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7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge-Day 4 Chest & Core

Ready to get your fancy dance pants on in this great 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge? Whether you’re just starting or a super pro, there’s always something new to learn from others. So game on– grab your hula hoop and let’s get hooping!

****Here’s our 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge:****
(DAY 1-Focus on Footwork)
(DAY 2-Luscious Legs)
(DAY 3-Hips and Bootie)

***DAY 4-Chest and Core***

Thank you for joining us for this video series. I am Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla and this is a 7 day challenge of humorous hoop dance to learn, or to improve, your hula hoop skills with this 7 part focus on dance–from head to toe.
♥All levels welcome to join in! Let’s DO this!♦
Bring your hoop, positive energy and let’s hoop it out with #BroncoBellyDancer #BikiniGirl #BroncoSuperFan hoop/fire/belly dancer, Laughter Yoga leader, cartoonist/humor writer, and professional custom hula hoop maker Che (30++ years of dance experience).

Also, please join us online for classes that will work these moves in more time and depth. We would love to have you sign up for classes, value packages or book your private personal coaching appointment time. A complimentary goal session is available if you qualify to work with us! Also you can get a complimentary hoop consultation with any of our professional hand-crafted custom hula hoops. Contact us to schedule now.

CHEST and CORE HOOPING TIPS:

Core hooping uses a lot of muscles and is a great internal organ massage. There are two methodologies for getting chest hooping. Warming up with and using a chest isolation* (horizontal rotation) will improve your body movement skills greatly as well as coordination (*Make sure you bend the knees and use hands on hips to give you a good press into the stretch movement and more range of motion). A side to side push movement may prove easier–both are valid ways to get there.  I find that most people learn “chest hooping” easier with the arms out and up above the head. This lets you concentrate on just the chest hooping movement first. The “Hot Stove” technique is a fun way to get your hand(s) and arm(s) into the hoop, to get “shoulder hooping.” Getting that alternating shoulder shrug action going will help maintain chest hooping and also help keep the hoop up (your hula hoop will “ladder” itself back up with that motion if/when it starts going down). Core hooping uses a big muscle group, so try not to hoop to exhaustion or for really long time periods (break it up with other moves), so you can live to hoop another day!

HOOP DANCE TIPS:

Please warm up and cool down (head to toe!) to keep your body safe and hooping longer, hydrate, and take it sloooow! Make sure you have a nice dance posture: stand tall, shoulders back, chest and head lifted, abdominal wall in, pelvis tucked under and a slight bend in the knees. Dancer/Boxer feet–keep your weight shifted forward on the balls of your feet rather than resting back on your heels–easier for nimble movement. Try everything *without* the hoop first. Next, just hold the hoop and do the moves. Then get your fancier hoop moves in while coordinating with some basic stepping or fancy footwork dance combinations. Bring all you have to the table–your personal style, experience and sass! Stay positive and give yourself lots of credit for any and all progress! Keep a hoop notebook and take a couple of moments to write down tips and tricks that are helpful for you. Then review them right then and there, and a few minutes the next day…etc. You’ll be amazed at your progress! Please post how you are doing. Grab a buddy and stay accountable to another. And Please Share! Thanks So Much for watching! Subscribe to this channel here and our informative hoop circle news via e-mail at www.HipTheHoopla.com

~With Hoop ♥ ~Che’
www.HipTheHoopla.com
www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla
@hipthehoopla on Instagram and TwitterYouTube
on the MindBody app, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp, etc!

Special shout outs to our fabulous hoop groups (come join us!):
Monkey See. Monkey Do., Fab♥ Over 40 Hoop Community, Denver Hula Hoop Group, Colorado Hoopers, Hoopaholics, Hooping.org, The Hooping Community of Hooping.org, Colorado World Hoop Day, The Hoop Loop, Hoop Love, and all of our other great flow groups and communities–locally, statewide, nationally and internationally!!!

Go Denver Broncos!!! 🙂 ♥
Please help support Stronghold Society~Live Life

♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

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~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, Instagram and the MindBody app.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge-Day 2 Luscious Legs

Ready to get your fancy dance pants on in this great 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge? Whether you’re just starting or a super pro, there’s always something new to learn from others. So game on– grab your hula hoop and let’s get hooping!

****Here’s our 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge:****
(DAY 1-Focus on Footwork)

***DAY 2-Luscious Legs***

This video is a little longer, because I have so much to cram in quickly…and I did’t even get to one of my goodies…stay tuned for a future video on that!
Thank you for joining us for this video series. I am Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla and this is a 7 day challenge of humorous hoop dance to learn, or to improve, your hula hoop skills with this 7 part focus on dance–from head to toe.
All levels welcome to join in! Let’s DO this!
Bring your hoop, positive energy and let’s hoop it out with #BroncoBellyDancer #BikiniGirl #BroncoSuperFan hoop/fire/belly dancer, Laughter Yoga leader, cartoonist/humor writer, and professional custom hula hoop maker Che (30++ years of dance experience).
Also, please join us online for classes that will work these moves in more time and depth. We would love to have you sign up for classes, value packages or book your private personal coaching appointment time. A complimentary goal session is available if you qualify to work with us! Also you can get a complimentary hoop consultation with any of our professional hand-crafted custom hula hoops. Contact us to schedule now.

LEG HOOPING TIPS:

I do distinguish between “leg hooping” and “knee hooping,” which some people use interchangeably. I recommend NOT hooping directly on the knees, but instead slightly above or below to keep your joints and tendons safe, especially if you are using a bigger or heavier hula hoop. You can hoop on the legs horizontally, vertically and we haven’t even covered floor hooping using the legs here…but check out this video for some really helpful tips on leg hooping floor work:

 

HOOP DANCE TIPS:

Please warm up and cool down (head to toe!) to keep your body safe and hooping longer, hydrate, and take it sloooow! Make sure you have a nice dance posture: stand tall, shoulders back, chest and head lifted, abdominal wall in, pelvis tucked under and a slight bend in the knees. Dancer/Boxer feet–keep your weight shifted forward on the balls of your feet rather than resting back on your heels–easier for nimble movement. Try everything *without* the hoop first. Next, just hold the hoop and do the moves. Then get your fancier hoop moves in while coordinating with some basic stepping or fancy footwork dance combinations. Bring all you have to the table–your personal style, experience and sass! Stay positive and give yourself lots of credit for any and all progress! Keep a hoop notebook and take a couple of moments to write down tips and tricks that are helpful for you. Then review them right then and there, and a few minutes the next day…etc. You’ll be amazed at your progress! Please post how you are doing. Grab a buddy and stay accountable to another. And Please Share! Thanks So Much for watching! Subscribe to this channel here and our informative hoop circle news via e-mail at www.HipTheHoopla.com

~With Hoop ♥ ~Che’
www.HipTheHoopla.com
www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla
@hipthehoopla on Instagram and TwitterYouTube
on the MindBody app, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp, etc!

Special shout outs to our fabulous hoop groups (come join us!):
Monkey See. Monkey Do., Fab♥ Over 40 Hoop Community, Denver Hula Hoop Group, Colorado Hoopers, Hoopaholics, Hooping.org, The Hooping Community of Hooping.org, Colorado World Hoop Day, The Hoop Loop, Hoop Love, and all of our other great flow groups and communities–locally, statewide, nationally and internationally!!!

Go Denver Broncos!!! 🙂 ♥
Please help support Stronghold Society~Live Life

♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

*********

~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, Instagram and the MindBody app.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge-Day 1 Footwork

Ready to get your fancy dance pants on in this great 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge? Whether you’re just starting or a super pro, there’s always something new to learn from others. So game on– grab your hula hoop and let’s get hooping!

Day 1- Focus on Footwork

Getting those feet moving: You can step in place, try some small movements or get whole foot combinations added to your hoop dance.
Want more training or personal help? Get your tootsies in a group class online or in person…or schedule some private coaching time. Value packages are available for those awesome folks who are wanting to accomplish more and commit.
Let’s Hoop This!

HOOPING TIPS:

Please warm up and cool down (head to toe!) to keep your body safe and hooping longer, hydrate, and take it sloooow! Make sure you have a nice dance posture: stand tall, shoulders back, chest and head lifted, abdominal wall in, pelvis tucked under and a slight bend in the knees. Dancer/Boxer feet–keep your weight shifted forward on the balls of your feet rather than resting back on your heels–easier for nimble movement. Try everything *without* the hoop first. Next, just hold the hoop and do the moves. Then get your fancier hoop moves in while coordinating with some basic stepping or fancy footwork dance combinations. Bring all you have to the table–your personal style, experience and sass! Stay positive and give yourself lots of credit for any and all progress! Keep a hoop notebook and take a couple of moments to write down tips and tricks that are helpful for you. Then review them right then and there, and a few minutes the next day…etc. You’ll be amazed at your progress! Please post how you are doing. Grab a buddy and stay accountable to another. And Please Share! Thanks So Much for watching! Subscribe to this channel here and our informative hoop circle news via e-mail at www.HipTheHoopla.com

~With Hoop ♥ ~Che’
www.HipTheHoopla.com
www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla
@hipthehoopla on Instagram and TwitterYouTube
on the MindBody app, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp, etc!

Special shout outs to our fabulous hoop groups (come join us!):
Monkey See. Monkey Do., Fab♥ Over 40 Hoop Community, Denver Hula Hoop Group, Colorado Hoopers, Hoopaholics, Hooping.org, The Hooping Community of Hooping.org, Colorado World Hoop Day, The Hoop Loop, Hoop Love, and all of our other great flow groups and communities–locally, statewide, nationally and internationally!!!

Go Denver Broncos!!! 🙂 ♥
Please help support Stronghold Society~Live Life

♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

*********

~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, Instagram and the MindBody app.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

Foot To Chest Roll Hula Hoop Trick

Here’s a Cool Hoop Dance Combo

I’m actually doing this Foot to Chest Roll hula hoop trick in 3 parts. It’s an intermediate to advanced trick, depending on what all you do with it.

1. Hooping on the Hand.

Keeping the hoop engaged in wall plane with a flexed hand. And the hoop needs to be rotating IN to the body, or it will fly off in the other direction away from you, when you release it.

2. Slipping foot into the same position to take the place of the hand.

The rotating hoop moves off of the hand and slides on to the flexed foot. Extend the leg and keep that little rotational bounce going. A little strength and flexibility is needed here to hold that stance while keeping the hoop moving on the foot. You can cheat and hold your leg up to get just this portion–but you’re going to need your hand and arm for that next move…

3. Into The Chest Roll.

My tip for this is to keep your foot flexed (I call this the “brake” position). Then when you straighten/point your foot…that hoop is gonna FLY loose in the direction it is spinning! The straighter you keep your leg, it will have a straighter body roll line to follow (rather than kicking it up). Keep BOTH arms out straight, standing tall, with a small gentle upper back arch, and the head BACK (or you will bonk yourself in the face with your hula hoop as it tries to roll by).

You can also do a variation of a kick up, into a catch and roll. There are so many ways into this “Foot to Chest Roll” trick combination, and variations you can put on it to add your own style, pizzazz and signature stamp.

Here’s a fast :15 second video to see what it looks like!!! In-Joy!  If you like stuff like this, please join my Hip The Hoopla e-mail tribe to get more juicy goodies of tips, tricks, news you can use, events and Hoopspiration! And even details of how you can join our Inner Circle membership.


Link: https://instagram.com/p/7twtllDmRS/?taken-by=hipthehoopla

♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

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~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


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Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

Finding Hoop Community Groups and Links

Finding Flow Friends is Fun!

Finding Flow Friends is Fun!

Finding Flow Friends

Other hula hoopers, spinners, flow artists

Sometimes we need a little help from our friends…or need to find some that share our common interests. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Hooper Hookups–Facebook Group/Page and online recommendations from world-wide to city specific example:

Hooping.org
Fab Over Forty Hoop Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/649559225124084/
The Spin Summit
Colorado Hoopers https://www.facebook.com/groups/coloradohooper/
 Denver Hula Hoop Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/133467753299/ 

Check out the Community Links at http://hipthehoopla.com/events-community/

♦ Also check out hooping in your community…Google where you are at
♦ Search on Facebook
♦ Check out hoop forums
♦ Craigslist sometimes has events, teachers, or hoop makers listed
♦ Meetup.com can be helpful

You might try some of these “keywords” helpful to search for:

Hoops, Hula Hoops, Hooping, Hoopers, Jam, Classes, Instructors, Teachers, Props, Flow Community, Flow Artists, Spinners, Burners, Fire Dancers, Circus Arts

Whatever your method(s) you choose to find your flow buddies will be very helpful to you and your growth, plus you can share what you know, as well–Win/Win! Finding others in the community will increase your learning experience exponentially by exposing you to new things to try. Now go find your people! You’ll discover you aren’t so weird or alone in your process.

Good luck and happy hooping!

Hip The Hoopla offers positive humorous hula hoop dance classes, private lessons, events and hoops, too!

Finding your flow friends–happy, happy, joy, joy!

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~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


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Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

Attitude Is EVERYTHING! 3 Tips to Pop Your Best Prop: YOU!

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Oh Snap — Attitude Is Everything! (by Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla)

Ever see a boring drag queen? Heck no, Honey! Know why? Because “Attitude Is EVERYTHING!”

There’s something really awesome about dancing with flow props: we get to hide behind the moving distraction of an object. It can be mesmerizing. But even the best attention-capturing pretty moves are rather limp noodles of lifeless effort, unless you put your personality and individual stamp on it. How you ask?

3 Quick and Easy Tips

to Boost Your Awesome Attitude,

Increase Your Stage Presence, & De-Stress:

1. When you mess up, make it look like you MEANT to do that! This is one of my favorite “tricks.” Own it. The good news: If you drop the prop, the people watching may just realize how challenging this stuff is, and how much practice it takes to make something look easy and effortless. Ha! If they only knew!

2. Smiles make everything brighter and lighter. Understandably not every piece of music or dance requires a plastered on fake smile, but it sure beats squishing up your visage into what I call my husband’s guitar solo, “Constipation Face.” And I am not immune to this foible–I find myself having to make a conscious effort to stop my own “Muppet Face” (strangely wrapping my lips over my teeth with a concentrated knit brow look like a Jim Henson puppet). Luckily, I weened myself off of “Michael Jordan Face” quite a while back (that’s the one with the tongue hanging out in utter focused “in-the-zone” movement).

3. Have some “mess-up” recovery moves practiced. If you know some pick up tricks when you drop your hoop, or something unplanned happens, it really helps with those awkward, “Oh-Crap-Now-What” moments.

***Bonus Tip #4*** “Fake it, til you make it.” I remember the fear of dropping my hoop during a performance. Well it happened…in front of all of my peers while under the big lights. In my mind it was a slow-motion catastrophe that seemed to last for an eternally long minute. When I looked back at the video, it was a mere split second of real time. And somehow, I kept spinning and swooped my hoop up and got right back into the dance. It didn’t feel very smooth like that from the stage, but I faked it, and apparently, it worked! (See Video below.)

In another scenario, I was in a big variety show and was just as surprised as the rest of the audience, when a professional belly dance friend’s top came undone on stage. Without missing a beat, she gracefully grabbed her goodies before all popped out, and whisked herself off stage. Before we knew it, she danced back on stage and finished beautifully–with her quickly-fixed top, back in tact. After the last beat, she did a playful self boob-grab, hit a double “thumbs-up” sign, winked and curtsied. Now that’s how you do attitude right!

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Che Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla at the Hooping Life Film Premiere


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Hoopie Award for a Top Tutorial–Like Winning An Oscar!

Che' Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla's "Corkscrew Hoop Dance Combination" video is one of the top 25 tutorials of the year! It's like winning an Academy Award in the worldwide hooping community!
Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla’s “Corkscrew Hoop Dance Combination” video is one of the top 25 tutorials of the year!
It’s like winning an Academy Award in the worldwide hooping community!

Holy Cow, I won a Hoopie Award from Hooping.org​!

“Corkscrew Hoop Dance Combination” is one of the Top 25 Video Tutorials of 2014 (out of thousands!).
Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted! This is a big honor and I am very grateful and appreciative.

The 2014 Hoopie Awards complete list:
http://www.hooping.org/2015/01/greatest-hooping-hits-2014/

Hooping.org feature of my video:
http://www.hooping.org/2014/11/corkscrew-belly-dance-hoop-dance-che-rippinger/

My “Award-Winning” Video:

 

 


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Celebrating World Laughter Day with Hoops & Laughter Yoga

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     So thrilled to be celebrating World Laughter Day on Sunday, May 3rd at The Spin Summit in Colorado Springs with what else…a chance to get your laugh on with Laughter Yoga! I look forward to getting you giggling!
~with hoop love Ché Rippinger ♥ Hip The Hoopla

 


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Guest Instructor and Spin Summit This week

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Please join us for two special Hip The Hoopla classes this week Tues. 6:30pm & Sat. 10am) with Guest Instructor Extraordinaire Felicia Heyn. She’ll be doing Q&A, Injury Prevention, and Mastery Move Tweaks.

Pre-registration discount: www.HipTheHoopla.com or MindBody Connect app.

*ALL Levels Welcome*
And come visit us down at The Spin Summit April 30-May 3 (day passes, camping, weekend, shows, and an array of flow, fire & fabulous world wide instructors!) (Hip The Hoopla Laughter Yoga celebration on Sunday 5/3)


 

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Three Keys to Tosses: Warning–Flying Objects!

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Tossing is a magical thing. The excitement of throwing something up in the air and seeing if you can catch it. That split second of hang time, to be so in awe of time, space, and distance, is a thrill rush of anticipation. These are some easy tips that can help with your tosses–with hoops and other flow props, as well.

The 3 simple keys to help pretty-up your tosses are:

1. Start small. If you start with wild, crazy big throws, you may spend extra time running after your hoop (or other flow prop), than tossing and catching it. Start with little releases, then when you have the technique and hang of it, go bigger.

2. The big key is in the release. I like a little “down up” motion: a little press down before your “up and release.” I also find it helpful to think of this with a little exhale (down movement) and inhale (on your up throw), and your catch as the next exhalation.

3. Keep trying! The cool thing about it is sometimes you don’t catch your flying object. Time to tweak, and make those adjustments to try it again. Try variations, as well. Use your other arm. Toss in both directions, AND on both sides. And then expand on that even further! Who said your “sides” had to be left and right…they could be front to back, or other imaginative pathways.

 

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