HoopYogini™ Spinal Awakening Training, Required Reading List & Resources

HoopYogini, WELCOME!

Congratulations, you are on your way to becoming an inspired and inspiring HoopYogini™ Certified Instructor! It is a pleasure and honor to support you in your integration of the Spinal Awakening Series. This is a powerful movement flow that will greatly enhance your personal life, your hoop dance practice and the impact of your instruction.

Please feel free to contact me directly with your questions regarding the training experience – hoopyogini@jocelyngordon.com. I look forward to getting to know you and supporting your instructional excellence.

The following Required Reading books are resources to prepare you for the in-person HoopYogini™ Teacher Training ~ Spinal Awakening Series experience and to support you in integrating hoop instruction with knowledge of the following components:

  1. Breath & Body
  2. Spine & Movement
  3. Energy & Intention
  4. Meditation & Integration
  5. Language & Leadership
  6. Sets & Sequences: Vinyasas
  7. Alchemy & Flow

Your exploration of these components will be subtly and directly communicated in your classes and will provide a wealth of context to enrich your instruction, efficacy, potency and personal practice.

In addition, your HoopYogini™ facilitation will stand out as a holistic fitness practice that provides a dynamic and effective workout benefiting all levels of being – physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual.

Required Reading

Regarding the anatomy books, a list of pages/topics/systems to be read and / or completed are below. They are to be read and / or completed prior to your in-person teacher training experience.

A great read and must read before arriving at your in-person training. Learn how cultures around the world have myths and metaphors related to the Tree axis – your relationship with Self and Spirit and the Hoop axis – your relationship with family, friends, community, etc. Identify your current axis of comfort and mastery, and learn how to develop your whole self.

There are four sections of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Read the first section four times. Identify four sutras from the first section. For each sutra, write how this sutra is relevant in your day to day life (to include how its message is either absent or present in your life) AND how this sutra is relevant to your HoopYogini instruction (to include how you will embody or relate the sutra in your energy and language). Create a typed page for each section as follows. Print each page and bring them to the training.
English Translation:
Relevance in your life:
Relevance to your HoopYogini instruction:


Sections to read & color:
Orientation of the Body:
Systems of the Body (1 & 2); Cells and Tissues: Integration of Tissues
Skeletal and Articular Systems:
Axial/Appendicular Skeleton; Classification of Joints; Terms of Movements; Vertebral Column (to include: Cervical & Thoracic Vertebrae; Lumbar, Sacral & Coccygeal Vertebrae); Bony Thorax; Hip Bones, Pelvic Girdle & Pelvis; Sacroiliac & Hip Joints; Knee Joint
Skeletal Muscular System:
Integration of Muscle Action; Actors in Elbow Flexion; Deep Muscles of Back & Posterior Neck; Muscles of Thoracic and Posterior Abdominal Wall; Muscles of Anterior Abdominal Wall & Inguinal Region; Muscles of the Perineum; Muscles of Scapular Stabilization
Nervous System: Organization; Synapsis & Neurotransmitters
Cardiovascular System: Scheme of Blood Circulation
Immune (Lymphoid System): Introduction
Respiratory System: Overview of the System; Mechanism of Respiration;
Digestive System: Overview
Urinary System: Urinary Tract
Endocrine System: Introduction
Reproductive System: Female Reproductive System


Sections to read:
Dynamics of Breathing
Yoga & The Spine
(special emphasis on Types of Spinal Movement p33-44)
Skeletal System
Muscular System
Standing Poses:

Tadasana, Samasthiti, Uttanasana
Prone Poses:

Additional Resources:
Standing Crescent Pose – Indudalasana aka Side Arch Pose

Cat Cow Flow – Chakravakasana

Standing Back Bend – Anyvittasana

Standing Twist with Kidney Activation

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