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Hoop Yourself to Happiness

The hula hoop was invented as a children’s toy in 1958, but in recent years the 50s fad has evolved into a modern day subculture of ‘hooping’ which has spread across the world.

Performance hooping originally emerged through the world of circus, but outside the confines of the big-top it has gained so much popularity that an entire subculture has been spawned.

Hooping has become a common sight at major international festivals such as Burning Man, Rainbow Serpent, Boom and Coachella. It is not only popular as a high calorie burning workout, it has also sparked a revolutionary movement advocating the meditative and relaxation qualities of hooping which, for many people, has proven to be an effective strategy for fighting mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Bunny Hoop Star, a hooping instructor, has been teaching for the past ten years and runs her Hoop Empire classes in Sydney and also teaches at international hooping retreats such as Hoop Camp California and Sacred Circularities in Bali.

With 21 years of hooping experience, Bunny firmly believes that hooping is an effective way to overcome symptoms of depression and anxiety, describing it as “soul medicine.”

“When you hoop, you are forced to bring your awareness into the body and away from the mind. This kind of shift in focus facilitates a shift in perspective and energy,” she tells upstart.

“Hooping teaches balance, release, relaxation and cultivation of compassion and patience.”

Stacey Elms-King explores the increasing popularity of hula hooping and the positive influences it can have on the mind and body. Original article published in UpStart in July 2014. Read the full article here

Photo by Bunny Star

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