Superhooper Winner!

The winner of the Superhooper hoop is....

The fabulous Shauna from Mama's Herbal Soaps! Congratulations will LOVE your new hoop.

For those of you who didn't win, be sure to take advantage of Lara's generous offer to "upgrade" your order. When you order a SuperGrip Classic, you can upgrade for FREE to a SuperGrip Alpha or a SuperGrip Omega. Just enter the words "Walk Slowly" in the comment section upon checkout and specify your upgrade. This offer is good until May 17, 2010. Awesome!! Stay tuned for tomorrow's Hoop City giveaway...

Learning To Hoop + Hoop City Giveaway!

Now that you're all obsessed with's time to LEARN! So, how do you learn to hoop?

Learn With Other Hoopers I feel that one of the best ways to learn is in community with other hoopers. I had been trying to practice different movements on my own...but as soon as I spent a little time with "real" people (as opposed to a video) who were hooping, it all clicked. There was just something about watching a 3-dimensional person doing it. There are many cities offering hoop classes and hoop meetups...but if your town doesn't have anyone gathering to hoop, start a group yourself! Hooping is one of those activities that draws a just break out your hoop in the park, bring extras and make some new hooping friends.

Videos There are many, many tutorial videos on YouTube and elsewhere. We live in a really sweet time of technological advancement where we can share our lives with each other in detail. I can take video of me hooping and 10 minutes later, the entire world can see. It's so fun to see everyone's different expressions of hooping online. There are also fantastic DVD's: HoopDance and Hoopnotica are 2 that I know of. The DVD's are especially nice if your internet connection is slow and you can't stream very well.

Online Community Hoop City is an amazing community of hoopers (created by SaFire) who post videos, photos, and encouragement on the site every day.  They have specialty "tribes", and there is something for everyone. Hoop Mamas, Vegetarian/Vegan Hoopers, Curvy name it. I could spend hours exploring the forums there. Good stuff. Magazine is another HUGE community of hoopers. It's ever changing and has tons of info. I learn something new every time I visit these sites.

Online Classes And lastly, there are online hooping classes. In particular, SaFire's classes at Hoop City. When I first found her classes, I thought..."Why would I spend money on classes when I can just watch free YouTube videos all day?". And then I took a class. And IT. IS. AMAZING. SaFire is an incredible teacher (she actually has a degree in teaching and fine art)...and she is able to break down the movements in such a way that makes it so easy to learn. She also teaches the "flow" of hoopdancing...not just one movement at a time, but actually how to piece them together easily. These classes are so detailed and full of inspiration...they are absolutely worth every penny.

Here is a photo of a lesson (click to enlarge once it loads) Here is a sample of what a class looks like:

But before you buy a can try to WIN ONE!

YES! You can enter this giveaway to win TWO online classes of your choice + her "Planting Seeds" course which focuses on general ideas for approaching your hoop practice, how to vary your style and general tips and tricks that SaFire has discovered in her years of hooping. Even if you've been hooping for years...SaFire will bring a freshness to your practice, teaching you new ways of entering/exiting a movement and adding new style.

I'm so excited about this giveaway because I know first hand how amazing these classes are! One thing that I love is that you can download each class so that you can have it on your iPhone / iPod and take it outside with you to hoop. Love that!

There are several ways you can enter your name in the drawing (choose as many as you like for multiple entries, but each entry must be a separate comment). I will choose the winner at random on Tue. May 11, at 12:00 p.m. CST.

  • Click on over to Hoop City and JOIN the community of hoopers there.
  • Leave a comment below and tell me something fun about your hooping adventures (your favorite movement/trick, your favorite hoop, where/when you like to hoop...basically anything hoop related and you're good). :)
  • For an extra entries, put a link back to this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter (and then leave a comment here that says “FB/Twitter”) Here is some sample wording for posting: I just entered the Hoop City Online Hooping Class giveaway. Come check it out ! . For Twitter, you can add the hashtag #hooping.
  • Add another entry for becoming a “fan” of the SaFire Facebook page, Hoop City Facebook page or “Follow” Hoop City on Twitter.
  • You will get yet ANOTHER entry for posting about this giveaway on your own blog (add another comment here that says “blogged here” with a link).

Thanks so much for stopping by...happy hooping!

Superhooper Giveaway!

Who wants to hoop!? Woop woop!!

Superhooper is giving away a day hoop from their amazing collection to one lucky winner! If you read yesterday's post and thought,"I can do that!"...then you need to enter this giveaway. If you read yesterday's post and thought, "There is no way can I ever do that!"...then you need to enter this giveaway. Even if you've never thought about hooping, you need to start now. It will change your life!

Why Superhooper? With so many places that you could choose to buy a hoop...why choose Superhooper? Superhooper was founded by Lara Eastburn and her business partner, Barry Clement in 2002. She taught classes and performed in the Atlanta area up until Oct. 2009, and then her family hit the road (I like where this story is going :) ).

She and her family (husband, Drew and daughter, Navi) are traveling the country in a veggie-oil bus teaching free hoop classes! You can imagine my excitement when I found a fellow veggie oil mama who likes to hoop :) And of course, I want to support their efforts in any way I can.  They are doing a great thing!

Click here for their can also put in a request for your city! Here is brief overview of why they are offering these awesome classes...

In towns all across America, hoopers are learning this new movement art from YouTube videos and instructional DVDs. It is our mission over the next 18 months (maybe more!) to travel to towns where there is little to no live hooping and/or fire safety instruction, bringing hooping to your back yards, parks, and studios. We will help you get started, or master that one difficult move, introduce you safely to fire, or help you start a hoop group in your area. You'll be amazed at what you can do in a hoop!

Lara and her crew have been making hoops for 6 years, and one of their specialties is the LED (light up) hoop. Soon I will be the proud owner of a blue-green binary LED hoop! Oh my...I am excited. I'll be hoopin' all through the night. I'm also going to be trying out some of their mini poi hoops as well. Check out Lara's write up about minis and the video's great!

Lara is offering a sweet deal for my blog readers too! When you purchase the SuperGrip Classic Hoop, you can upgrade to the SuperGrip Alpha -OR- the SuperGrip Omega for FREE. Just include the words "Walk Slowly" in the comments section and specify your choice when you check out. This offer is good through May 17, 2010.

See the inside of their sweet bus here. And be sure to check out Lara's fabulous blog, Hooposophy. I've really enjoyed her perspective and thoughtful writing.

The giveaway will take place on Monday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Spread the word...hooping is delightful!

Here is how you can enter:

  • Click on over to Superhooper and look at the pretty hoops.
  • Leave a comment below with your favorite hoop and colors you would pick (I love the SuperGrip Alpha with blue/green!)
  • For an extra entries, put a link back to this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter (and then do a second/third comment here that says “FB/Twitter”) Here is some sample wording for posting: "I just entered the Superhooper giveaway on Walk Slowly, Live Wildly! Come check it out!" For Twitter, add the hashtag #hooping.
  • Add another entry for becoming a "fan" of the Superhooper Facebook page or "Follow" them on Twitter.
  • You will get yet ANOTHER entry for posting about this giveaway on your own blog (add another comment here that says “blogged here” with a link).

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