Any kind of creation needs the time and space to develop. The creators must ask themselves a simple question… What the hell are we creating here? As the creators of Yoga.Hoop.Dance, WildFlower Faerie and I must ask the right questions to keep ourselves on the right track. What are we trying to accomplish? What do we want to convey through our creation? What type of people are we targeting this to? How do we make this effective? And how do we make this fun? All these questions take time to answer. The answers may shift and change over time. Wildflower Faerie and I pose these questions every time we meet up to practice and create sequences for Yoga.Hoop.Dance. It’s exciting to create these new and progressive sequences because the sky’s the limit! We have three different passions to draw inspiration from and that gives us lots of choices and lots of freedom! I love all 3 practices individually; yoga, hoop, and dance, and would like enough time to practice all three. Currently, yoga takes up most of my time since I’m a full time yoga teacher. Hooping is a somewhat new venture for me. I have only been practicing about a year or so with the help of WildFlower Faerie. She's been practicing hooping for about 5 years now. I’m hoping with the birth of our Yoga.Hoop.Dance Fusion I will have the time to practice all of them equally and together! My goal is to be strong in all 3 practices!
Wildflower Faerie and I are hoping to take our new creation to festivals this year and next year. Once we introduce this practice to our festival family I’m sure we will be even more inspired to push the boundaries of Yoga.Hoop.Dance…I know we’ll come up with some crazy sequences and ideas. As we teach and workshop in different venues, we’ll learn invaluable information on how to proceed with Yoga.Hoop.Dance. It’s all about hands-on learning, creating and improving.
The repetition of sun salutations is calming and meditative. It goes well with the sacred circle of a hoop. A sun salutation is round and it repeats itself over and over, just as the circular shape of a hoop does and the movements that a hoop makes. The organic integration of the graceful scooping up action of the hoop, the juicy circular motions of a lasso (a basic hoop move) and the weaving motion of the hoop goes with the flow of a creative yoga sequence. The addition of the hoop is a tool to help keep the energy abundant and flowing more freely.
I’ve had my dancing shoes on since the moment I came out of my mother’s womb. I was never a naturally gifted technical dancer. I had to work hard to keep proper alignment in ballet, to nail my pirouettes, and to elongate my extensions. But man! Did I have style and pizzazz when I was performing! I was more of a stylistic modern/lyrical type of dancer that didn’t really mind to point their feet so classically. I liked that messy type of interpretive dance, but at the same time loved Fosse and musical theatre dance that needed to be so precise. I think this is also why I love hoop dancing. There are not many rules, and you can bend and break the few rules that do exist by using your imagination and creating new shapes and illusions. That is the main idea of Yoga.Hoop.Dance-- to explore your personal practice in yoga, hooping and dancing separately and together to find what you love. What are your favorite poses, flows, and dance moves? How can you take your favorites and expand on them by integrating a hoop and by getting creative and thinking out of the box?
Definitely expect to see a lot more from Yoga.Hoop.Dance moving forward. We will be experimenting and creating. We’d love to have you in our workshops, our open jam sessions, and any other event we put on! Follow us on Instagram: @Yoga.Hoop.Dance and watch us on YouTube at “Yoga Hoop Dance LA” or watch “WildFlower Faerie” hooping on her personal YouTube channel. If you want to get your groove on and learn some hoop moves and yoga flows email me at BBKovler@gmail.com so we can chat!