Ruby fills us in on the Circus, Einstein & Hula Hooping
Tell us how you discovered hooping?
Ruby: When I was about eight years old, I was in a local youth circus. There were other girls who would hula hoop with something like 20 hoops on their waists at a time but I could never do this, so one day I picked up a hoop and tried to keep it on my knees, then on my neck, and then I found out that I wasn’t the only one doing this and spent the next few years to learning tricks. It wasn’t until I picked up the hoop again in 2010 after a lengthy pause that it evolved into the hoop dance that I practice today.
Share a moment from a time when you were a student.
Ruby: One of my favourite moments as a student was during a workshop with Shakti Sunfire when she referred to the area between your thumb and forefinger as the “squishy spot.” I loved it! I thought it was great that she didn’t feel the need to always use technical terminology and could teach the concept while bringing in a goofiness to the class. I had a similar experience in my HoopYogini™ teacher training with the word “juicefulness,” which became a sort of catchphrase for our group. I think it is vital to not take ourselves too seriously in life and to really enjoy each moment and these were little reminders of that.
Give us a sense of your background or approach with teaching.
Ruby: Many of my favorite teaching moments have been spontaneous instances, often when I’m hooping on the street or at a park and someone comes up to me and wants to try it out. I love when people are willing to let go and give in to the hoop and I try to facilitate that as much as possible. I really encourage people to find their own rhythm and try to take that into account while teaching, its so important to create an environment of trust in a class. Ultimately I want my students to feel safe and free to express themselves and make mistakes. Every time the hoop drops you’re getting sexier!
What do you love most about teaching?
Ruby: I love that each class is an opportunity for adventure. No matter how organized you are or how detailed your plan is, you can never really know how a class will go until you are in it. It forces you to be in the moment and connect on a very real level. Each participant brings his or her own unique light and that is always a beautiful thing to share.
What do you love about hooping and what has it meant for you?
Ruby: Oh boy, there is not enough time in the world for me to answer this fully!! I love the juxtaposition between such a simple object as a plastic circle and all the complex and wonderful things you can do with it. I often see hooping as a dance with polarity – contraction and expansion, slow and quick tempo, each move has an opposite – my hoop provides a space in which I am constantly exploring, learning, and discovering my inner workings. It continues to amaze me how transformative it has been for so many people, including myself, and how it brings people together. Hoopers are some of the kindest people I have ever met!
What do you love about HoopYogini™
Ruby: HoopYogini™ is a beautiful way to bring people back to center and connect them with the earth and spirit. The journey I am taken on throughout my practice is one of bliss, focus, calm, and empowerment and I love how HoopYogini™ makes this accessible to people of all walks of life, all ages, and all levels of experience. HoopYogini™ also does a wonderful job of incorporating the polarity of life and balancing the state of ease and relaxation with active involvement and focused effort, as well as allowing for moments to let it all sink in. Not to mention some of the movements in the program (i.e. Around the World!) make you feel so good I can only compare it to eating a piece of dark chocolate with sea salt caramel!
Share your message, values, and aspirations as a teacher and hooper.
Ruby: I yearn to be a facilitator in the realization that life has no limits. Einstein said, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe in a friendly or hostile universe.” I have chosen to believe in a friendly universe and I am constantly being reminded of the gravity of that decision and the potential it holds. However, in order to take advantage of this potential it is vital that we as humans learn to be at peace with who we are. Along with self-awareness and self-acceptance, I believe that flow is essential to finding inner bliss and to awakening the wild within.
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