living room, between clients at work, and during my lunch break.” Shavonne hoops an hour a day and has a number of methods to keep motivated. She leaves a hoop everywhere she goes: one in her car, another in her husband's car, and a third in her mother's home. There is a permanent collection of hoops in her office, and it isn't unusual for Shavonne to hoop half of her lunch break away. She loves the fact that Hoopnotica is a social exercise and has persuaded many of her co-workers to join in on the fun. Shavonne continues to spread the word of her success with Hoopnotica as well as instructing others through her own youtube video channel. She has discovered a wealth of techniques that she is quick to share with others. Don't have the space?  Can't hoop outside because of weather? Shavonne suggests hooping on the bed.  “It's actually an extra workout, as it takes more energy to maintain stability.” If that sounds like too much, I'd recommend going to the gym to practice. “Hoopnotica brings me clarity of mind. It's so much like yoga, with the difference being that I am constantly moving.” Shavonne's impressive weight loss enabled her to give blood again, and also give back to the community by becoming a certified Hoopnotica instructor. She now teaches at at an all women's studio in Detroit called “Fix 'n Fitness.” Shavonne was delighted to become the first certified Hoopnotica teacher in Michigan and singlehandedly brought Hoopnotica to Detroit. Name: Shavonne Age: 30 City: Detroit, MI Occupation: Speech Pathologist Height: 5’1’’ Past Weight: 185 lbs Current Weight: 140 lbs sweetsuccess header medium
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS Summer is in full swing, and we are celebrating with a new addition to the Hoopnotica family! Introducing the Hoopnotica Minis program! I am addicted to these little 24" hoops, and have had a great time developing a DVD program to teach you everything I know. The Minis are an amazing arm workout, but challenge the core as well. I get so lost in the movement sometimes that I lose track of time, and am really sore the next day. Over the past few months of practicing, I have had a lot of fun and feel stronger as a result. I can't say that about most things in life! All Hoopnotica workouts essentially redefine the work-out. Learning "out of the box" methods of exercising challenges us to redefine the very concept of working out and shift it into a state of play. The Minis are a new extension of the Hoopnotica philosophy; fun, simple, and effective. We hope you decide to take them for a spin soon! :) Consider pre-ordering your copy of the Minis DVD now! You'll get a discount before they're available to the public, and support our brand in bringing this exciting new movement into the world. Keep Hooping! Gabriella Redding, Founder & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP Minis DVD Available in August Take your practice to the next level with the newest Hoopnotica DVD- Mini Hooping! This new DVD is not only an arm workout, but works the full body, bringing sexy definition to the deltoids (cap sleeve muscles), triceps and biceps (Michelle Obama arms anyone?), lats and sides of your abs (hello strapless and low back dresses). What's more of a bonus than to practice working a pair of hoops in both hands? Minis develop coordination and creativity as well as works both sides of the brain, which leaves you to generate more amazing hooping ideas! This new DVD ships August 20, 2011     WHAT'S HOT NOW Let your lion-like creativity shine with the latest glow in the dark hoop.  Using one of the Brightest Glow Tapes on the market, made especially with the Leo in mind, this gold and burgundy accented hoop is your favorite new tool for displaying your natural tendency toward leadership. Leos are quick to pick up on the art of hooping, and thrive by having an audience to adore the facility with which they perform and acquire fancy tricks.  However, their well-deserved self-confidence can sometimes degenerate into pompous and patronizing arrogance if not balanced with a little humility.  So show us what you’ve got, Leo, but infuse your hooping practice with benevolent and compassionate self-expression. You’ll be sure to attract many fond admirers as you hoop in perfect circles of love. Spin your way through exhaustion and stress with this Hoopnotica classic, The Burnout hoop. Burnout occurs when the body and mind are no longer able to meet the physical and emotional demands of the workplace. Banish fatigue, poor health and other symptoms of burnout with this exquisite hoop.  So take The Burnout to the break room, share it with your colleagues, and return to the cubicle with renewed engagement and vigor! Your boss will be happy you did!
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS I'd like to take the opportunity to welcome all the NEW hoopers in the Hoopnotica community! We are so excited to open up our arms to you, and support you every step of the way as you learn this crazy new form of physical expression. Whether you are here to lose weight; learn a new skill; or want to be just like the graceful and beautiful hoopers you've seen "floating" about...we are here to help you accomplish your goals. Hoopnotica is much more than a fitness class- it is a community of people who enjoy their own practice, and share their experiences with each other openly. For many of us, learning the basics was a struggle. Even "simple" skills , like waist or hip hooping, can feel defeating! We might make everything look really easy now, but it has been an internal journey made only possible by the connection we have had to one another in the Hoopnotica community. So if you haven't done so yet, sign onto Facebook, and follow our posts. There are lots of resources in those pages; including many people who share the shame triumphs and struggles as YOU. Let us support your development as a budding hooper! And when you're ready, head out to a local Hoop Jam. It's where hoopers connect and teach each other what they know- you'll learn some easy tricks to impress yourself (and others) with, and maybe nip a bad habit in the bud. There is nothing like a gentle critique from someone who believes in you. I know I speak for all of us when I say- WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Keep Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP LOS ANGELES WORKSHOPS   Hoop Making & Hoop Jam July 23rd 2-4pm Come and learn from Hoopnotica's Master Trainer & Hoop Maker Pamela Crawford as she teaches you the secrets to stopping tapes from creasing, keeping spaces even, and most importantly, how to speed up your wrapping time. (Hoop & Tape Included) After your masterpiece is done, give your new dance partner a name and bond during a 1 hour hoop jam. Gain tips and pointers from Pamela on new moves. Sign Up Here Ignite Your Chest & Thigh Hooping August 6th 2-4pm Even if you have never been able to do these moves before, Master Trainer Pamela Crawford, will get you moving fast!  This all level class will get you isolated, in touch with your core, and toned thighs.  You'll enjoy learning new moves that keep you motivated and inspired to hoop more. Sign Up Here Register Now for These One Of A Kind Classes!   WHAT'S HOT NOW Start the Fireworks - Start the celebration - because Hoopnotica is offering a Hot 2 for 1 deal from now until 8:00 am July 5, 2011.  And with our Flat Rate shipping this is a 4th of July purchase that you don't want to miss! Purchase one of the following - Hooper T-Shirt, iHoop T-Shirt and a Blue Travel Hoop with matching strap of the following and receive a 2nd one Free of Charge!  To shop the whole store click here - the clock is ticking!  
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS OMG- is it really possible? Could we have solved the hoop shipping problem forever, and lowered our shipping prices to a FLAT $9.99??!! The answer friends, is YES (and hallelujah)!  For those of you new to the Hooping world, I'd like to take a moment to "fill you in" on the epic saga that has been the business of "shipping a full-size hula hoop". 2006-2007 Almost every postal service station refused to ship our hoops without charging oversize fees. In order to keep prices low for our customers, we worked the system to the best of our ability:  a Hoopnotica employee would hand carry the hoops, individually wrapped in bubble tape to a secret post-office in Hollywood. This drive was 45 minutes each way, but we didn't care. "Martha" (not her real name), would let us ship them from her station, because A) She didn't realize it wasn't allowed and B) We brought her baked goods; smiles; and occasionally, a hoop. 2007-2008 We renegotiated our shipping rates with FedEx, after explaining to them just how many of these "big hoops" we were shipping out every day. Our small business was growing, and we created a new partner in the Fed Ex regional manager (again, think cookies and hoops). Until he left the company in 2009. June, 2009 This was the shipping crisis that threatened to take us down. FedEx guy refused to pick them up (he claimed to have a bad back, and was on a diet so the cookies were out). USPS said no way..."Martha" had retired. At this point I considered jumping in the Hoopnotica van to complete the last round of deliveries before filing for Chapter 11. September 2010- present Hoopnotica creates compromise with the shipping world, and purchases full size boxes to ship our hoops in. Although the cost was a big one for the company, and we had to adjust our shipping rates, the postmaster gave their blessing and charged us on weight, not size. AND NOW.... Hoopnotica is proud to be the first to offer flat rates on shipping in the Adult-size Hoop marketplace. We wish to recognize our incredible customer service and product development team for accomplishing THIS seemingly impossible goal, and are happy to pass the savings on to YOU. Flat Rates = Big Savings Flat-tery will get you everywhere; so pop our Hooper Support Team Leader a line and tell her you love her: Seriously- we read our fan mail on our lunch breaks, while cheering with food in our mouths. Happy Summertime Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP JOIN THE FAMILY! Learning to teach Hoopnotica is a great way to elevate your skills; get fit; and inspire others!
 We're here to support you in deepening your practice and sharing the hoop love wherever you find yourself. Our Certified Teachers enjoy discounts on Hoopnotica products; press mentions; and are part of a growing community of instructors who participate in a private support forum. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of how to safely instruct and support your friends; your mom; or any one of the many people you'll meet in life while hooping. There is so much interest in this fast moving trend in fitness and self-expression; have you considered becoming part of our team? Join us at an upcoming Hoopnotica Teacher Training. Our program will strengthen your skills as you learn our acclaimed and effective instructional language, and gain the confidence to teach this transformational practice to any BODY at any time.  It's the perfect gift for yourself or a friend who loves to hoop. CLICK HERE and start now! Upcoming Teacher Trainings Alexandria, VA LVL 1 & 2 ~ June 10-12, 2011 Brunswick, ME LVL 1 & 2 ~ July 11 & 12, 2011 Los Angeles, CA LVL 3 & 4, July 30 & 31, 2011 New York, NY~ LVL 1 & 2, July 30 & 31, 2011 Chicago, IL~ LVL 1 & 2, August 14 & 15, 2011 More dates coming soon! Visit the calendar and register online here!
 Email Jocelyn Gordon with your questions: Distance Teacher Training Too Busy.........
With the changes now taking place to widen participation and strengthen teaching and learning at all levels in the hooping community, Hoopnotica Teaching is- more than ever- a dynamic, challenging
and rewarding sector to be involved in.
Our Distance Learning Program will allow you to find
find a workable balance between life, family, and
school. And online doesn’t mean alone, either.  You'll
have the constant support of a dedicated mentor to take you all the way to certification and beyond.
Email Pamela Crawford with your questions:   WHAT'S HOT NOW Hoopnotica Hoop Collections are finally here! Now you can get your favorite hoop design in a variety of sizes, all inspired by our Limited Edition designs. Start with our two most requested styles; the Desert Rose & Night Blooming Jasmine. You'll get two minis (23") , one hybrid (34"), a high performance (36") and one full size (40") available together or separately in your choice of styles. Expand your hooping practices while you expand yourself, in mind, BODY, and spirit with our new Preg-O Hoop available in Baby Pink, Blue and 'Surprise Me' Green! We are making way for you Gemini, as you are attracted to the art of hooping, love novelty and gravitate towards more advanced moves. A daily commitment to the hooping practice is the perfect way to discipline your highly intelligent, yet wandering minds.   HOOPER OF THE MONTH Name: Lily Stagg  Hooper Since: Summer 2010 Age: 18 Location: Lafayette, Louisiana Occupation: waitress, street performer Favorite Hoop: 35 in. 100psi Favorite Song to Hoop to: My friends have drum circles and I love hooping to them. I picked up a hoop last summer and it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I had recently been diagnosed with clinical depression which only exacerbated my life long anxiety issues. Also my parents were finally acting on their decade long threats of getting a divorce. In short my life was falling down around my ears. In July of 2010 I met my friends Hannah and Lindsey who happen to be 2 of the most talented hoop girls in our area. I had never seen anyone move with such confidence and grace and they looked so sexy while doing it. I asked them to teach me and to my surprise they were thrilled to have someone else to share the hoop love with and it's such a great way to learn your body! I've always been very into meditation as a means of coping with my anxiety, and to me hooping is the perfect physical extension of that mental control. Technically hooping is teaching your body to DO exactly what you want it to exactly when you want it to in order to defy gravity. Before I started hooping I was a shy, anxious, uncoordinated little girl. Now I am a confident performer and hoop maker.
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS Celebrate Outdoor Hooping Season! Expand your practice with a new style of Hooping. Try something new! Minis? Isolations? Inspiration is key and is all up to you. Have you ever observed children on the playground? They create games and worlds simply by using their imaginations and most importantly, they could care less who is watching. They run, jump, climb and swing their little hearts out, not because they think it’s good exercise; just because they are having fun! As the season changes, embrace your inner child and get outside and use your imagination to try something new. Experiment with our New 007 Hybrid HoopCollection. The possibilities are endless, as long as you are having fun doing it! Keep Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP Check out this little piece of inspiration, filmed on location in Costa Rica! Gabriella explores the tiny changes that occur in our style and flow when we make changes to what we already know. This month's Scoop addresses grip, or how tightly we hold our hoops with our hands. Great advice for new and advanced hoopers alike!   WHAT'S HOT NOW The 007 Hybrid Collection Are you ready for a challenge and to use your imagination? Well use your hidden skills, and challenge yourself with the 007 Hybrid Hoops. The Alias & The Agent No 9, are the perfect transition from the beginner hoop. Featured prominently in the Hoop Technique DVD now sold through Hoopnotica, these hoops are a must-have. So...Be Daring! Be Bold, and take your hooping to the next level. Made by hand in Venice, CA by artists who love their work, and pay attention to the details of superior hoop craftsmanship. Hoopnotica Is Spring Cleaning! Spring cleaning is never fun....unless there's a sale involved!  Help us make some room at the Hoopnotica Headquarters by CLICKING HERE!

The HoopScoop - March

February 28, 2011


HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS As I have mentioned before, "Hooping is Simple- Not Easy". We are all fascinated when we see one hooper really own their space; hooping in an effortless whirl of beauty and bliss. It is often intimidating, even for advanced hoopers, to be confronted with a series of moves or tricks that we don't know (yet). One of the most beautiful things about Hoopnotica is that every hooper recreates the same move to be their own! This month I invite you to learn more, by changing up your practice. Stop focusing on what you already know, and open your mind to new ways of hooping. Maybe you will find this opening by varying the size and weight of your hoop, or by investing in a new level of instruction. Take a class with an amazing hooper that you LOVE to watch on YouTube, or grab one of the new Hoop Technique DVDs in the HoopStore. We look forward to sharing both spring and summer filled with love, friends, and new hoop skills. Keep your practice fresh, and you'll keep Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP JOIN US! Learning to teach Hoopnotica is a great way to fight the recession; get fit; and inspire others! We're here to support you in deepening your practice and sharing the hoop love wherever you find yourself. Our Certified Teachers enjoy discounts on Hoopnotica products; press mentions; and an in-depth understanding of how to safely instruct and support the growing interest in this evolving trend in fitness and self-expression. Please consider joining us at an upcoming Hoopnotica Teacher Training. Its the perfect gift for yourself or a friend who loves to hoop. Our program will strengthen your skills as you learn our acclaimed and effective instructional language, and gain the confidence to teach this transformational practice to anyone at any time. Upcoming Teacher Trainings: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia ~ Levels 1 & 2 Monday & Tuesday, March 28 & 29x, 2011 New York City ~ Levels 1 & 2 Friday, April 9 - Sunday, April 11, 2011 Saint Louis, MO ~ Levels 1 & 2 Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, 2011 Rochester, NY ~ Level 1 Saturday, May 15, 2011 Garden City, MI ~ Levels 1 & 2 Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2011 Los Angeles, CA ~ Levels 1 & 2 Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2011 Winston- Salem, NC ~ Levels 1 & 2 Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2011 Birmingham, AL~ Levels 1 & 2 Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12, 2011 Oahu, HI ~ Levels 1 & 2 Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26, 2011 More dates coming soon! Visit the calendar and register online here! Email Jocelyn Gordon with your questions:   WHAT'S HOT NOW We're so excited to offer the Hoop Technique DVD set to you this month. We have been obsessed with Rich Porter and Vivian Hancock AKA "Spiral" ever since we attended their intensive workshops. Check out the Free Spin this month (below) for a preview of their two disk DVD set, produced to both inspire and instruct. This DVD is perfect for hoopers who have been through the Hoopnotica program, and are looking for new ways to explore space and movement within their practice. The Survivor We're all fighters in this lifetime, and each of us faces challenges that threaten to take us down at different points. This hoop is a dedication to each of us as we navigate through the challenges of life, using our Hoopnotica practice to let off steam. When things get tough- don't take it out on the people you love the most. Hoop through anything, with "the Survivor". The newest hoop in our collection, the Survivor is wrapped with earthtone camo, a ribbon of brilliant sky blue mirror, and is finished off with a sweet teal grip tape. Made by hand in Venice, CA by artists who love their work, and pay attention to the details of superior hoop craftsmanship. This hoop is shipped full size; is 41" in diameter; weighs just under 2 lbs; and is great for both beginners and advanced hoopers alike. The Aries The sweet and charming charisma of those born under the stars of Aries is alluring and attractive. But under the surface, the Aries hooper has a tendency to build up feelings unexpressed. These feelings, if left to their own, can increase in pressure and cause this normally very chill sign to be just a bit intense. Find balance and harmony with a hoop practice inspired by the power and audacity of the ram: celestial golden sparkle is tempered by blue star-crossed prismatic tape, and finished with the clarity of teal grip tape. Each Aries hoop is created with care and love by our hoop makers in Venice, CA. The hoop weighs just under 2 lbs, and is shipped full-size. This hoop is great for any hooper with a brilliant heart, and a hot head to cool...but of course, we don't know anyone like that.   HOOPER OF THE MONTH CONTEST WINNERS! A few weeks ago, we announced that we were giving away a distance learning certification on the Hoopnotica Facebook page. We didn't expect to receive over 200 entries... but were absolutely THRILLED to review them. The contest called for hoopers who were interested in being trained in the Hoopnotica curriculum, and felt that in becoming certified they could do great good in their communities. We asked why they wanted to become certified, and what they would do with it if they won. We chose three winners, and seven runners up, whose stories we will be featuring in the coming months. For a complete list of runners-up, keep an eye on our Facebook page- become a fan today! Name: Vicky Hallenbeck Location: Winston-Salem, NC Occupation: Church Secretary Favorite Hoop: For travel, my favorite hoop is my blue break-down Hoopnotica hoop, which has journeyed many miles with me. Favorite Song to Hoop to: Traveling Light by Joel Hansen and Sara Groves In Her Words When I first saw hoopdance on the internet, it swept me off my feet with the beauty of it, and the desire to become part of it. Even though I’m old, uncoordinated, and have health issues, I found that nothing can overcome focused desire. So I got a hoop and ordered the Hoopnotica DVDs. Over the past 2+ years, through a journey of faith and hooping, I have lost over 100 pounds, and continue to chip away at the poor habits and inactivity that led me to such poor health. Like everyone who takes up the hoop, I have become a kind of ambassador– a circuit rider of the hoop, reaching out in friendship to hoopers whenever I meet them, encouraging others to take up the hoop, and sharing the joy of the sport wherever I go. Every time I see someone’s face light up with delight when she manages to get the hoop to rotate a few turns, it feeds my soul, and heightens my own joy. Becoming certified will help promote hooping as legitimate exercise. Thank you for this tremendous opportunity.
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS As I roll through the month of February, I can’t help but think about the general expectations of Valentine’s Day. We often associate Valentine’s Day with celebrating your love with your significant other over dinner, awaiting the “surprise” delivery of flowers to office or place of business, but I believe that we should change the meaning of Valentine’s Day, and celebrate the love that you have for yourself and everyone significant in your life. Find love within yourself and do something that makes you feel good; whether it is hooping to your favorite song, or spending time with friends, or giving to those in need who need a little love and support right now. Many of us fixate on having a love interest to make us feel complete, instead of remembering that we alone are important and valuable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could grab our hoop, and center ourselves, and remember that life is supposed to be good, with or without a “love interest” on Valentines Day? As I contemplate love this month, I have decided to focus on how spreading love and appreciation makes everyday better. Loving myself, my hoop, my friends, my family and doing good for those less fortunate is far  more important than focusing on one day. As you go forward for the rest of this month, I invite you to reflect on your choices. I invite you to activate within you a commitment to give and receive love in every moment not just on Feb 14th.  Make it your intention to “be the change you want to see in the world.”  Activate this commitment in your heart and watch your world change in miraculous ways! Hoop Yourself Happy, Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP Certified Instructor Jen Moore, and her husband Keith lost 235 lbs through their Hoopnotica practice. They were featured on the Today Show's "Joy Fit Club". Click here to watch the story of their incredible transformation. Jen and Keith Moore appear on WHEC news in Rochester. Jen and Keith Moore appear on WHAM Rochester. Lori Corbin of ABC7 News, Los Angeles, filmed Hoopnotica class and interviewed Gabriella Redding, aka Hoopmamma. American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the University of Wisconsin release a study on theefficacy of Hooping for fitness. Finally! The medical community agrees with what we've known all along Hoopnotica offers an intense core conditioning cardio workout that lets you melt fat while having FUN! Hoopnotica Certified Instructor Morgan Hembreefeatured on NBC News, Philadelphia. Real Simple Magazine features Hoopnotica's Travel Hoop!   WHAT'S HOT NOW In your hoop, it's all about YOU. The new hoops featured this month are the Aquarius, the Pisces and The Swoop Package (Sweetheart and the B-Boy!). Each one is handmade by artisans here in Venice, CA, created with your happiness in mind. We make these hoops one at a time, with care and love, knowing that each one will arrive in the hands of hoopers who will appreciate our outrageous attention to detail. Why? Because WE LOVE YOU. I's really simple. Then again, so is hooping: "SImple, not easy." Hoopnotica is taking the world by Spin! Our US teacher trainings are attracting wonderful groups of hoopers ages 19 through 65, and we look forward to learning more about the international hoop community.  Become a leading edge hoop educator and join us at one or all of these amazing locations.  Thanks for sharing the details with your hoop associates around the world. International Hoopnotica Teacher Trainings: Amsterdam ~ Levels 1 & 2 with Jacqui Becker Saturday & Sunday, February 19 & 20, 2011 UK ~ Levels 1 - 3 with Jacqui Becker Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 25 - 27, 2011 Ubud, Bali, Indonesia ~ Levels 1 - 2 with Jocelyn Gordon Monday & Tuesday, March 28 & 29, 2011 Register online here. Email Jocelyn Gordon with your questions:
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS I just returned from Costa Rica, on a fabulous tropical holiday. In the far reaches of the world (miles away from cell service and Wi-Fi) Santa is not really doing much to support his season. In fact, the only reminder that the “Holidays” are upon us were evidenced by the sparse decorations we saw in the Liberia airport. Nothing else- no Christmas lights, no stockings, no snow…. And you can forget about a Menorah. It was as if Costa Rica had elected to ignore the holiday spirit entirely, and I had escaped to land where it doesn’t even exist. Now that I think about it carefully, I really did do just that- escape. Escape = relaxation. Tropical drinks, bonfires, and lots of hooping = TOTAL bliss. Through beach and rainforest; over bridges and through rivers; I hauled 10 full size hoops, 4 sets of minis, 3 hybrids, 2 Fireflies (and a partridge in a pear tree?). And now here I am, on a plane from Miami to Los Angeles… where the holiday hustle and bustle has almost reached its peak. It is from my seat in 18A that I would like to remind you, please remember to hoop. Take the time this season to escape to your own tropical paradise- one that serves your body, mind, and spirit. Let your hoop be the tool that brings you there, no matter where your holiday travels take you. This months’s Scoop is a dedication to supporting YOU. We are truly grateful for all of the love and support we receive from you, and want to give you lots of reasons to share that love with others. From contests and giveaways to both Twitter and Facebook updates, we are committed to being your team in “Hooping through the Holidays”. Whether you hoop for weight loss; performance kudos; or just sheer FUN- the answer is YES: you should take [your hoop] with you. This Holiday edition of the Scoop has everything you will need to do it in style. Pura Vida! Happy Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO, Hoopnotica Inc.   THE SCOOP Okay, we've ALL been there: you know HOW to make your body do the move you are working on, but it just isn't happening. You've watched the instructional chapter in the DVD; you double checked it on You Tube; and your grandmother just nailed it herself in the back yard. Thought #1: I CANT do this. Thought #2: This is impossible to do: my body doesn't work that way. Thought #3: I don't really NEED to learn chest hooping/hip hooping/ angled arm weaving. Who cares, anyways...? Answer: You, my friend, are a LIAR. It is YOU that deserves to achieve your goals in your practice, and YOU that is getting in your own way. So can the small talk, and keep trying! Take a video of yourself, or have a friend do it. It does not need to be professional; a simple Flip or camera phone will do the trick- and watch yourself objectively. Still stuck? Send that video link to Hoopnotica for critique, just like Suzanne Burke did (see below)! Suzanne is working on some challenging upper body work- watch and see if you can spot what she is/is not doing right in this video, and then read through the provided critique in the section below. We're all in the same boat here- and perfect practice makes perfect! We will feature a new video every month in the HoopScoop. If your video is chosen, we will critique in for FREE. Can't wait? We'd be happy to critique it personally with you. To learn more, click here. TravelHoop included instantly with online orders. *Order by 12/17 for pre-holiday delivery.   WHAT'S HOT NOW Hooping for the Holidays - TRAVEL EDITION: How to Train, Plane, or Coach with Your Hoops in Tow Full Size Limited Edition Hoops: Train: Depending upon the crowd shuffling in and out of the train, a full size hoop can be hand carried. You’ll want to position yourself near the door, preferably against a wall in the train. It is pretty difficult to hoop while inside the train- people could be hurt, and that is never fun. However, rocking a full size hoop over one shoulder is a sure fire way to create conversation, so enjoy! Just make sure to hold on, or sit down. Plane: Unless you are travelling by private jet, it is impossible to carry your full size beauty on the plane with you. Opt instead to wrap it in bubble wrap, label the heck out of it with a sharpie or otherwise, and tape it to death: you’re gonna have to check it. Always bring a Hoopnotica TravelHoop with you as a back-up, and carry that one on the plane. Make sure to pack extra bubble wrap, tape, shipping labels, and pair of scissors for the return trip. Coach: If your car won’t accommodate your roundest friend, strap it to the roof. We have found that HoopStraps do a great job in a pinch, but bungee cords will also work. If you love your hoops, we recommend wrapping them ahead of time in paper or fabric- many a winged insect will meet their fate up there. Just sayin’. LED Fireflys, or other Hoopnotica LED: Train: Curl it up, sling it over your shoulder. Make sure the battery is charged ahead of time, and that you remember your charger. Plane: Follow directions above, and carry it on. You definitely DON’T wanna lose this amazing hoop! TSA tip: make sure to have the battery with you and handy at all times- sometimes security guards want to see that it truly is what you say it is. When you get to your seat, your Firefly will fit easily in the overhead compartment of the plane. Coach: Curl it up, sling it over your shoulder, stick it in the trunk. Make sure the battery is charged ahead of time, and that you remember your charger. If you think it is going to be too hot in there, bring her into the cab, and buckle her in. Mini Hoops: Train: If they don’t fit in your bag, sling em over one shoulder. You might consider tying them together, or using a HoopStrap to carry them. Plane: Easily fit in the overhead- why run the risk of checking them? You can always hit up Target for items if your hoop is lost, but you’ll have a hard time replacing your minis! Coach: These puppies are easy- pack ‘em anywhere. Don’t forget the roadside hoop sessions! Hybrid, or other kid-sized hoop Train: Carry it on your shoulder, tuck it against any available wall. Plane: Because it is too large to pack and too small to check, this is the trickiest of all travelers. The fact is, TSA just doesn’t know what to do with this one. It won’t fit on the belt for screening, and doesn’t appear to be dangerous… but how will it fit on the plane? Answer: have confidence that it will slide right behind the last seat in any section of the plane, or they can put it in the first class coat closet.  Go forth and conquer: it is a matter of finding the security guard/flight attendant that believes in you. Really; where there is a will, there’s a way. If that doesn’t work, feign tears, claim the hoop is your profession and livlihood ("I won't SURVIVE my family without it!") Coach: trunk or back seat. The TravelHoop is the best way to go. Conveniently offered at most CVS stores across the WHOLE country beginning 12/15, if you are in a pinch, you can always grab one on the road. And tell ‘em Gabriella sent ya.   HOOPER OF THE MONTH Nominate yourself or a friend to be Our Favorite Hooper! Send us a pic and your story HERE. If we choose your story, we'll send you out a beautiful Limited Edition Hoop! This video says so much about the potential for a healing Hoop practice. I, like so many of you, have truly been touched both spiritually and emotionally by my experiences in my hoop. This video was circulated and sent to me by a tearful co-worker. Hoopnotica is honored to name Lissa hooper of the month. We celebrates you, Lissa... an average-skilled Hooper with am above-average style and grace, using her hoop to find movement and joy in her life. We ALL can relate to your feelings, knowing that everyone at some point gets overwhelmed by the world around us, and it can threaten to take us down. Our hooping practice, and community, can truly "bring us back to center" as a way that Western Medication cannot rival.
Occupation: Customer Support for Credit Unions Favorite Hoop: "I am currently jamming with my poor battered Hooper Next Door hoop! I love it even though it's pink. ;)" Favorite Song to Hoop to: "It changes every day, week, month! Ha! Right now I'm hooked on a track that's practically a senior citizen in the club world - Murder on the Dance Floor by Sophie Ellis-Bextor." How I Started Hooping: In 2009 hooping kind of blazed through the knitblogging world thanks to Stephanie "Gleek" Pajonas. She linked to the Hoopnotica demo video on her blog and it spread like wildfire! So I saw the video and I was fascinated - I've been dancing all my life, mostly jazz and ballet. This was a whole new animal to me. So a few weeks later at a local festival, I saw a girl selling hoops...I poked my best friend in the arm and said, "It's shiny. I want one."
Hoopnotica loves you Lissa! You are an inspiration and a LOVELY dancer. Thank you, thank you, thank you....
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS Its all about YOU, my friend. Recently, I have taken a real interest in our Facebook page- if you are not signed up as a fan, I suggest that you consider it. This last month was almost side-splitting as stories of hooping bloopers and pics of girls hooping on trampolines rolled in. It's absolutely one of the most fab uses of Facebook I have ever witnessed. We're running a contest this month for a $50 gift certificate: Submit your holiday travel photo on (planes, trains, and automobiles!) and enjoy how uniquely wonderful it is to be a part of this wonderful community. Post them directly to our Facebook page and we will announce a winner on December 15. As the winter sets in, it becomes more and more challenging to motivate, right? Even now, as I sit in my hotel room in New York, I have no desire to go outside. Luckily, there is a hoop group meeting INSIDE later this afternoon... POOF! Excuse-be-gone. Wherever you are in the world, there is likely a place to gather and hoop. Look online, join FaceBook... and don't let the season be an excuse you use to put your practice on hold. The Holidays are right around the corner; your hoop is your partner in staying positive, cool, and collected. Because in the end, it's all about YOU. Happy Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP Hoopnotica Kids UNITE! Because it's all about (little) you, too! hoopnotica kids UNITE! Teaching kids Hoopnotica is fun and easy. Embrace the family holiday parties this year with a fun way to bring the family closer  together- there is nothing better than a good ole fashioned family hoop off! Plus it's a great way to wait for the bird, or to help it all digest after your meal (before collapsing in front of the tube for a few hours of the Twilight Zone Marathon)! Check it out! We feature great KidTribe DVD's (featuring MissKellee), and kid- size hoops on our rockin' new shopping experience, just for kids! We'd love to see more pictures of little hoopers this holiday season; look for contests on Facebook, or nominate your favorite little one for Hooper of the Month!   WHAT'S HOT NOW INTRODUCING THER HOOPEROLOGY COLLECTION! Stay tuned for the year of the Hooper; an astrology-inspired journey into a collection that makes YOU the center of the universe; quite literally! This month we present to you The Sagattarius, as a tribute to our CEO Gabriella's upcoming birthday! We will be releasing a special hoop honoring each subsequent sign the month before their stars align into place...Happy Birthday, to all our upcoming Sag Hoopers! NEW CLASSES! Hoopnotica studio now holding classes 5 days / week in our Marina Del Rey/ Venice, CA in our Pop-Up Studio! Click here to see the schedule! TEACHER TRAINING Classes are being planned all over the globe! Here's a preview of the schedule, for more info click here!
  • Honolulu, HI - Levels 1 & 2 * Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2010
  • New York City - Levels 1 & 2 * Saturday & Sunday, January 22 & 23, 2011
  • Seattle, WA - Levels 1 & 2 * Saturday & Sunday, January 22 & 23, 2011
  • Baltimore, MD - Levels 1 & 2 * Saturday & Sunday, January 22 & 23, 2011
  • Austin, TX - Levels 1 & 2 * Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29, 2011
  • Philadelphia, PA - Levels 1 - 3 * Saturday - Monday, February 5 - 7, 2011
  • Amsterdam - Levels 1 - 3 * Friday - Sunday, February 18 - 20, 2011
  • Nuneaton, UK - Levels 1 - 3 * Friday - Sunday, February 25 - 27, 2011
  • Dover, NH - Levels 1 & 2 * Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2011
  • Bali, Indonesia - Levels 1 & 2 * March 2011!
PRESS! After being featured on Access Hollywood (NBC), Gabriella (AKA HoopMamma) made a call out to our Facebook fans to see who could name all three Limited Edition Hoops used on the set! The Hoopers with the keen eyes are: Elizabeth Solomon Sarah Pugh Lindsey Jarosz We will be sending the actual hoops used on the show out as prizes to you on Monday! Please call the office to arrange for delivery! And, just in case you were wondering, they were: the Night Blooming Jasmine; theDesert Rose; & the Vamp! Join us on Facebook for more fun and games... and inspiration to find health and happiness in your Hoopnotica practice!   HOOPER OF THE MONTH We are so inspired by Sherry's story, and the men and women who work so hard to protect our country. Although there was some confusion in our Facebook postings, we want you to know that this story was chosen as the Hooper of the Month PRIOR to what shall now be referred to as "the Veteran's Day Fiasco & Facebook retraction of 2010". Read her story below, and see if it gives you the same warm fuzzies it gave us! The Hula Hoop that Supports our Troops: Hoopnotica loves Sherry Kaminski, LCDR,NC ! Sherry says: "I am a NAVY nurse currently serving in Afghanistan. When I got my orders, I decided to take my hoop.  That is right, I packed my seabag and strapped my hoop on top of my backpack.  I left North Carolina and went to Gulfport, MS for in processing.  Hoop in tow.  I hooped in my hotel room as a stress relief.  I was there a week or so then was flown off to NJ for hard core training.  Once again, my hoop came with me.  It is pink which turned alot of heads.  Many thought it was poles for mosquito netting for our cots.  I took it out on a field operation and hooped.  Alot of other sailors were intrigued and hooped too.  We were exhausted, fatigued and lost all humor.  The hoop added a spark of happiness.  Next, we loaded up on a plane to Kuwait.  Completely in combat hoop was there.  Finally, here I am in Afghanistan.  My hoop is dirty, scraped up but still with me.  I am lucky enough to be at the hospital now and I have it there to share during times that aren't really busy.  Unfortunately Hoopnotica doesn't ship to APO addresses because other nurses/medics have wanted their own.  My hoop has been a morale booster for me and others.  There was a challenge and currently i hold the record for longest consecutive hooping : 60 minutes exactly." Congratulations, Sherry! And thank you for sharing your story with us. You are truly an inspiration to us all, and it makes us all feel great to know that you are doing your part to keep everyone's spirits up while they are so very far away from home. We're sending you your choice of a NEW Nightblooming Jasmine, or Desert Rose as a special Thank You for just being YOU. Inspired? DO share..... send to!
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS Last month was so stressful, that I began fantasizing about moving to a remote town in the middle of nowhere, changing my name to Sally Ann, and working in a local truckstop and / or burger joint. My circumstances are not all that different from anyone else; we ALL have stress in our lives, right? Along with those stresses, I am sure we all have our own "happy place" we can escape to. Mine just happens to include a cute pink uniform and a plastic name tag. My world got better when I saw a sign (literally- it was on a bus stop): Breathe as you chop. Relax as you sautee. Let your baking be blissful. Enjoy each meal with your family by letting each step be a joy; not a chore. I remembered how much I love to cook, and how little time I had spent doing just that over the past few weeks. Chopping vegetables, as silly as this may sound, actually relaxes me. There are many things that I like to do, but wasn't making the time to do. In this way, I was cutting myself off from enjoying my life, and making excuses out loud about "how stressful" this and "I hate" that. Often times, life is about the story we tell ourselves.... we create our own realities. This month I encourage you all to find happiness in what could otherwise be interpreted as "work". Whether it is chopping vegetables, or shopping for office supplies... enjoy the process. If you are looking for another way to calm your mind and spread happiness through your world, look no further than your hoop! Take it for a spin, and remember how simple life's pleasures can be. Happy Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP Heart & Soul magazine features a Hoopnotica Workout spread starring our own Hoopnotica Master Trainer, Jocelyn Gordon. Jocelyn is conducting a number of teacher trainings throughout 2010 / 2011. Click here to check the schedule! The South Florida Sun Sentinel featured a story on hooping which quoted our master trainer, Jocelyn Gordon. Celeb trainer and fitness personality wrote about Hoopnotica in an article about hooping for weight loss on The Harvard Post wrote an article on the hooping trend that featured hooper Heidi Delisle, who is spreading the hooplove through Massachusetts and beyond. Pegasus News shares a video of Hoopnotica certified instructor  / Studio Hoopnotica director Jackie Hesley hosting a Hoopnotica Hoop Jam in Texas featured Hooping as a great way to burn calories and whittle your middle. Hooping works for losing inches and shedding fat! We are actively looking for teachers to support the growing demand for Hoopnotica classes. If you are interested in Teacher Trainingprograms, please let us know!! We have opportunities both Domestically and internationally.   WHAT'S HOT NOW Check out the newest Limited Collection inspired by late Summer nights and hot desert blooms : Introducing the Nightblooming Jasmine and the Desert Rose! Get 'em while they're HAUTE! We are SO excited to announce the release of our final installment of Hoopnotica DVD instruction- number 4! Get ready to kick it up with -Angled Arm Weaving and Spins -Angled Corkscrews -The Barrel Roll -The Vortex -The Drop Out ...and so much more! This 45 minute program is an inspirational tool for Hoopers who are practicing at an intermediate level, and are looking for new and challenging additions to their practice*. Using these new skills, you will find yourself burning upwards of 600 calories an hour, without really thinking of your practice as a “workout”. Sound like fun? It IS. Buy it NOW In the Master Hooper Set! Or  HERE on it's own HOOPY HALLOWEEN CONTEST Hey Hoopers - we have another fun contest for you! Hoopnotica is looking for the best Halloween costume incorporating hoops! Upload your Halloween pictures to our Facebook page. Email your submissions to on or before Sunday, November 7th. We'll post the photos to a Halloween album, and then our fans will vote on their favorites throughout the month. We'll announce the winner in December's Hoopscoop Newsletter. The happy hooper will be rewarded with a limited edition of his or her choice. HOOP HAPPENINGS October 10th - World Hoop Day is tomorrow, Click here for a list of events happening across the globe! October 20th - Tune in to Access Hollywood's new show, AH Live, to see Hoopmamma on TV! TEACHER TRAINING October 16th & 17th  -Level 1 & Level 2 in Miami, FL October 23rd & 24th - Level 1 & Level 2 in Carrboro, NC November TBD - Level 1 & Level 2 in Los Angeles, CA. (On-Line Sign up Coming Soon!) December 11th & 12th - Level 1 & Level 2 in Honolulu, HI January 22nd & 23rd 2011 -Level 1 & Level 2 in Baltimore, MD February 5th, 6th & 7th 2011 - Levels 1,  2 & 3 in Philadelphia, PA February 26th, 27th & 28th  2011- Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Nuneaton, UK February / March 2011 - Berlin, Germany. Dates and location to be announced!   HOOPER OF THE MONTH Name: Babette Granone Rickard Location: Lomita, California Occupation: Super Mom and MS Society Supporter Bio: California nativie, Babette is 42 years old, married and happily hooping it up in Lomita, CA. She is married with a 16 year old son, Tanner. Favorite Song to Hoop to: "White Rabbit" - by Latin Headhuntrz How She Started Hooping: Babette recently participated in a cross county road trip with her best friend to bring awareness and to find a cure for Multiple Scolorisis. They had never hooped before but thought it would be fun to buy hoops, and on their trip, make stops along the way to hoop it up, and make contact with the MS support offices in different cities. Being a survivor of MS herself, she finds it difficult to follow though with her health and fitness goals due to dibilitating symptoms and side effects. Suprisingly, Hoopnotica's classes and DVDs have needed only a few modifications to make hooping fun for her. The hoops are sized just right for comfort and ease. Babette is proud to say her Hooping for MS Awareness trip was a great success! She's getting pretty good at hooping, getting in shape, and having a blast doing it! Hooping Goals: To create a Hooping class for the MS Society Favorite Hoop: Hoopnotica's Hybrid. It's smaller and lightweight so it fun and easy to do tricks Fun Hoop Facts: Babette likes to hostess hoop parties in her huge backyard where 30 hoopers can all spin at the same time! Favorite Hoopnotica Teacher: Jackie Hesley from Studio Hoopnotica.