Want to learn the basics of hula hooping?
Last year when I was re-introduced to the hula hoop, I thought "This should be a breeze... after all, I played with ahula hoop as a child!" Well, that was then. This is now! It has been a long time since I last used a hula hoop.
I found it a bit awkward learning to hula hoop all over again. I had no rhythm. And, I kept dropping the hoop more times than keeping it up around my waist. It was embarrassing. Good thing I was in the privacy of my apartment because I couldn't see myself in public or in a class somewhere making a fool of myself :-)
Learning to hula hoop does not have to be awkward for you. You don't have to embarrass yourself in front of everybody.You can learn to hoop with some simple guidance right there in the privacy of your home.
Here are the basics to traditional hula hooping:
Step 1: Step inside the hoop. Put the hoop against your back at the waist level.
Step 2: Stand with one foot a few steps in front of the other. (If you are right-handed, use your right foot. If you areleft-handed, use your left foot).
Step 3: Start the rotation by swingging the hoop around your waist, using both hands.
Step 4: Begin rocking back and forth shifting your weight from one foot to the other. This technique ismore effective than trying to rotate your hips.
Don't worry if you don't get it down the first time. It takes some time and practice. Just have fun with it.
I know pictures are worth a thousand words, but I like hooping videos. They allow you to learn the mechanics and motions of hula hooping by watching and following along. There is nothing like having a coach or teacher to guide you step-by-step.
Okay, that was just the basics.
After you have practiced a bit and have gotten comfortable with the hoop, you can start adding some neat hooping tricks. Eventually, you will start to fill the flow and add some dance moves. Check out this video by Hoopnotica.
Want to strengthen your back. Check out this next video. It shows you how to hoop on your upper body.
And here is Christabel Zamor, the Hoop Girl!
Want to learn some cool hula hoop tricks? I have assembled some great videos for you to enjoy and be able to learn some new moves so you can be the life of the party. Just click on the links below.
Learn how to hoop at an diagonal angle.
Learn how to perform off body moves.
If you feel like dancing, checkout this video.
I hope these videos inspires you to explore the world of hoop dance. They have helped me with my hooping skills and I'm sure it will do the same for you.
Happy Hooping :-)
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