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How to Fix a Wonky Hula Hoop – Making Your Hula Hoop a Perfect Circle Again

 

Shipping a hula hoop or traveling with a collapsed hula hoop can make the shape pretty weird/wonky when you first put it back to its normal size.  Before you freak out and think your hoop is messed up forever, rest assured knowing that it was a perfect circle before your hoop smith sent it or before you packed it for travel… so it will go back to perfect again, it just needs a little help from you. I made this little video to show you how you can fix the shape of your hula hoop. It’s simple… but I think some people are just so scared they might mess something up, especially with LED hoops. Don’t worry… your hoops are not quite as delicate as you might think. Be gentle but firm, and these methods are perfectly safe for led hoops too.

 

Most people have heard of the ‘letting it breath’ suggestion, meaning to undo whatever it is that is holding the hula hoop into a collapsed form and just allowing it to stretch itself out for some time. This definitely isn’t a bad idea and it does help, but I am usually too impatient for that and its not always necessary. I will say that if its a polypro hoop and its very cold shipping/traveling weather, definitely let the tubing warm up before trying these shape-fixing techniques so that you don’t risk breaking it as polypro becomes more brittle in cold temperatures. Allowing the hoop to ‘breathe’ will allow it to slowly uncoil some, but it will never uncoil fully. If you decide to be patient and do this step, when you do connect it together the shape may still look off. It would look more normal than if you tried putting it together right away, but you can still benefit from this demonstration to get it to that perfect circle that you love so much.

 

When the hula hoop shape is off it is usually either a little flat looking right at the connection, or it is a little bit bowed in at the connection.  Which one of these you are experiencing is usually related to how it was collapsed. We choose to collapse our hoops small enough that the two ends of tubing meet back up and cross over each other, so the Velcro straps we use are wrapping around 3 points of the tubing, and we use two straps.  Collapsing small like this usually results in the bowed in shape initially. We do this small collapsing because it forces the tube to stay in a curved shape during shipping/travel.  Coiling them less than this can often result in the ends of the tubing sticking out straight which I find to be more annoying to fix the shape when the hoops trying to be flat/straight in the connection area.  The tubing rolls purchased from extrusion companies come very tightly coiled. We usually stretch them out before cutting anything off of them, but sometimes we use these techniques to get a perfect hoop from a freshly opened roll of tubing. 

 

The first shape fixing method is the more well known/obvious one. When the hula hoop is connected, you can pull up at the connection while your foot is on the opposite side of tubing. If it is an LED hoop, just make sure the hoop is fully connected into the ‘on’ position. Having the LED hoop in the ‘off’ position and pulling on the connection can put too much stress on that insert tubing and bend/break it, but as long as its fully connected its perfectly safe. If the shape is only slightly off, this method is usually enough to make the hoop a perfect circle again. If it still looks ovular, bowed in, or wonky, give the next shape fixing method a try.  Most people might not think to try this, but it works really well even for the extreme wonky hoops.  You open the hoop at the push button, and one side at a time pull the tube nice and straight and hold it for 30 seconds. Basically the hoop is over coiling, so your just straightening it back out some. It looks a little scary, but it works like a charm….and is perfectly safe for LEDs as well. Hopefully this article and video helps you to fix the shape of your hula hoop into a perfect circle of happiness again!

 

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The Low Down on Flow Sponsorships

 

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The current team of ShelLED Hoop sponsee’s

 

Sponsorships in the hoop world seem to be much more common than you would see in other sports or activities, and these sponsorships work differently than your standard company sponsorship arrangement. There appears to be a great interest in how these bonds come about, so here is a little information to help you decide if a sponsorship is right for you.

Who is involved in the sponsorship?
There are two parties involved in a hoop sponsorship, the company and the artist. The “who” involved in these transactions are as diverse as the hoop community itself. The company can be anything from hoop makers, jewelry crafters, flow clothing seamstresses, and more. The artist is a flow artist having one or more important qualities. Sponsored flow artists are people who have honed their craft and have a following in the community or they are members of the community who have great networking skills.

 

What is the sponsorship all about? 
Every sponsorship is different, so the terms change based on each individual connection. Typically each sponsored hooper is given a coupon code for a discount on the company website. Anytime this code is used, the sponsored hooper gains credit towards products of their own. Most sponsorships also come with a set amount of company merchandise they will be given in order to create flow videos.
While the products are a great benefit, there is much more to a sponsorship. Sponsorship teams are not only the company and the hooper, but also a connection between the shop owner and the artist. Just like any relationship this bond is based on trust. The company is trusting you with their brand name and puts the company reputation in your hands, trusting not only your skill but also how you hold yourself as a person while representing the shop. The artist trusts that the company will treat them with respect and honor all agreements. In most cases there is also the benefit of having fellow sponsored artists. While you may never meet your fellow flow artists in person, you are all part of a team. This team works together to not only promote the shop but also to inspire each others to new creative lengths.

 

Where do sponsorships take place?
Most sponsorships take place in the virtual world. You commonly see sponsored hoopers advertising for their shops on their personal social media pages such as instagram and Facebook. Facebook groups such as Hula Hoop Shop Directory or Infinite Circles are often filled with talented artists handing out their personalized codes. This is typically done to entice new hoopers to purchase a prop from their sponsors shop.
Sponsorships can also be seen in the “real” world at festivals or flow fests while artists show off their prize flow toys. The idea behind this is that there is a large amount of consumers in one area that are all within the target market for flow props.

Performances are also common for sponsored hoopers. Specialized performances allow for a wide variety of people within one audience to be exposed to the sponsored hooper, the shop, and the shop’s products.

 

When do sponsorships happen?
Sponsorships can happen at any time, and the terms are set by the shop itself. When a partnership begins between a company and a flow artist they typically agree on a one year term.

Why do sponsorships exist? 
Each party has their own agenda and the idea behind the arrangement is mutual benefit. The company is seeking to have content such as videos displaying their product and promotion of the company on the artist’s social media and/or during performances. The artist is looking for promotion and/or recognition of their skills through the company’s social media and for the financial benefits of lower cost or free products from the company.

How do sponsorships come about? 
There are two ways in which the company and artist create a bond. Either one party (the company or artist) seeks the other out and approaches them with an offer or the artist applies for a sponsorship. A company will post that they are seeking artists to sponsor and will ask for a sample of their art, some information about the artist, and links to their social media page. From there the company will choose which applicants they choose to sponsor.

Each sponsorship is different, some wanting an artist to meet many different requirements in a broad range of criteria, others that require much less. The bond between a company and an artist is a complicated relationship, but a relationship that is mutually beneficial to both parties. There are many factors that determine a good sponsorship relationship, but it all comes down to is trust. The artist needs to trust the company to support them and their abilities, and the company needs to trust the artist with their brand and reputation.

 

Author: Jill Janosek

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How to Open and Close Your Collapsible Hula Hoops

While we do make several non-collapsible hoops as well, we really only bring those along to sell at vending events. Every hoop that we sell online we make collapsible so that it is cheaper and easier to ship…and of course easier for you to take the hoops along with you wherever you go.

The taped daytime hula hoops made with PE tubing (beginner hoops, workout hoops, intermediate/dance hoops, and kids hoops) are all collapsible by the figure 8 style, also known as infinite style collapsible. The following video shows you how to fold and unfold this type of collapsible hula hoop.

 

All of our LED hoops, and all of the lightweight polypro and HDPE daytime hula hoops are collapsible by a push button mechanism. So instead of folding them up to collapse like those other ones, these hoops are coil down collapsible. You open the hoop up at the push button connections and coil it down smaller. The following video shows you how we do this.

 

 

With either style of collapsible hoop, they are not intended to stay collapsed for long periods of time. You should always store your hoops in their full form. The longer they are left collapsed, the actual circle shape of the hoop will be harder to achieve. Then again, if you are using them as much as they should be this won’t be an issue at all!

 

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Balancing the Base (Root) Chakra with Hoop Dance

           

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 Heather Doxtater – author of Chakra Series

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The art of Hoop Dance is another way to create a sacred space for your mind, body and spirit. To find balance in hoop dancing will greatly enhance the state of your flow. In order to build integrity in your foundation, one must focus on balancing the most important chakra, the base Chakra. This is where we will start to understand our connection with the hoop.

The base chakra, also known as Muladhara in sanskrit, is the energy center that connects you to this physical world. This base or root chakra is important because like any integral structure, the base will determine the balance of the rest of the building. Balance of the base structure you will help you feel calm, secure and confident. Your relationships, finances, and career will be on point and life will flow freely through the days.

 When the base chakra is unbalanced, one will experience laziness, disconnection from reality, have major self doubts and are unable to keep clear boundaries. As a hoop dancer, whenever you feel out of touch with your flow, you need to balance your Root Chakra. Lucky for us, we have the perfect tool to help us balance it all out.

Here are a few suggestions to help balance your root chakra:

– Wear Red or Brown as these colors are associated with the Muladhara.
– Use mindful Meditation clear any blockages or an over active chakra
– Garden or lose yourself in nature by sitting in a patch of grass
– Head on over to the ShelLED shop and check out my favorite LED hoop for balancing this chakra which is the Desert Dawn

I recommend all hoop dancers to start from the beginning because the base chakra is the most important energy center. It is the foundation that allows you to be you. Be aware of what that means to you by putting focus on your base chakra today.