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An old fad becomes a new exercise phenomenon

Laura King shows off her hooping skills at a recent class led by Dena Beratta at Infinite Light Yoga.

Laura King shows off her hooping skills at a recent class led by Dena Beratta at Infinite Light Yoga. Jeremiah Howell

— Hips swaying in unison, the push and pull creates beads of sweat. Excitement builds as the colors swirl.

Who knew playing with a bit of irrigation pipe could be so much fun?

Shaped into a circle and adorned with multi-colored gaff tape, the tubing becomes a familiar hula-hoop.

Hooping, now in the spotlight for its second go round, adds an element of fun to an otherwise hum-drum workout routine. Structured classes have cropped up to offer the art and sport of hooping to those seeking a new way to knock out calories.

One such class is offered by Infinite Light Yoga instructor Dena Beratta, certified to teach hooping through Hoopnotica, based in Venice Beach, Calif.

Often associated with music festivals, hooping is now becoming a multi-generational activity.

“The 70 year old lady in my class probably wouldn’t be trying this at a festival: the classes make it accessible for everyone. Kids, seniors, anybody,” Beratta said.

The hooping classes raise heart rates and the overall well-being of the students. It’s simple enough: give it a vigorous twist, then, roll the hips to keep the hoop moving.

“It’s a great workout even though it’s little- to no-impact,” Beratta said. “I fell in love with it immediately.”

Beyond the health benefits, hooping has become increasingly popular.

“I’ve gotten all my friends into doing it, you just have to try it,” said Laura King, a member of Beratta’s class.

“It’s huge, it’s very popular,” Beratta said. “People are excited, as soon as they hear about it they tell four people. I can’t keep up with it.”

For more information on how to pick up a hoop and get your hips moving at Beratta’s class, check out infinitelightyoga.com

Jeremiah is a contributing writer for The Eagle. Reach him at sanduskyimages@gmail.com.

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