This is the second part of a two-post interview with Katie Emmitt…
(Click here for part one of this interview)
Q: What does the word “flow” mean to you?
I’m actually working on the definition myself right now… I’m working on a lexicon project in my book arts class and flow is the word I’m choosing to use… really difficult to illustrate AND define, I think, particularly when us hoopers have such a spiritual connection to that word. Technically, flow is defined in this way -
“‘Flow’ is a psychological state in which a person is fully immersed in an activity and experiences feelings of energized focus and happiness and feels completely aligned with the task at hand.” ~ Katie
“Hooping means happiness to me, it means spiritual, mental, and physical well being.” ~Katie
When I first picked up hooping, I watched a TON of Katie Emmitt’s YouTube tutorials (I still do). She gives indepth explanations that are really easy to understand and helped me get the confidence I needed to get started with hooping. Katie has allowed me to interview her for this blog and I want to thank her for taking the time to answer these questions.
Reading through this, it’s extremely clear how passionate she is about hooping. But she’s not only great at hooping; she’s an incredibly talented artist. Please take the time to check out Katie’s website where you can view her artwork. Katie also has a Facebook page and an Etsy account where she sells hoops, artwork, and clothing. I purchased a metallic performance hoop from Katie this past summer, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to share her thoughts with you…
Shakti Sunfire is an internationally known leader of the art of hoop dance and yoga. Shakti performs, and leads workshops and retreats all over the world. She has formed a strong community around hoop dance and yoga with her website One Hoop One Love.
Shakti Sunfire has been my biggest inspiration since picking up a hoop last year. She has taught me to use my soul and spirit to find my natural flow. Her philosophies on the importance of spirituality and the Natural World have opened my eyes and heart to new ideas, and have helped me to feel an even deeper and stronger connection to the Earth. Shakti empowers and inspires others to find inner peace and confidence through hoop dance and yoga, her vision alone says it all.
Brecken Rivara is definitely one of my biggest inspirations. After watching this video I decided to buy my first polypro… a black one just like hers. Brecken’s an extremely unique dancer both with and without her hoop. I’ve watched this video countless times and it really never gets old. Check it out and watch Brecken shred on the hoop at Symbiosis in 2009.