2012 Hooping Journey in Review

A lot has happened with my hooping journey since the last time I blogged.
The last post was about me getting a regular weekly hoop class to teach, which I am still very excited about.  I love teaching my class of diverse students who are curious about this magical thing that I can’t live without.  I get excited about my new playlist every week.  I also like to get students involved with requesting songs prior to class.  Everything has been going great.  For a few months I was teaching on Wednesdays, then it changed to Tuesdays.  Starting January 24, 2013, I will teach the same class on Thursdays only for awhile.  I’ve been consistently teaching and I’m very grateful for that.

In the summer around late May, I received my Ultra Light 5-wick poly pro fire hoop from Harmonic Hoops.  Brand new and still coiled up, I took it with me when I went to Convection, Southern California’s Fire and Flow Arts Retreat.
There were no hoop workshops so my friends and a few other attendees requested me to teach an impromptu hoop workshop.
I had a fun time at this 3-day retreat. I’ve always been into hooping only. After this event it made me open and interested in other tools. Soon after this I got a fire staff and pair of fire poi made made for me. Then I bought my friend’s used fire fans.

In July I went to a weekend camping desert party called Indigo Vortex. I was on the website and supposed to teach a hoop workshop, and when I got there organizers just told me that they couldn’t fit me in the schedule but would want me to gather some people at night to teach a workshop. What ended up happening is that I got carried away with all the fun and fire spinning at night that I just did my own thing. On the last day, a very intriguing and unique guy asked me to teach him some hoop tricks. For a total beginner, he got things pretty quickly. He taught me some cool poi tricks, but it was hard for me to do. This was an awesome event and I met a lot of cool people.

Summer was a great time for outdoor events such as monthly hoop jams and full moon drum circles. These are some of my favorite social gatherings full of positive energy and happiness.

I was spending a lot of time practicing fire spinning in OC. I mixed it up and tried something else. I started going to the LA Burn Club practices because the troupe leader, Aviva, of Burning Sands wanted to see my audition. She along with the rest of them loved it and recruited me. This troupe and the other people that practice at LA Burn Club are great people. Four hours on a Wednesday night is probably 50% practice and 50% socializing. I realize my trek out there and I believe everytime I’ve gone, it is worth it…even the super cold and windy nights.

I’ve said to myself last year that 2012 would be a year dedicated to more hooping related events. I felt like the year has been hooptastic so far, but it wouldn’t be complete without going to Hoopcamp.
Having procrastination tendencies, I didn’t take advantage of the $500 cabin deal while it lasted. I knew I didn’t want to camp outdoors in 50 degree or lower temperature so I decided to pay for indoor accommodation. By late August the cheapest Hoopcamp indoor accommodation on-site was close to $700 for a twin bed in the Sangha House. After experiencing it, it was well worth it because the location was central to everything. There was a lot of walking up and down hills and stairs and I was sore a few days in. Anyways, Hoopcamp was amazing. It was so great to meet a bunch of hoopers… people like me…where hooping was a normal thing…a necessity. Hoopjam after hoopjams at night was super fun. I ate so much all the time because I was so hungry all the time. It was a very different feeling. It’s probably because I was burning calories all day long taking workshops after workshops. There was so much amazing talent and different styles from unique people at that event. I really love that kind of environment with people full of positive energy inspiring others full of love.

The official after party of Hoopcamp was called UnScruz, the Santa Cruz Burning Man Decompression Party. I volunteered to do a fire hoop performance. Since we weren’t able to light up at Hoopcamp, this was a great release for me.

The LA Burning Man Decompression was very fun for me as well. I brought a bunch of hoops in, ran into a bunch of different groups of flow friends throughout the day and night, and hung around and took a few workshops at the fire flow arts stage. This was a good event to use my LED hoop.

Performing has been an awesome thing to me. I truly love it.

When I knew that I was traveling to Boracay in the Philippines, my goal was to fire hoop any way possible. On my last night there, it happened and in the most awesome way possible. I got to perform on a stage with cool lighting and sound system, an appreciative audience, and a very hospitable fire troupe and restaurant/bar owner. I got to fire hoop at the Sand Bar, and afterwards the owner wanted to hire me.

I’m ending 2012 by being in Vietnam blogging less than 25 mins until the NYE countdown, and I’m very satisfied with my hoop journey this year. I’ve grown so much as an instructor, performer, and just a hooper in general. I know I can only improve from here. I thank all who have helped me or been apart of my hooping life. Happy New Year!

Exciting News!!!

This is my first blog entry without pictures or videos, because it is already awesome as is. Today I did my mock hoop dance class at my favorite dance and fitness studio, OC Pole Fitness, and I am now officially the hoop dance instructor there!  I am so happy, excited, and honored to be working with the best instructors.

My online username/hoop name/alter ego/stage name is Zaylaa, and this may have confused some people that know me in real life.  My real name would be listed in the schedule.  If you don’t know my real name and want to take a class with me and you are confused, then please just ask me. 🙂

I am very thankful for this opportunity to spread the hoop love and be a lot of people’s hoop mama!  hehehe!!!  “Hoop mama” is a term I made up.  It’s not even on Urban Dictionary.  Maybe I should add it one day.  But to me when I use that term it just means…the person who introduced or got you into hooping.  If it is a male, then it would be Hoop Dada/Daddy, which ever you prefer.  haha!  This blog post would have so many errors if it was an English essay.  I don’t care…I’m just way too happy and excited and typing out my giggles is how I show it through text. Woooooooooo Weeeeeeeeeeee! =)

Grip is good



This is my first time blogging by not using the computer and only using my smart phone with the WordPress app and my camera phone.  Let’s see if there is a difference…

This is kind of random, but it’s about time that I added some grip tape to my all electric rainbow hoop.  It was always so slippery, and I tend to not play with it because of that.  I’ve had grip tape for awhile, but just a few minutes ago is when I thought that I should just add some black 1/2 inch gaffer tape on my hoop.  I still wanted the awesome rainbow colors to show, so I only put the black gaffer tape along the inside.

LED and Fire Hoop Performance on 1-21-11

This was a very special event.  It was my dear friend, John’s surprise birthday party.  John introduced me to his friend Megan.  She became my friend and my hoop mama (person who introduced me to hooping).  We each did a hoop performance.

I did an LED hoop performance with my new and slippery (no sanding or tape) poly pro LED hoop.  I danced to Tim Berg-Seek Bromance.  I LOVE that song!

Outdoors, Megan did her awesome fire hoop performance to a song by Beats Antique.

And here is a funny bonus video of my very first time fire hooping:

Big Bear cabin fun

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends celebrated her birthday weekend in Big Bear and a group of eleven of us stayed in a cabin.

On the first night there and after dinner, some of us were still hanging out and not going to bed yet.

After a few drinks, (my drink of choice is unsweetened almond milk), we decided to have fun with my Hoopnotica TravelHoop.


In the morning, I suited up and before trying snowboarding for the first time, I just had to do some hooping.  It’s kind of difficult to hoop with a big puffy jacket on.


I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t get to hoop on the snow, but I was too busy soaking in my snowboarding experience.  All in all, this was a super fun trip!  I’ll do some snow hooping some day.