HoopPath kicked off its six-week session hoopdancing workshop at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope Tuesday night. Class leader and seasoned hooper Ann Humphreys will be leading students from all over the city in introductory and master hoopdancing classes.
Hoopdancing, a Native American tradition that has recently gained popularity in New York City, is used for fitness, fun, dance and meditation. Hooping works many muscles in the body and builds core muscle strength while improving coordination, increasing energy and relieving stress. Many hoopers see the practice as a method of mediation. The repeating rhythmic movements help hoopers center and calm their minds as they follow the flow and direction of the hoop.
HoopPath is a technique founded by Humphrey’s teacher and partner Jonathan Baxter. Humphrey’s class marks the first time HoopPath has been taught in New York City.