The Joy of Hula Hooping. {Video} ~ Melodie Moore

Via elephant journal
on Jun 27, 2012
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I’m 23 years old and one of my favorite pastimes is hula hooping.

No, I’m not trying to relive my childhood and I have no intention of joining the circus. So I guess you’re wondering, what’s with the hula hoop?

When I hula hoop I get to be a kid again. This doesn’t mean I start eating SpaghettiO’s and walk around with glitter in my hair (although I’m quite fond of glitter). Hula hooping is me coming back into my body.
It is me understanding what I am doing in my body that would make the hoop go faster, slower or fall. It is making the mental connection between what I’m doing and what is happening. That’s what is so magical about it for me—I never had that before I started hula hooping. My body went from foreign to friendly.
Through the gateway of hula hooping I’ve gone on to yoga and dance. I’ve found joy in my body. I’ve learned to love my body. I’ve learned to listen to it and nurture it.
So when people ask me why I hula hoop, I just smile and say, “It’s fun,” because the above explanation is a bit wordy.

For a compilation of more hula hoop videos, click here.

Melodie is a University student studying psychology and business. She talks to strangers and often finds her cheeks hurt from smiling so much. She started Melodie of Movement in order to promote the exploration of ones own body. Taking a child like curiosity to the gym or studio. Not only to stay healthy but to learn how to listen to ones body, to get to know it like a good friend. You can visit her website here and get in touch on facebook here.


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6 Responses to “The Joy of Hula Hooping. {Video} ~ Melodie Moore”

  1. Jenny Jones says:

    Wow, great talent and inspiration .

  2. Sahara says:

    You are awesome! 🙂

  3. Jen Febel says:

    I know exactly what you mean. The range of responses I get when I tell people I hoop is pretty cool – from disbelief to envy to confusion and joy! I remember reading hooping message boards when I first started out and so many people wrote that hooping changed their lives and I couldn't understand how a "toy" could do that. Now I get it. Hooping has taught me that just because I cannot do something right now does not mean I cannot do it ever. It has taught me to be patient with my body and has allowed me to form a friendship and connection with myself that I did not know was possible. Since starting hooping I have overcome an eating disorder that dominated over 13 years of my life as well as battled the depression and anxiety that has plagued me for as long as I can remember. It is absolutely impossible to not feel joy when you're spinning with a hoop and I am so grateful for having found this path!

  4. melodieofmovement says:


  5. melodieofmovement says:

    LOL Thank-you!

  6. melodieofmovement says:

    Wow, Thank-you for sharing your story Jen. It still makes me smile how a plastic hoop can bring so much good into the world.