Helpful Things to Know about HP Classes
For those of you who are interested in coming to a HoopPath class for the first time, here is an FAQ list to help you feel more comfortable and informed.
As far as the structure of each individual class, what should I expect?
All of our classes (in all of our locations) are set up with the same organizational structure.
The first ten minutes of each class are for you to stretch, hoop, converse with other students, change clothes, or whatever else you need to do to get ready to have a great class.
After this ten minute period, we will come together in “Circle.” Circle is our time to sit with each other and discuss upcoming events, group concerns, personal stories, and the emphasis of that night’s particular class. Circle can last anywhere from five to 15 minutes. We form the circle by sitting in a circle on the floor. We sit so that we are inside our hoops as our hoops lie on the ground. Our circle should be just big enough so that our hoops laid on the floor are touching.
After Circle, we will get to hooping! Each class is different as far as exercises go. Some classes are more structured than others. We hope that you will give your best to each exercise that night. Inevitably, there will be some exercises that you enjoy more than others, but your willingness to try each one will greatly aid you in the learning process.
The last twenty minutes of each class is called, “Free Hoop.” During free hoop, students hoop in any way they wish. You can work on things we have done in class, you can dance with the music, or you can sit and watch others. This time belongs to you and can be spent doing whatever you would like to do. Conversations should be kept at low levels so as not to disturb the other students. Once free hoop begins, the formal instruction is over for the evening.
The last song of the night is called the “Cool Down.” We play something slower paced to give students a chance to stretch and gather themselves before leaving. You can certainly hoop during the cool down if you find that you can’t stop moving, but the “Cool Down” is intended to be a quiet, meditative time.
Is there a decorum I should follow while in Circle?
While in Circle, we encourage students to be present and courteous to each and every member of the Circle. Since Circle sets the tone of the class to follow, we ask that you listen attentively to what is said, and try to avoid activities that might distract yourself or others (ie. standing, stretching, eating, etc.) You are encouraged to contribute your thoughts, ask questions, and respond to your fellow students. If you have something to say, say it! Everyone who sits in Circle is equal to everyone else. If talking in front of others is not your thing, that is just fine with us and we respect your silence.
What is your policy on cell phones in class?
We ask that you turn off your cell phones during class. If, for whatever reason (family, impending news, etc.) you need to keep your cell phone on, we completely understand. All we suggest is that you take your calls outside of the studio space.
What should I wear?
We suggest soft, well fitting clothing. Yoga clothing is great for hooping. Of course, you can wear whatever you want to, but really slick fabrics can make for a frustrating hoop class. It is also a good idea to have layers of clothing available. We build the energy slowly in these classes and folks often wind up removing layers as the class progresses. We recommend you remove all items from your pockets, especially keys and loose change.
Do you have hoops for use in class?
Absolutely. In all of our beginning classes we will have hoops of different sizes and coverings for you to use in class. Unfortunately, we can not loan these hoops out. If you would like to purchase a hoop, just ask the instructor. We HIGHLY recommend that you own a hoop. Your improvement will grow exponentially when you have your own hoop to use at home.
Is there anything else I should bring to class?
Water. Lots of water. Drinking water during ANY exercise is critical for many good reasons. Hooping is no different. Hoops do occasionally go “flying” in hoop classes. To limit spills, we ask that your water container have a lid. Trust me, hooping is a lot more fun when you’re not cleaning up spills.
What if I am running late or have to leave early?
You are always welcomed to join us no matter how late your are running. All we ask is that should you run late, please come in quietly and fall into whatever exercise we are doing. The teacher will catch you up on things you have missed once the exercise is complete.
If you have to leave early, know that once the Free Hoop begins the instruction is complete. You will not miss anything critical except for a chance to hoop some more.
If I drop-in to a class, how do I pay?
You can pay for your class with cash or check before class. We will love you forever if you pay with the exact amount, but we will be happy to make change for you. If you would like to pay by credit card, please make arrangements with us PRIOR to coming to class. Several of the places in which we teach, only accept credit cards during office hours.
What kind of shoes should I wear? What do most people wear on their feet?
Most students in our classes don’t wear shoes. Some of the spaces HP classes are taught do not allow shoes. If you feel more comfortable in shoes, we recommend shoes that are light and soft soled. Some students hoop in socked feet. This is fine with us, but be careful! We have had a few students slip when in socks.
If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us.