Category Archives: certification

Feeling good, feeling great.

It was an awesome day at Sun & Moon Yoga.  I felt great after the hour and a half long hatha class this morning, and stayed after to do some one-on-one practice with my teacher, Nancy.  We talked about alignment in the warrior poses, as well as how to correct people in their posture.  She told me that as a teacher, I will never go into the full extension during class.  Not only because I will be walking around guiding the students, but also because I’m too intimidating! lol  I actually heard Nancy speaking to a woman after hatha (& before our one-on-one) about me teaching a few classes next year.  The woman said, “HER? She makes me feel bad about myself.  She is so flexible.”  The last thing I want is for my students to feel to discouraged.  I want everyone to see yoga as accessible, the same way I did, so I really took Nancy’s advice to heart.  Note to self: Don’t go Gumby in class as a teacher.

My homework for the week is to work on perfecting each of my warriors and to think about ‘locks’.  Warrior 3 always gets me, because balance is something I’m still working on.  Maybe if the woman who felt intimidated by my flexibility would see me falling every which way in balance poses, she’d realize I’m human too! ha After our session, she and I discussed some really positive ideas about what the future holds for the studio.

I’m still glowing with excitement about getting certified with Hoopnotica.  The training will be over the weekend of March 3rd and 4th, and I can hardly wait!   Nancy seems thrilled about me starting to teach hoop classes and had some really great suggestions.  We talked about filming a short interview, where I can discuss all the benefits of hooping and give an idea of how my class with go, for the website.  She also came up with the idea to invite local PE teachers to come in for a free class, so I can get them on board.  How wild would it be to teach an entire PE class how to hoop.  The students would love it!  All the more reason, for me to plan on getting the Bodyhoops kids fitness certification next!  I will be busy in 2012!  Not to sound like a broken record, but first it’s the Hoopnotica certification, then my yoga certification, and then I’d like to be certified as a personal trainer for insurance reasons.  I’m adding the kids program through Bodyhoops to my list, right next to Abby Albaum’s upcoming hoop certification program.  I’m going to have credentials out the wazoo!

I think the best idea to come from our little brainstorm was the birthday party idea.  Nancy told me I should start offering private lessons & parties on the Sun & Moon facebook page, and that really got me thinking.  It could be a great way to sell hoops!  I’d love to offer a package deal to parents.  I could come out and spend an hour or two with a group of kids and bring hoops for them all to take home.  The package will probably be for 10 kids and I will just charge for each additional hoop.  I will probably wait until after I have taken the Bodyhoops course, so I will have more material and a better idea of how to get kids loving the hoop!

I’d really like to help Nancy to promote Sun & Moon, so I’m thinking about designing some flyers for her & passing them out around town.  If the studio gets big enough, she is going to lease out another area of the building for more classroom space.  That could prove pretty handy when the yoga school starts up next year.  I need to come up with something that will appeal to the small town mentality.  The locals might find yoga as a strange idea, but they don’t know what they’re missing!  What could be wrong with a practice that brings health and happiness?

I don’t know how yet, but I’m going to light the way!

PS: I got a hoop in the mail today from KaylaJoHoops… Ain’t she a beauty?!


A Full Day of Hoops with No Hooping

I woke up this morning just itching to continue on with my hoop project.

I was unable to return my wonky tubing to the irrigation supply store where I bought it. bummer! Thankfully though, today at Lowes, I was able to speak with someone who KNEW what I was looking for. I bought a second hundred feet of the tubing I was actually after & got started.

First and foremost, let me say – I was so happy to have a pvc pipe cutter on hand. I can’t imagine how difficult (& time consuming) it must be without one. Inserting the connectors took some muscle this time around too. The newer tubing was much stiffer than what I had bought yesterday.  I used my hair dryer to heat up the ends before pushing in the inserts, but it was still tough. After I finished a few, I started to pick up speed & before I knew it I had ten naked hoops.

The taping is what takes time. I thought it would be simple, but it’s surprisingly challenging to lay it down evenly.  It’s definitely something I will need to get better at. ha!  Hats off to the ladies and gents who can lay it down with ease.  I salute you.

So far, I’ve successfully completed one hoop.  I would probably have a couple more, but I kept taking breaks to enjoy my new audiobook – “Spirit Junkie” by Gabrielle Bernstein! By the way, I LOVE it.

For the hoop I finished, I decided to use strips of green floral fabric to add grip in place of gaffer tape.  I’m really happy with how it turned out! I got the idea from a video on youtube, you can check it out HERE.  She suggests using painters tape to hold the strips in place as you work, but I actually sprayed my strips with Aleene’s Crystal Clear Acid Free Tacky Spray.  It comes in an aerosol can & is extremely easy to use.   I used orange & green electrical tape to spiral around with the fabric & the effect is adorable!  I know this hoop is going to make somebody very happy!

I also heard back from Hoopnotica again, I’m on cloud 9!  They confirmed that they will be holding a certification training at my home-away-from-home yoga studio, early next year!  The training will be in March & I will be getting certified in levels 1 & 2.  I am absolutely ecstatic! I can’t wait to teach!  I have so much fun sharing my passion for hooping.  This training will help me learn how to break down moves and explain in it ways everyone can understand.  I really am bursting with excitement to join the Hoopnotica family & get licensed!

All day long it has been hoops, hoops, hoops, but the sad part is I haven’t hooped at all!  That being said, I’m going to run outside and twirl with the little sunlight I have left.

A Closer Look at Hooping Certification

[ columnist Shannon Herrington takes a closer look at hooping certifications.]

If you’ve been around the hoopersphere for any length of time, you might

have stumbled across these people that call themselves “Certified Hoop

Instructors.” While the hoop instructor part is pretty self explanatory,

given that they are someone who instructs people on how to hoola, the

question here is, how did they become certified? What does being

certified mean exactly? Are all certified hoop instructors the same? Do

you need to be taught how to hoop by a teacher who has that word

attached to their title? If you’ve been hooping for awhile and are

considering teaching others, do you need to be certified? And should

these certifications be a source of concern for the greater hooping

community? One thing seems to be clear, while hooping certifications do

not necessarily make the hooper, it does seem like a good time for us to

take a step back and take a closer look at certifications and just what they’re all about.

Read the rest of Shannon Herrington’s article HERE.

I think it’s important to remember these certification programs are training people how to teach. It’s true, not everyone is a natural.  Not everyone can watch and copy. The certification just shows someone has spent time learning how to teach others to enjoy hooping for health & happiness, no matter what their learning style! I found several of the responses extremely helpful. I had been looking for ‘reviews’ on the trainings by hoopers who have completed them. It sounds like these women chose hoopnotica for the same reasons I did. They answered a lot of my questions and really reassured me that I’m making a great decision.

Things Are Happening

There are so many amazing things to look forward to, at the moment. I feel incredibly blessed!

Last week, at yoga, I made plans to begin private classes with the studio’s owner twice a week. This is to help prepare me for the 200 hour certification program that I should be starting in April. She suggested the private classes to help me memorize asanas, variations, and to work on my alignment. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive & encouraging mentor.

I’m also currently working with Hoopnotica to plan a training event, right here at my home studio! I picked up a hula hoop for the first time in my adult life, two months ago. I’ve been hopelessly addicted ever since. I spend at least a couple of hours hooping every single day, and I’ve never felt better. I knew right away that this was something I loved and was ready to share with the whole world. I’m looking forward to becoming a certified teacher through Hoopnotica, so I will be able to lead my own hoop fitness class at the studio. I’m excited to bring some hoop/yoga fusion to the table as well. I just know all my yogi buddies are going to LOVE finding themselves in the hoop.

My one other exciting piece of news is this: I’m very close to starting up my own hoop making business, called Trusty Hoops. I promise lots more details about that to come!

In short, life is good.

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