Hooping Yogis Retreat

Posted: April 28, 2016 by lambentI2e in Events / Gatherings, hoop, theforeverstudent

Date : 16-23 Jul 2016
Venue : Vikasa Yoga Retreat, 211 Moo 4, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand

Divine Light Yoga and Turning Circles Hoop are excited to partner together to bring you the best of Hoop and Yoga in one amazing Retreat!

-Daily Yoga Classes to strengthen, lengthen, and relax
-Daily Hoop Classes to energize, empower, and enjoy
-AMAZING food all week!
-Beautiful accommodation in Koh Samui Thailand
-Private Pool and Beach Access
Treat yourself!

Hula Hoop Dance has been evolving over the past ten years to incorporate movement and dance into the hula hoop. Hoop Dance and Yoga perfectly compliment each other enabling students to balance the Yin and Yang within their body and mind. Both Hoop Dance and Yoga enhance students creativity, concentration and co-ordination as well as bringing light, joy and community into their lives.

For whom:

This retreat is for anyone who want’s to bring lightness and laughter to their life. In this retreat, you will find a wonderful balance of yoga classes focused on both strengthening and stretching, opportunities to tune in to yourself and your surroundings through guided meditation, and playful hula hoop dance classes to energize and awaken.


Our retreat will be held at the beautiful Vikasa Retreat and Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand. It is a purpose-built, beachside retreat with three wooden yoga salas, an infinity pool and organic cafe. With access to two stunningly beautiful beaches, it’s the perfect place to unwind, enjoy the natural surroundings, and chill out.

The open-air, cliff-side Spa offers a range of services that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed, specialising in authentic Thai massage, as well as offering Swedish and Indian styles as well. They use quality organic and locally manufactured products for their delicious scrubs, facials and skin treatments.

Find more information about Vikasa and check out their beautiful photos at: http://vikasayoga.com/


It’s easy to be healthy and feel the transformation at Vikasa Retreat when you nourish yourself with two healthy buffets everyday. You’ll have an abundance of fresh local fruits and vegetables, amazing creative dishes and a selection of raw food to choose from. The healthy buffet at Vikasa Life Cafe is open every morning from 10am and evening from 7pm. Enjoy your meal on their beautiful terrace with a breathtaking view of the pristine ocean, or curl up in the sanctuary of the chill out lounge, dotted with comfy beanbags and familiar faces.

Yoga Classes:

Yoga classes will be held by Laura, taking a holistic therapeutic approach to combine yin-yang yoga, pranayama, mantra and guided meditation. Through each themed class, we will take our practice to new levels to explore chakra balancing techniques, yoga mandala flow and to appreciate and embrace our inner Goddess.

Emma will be teaching some select classes focused on playful arm balances and inversions, accessible for all levels.

Hula Hoop Classes:

Hula Hoop classes will be designed for those new to hula hoop, but options will be provided for those more advanced hoopers. Hula-hoop dance consists of learning different tricks and ways to move with the hula-hoop, which can then be incorporated into dance. We will learn to use the hoop on different planes including body hooping (think shoulder and knee hooping), vertical plane, horizontal plane, isolations, and tosses. Learning new tricks and putting them together requires a lot of focus, which is extremely meditative. It’s also good exercise, challenges your hand eye coordination and muscle memory, and is a creative form of self-expression.

Laura started her yoga journey at the age of 15, with her first and most inspirational yoga teacher, her grandmother, who taught her to be humble and playful in her practice. Originally from the UK, Laura is a long-term traveller and true-adventurer, committed to life-long learning and to sharing her passion and knowledge with others.

Laura learnt the art of teaching yoga whilst training in Southern India and completed the Yoga Alliance Certified 200 hour RYT training, on a one-to-one basis. Laura continued her yoga journey to complete the 300 hour RYT training in Yin-Yang Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics, with Jivani Yoga in Thailand. Learning under the guidance of many inspirational teachers, Laura has developed a teaching style that enables yogi’s of all levels to feel secure, confident and inspired in their own practice by combining elements of yoga therapeutics with vinyasa flow, mantra and meditation to provide a supportive, relaxed and playful environment both on and off the mat.

In addition to training to become a RYT 500-hour, Laura has completed the Pre-Natal and Children’s Yoga Teacher Trainings. Teaching the art of yoga to young children and teenagers is a great passion of Laura’s as prior to yoga teaching, Laura was an international primary school teacher. Laura is dedicated to supporting children and young people to become well-balanced, creative, open-minded individuals by sharing the philosophy and teachings of yoga.
Laura is currently hosting yoga retreats in Southern Thailand, working with the Thai Child Development Foundation,to raise funds for the charity which supports education, healthcare and welfare for underprivileged children within Thailand.


Emma started hooping in 2010 when one of her good friends fire hooped at her wedding, and then gave her a hula hoop for a wedding present. She couldn’t have guessed then what a life altering wedding present it was! She enjoyed the challenge the hoop presented, and the gratification she felt after successfully learning something new. She loved the way the hoop taught her how to move her body and expand her limits to discover freedom in movement.

Nearly as soon as she started hooping, she started teaching both adults and children in Thailand from 2010-2012. In 2012, Emma got her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Rishikesh, India. This month-long intensive experience helped her to further develop her skills in activity-based teaching and hugely improved her personal practice. In 2015, Emma completed her advanced teacher certification with Ana Forrest, renowned yogic healer.

Emma moved to Hong Kong in June of 2013, and in January of 2015 started Turning Circles Ltd. offering a wide range of hula hoop and yoga activities. She teaches hoop to all ages, from first graders to adults, offering various class formats. In order to reach the community and bring awareness to hula hooping in Hong Kong, she created a Meetup group. In addition, Emma organizes hula-hoop birthday parties, performs at various events, and makes custom hand-made hula-hoops. She also runs a charity yoga class with proceeds going to Room to Read, and is finishing her advanced yoga training with world renowned Ana Forrest in December 2015.


Early Bird Prices (before April 31st)
Single Occupancy Bungalow $1446.80 USD
Shared Room Bungalow $1240.80 USD

Regular Price:
Single Occupancy Bungalow $1714.60 USD
Shared Room Bungalow $1426.20 USD

Prices include:
-taxes and surcharges
-all classes in beautiful yoga sala
-accommodation for 6 nights
-two healthy buffet meals per day
-airport transfer
-yoga mats, blocks, straps, hula hoops etc.

For more information contact hoopingyogis@gmail.com

For updates, check the Facebook event page.

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