Teaching Old Tricks New Dogs. - Hoop Sparx Hoop Sparx

Teaching Old Tricks New Dogs.

Iso did that on purpose 😉

I have spent the last week waking up to the sound of birds and the view of a majestic rainforest, crisp air and… 0.6 degrees! Woah. It is definitely winter. It was so bitey cold I couldn’t even bring myself to hoop outside. There I was standing in front of the fire, hooping, whilst dodging furniture, ornaments and a string clothesline, when it occurred to me: every move has a bazillion variations which means there is newness in EVERY old trick. It’s just a matter of playing long enough, quietening the mind enough and being present enough to find them and make them your own.

On that note, I present to you the Iso Pendulum Swing along with a Kick Ass Salad born out of whatever I could find in the fridge, details of upcoming Classes and a weekend Workshop too.

Old Trick: the two handed isolation. New Dog: Two Handed Isolation into a Pendulum Swing Direction Change. But that name would have been too long. This move was almost named the Tick Tock Iso Clock, Grandaddy Iso Clock and finally the Iso Don’t Know What to Call This Move. I think Iso Pendulum Swing does the trick – as you will see from the fantastically funky (aka cheesy) knee movements that find their way into this video.

The Kick Ass Salad is another one of my Old Trick New Dog moments it would seem. Ingredients I use all the time combined in a totally different way. All you need is quinoa, zucchini, snow peas, red capsicum, leafy greens, sunflower seeds, a lemon, olive oil, soy sauce, black pepper, cayenne pepper. The rest will become taste bud history.

The how-to-make-it-magic:
1. Cut 1 x Zucchini into 1 cm rounds and then in half to make chunky semi circles. Lightly steam them, run under cold water and squeeze lemon juice over them. Throw 1/4 cup cooked quinoa in the pot with them and add some black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Allow to sit.
2. Slice the snow peas and capsicum in 5mm wide strips.
3. Put 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and a sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper into a frying pan. Once it heats up, throw in a big handful of sunflower seeds and keep stirring/tossing until all the liquid is gone and they begin to toast.
4. Place mixed greens (I used beetroot leaves, rocket and baby cos) in a shallow bowl, throw in the snow peas and capsicum, add the zucchini/quinoa mixture and the sunflower seeds on top.
5. Lightly toss and serve.

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