Hoop Chi Combines Dance, Yoga, Tai chi and Qigong-inspired movements with a hoop.
The practice of HoopChi uses the frame of the hoop to stretch and tone the body through a series of sequential movements. Each movement can be practiced in its original slow, more meditative fashion, or sped up and turned into a dance. HoopChi was founded by Betty Lucas, a Bay Area Hoop Dance and HoopChi instructor. Lucas has blended her extensive ballroom dance background with Eastern and Western forms of movement, resulting in HoopChi. She officially launched HoopChi in Bali on Sept. 11, 2010 and in the U.S. on March 7, 2011. She has since taught HoopChi to students across the U.S. and abroad. For more information and videos, visit her HoopChi page at Lucas Hooping
Hoops can be added to any form of dance. Here is an example of HoopBallet.
A Chinese Martial Art taught for self defense and health benefits. Practiced by maintaining a balance and flow through a series of movements and breath. The philosophy is to meet force with flowing motion and contact until the force dissipates, rather than meet force with equal force. Lao Tzu å…¸he soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and strong." In the 21st Century, The flowing movements of Tai chi have become more popular for its low-impact physical and mental health benefits than a self defense. Qigong is a practice of slow rhythmic breathing, controlled movement and mediation with roots in Chinese medicine and martial arts, a practice to balance life energy Qi (chi).