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Social Circus Day Show (video)


We put together a little circus show on April 2 for our friends and neighbors. It was the first circus at Satoyama Design Factory, but definitely not the last. Thank you to Elli, Megumi, Noriko, Ark, Eri, and Tod for getting up on stage and to Chris and Trouble for their help off-stage.



Ukulele, hoops, juggling and a toddler!

IMG_20160327_144505-ANIMATIONAt yesterday’s 4th Sunday Spin, we had a fun moment in front of the camera. Thanks for coming to play (and special thanks to Ark for the delicious cheesecake).


Partner Yoga

partner yoga

Tomorrow morning’s Moyashi Yoga is a session of partner yoga! We’ll work in pairs to gently extend our stretching using one another for support, balance and extra tension in our poses. Bring a friend or come on your own and make a new friend.

9 – 9:45 am @ Satoyama Design Factory, Kamogawa, Chiba. 1000 yen.


Drishti Selfies


In yoga there are many poses where you’re meant to focus your gaze. Often this focal point, drishti, is towards your outstretched hand. It struck me the other day as my eyes drifted away from my hand and towards some distraction, that if I held my phone camera in the proper location I’d probably keep my drishti in line.

It worked a treat. I tried out a variety of poses and snapped a few drishti selfies. Using the camera’s self-timer meant that I held the pose solidly for ten seconds and pointing the camera at myself kept my attention on the place where it was supposed to be.

Physically, if not mentally.

Expect a round of selfie yoga in some of my upcoming classes, because this is going to be a good teaching aid for beginners who aren’t sure where to look…or yogis like me who lose focus.


Moyashi Yoga


Every Tuesday and Friday in December.

9:00 – 9:45 @ Satoyama Design Factory in Kamogawa, Chiba
1000 yen/session or 6,000 yen for the full month.

Tuesday morning is Easy Stretch Yoga.
Friday mornings mix it up with new programs every week.
All are suitable for beginners and beyond.
Classes will be taught in English, mostly. 🙂


WHD Dance 2015 Compilation Video

WHD Dance 2015 was performed on Saturday, October 3rd around the world. This is the 6th annual WHD Dance project. It was choreographed by Kristen McQuillin to the song Chaiyya Chaiyya from the movie Dil Se. The compilation features 243 dancers in 8 countries with submissions from 27 performance groups.

Thank you to everyone who participated as a dancer, teacher, group leader, costumer, videographer or general supporter. Whether or not you sent in a video at the end, you were part of a global hoopdance movement!

See you for a new dance in 2016.


Happy World Hoop Day!


May all your dreams be hoopy ones.

Some of my hoopy dreams for the coming year:

  • Teach hoop and circus classes to kids in my new neighborhood
  • Lead and participate in circus projects in Japan, Thailand, the US, and India
  • Run a circus retreat or two
  • Perform more
  • Pay my rent through hooping & circus activities

WHD Dance Video Submission Instructions

Submission Deadline: October 20, 2015

Please send only one video per performance group and ensure that WHD2015 and your locationare in the filename. There are three options for submission and here they are in my order of preference (and highest-to-lowest quality in the compilation):

Option 1: The Cloud

  1. Upload your hi-res, unedited footage to Dropbox, Drive or other hosting service.
  2. Send the e-mail notification/invitation to

Option 2: Raw Footage on YouTube/Vimeo

  1. Upload your unedited video (no transitions, credits, etc) to YouTube or Vimeo at its highest quality.
  2. Send an e-mail with the link to

Option 3: Edited Video on YouTube/Vimeo

  1. Upload your edited video to YouTube or Vimeo
  2. Send an e-mail with the link to

Guru Guru


Have you ever wondered why our annual camping event is called Guru Guru Camp? Well, now you know! It describes something spinning for a long time. I love that the definition in this book is illustrated by someone spinning fire staff.


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Have you set your performance date and made World Hoop Day celebration plans? If so, make sure you go to the World Hoop Day website and get yours on the map. See where everyone else is celebrating! Just 3 weeks until the big day!