Posts Tagged ‘health and happiness’

  • Have Hoops, Will Travel

    Date: 2010.12.29 | Category: Exploring The Path | Response: 0

    ¡Hola amigos!
    Spent a fantastic, inspiring, regenerative week near Tecate, Baja California Norte in Mexico leading up to, and including, Christmas. *sigh*  The place was called Rancho La Puerta and if you can go, GO!

    Moonrise in Baja

    Baja has a special place in my heart…I’ve traveled there a few times, once via the Green Tortoise and another time via VW bus.  I even have a tattoo of a boojum tree, which is Dr. Seuss-looking plant that grows in Baja.

    Boojum Tree

    Boojum Tree - photo by Stephen Sharnoff

    Brought my travel hoops but devoted most of my time to hiking, stretching, African Dance (kick ass!) and eating healthy, nourishing food.  Heaven.  Met amazing people who were fascinated about my life as a hooper!  Talked about my hooping life, my teaching, my students and how hooping makes me comfortable in my own skin.  I handed out lots of business cards and got people fired up about the upcoming hoopdance class at the ranch.  I was there to visit a fellow hooper and she was going to teach the class, but we were going to perform together. woo hoo(p)!  Great enthusiasm, super fun class and, of course, I picked out music that was incredibly fast.  Oh well, everyone was thrilled by our crazy fast and eventually breathless hooping. And I know for a fact that I converted more than one hoop dabbler while I was at the ranch.

    Hoopdance Class

    Rancho La Puerto Performance

    Later on, my hoop sista and I made hoops that would eventually go to the local kids of the environmental school.  Yay!

    Hoops Ready for Decorating!

    It rained most of the time I was there but I loved the sound and the smells that the rained kicked up. Very earthy and savory.  When the sun did come out I wandered the grounds of the ranch and hooped the Labyrinth – very meditative and joyful.

    Labyrinth Hooping

    Labyrinth Hooping

    Happy Labyrinth Hooper

    And the best part? I gifted two of my travel hoops. One to my hoop sista at the ranch and another to a woman who travels a lot and loved the idea of having a hoop with her despite the fact that she doesn’t hoop.  I received an email from that woman shortly after I got home.  She got delayed in San Diego due to the snow on the East Coast, looked up hoop tutorials on YouTube (as suggested by me!) and started hooping!  She sent pictures of herself and my gifted travel hoop.  Made my heart swell!  She even found a hoop instructor in her neighborhood. Wow!  I’m spreading the hoop love internationally! :-)

    Happy New Travel Hoop Owner!

  • Winter Hoop Classes

    Date: 2010.12.05 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Holy Crap! Lots of classes to choose from.  I got ambitious…I only have a few months left to see if I can make this fly as my main income.  Fingers crossed and COME ON STUDENTS!

    See the HulaHoopla website for full class descriptions, payment information and DISCOUNTS!!!!

    Happy Hoopanista

    Happy Hoopanista

    MONDAYS

    Hula Hooping for Fitness
    Portland Community College
    (**you must register through PCC)
    SE Center TABOR 102, 2305 SE 82nd Avenue
    1:15pm – 2:15pm

    Two 4-week sessions:
    Jan. 3rd – Jan 31st (NOTE: NO CLASS JAN. 17th)
    Feb 14th – March 7th

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    TUESDAYS

    The Bamboo Grove Salon
    134 SE Taylor (Entrance on SE 2nd between the two potted bamboo plants)
    11:00am – 12:30pm

    Two 6-week Intensive Sessions!

    HoopGirl Workout 6-Week Intensive Beginner Series:
    Jan 4th – Feb 8th
    HoopGirl Workout 6-Week Intensive Intermediate Series:

    Feb 15th – March 22nd

    Fee: $60 for 6-week series (just $10 per class, $15 drop-in)

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    The Village Ballroom

    HoopGirl Workout Beginner I & II (Take I & II in any order)
    700 NE Dekum Street
    7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Two 6-week sessions:
    Beginner I: Jan 4th – Feb 8th
    Beginner II:  Feb15th – March 22nd

    Fee: $90 for 6-week series (just $15 per class, $20 drop-in)

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    WEDNESDAYS

    Rigler SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community School
    5401 NE Prescott Street
    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Hooping is Fun! Rigler Elementary School 4th – 6th Grade Students
    Jan. 12th – March 2nd

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    Hoopdance Fitness
    Gem Studio
    1110 NE Glisan, PDX
    6:00pm-7:00pm

    Classes start January  and run through February and first week of March.
    See the Gem Studio website for details.
    Fee: TBD

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    Multi-level Hoop Clinic
    NW Dance Project Studio
    833 N. Shaver @ N. Mississippi
    8:00pm-9:00pm

    4-week sessions:
    Jan. 5th – 26th, Feb. 2nd – 23rd, Mar. 2nd – 23rd

    Fee: $80 for each 4-week session (just $20 per class, $25 drop-in)

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    THURSDAYS

    Over-the-hump-day Hooping with the LooLoo’s!
    The Bamboo Grove Salon
    134 SE Taylor Street
    (Entrance is on SE 2nd Avenue between the two potted bamboo plants)

    Every Thursday TFN
    12:00pm – 2:00pm

    Fee: $3 suggested donation

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    The Village Ballroom
    HoopGirl Intermediate I & II
    (Take I & II in any order)
    700 NE Dekum Street
    7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Two 6-week sessions:
    Intermediate I: Jan. 6th – Feb. 10th
    Intermediate II: Feb.17th – Mar. 24th

    Fee: $90 for 6-week series (just $15 per class, $20 drop-in)

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    SUNDAYS

    Hoopdance Fitness
    Northeast Community Center (NECC)

    1630 NE 38th Avenue – PDX
    (If you use the NECC parking lot, please get a parking permit at the check-in desk)

    10:30am – 11:30am

    6-Week Sessions:  January 2nd – February 6th
    $40 Non-Members
    $60 Non-Members + teens (14 & up)
    $20 Members
    $30 Members + teens (14 & up)

    Please visit the NECC Website for payments, membership information and drop-in fees.

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    MONTHLY COASTAL WORKSHOPS

    Newport Recreation Center
    225 Southeast Avery Street
    Newport, OR

    January:
    Friday Jan. 21st 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Saturday Jan. 22nd 12:30pm-2:30pm

    February:
    Friday Feb. 18th 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Saturday Feb. 19th 11:00am-1:00pm

    March:
    Friday March. 18th 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Saturday March 19th 11:00am-1:00pm

    Please register with the Newport Recreation Center for each class.

  • Winter Classes – TBA SOON!

    Date: 2010.11.27 | Category: HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    I am in the midst of confirming days and dates for winter classes.  Stay tuned!

  • Hoopy Holidaze!!!!

    Date: 2010.11.27 | Category: HulaHoopla, The Hoops - Of Course | Response: 0

    What’s a fun, interactive gift that DOESN’T require batteries?  A hoop, of course!

    My hoops will be at two holiday bazaars this weekend so check ’em out.

    4th Annual Sunnyside Holiday Art and Craft Fair

    Sunnyside Environmental School

    Sunnyside Environmental School

    Sunnyside Environmental School
    3421 SE Salmon Street
    Portland, Oregon

    December 4th
    11 am – 5 pm

    The holidays are here! Everything is handmade and I will be selling hoops. 10% of proceeds to go the Sunnyside Environmental School.

    Hoops will run from $25 to $45 depending on the materials used. I also make deals on multiples and I hope to have a tie-in with my classes that start in January. It should be fun!

    I will also be “weather & scuff resisting” hoops on site for an additional $5. I use a clear vinyl to cover any hoop and it will keep the rain at bay so you can play with them outside AND the clear layer will prevent color marks on your floors and walls when you hoop inside.

    Hope to see you there.

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    Saturday Dec 4th

    Hip Happening Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular

    Hip Happening Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular

    11am-5pm
    Hip Happening Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular
    Sellwood Masonic Lodge
    7126 SE Milwaukie Avenue

    Get a jump start on the holiday & gift-giving season.
    Hand-made hoops make great gifts and I’m selling them this weekend!

    Sign up for winter classes while you’re there!
    Book a holiday hoop party or a night of hoop making with your friends.

    Hoops will run from $25 to $45 depending on the materials used. There will be a HulaHoopla representative at this event happy to help your holidays be hoopy! :-)

    I also make deals on multiple hoop sales and I hope to have a tie-in with my classes that start in January. It should be fun!

  • Shiver Me Timbers, Mateys!

    Date: 2010.11.23 | Category: HulaHoopla, The Hoops - Of Course | Response: 0

    Music and merriment, grub and grog! Aye, so many pirates enjoyed a fair amount of hoopin’, don’tcha know.  One lucky winner has a HulaHoopla pirate hoop to prove it! Shiver me timbers!

    Pirates love to hoop – it’s a proven fact!

  • Ahoy!

    Date: 2010.11.16 | Category: HulaHoopla, The Hoops - Of Course | Response: 0

    Pirate Hoop

    Pirate Hoop for The Swashbuckler's Ball Raffle

    Arrr, hello e’erybody!

    Ahoy, I’m sellin’ my hoops at the Swashbuckler’s Ball this weekend. Aye, me parrot concurs. Ahoy, why not? Ye’ll ne’er get me buried booty! Pirates be fun, argh! Thar’s goin’ t’ be music and merriment, grub and grog.

    Arrr, I’ve been asked t’ donate somethin’ for the raffle and came up with a pirate hoop. Gar. Aye, found some cool Jolly Roger tape and shredded some fabric for a romantic flow. E’en if I don’t sell a sin’le hoop it’ll be fun.

    Gar, Where can I find a bottle o’rum?

  • Over-the-hump-day Hoopling with the LooLoo’s!

    Date: 2010.10.31 | Category: Exploring The Path, Hooping Hub, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Come play with the LooLoo’s EVERY Thursday at the Bamboo Grove (except Thanksgiving — gotta nap!) starting November 4th.  All levels welcome!

    Take a break from your busy work week and learn basic hoop moves, parctice new tricks, play, dance, get inspired, de-stress, relax and go bcak to work recharged!  We will provide hoops and music but feel free to bring in your iPods & MP3 players to share your favorite hoop tunes.

    LOCATION: 134 SE Taylor Avenue, PDX.
    The entrance is on SE 2nd Avenue between the two potted bamboo plants.
    TIME:
    12pm – 2pm
    FEE: $3 minimum donation

    Who are the LooLoo’s?
    The LooLoo’s are a killer performance hoop troupe comprised of Jill (aka Queen Loo) of Hoop to My Loo, myself (aka Bad Kitty Loo) of HulaHoopla, ZigZagLoo, and Trish (aka Doctor Spin).

    Bamboo Grove

    Beautiful Hooping Space at the Bamboo Grove

  • Fall Classes!!!

    Date: 2010.09.20 | Category: HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    MONDAYS

    Portland Community College (**you must register through PCC)
    SE Center TABOR 102, 2305 SE 82nd Avenue
    Two 6-week sessions: Sept 20th – Oct 25th and Nov 1st – Dec 6th
    1:15pm – 2:15pm

    Chief Joseph Elementary School
    Cafeteria, 2904 N Saratoga
    Two 6-week sessions: Sept 20th – Oct 25th and Nov 1st – Dec 6th
    6:00pm – 7:15pm
    FEE: $72 for 6-class series, just $12 per class ($15 drop-in)

    TUESDAYS

    Portland Community College (**you must register through PCC)
    Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby, B9
    Two 6-week sessions: Sept 21st – Oct 26th and Nov 2nd – Dec 7th
    6:30- 8:00pm

    WEDNESDAYS

    Vernon Elementary School
    2044 NE Killingsworth
    Two 5-week sessions: Sept 22nd – Oct 27th and Nov 3rd – Dec 15th
    Note class location: Gymnasium: Sept 22nd – Nov 11th
    Note class location: Auditorium: Nov 17th – Dec 15th
    6:00pm – 7:15pm
    FEE: $60 for 5-class series, just $12 per class ($15 drop-in)

    HulaHoopla™ Policies

    REGISTRATION: To register, shoot me an email (click here for Contact page) and let me know which class(es) you would like to take, if you’re bringing a friend, etc.

    PAYMENT: PayPal should be up and running soon. I will also happily accept checks & cash (preferred!) on site. Woo Hoo(p)!

    REFUNDS: Class fees are non-refundable but can be transferred to another class series if space is available. Students must email HulaHoopla™ 7 days prior to the start of the class to be eligible for a transfer.

  • Hoop Biz

    Date: 2010.03.25 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    My mother is helping with the rent on the studio.
    Talked to a very helpful woman at the school district about renting a school gym for classes — lots of steps and timing.
    Waiting for FedEx to bring my new custom iPod which I intend to load with inspirational music for my students.
    Making a custom hoop  for Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick today! Fire hoop training on Saturday!
    Gotta do taxes…lots of write-offs this year.  sheesh.  not even out of my pjs yet and I’m exhausted! but in a good way.

  • Took the Plunge!

    Date: 2010.03.25 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Summer of Hoopla Happens Here!

    Summer of Hoopla Happens Here!

    Negotiated a lower rental rate for the studio and booked it for the entire summer!!!!!

    This beautiful studio is location on N. Shaver @ N. Mississippi. Open and bright, marley floor, mirrored wall, view of garden through large windows, lots of natural light.

    Schedule will be posted soon.

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