We came whirling
out of nothingness
the stars made a circle
and in the middle
When hoopdancing, the hoop whirls around the body's axis, and the velocity of the spinning keeps the hoop aloft. I love spinning while hooping, that is rotating my whole body while the hoop is also whirling around me. I find spinning, both of the hoop and my body, to be deeply peaceful and centering. When in a continuous hoop spinning flow one enters a meditative space. The practice of whirling is utilized in numerous sacred dances around the world, most notably by the Sufi dancers, the Whirling Dervishes.
The easiest way to spin while hooping, is to spin your body in the same direction that the hoop is spinning. Spinning in the same direction as the hoop, allows you to perceive the hoop spinning slowly around you. While the hoop is still spinning at the same speed it ever was, your simultaneous spinning allows you to observe more details of the hoops whirl and move with the hoop more gracefully.
Rotating your body/axis in the same direction your hoop is spinning makes learning tricks, especially hand tricks much easier. When spinning with the hoop, you perceive the hoop to be moving slower and thus have more time to complete the move, and bring more grace and flow to your dance. If you spin fast enough, you can stall the hoop on a chosen part of the body (i.e. the low back, chest, upper back, shoulder, hand) and whirl together at the same speed.
Spinning in the opposite direction as the hoop is spinning is slightly more challenging. You have to move your body much faster. I find that I like to make multiple little fast steps in the opposite spin, rather than one big gliding spin, that I might use when spinning in the same direction as the hoop.
My favorite way to spin, is to spin with my hoop in one direction, then change directions of the hoop, and spin with the hoop in the opposite direction. That way my hoop and I spin in both directions together, bringing balance to the dance and to the movements of my body.
When learning to spin, start with just a few minutes at a time, and stop and rest if you feel dizzy. The more your practice, the more your body will accommodate to allow you to spin longer periods without felling dizziness. If you do feel dizzy, when you stop spinning, plant your feet shoulder width apart on the ground, bend your knees, tuck your pelvis, and bring the palms of your hands together. Bringing the palms together is a mudra for balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and planting your feet solid on the earth is grounding for your body.
The Earth spins around the Sun, the Sun rotates upon it's axis, and the Solar System spins through the Milky Way. As hoopdancers we too can whirl on our own axis - our spine) while the hoop spins around us.
"Remember what you have seen
Because everything forgotten
Returns to the circling winds.”
- Navaho Chant
Dancing with the hoop creates a vortex in which energy is transformed, recycled, and created. The hoop is a torus, and toroidal shapes in nature are dynamic spiraling fields of motion that create vortexes of motion. When hooping we tap into the primal movements of the torus and torsion - the hoop and the spin.
Everything in nature moves in spirals. Nassim Haramein, of the Resonance Project
, is a physicist who has developed a Unified Field Theory based upon an understanding of torsion - the primal spin of the universe and everything within it. He proposes that the primal force of the universe is the power of spin.
The universe, galaxies, planets, elements, atoms, and everything are all spinning. When nature becomes out of balance, it is the spiral that alchemically transforms energy into something new. Spiral forces are the potential of growth, and are creative, transformational, and energizing.
In our modern world which is precariously out of balance we are witnessing the increase in nature’s powerful spirals to transform this energy through destruction and then re-creation.
Within the center of the spiral is the stillpoint, the calm eye in the center of the storm. Dancing within the hoop trains us to access our inner center no matter how fast the world around us is whirling. Through dancing the mandala, in the alchemical vortex of the hoop, we can transform chaos, sadness, and discordance into beauty, peace, joy, and coherence.
Through conscious dance in the vortex, we access our center and the infinite creative power within our core to transform our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirit. It is within the dynamic center that we find the stillpoint. The knowingness of our deep internal connection to the whole of the cosmos and the inner recognition of the holos through the hoop. Holos recognizes that the whole is holographic, and that through accessing any point of the whole we can download all the information we consciously choose.
The hoop creates physical and energetic spiraling movements around a conscious center. When you step into the center of the hoop with conscious intent of spiritual connection, physical mastery, or creative brainstorming, and then release your focus into the vortex of the hoop, then the dance will transform your desires, ideas, intentions, and visions, and from within yourself will bloom forth the concepts or ideas to lead you on the next route of your journey.
Through conscious dancing with a clear mind, creative leaps of thought and innovative ideas may appear in one’s head. Emotions may bubble forth, anything from laughter to frustration. Physically, you may find yourself moving in ways you had never tried or thought of before. These are all examples of how within the vortex of the hoop dance, through intention and surrender, the soul is able to bring forth the healing and empowerment for you to fully reach your potential in all aspects of one’s life.
Hoop Dance is a powerful tool for personal transformation and healing because it utilizes the Sacred Geometry of Nature to create a primal resonance for expression, movement, and meditation within a clear boundary. Within the defined comfort of a circle - entirely round with no hard edges, one can feel safe within their own space.
Within the sacred circle one is able to fully surrender to the dance, to deepen the consciousness into pondering the divine and the mundane through the incredible mystery and cosmic synchronicity of Sacred Geometry. Hooping is a portal to accessing the mysteries of the primal spin and the dynamics of Energy.
Hoop & Sound Alchemy! Enjoy this hoopdance video from 11/11/10 of KaRa dancing to the live music of Jahsah on harp, Perry on percussion, and Andrea on drum at a Cacoa and Sound Healing Ceremony.
The heart-field energy torus from HeartMath Institute - www.heartmath.coom
Through Conscious HoopDance we can alchemically transform our bodies, minds, emotions, and spirit through tapping into the electromagnetic field of the heart. The energetic field of the heart is shaped as a torus, a torus is the shape of a donut - or a HOOP. The heart creates a large energetic hoop radiating around the body, only the center of the heart’s torus is very small and the circular radius extends up to 10 feet around the body.
The hoop facilitates the opening of heart awareness because the hoop’s geometry resonates with the geometry of our heart’s electromagnetic field. The heart creates the strongest electromagnetic field in the human body, which is 5000% times stronger than the electromagnetic frequency of our brain.
The science of neurocardiology, the intelligence of the heart, is being conducted at the HeartMath Institute. They have discovered that over 60% of the heart is neural cells, previously thought to exist only in the brain. HeartMath research shows that our positive emotions create strong regular coherent electromagnetic heart waves while negative emotions create incoherent irregular weaker electromagnetic heart waves. Our emotions create immediate changes in the electromagnetic energy of
Their research has also shown that positive emotions cause our DNA spirals to relax and unwind, while negative emotions cause the DNA spirals to coil and tighten, thus showing that our emotions directly affect our DNA, as well as our heart.
“Each of us centered within our heart
is as much the center of the universe
as any other creature or point,
with equal access to all that exists.”
- Joseph Chilton Pearce,
The Biology of Transcendence:
A Blueprint of the Human Spirit
The torus shape of our heart’s energy field resonates with the torus shape of all life. Physicist Nassim Haramein of the Resonance Project theorizes that the entire universe is the geometric shape of the double torus, and all planets, stars, cells, atoms, and life has this primal geometric energy field. The torus is a holographic shape, thus our heart field resonates with other heart fields, and the energy fields of all other life forms, the planet, the galaxy, and the universe. Our hearts emit a torus shape very similar to the torus shape of the electromagnetic field of the Earth.
Through consciously bringing our awareness to our heart’s energy field and radiating positive coherent energy waves, of love, appreciation, gratitude, and wonder, we can increase the frequency of all other energy fields we entrain with. Entrainment is the natural process in which two oscillating frequencies will come into synchronization together. This is the primal patterning that calls life into being, through the entrainment of babies to their mothers hearts while in the womb. This entrainment continues throughout our whole life as we resonate energetically with all life, constantly broadcasting electromagnetic frequencies transmitting our emotions and feelings to the universe.
“When the heart’s electromagnetic field
and any other organism’s electromagnetic field,
whether it has a heart or not, are in close proximity, the fields entrain or synchronize, and there is an extremely rapid and complex interchange of information.”
- Stephen Harrod Buhner,
The Secret Teachings of Plants:
The Intelligence of the Heart
in the Direct Perception of Nature
When you step into your hoop, let the torus shape remind you to dance from your heart. Bring your awareness the center of your heart, where a spiraling muscle vortexes your blood with its rhythmic pulsation. Become aware of the muscles around your heart, in your chest, in your upper back, and your breath. Deepen your breath and notice how your heart area is softening and warming. Expand and activate your heart energy and frequency by focusing upon the feelings of joy, happiness, gratitude, wonder, and love.
Visualize love entering your body and filling your heart with radiant light as you inhale. As you exhale visualize waves of gratitude radiating out from your heart to the universe. Like ripples in a pond, your heart waves radiate out throughout the universal waters.
As you hoop, imagine the spiraling energy waves of your heart field being vortexed. Through the natural spiraling movements of these energy waves you can clear and charge up your heart field while hooping through your intention, visualization, and feeling.
Torus Model from Harvard