There is a "legend, myth or lore" about Hoop Dancing (what we define as "way of life", or simply "fact") that says whenever a dancer passes through a hoop (because the hoops represent our world), the dancer brings their life back one revolution, making them younger and younger... or at least, keeping them young.
..there is actually science behind this idea. The physicality, flexibility, endurance, strength, dexterity, range of motion, and cardiovascular (aerobics) involved in hoop dance is akin to today's most widely practiced workouts, specifically HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
In addition, through this practice, not only is one training and mastering their own body, they are also improving cognitive synapsis by working with an object outside of the body and its unpredictability. Essentially, like doing "push-ups" for your brain and keeping reaction time sharp!
All of these elements put together, in addition to the vibrations and lyrics from the music, combine to create numerous endorphins in the brain that very-well yield positive results, even fighting depression.
" Dance like no one is watching because it makes you feel good. If someone sees you dancing like no one is watching, It's almost assured that THEY will get some good energy from it, too!" - Lumhe Sampson
The Sampson Bros (Seneca/Mvskoke) have been Hoop dancing for more than 27 yrs while visiting and teaching various indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island (N. America) and beyond.
Along their journey, "H³ -Hoops, Health, and Healing-- was originated by Lumhe as a means to maintain and hone a healthy physical lifestyle that very well incorporated indigenous knowledge and practices. Often done at one's own pace, it can range from deep slow engaging movements to a dynamic high intensity interval circuit that truly invigorates both mind and body. With variances for each movement, it is a suitable workout for all body types and capabilities.
Lumhe (Micco) hosts a weekly FREE class every TUESDAY @ 5pm CST, hosted by the "C.L.A.N.-Culture Language Arts Network" program at the M.A.I.C. (Minneapolis American Indian Center)
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