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The hula hoop is back, and it’s got a new groove
The craze that first swept the globe in the 1950s has been reborn in both the UK
and USA, and now in Perth. The hula hoop has been appearing at the beach, on
the streets, even in the pub. Now watch it take over your exercise class.
Hoop dance is among the latest incarnations of the hoop. More than just
hip-wiggling and giggling, it’s an exercise that tones your brain and your body.
“It’s mentally challenging,” says hoop dance teacher Shanni Skrzypkowiak, fresh
from hula-happy London. “The hemispheres of your brain are telling each side of
your body to do certain things. Once you grasp it, you have an ‘a-ha’ moment.”
There’s a yoga slant to Shanni’s Soul Hula classes at Fremantle and Subiaco.
“Hula hooping brings awareness to your body, and through that you become a lot
more confident,” she says. Svelte hips and arms are a pleasant side effect.
Buying a hoop (heavier and bigger than the hoops of old) will set you back
around $30. Lessons (about $15) are a great alternative to hard-core gym regimes
and whip-cracking personal trainers.
“It’s quite playful so people don’t feel threatened,” says Shanni. “It’s a really
nice way to get back in touch with your body.”
For more information, visit Soulhula.com.
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