In the midst of flow, a hoop dancer has their heart chakra open and appears to be ‘unstuck’ or ‘unbeaten’. This is the literal meaning of the Sanskrit term for the Heart Chakra, or Anahata. This Chakra is the connection between the lower Chakras of the body and the higher Chakras of the mind.
A person with a well balanced Heart Chakra will be compassionate and can forgive people with ease. This Chakra is the energy center that deals with out our fear of betrayal leading to jealous feelings that destroy relationships.
It is of utmost importance that a hoop dancer’s heart chakra be in balance with the rest of the chakras.
When hooping, a person is pushing out a tremendous amount of energy from their dance. This energy is so powerful that many people become captivated by this constant energy flow and unknowingly take some of it into their own being. As hoop dancers we must be aware of the type of energy we put out into the Universe.
There are several things you can do to balance your Heart Chakra:
-Find a space out in nature to meditate and make peace with your past hurts of your emotional self.
-Wear green clothing to surround yourself in the color associated with the Anahata
-Imagine a green light washing over your body and emanating love onto yourself
-Put some groove into your dance by getting yourself a ‘One Love’ LED hula hoop from the shop!
Since the fourth Chakra is the connection between the body and the mind, it is important for hoop dancers to align their energy. When in balance this Chakra will allow a person to give love to self and to others.
Now let’s see how to balance the next chakra up, the Throat Chakra.
The Navel Chakra, or Manipura, is the Third major energy center in our bodies. It is the chakra that gives off the energy of how we feel about ourselves. Once we have conquered the second Chakra, or Svadhistana which you can read about here, we come to a place of understanding our own personal power. It is the delicate balance of assertion of boundaries and the willingness to be open to love others as they are in the present form. This personal power is greatly enhanced with a hoop in hand.
A hoop dancer will find benefits with having the Manipura in balance because you are in control of your perceptions. It is good to be able to laugh at yourself when you are having trouble ‘nailing a trick’ instead of becoming angry or upset. It is the energy center that allows you to let go instead of holding onto a negative feeling.
Balance in the third chakra will show up as a healthy ego in a person who also has a strong understanding one’s own self worth. A person whose Manipura is out of control will be critical of others with harsh judgements. A poor energy alignment of this chakra will show up as lack of confidence and inability to complete projects or overcome personal obstacles.
There are a variety of ways you can balance out this energy center. As a hoop dancer (or future hoop dancer! Check out the shop for some great deals on Beginner Hoops!) you will find that you are naturally building up confidence every time you pick up your hula hoop. Here are a few other tips to help you balance out this critical chakra:
-Wear Healing Crystal Jewelry or Carry Citrine stones in your pocket
– Imagine a yellow aura around your body to build up the light for your confident self
-Try out Yoga poses that are directed at opening up the Navel Chakra such as Boat or Bow poses
It is important to balance the first two Chakras before balancing out the navel chakra. This will help bring your joy and confidence of self awareness into your inner states of consciousness. If you are ready to read on to balance out your Fourth Chakra, or Anahata, click here!
Does this question sound familiar? Or maybe you have studied endless hours of hooping videos trying to find the super secret answer to this seemingly seamless dance. The answer is pretty simple and it has to deal with the energy centers of our body, called Chakras.
Chakra alignment and balance is the reason why hoop dancers are vibrant, happy, and willing to share their zest for life. These energy centers are an intrinsic property of every body of existence. Also, everything that exists has a torus of flowing energy. From plants to animals to planets and even the whole universe is run on this torus of energy flow. In order to fully understand this invisible force we will have to explain a few things about chakras, energy movement through the chakras, and how this pertains to the hoop.
The Seven Chakras
The word Chakra [ chuhk -r uh ] comes from the Indian Sanskrit language meaning disk or wheel. There are said to be many chakras beyond our physical knowledge that extend into the spiritual realm but for the purposes of this article, we will focus only on the 7 main chakras. These 7 chakras start at the base of your spine and continue upward all the up to above the crown of your head. The sanskrit names starting from the base are as follows; Muladhara (root), Svadhisthana (sacral), Manipura (navel), Anahata (heart), Vishuddha (throat), Anja (third-eye), and Sahaswara (crown).
” I am, I feel, I do”
Muladhara is also known as the root or base chakra. It is the energy center that governs the fear factor in our lives. When this chakra is fully opened it helps us feel secure and at peace with our physical being.
Svadhisthana is the energy center that relates to sex, emotions, and creation. I believe all hoopers understand this energy center the best because we start hooping at this level or our waist.
Manipura also known as the solar plexus or navel chakra is the energy disk of confidence and empowerment.
” I am love”
Anahata is the heart chakra and the energy center that opens up compassion for the self. Also known as the love chakra it is the connection between the body and spirit.
“I speak, I see, I know”
Vishuddha, better known as the throat chakra, is center that fosters communication. In order to get what you want in life it is important to speak your truth.
Anja is the energy center that focuses on intuitive feelings and is known as the Third-Eye.
Sahaswara is the crown chakra and is the energy center that governs the spiritual self and its connection to the spiritual world and beyond.
As stated before, these are the 7 chakras that most people will focalize and become aware of when first entering into the world of energy. Aligning and opening these energy centers makes an incredible difference in ones life. The ancient belief of energy flow, or life force, through the center of your body has spilled over into western ways of thinking and has opened up the knowledge of balancing all systems of the body.
Physiological, psychological, and emotional systems should be relatively balanced, or in homeostasis, in order for the whole body and spirit to freely flow throughout the body. I believe most hoop dancers become aware of these systems once the hula hoop becomes the tool for their energetic alignment.
Flow of Energy Through Open Chakras
I like to describe the energy centers as a series of combustions like that of an engine in a car. In order for an engine to move, a vehicle it must take in gas, change the properties of the gas, and then give it to the engine to rotate the connected wheels. You can not have any interruptions of combustion or the car will stop moving on the road. It is much more complicated in explanation but the gist is about the same with energy flow through the chakras.
Energy can only be passed on from one chakra to another if the chakra above it is open and ready to accept energy from the lower chakra. Any blockages in one of these chakras is a direct indication of what is plaguing your personal development in life. This ties in self awareness to detect any imbalances in the body. As a hoop dancer, I know we are able to feel these blockages as we are constantly reinvigorating the energetic flow with our dances and allow the torus to flow freely throughout or physical and etherial bodies.
Vortex Me Up
Let me talk to any hoop dancer who is in touch with their flow and they will say how much they love to share their passions in life. Yes, there are instances of the ‘bad seed’ hoop dancer but it is so rare that I have come to feel the most accepted as a person in the hoop community. We, as dancers, use our hoop as a tool to better ourselves and continue to seek and be our higher self. It is meditation through movement.
The positive connections made and the love that is shared with beginner to advanced hoopers has brought together a community of beautiful light souls. So the next time you do a hoop trick, or see another hoop dancer perform, try and notice the the energetic flow and become one with it. I picked up the hoop 3 years ago for a reason – to inspire others to reflect their light. And I think it’s working.
That being said, don’t forget to check out Michelle’s ShelLED hoop shop and find the hula hoop that will synchronize the energy centers in your life. You’ve only got one life to live. Make it count.
Read more on how to balance each individual chakra, starting with the root chakra!