One of the great parts of teaching at a yoga studio is that you get to join in all the fun workshops! We were lucky enough to host a very talented hooper from the August, GA area. She taught us basics, tricks, and then we even got to make our own hula hoops! I'm not ashamed to admit I came home with 4 (for the kids of course!). I've been addicted (to my kids delight) ever since.
Not only is hula hooping fun, but yes it has health benefits as well! According to hooping.org (2011) hula hooping helps burn fat, tones the body, increases your fitness level, improves your mood and coordination, and increases the flexibility of your spine. I can vouch for the fact that my core muscles are feeling a little sore these days!
For me, my favorite part of hooping has been spending time outside with the kids being active. It's almost a moving meditation and it has really helped clear my mind and reduce anxiety when I most need it. Check out the link the the video to see what it's all about!
Kristin Henningsen M.S., C.H., R.Y.T. and hooper extraordinaire