Get a Taste of ‘Hoop-La’ Yoga Workshop With Jerry Bones

Feb 14, 2017
Photo by: Pete Erickson

Tired of the same old yoga practice? Take it to a new level by adding hula-hoop techniques. Sign up for “Hoop-La: The Hula-Hoop Power Yoga Workshop” under the guidance of expert hula-hoop artist Jerry Bones at Hot or Not Yoga in Manahawkin on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Bones and co-instructor Brianna Waveman will show students how to incorporate the hula hoop as a tool to help deepen stretches – and how to do some cool tricks.

It will be his first time leading the class, and teaching it with him will be his friend Waveman, who introduced him to the enchantment of hula-hoop dancing about five years ago at Camp Bisco in New York and gifted to him his first hula hoop. Having taken the “Illuminate” teacher training program with Loren Russo at Hot or Not, Bones said he is “excited and ready” to start teaching.

Bones travels to music festivals up and down the East Coast between New Jersey and Maine on weekends, hitting 17 in the summertime, expressing his love of music through free-flowing, meditative movement with the hula hoop. He calls it “putting emotion in motion.”

He practices daily, sometimes in the woods, to sharpen and enhance his skills. When his passion was first ignited, he practiced five to eight hours a day, he said. Nowadays he makes sure to get in at least 30 minutes to tune in and stay loose.

The discovery and practice of hula hooping has changed his life in the last five years, he said. Hula hoop and yoga offer great exercise, discipline and coordination; help to develop a fuller mind-body connection; and nurture the inner spirit.

The idea of crossing the two fields of study is not unique to Bones (“It’s being experimented with,” he said), but he describes his own style as a bit more refined than others he has seen.

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