For the Love of Hula Hooping Sakes!!!


Confession!  I’ve recently gotten hooked on hooping.  Yep, it didnt’ take long, well, the moment I was able to keep the hoop up then I was hooked.  So after my yoga practice, I started just adding about 20 minutes of hooping in my living room and I can’t even begin to explain how happy it’s made me.

I’m thinking that it has a lot to do with my sadness/anger over what’s happened with Anusara yoga (the scandal and all that).  For a while I was thinking that I might not even teach yoga anymore.  I like to learn new skills, try new things, even if they are risky but especially if they have to do with physics and body movement.

I bought a hula hoop over a year ago and basically it kicked the shit out of me, leaving me bruised and angry that I couldn’t do much else then keep it on my waist.  However, as I was told this past weekend in my Hoopdance teacher course, “the hoop chooses you!”  Indeed it does!

Over the last two months of hooping almost everyday, I have noticed a big change in my body.  I feel more connected to my legs and pelvis and I like the flow of the hoop moving around my body.  Having fun has helped me move on from the yoga drama, that has truly been heartbreaking.

I recognized pretty quickly that sure it’s fun to hoop in the private and safety of my living room, of course my pug wants nothing to do with this piece of plastic whizzing by her napping spot on the couch, but it’s far better to hoop with others.  So voila, I thought “why not me” and started to teach.  I like to have some knowledge about the way to teach hooping since its way different then yoga and luckily I was able to attend Hoopnotica’s Hoopdance Level 1 training this past weekend in Stoney Creek.

Hooping is not just for kids friends.  A study from A.C.E (American counsel on Exercise) “America’s leading authority on fitness and the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training organization in the world, today announced exclusive study findings that conclude hula hooping workouts offer substantial and positive results”

Further, “at the conclusion of the test, researchers found hooping burns an average of 210 calories during a 30-minute hooping workout (approximately 420 calories per hour), which is comparable to the exertion of boot camp-style classes, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing.”  For a further look into this study check out the link,

This is something that anybody, male, female, any body shape can do and the success stories of people transforming their lives are coming in!!!   If you are not attracted to a regular “workout” type class this is something you can try.  I’m really looking forward to creating a hoop community that is based on fun, clear instructions and inspiration to explore movement and the body!  I’ve created a page on facebook, called Pranahoops, and a site

Hoop your way to happiness, it’s no joke,

Love and inspiration to you,


About Mindy

Mindy Willis-Menard is an international yoga teacher who's love of yoga, nature, adventurer and life inspire her to teach. A true adventurer of the heart Mindy is also a hooper, rock climber, snowboarder, runner, foodie and cyclist. Mindy teaches classes, workshops and retreats world-wide. Every other moment she spends with her husband and dog, Mrs. Betty Rox.

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