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June 12, 2016

Little did I know when I started hooping that I was tapping in to the healing powers of flow, dance and movement. Back then I was not particularly au fait with chakras and the crucial part they play in balancing and energising the mind, body and spirit. During my time in India way back in 1996 I had heard about chakras, but it was Karen at Pure Body Balance who really sparked my interest in the seven wheels of energy.Karen also happens to be my best friend and my sister.Lucky me!

Perhaps I should explain why chakra healing struck a cord with me. Circa 2010 Ihad recentlyexited a toxic relationship and was having an incredibly difficult time shifting the black cloud that hovered above me. During a visit to Bristol my sister suggested I tried mediation. I scoffed, thinking 'this is not going to have any impact on my well-being'. However, I'll give most things a try and so we sat down and entered the silence within. It felt comforting and empoweringand so even after Karen headed home to The...

June 2, 2016

Hands up if you have ever used the Pi formula in your adult life. Not many of you huh? Chances are you can't even remember what Pi is or indeed what π stands for. Shamefully I actually had to Google it! This lack of knowledge may have something to do with my dislike for seemingly pointless aspects of Mathematics. I hereby apologise to Mr Everest and Mrs Cambourne but I loathed Maths as a child and I still do aged 38 years and 4 months. It makes very little sense to me and frankly I'll do just about anything to avoid encountering arithmetic. I hated the subject so much that I would bunk lessons at secondary school in favour of seeking out the latest copy of Smash Hits magazine at Martins newsagents. Somehow my hostility towards Maths didn't get in the way of bagging a Psychology degree or working in the education sector but yesterday I stumbled upon a a potential problem, and shock horror an actual use for Pi in real life. Yes, that's right folks for the first time since school I need t...

May 21, 2016

Was that a yes? Of course it was! Dancing is the home of  the good vibes factory. It reignites our playful inner child and helps us connect to everyone's favourite General Pracitioners,  Dr Movement and Dr Happy.

 

It will come as no surprise to some of you that I LOVE dancing and I LOVE music. I've always enjoyed busting a few moves  whether it be in the front room of my childhood home or with my college pals at the long-standing Lakota nightclub in Bristol. Dancing makes my heart sing, so imagine my joy when I discovered you could hula hoop AND get your swerve on.  What a match made in hoop heaven! I say this because whenever I pick up my hula hoop and turn on my favourite tracks  I feel like I connect my mind, body and spirit. I guess you could say after each hoop spin session a better version of me emerges.

 

Since I hoop best when I can loose myself in music. I am constantly on the prowl for new material to add to m...

May 10, 2016

I am enough. How can three little words be so powerful? There have been many times in my life when I have felt inadequate. Who hasn't?  Not pretty enough, not strong enough, not feminine enough, not cool enough, not clever enough. Arrrggggghhhhhhhhhh! Not feeling good enough is so limiting isn't it?  It can make us want to give up on our journey or worse still not even show up! It's like there's a pesky little gremlin sat on our shoulder whispering (sometimes screaming) 'you are not as good as them.' Well guess what? I am good enough. I am worthy of success and happiness. And so 2016 has become the year of stepping into my power. In your face self-doubt and fear! 

 

In January I decided to write myself a simple affirmation. It's stuck to my bedroom mirror so that I remember to shower myself with kind words every morning. It reads 'I am a strong, powerful, capable and confident woman and I can handle anything that comes my way. I am e...

May 3, 2016

Picture the scene. A thirty-something singleton fresh out of a ten year relationship who is so far in the black abyss of debt and ill health that the only escape looks to be through the back door. Hardly a cheery start to blog post three is it? But, if it hadn't been for this dark and gloomy setting I may well not have found hoop dance. One Saturday, on the back of a recommendation,  my loving yet pushy sister dragged me to a hula hoop workshop run by Emma Kenna at Hooping Mad. Now, like most people there I hadn't spiraled in a hula hoop since childhood and so whilst it felt fun, it kinda felt silly. But good silly. The sort of silly that makes you realise that being an adult is way too serious at times. 

 

The  hooping seed had been sown. I skipped off down Park Street, Bristol with a hand-made hoop in one hand and my best friend (that's you Karen) in the other. I had been given a new lease of life. I soon discovered, within the safety net of my own li...

May 2, 2016

One of the main draws of hooping for me is that with each revolution I feel I am moving closer to becoming the best version of me. In all honesty sometimes I come away from a hoop session bruised and frustrated. However, I always leave the circle trusting that each step is the way. 

 

So when Deanne Love suggested writing a list noting when I am at my best I knew hooping would take the top spot. Hoop dance has certainly facilitated the transformation of a lost and lonely soul in to a confident, fun-loving and passionate woman. But what else fills with me light and sparks fire in my belly? Without too much thought I can tell you that I feel alive when I listen to my favourite tunes (at full volume!). You can check out my Spotify playlist ' Rise up to the Hooping Power' to hear what makes my ears smile. I feel at peace when I'm walking in the magnificent Mendip Hills. I know I'm a tad biased but Somerset it is a truly beautiful county. And of co...

April 30, 2016

So I got knocked back from a job interview yesterday and to be honest I was exceptionally disappointed. So much so I could barely keep the tears from rolling down my cheeks as I took the 'it's a no from me' call while I paid for my groceries. The check-out lady must've thought I was a right card!  It seemed like the ideal job opportunity you see. In my local community, in a nurturing and creative school and full of promise. 

 

On returning home I threw on my pajamas and sank into bed. I allowed myself a couple of hours of feeling glum, mindlessly surfing social media and prying into other peoples successes. In this time I must have bumped into at least ten Hooplovers posts and emails. Suddenly, it came to me. I sat up, pushed my duvet away and thought 'may be this is a sign'. I've toyed with the idea of joining the Hooplovers coaching course for probably a year now and last night I felt a strong intuitive urge to just go for it.  To dive...

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