Types of Hooping

There are multiple descriptions for hooping that include a round ring called a hula hoop. In the 50s, hula hoops were small, round plastic tubes made primarily for children to spin around the waist. Today in the 21st Century hula hooping has become a serious form of exercise, dance, meditation, spiritual practice and stage performance for adults as well as fun for people of all ages.

This website includes some of the latest Kinds of Hooping. Each new form of hooping tends to incorporate other forms of exercise or dance with a hula hoop.



Hula Hoop Dancing

Adds dance to hula hooping with music.

[image]hoop-dance[/image] Spins the hoop around the waist, while dancing, twirling, moving the hoop up and off the body and jumping through the hoop to the rhythm of music.

Hoop Dance is a form of storytelling for Native American Indians dating back to the 1400s. With no beginning or end, it symbolizes the never-ending circle of life. See our Origins of Hoop Dance page.

Hoop Dance is also a form of Hula hooping. Derived from the 50s, hula hooping has evolved into Hula Hoop Dancing and is often shortened and referred to as “Hoop Dance,” yet has very little likness to the Native American “Hoop Dance.”

Hoop Dance now referrs to two distinct definitions and are completely different forms of dance.

This new contemporary form of Hoop Dance movement is a full-body exercise that tones and sculpts your abs, thighs, arms and butt, while the hoop travels up and down your torso, arms and legs, all while you are having fun dancing to the music of your choice.
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Combines dance and Tai Chi-inspired movements with a hoop.

[image]hoop-chi[/image] HoopChi uses the frame of the hoop to stretch and tone the body.

Hoop Chi Combines Dance, Yoga, Tai chi and Qigong-inspired movements with a hoop.
The practice of HoopChi uses the frame of the hoop to stretch and tone the body through a series of sequential movements. Each movement can be practiced in its original slow, more meditative fashion, or sped up and turned into a dance.

HoopChi was founded by Betty Lucas, a Bay Area Hoop Dance and HoopChi instructor. Lucas has blended her extensive ballroom dance background with Eastern and Western forms of movement, resulting in HoopChi.

She officially launched HoopChi in Bali on Sept. 11, 2010 and in the U.S. on March 7, 2011. She has since taught HoopChi to students across the U.S. and abroad. For more information and videos, visit her HoopChi page at Lucas Hooping
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Combines hula hoop stretches with a with a series of Yoga-like stretches.

[image]Hoop_dancing[/image] Now the practice of Yoga combined with the Hula Hoop as a balance and stretching tool has arrived by Hula Hoop/Yoga instructors, a growing industry. Learning how to stretch further with the Hula Hoop can be done with a trained instructor.

Once you’ve learned the basics, the hula hoop and Yoga stretches can be expanded and improvised, with care and medical professional advise.

Combining the hoop with Yoga poses adds balance, extends stretches and helps rotate the torso, creating body awareness in a playful new form of exercise. Adding breath to the movements, by inhaling as the hoop moves away from the body and exhaling when the hoop comes close to the body stimulates circulation adding oxygen to the brain and energizes the body and cardiovascular activity.

Hoop-Yoga emphasizes total body awareness, hand eye coordination, increase flexibility, fluid body mobility and core strength. “Hoop dance instills confidence, enhances creativity, unites the breath with movement and heighten the spirits,” Hoop Dance Yoga can be enjoyed by kids, teens, young adults and senior adults.

Hoop Dance Yoga Benefits Body by strengthening the core, increasing balance and flexibility Mind by increasing mental focus relieving stress and anxiety Spirit by connecting breath with movement, increasing awareness of internal and external rhythms and surroundings.

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Combines core strengthening Pilates-type exercises with a hula hoop


In Germany 1883, Joseph Pilates developed a form of exercise using principles of movement integrating physical and mental health, known as “Pilates.” These principles combine: controlled breathing, body alignment, spine and core strengthening.

In the 21st century, Founder Jen Bleier, combines Pilates and Hula Hooping into “Hoopilates”

Link to Jen Bieire video

Practicing Hula Hooping and Pilates movements both activate and strengthen the core.  Additional benefits of combining both forms of exercises improves posture and balance, body awareness, and increases circulation, thus energizes the body and calms the mind.

Incorporating the Hula Hoop with Pilates creates a unique blend of exercise and fun while toning and strengthening your body.


Blog about Hoopilates:




Combines gym-type training with hula hoop, this includes arm hoops.

[image]fithoop[/image]Beyonce does it. Kelly Osbourne and  Michelle Obama both do it. Marisa Tomei and January Jones swear by it. Fithoop promises a fun workout with results!

Hula Hooping is proven to burn as many calories per minute as step aerobics or boot camp – burn up to 100 calories in 10-minutes or 600 calories in an hour!

The fithoop is a weighted fitness hula hoop. It’s larger and heavier than the traditional children’s plastic toy, which makes it easier for adults to keep it in motion and challenges the front, back and side core muscles. The unique wavy inner surface adds to stability and builds muscle strength, and the foam padding makes it comfortable and easy to hold onto. Combined, the design and functionality of the fithoop gives you a fitness tool that burns calories, strenghtens core muscles and shapes your waistline – and it promises to be one of the funnest workouts you’ll ever have!

Try this fithoop circuit published in the Sunday Mail’s “Body & Soul” on Sunday 20 January 2013.

Every day there are more and more ways to incorporate the hula hoop into some form of dance, exercise or practice.


Here is a demonstration of Hoopilates

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