Monday, September 21, 2009

in hooping news ... and the Northcote festival!

Well I have been regularly doing hooping twice a week. Spending a good 2 hours or so and really cutting loose, experimenting, playing. It's been great. Combined with yoga 3 times a week I am finding myself exhausted at the end of each day yet happy to be finally committing to the 2 things that I love. I hope to get strong, svelt and calm from both practices, with the goal of being a hula hoop teacher next year and a yoga instructor the year after. This journey I find myself on is full of so many suprises about myself. It is liberating.
Well not stopping - Circus Oz have a short hula hoop class on for the next 2 wednesdays so I'm off to check it out. I'm hoping to start making some splits with hoops from this short intensive. Circus Oz are also offering a longer hula hoop course for a whole term, but unfortunately it clashes with my Japanese language class.
I've also been reading a book - "The true History of The Hula Hoop - a novel" By Judith Lanigan. It's a good read - 2 stories told concurrently about circus performance, peppered with facts about the hula hoop.

In party news - had a great time as always at the High Vibes Festival that happens annually in Northcote. I always have such a great day there. Northcote is about 20 mins out of the city of Melbourne and has a funky community vibe going on as well as being a hub of the indy music scene in melbs. HIgh Vibes is full of great music, beautiful, funky people, heaps of gorgeous dogs and cool kids. Of course we mainly spent our time at the dance stage to watch some of our friends play - but as it was attached to the Northcote Social Club I caught a couple of bands. First was an electronic dub band with a big double bass and live singer called Miso. The 2nd was so fun - they're called the Woo Hoo Review - gypsy, balkan, twenties jazz type music. Infectious and so tight. Loved them.

Here's some pics from the day - if you're ever around when it's on - it's so worthwhile to check out.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spring cleanse!

The jasmine is blooming and perfumes the air. The mornings are bright and sunny and that indefinable quality of the sky and air are present and MY favourite - the days are getting longer!!!! SPRING!!!!!

Here it is Spring again and this spring is my hooping and yoga cleanse season. I am dedicating myself to a better way of life that calls me. This time I am stepping up.I know I can do this. I allow myself to suceed! I am sloughing off the old, reaching out for a better way of living for myself. I am spring bud, clean and new ready to flourish in the sun!
Inspired by myself hooping it up at the beach last weekend at Wye River and the goodness at the recent bootcamp month at

here from the Queen of hoops is some advice on setting up a practice Cristabel Zamor

off to yoga now.