Minty Atherton is a certified Hoop Dance, Hoop Vinyasa and Yoga instructor who is passionate about sharing the transformative effects of purposeful play.
After over a decade of sitting for long days and nights as an Art Director/Designer in New York City, it was time to inject some fun movement back into her life. Corporate burnout was followed by a restorative excursion to Kripalu Yoga Center in the winter of 2011 where Minty discovered Hoop Dance and the gateway back to joyful expression.
A former long-distance runner and triathlete, Minty traded a linear, competitive movement discipline for a circular, expressive one that’s enjoyable, strengthening and therapeutic. Her instruction offers an encouraging environment for individual exploration and a fun workout that develops strength and releases stress.
MoveMINT was created to empower others to rediscover their vibrant expression through playful movement with the hoop. Minty offers group and private classes, workshops for events and in-house corporate wellness programs in Hoop Dance, Hoop Fitness, Hoop Vinyasa and Yoga. She also organizes monthly community "jams" for flow artists to connect with each other during the winter.
Certifications & Training
Minty received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn, NY under the guidance of fearless founder Tara Glazier, and continues to be part of the Abhaya community. Certification from Hoop Vinyasa in New York, NY forms the basis of MoveMINT's Hoop Yoga programs. As a Hoop Revolution Mentor and Instructor, Minty is inspired by the strong body-rocking technique from it's founder and hoopdance pioneer, Anah "Hoopalicious" Reichenbach.
What is Hoop Dance?
Hoop Dance blends circus-style tricks with free form dance movement using speciality sport-weight hula hoops. These are not the toy store hoops you used as a kid! You can hoop not only on the waist, but on all parts of the body including hands, arms, thighs, knees, feet and even the neck and head!
Hoop Dance or "Hooping" as it's commonly known is accessible to all. Everyone, regardless of gender, age and body shape can learn to hoop. I facilitate learning in an inclusive and supportive atmosphere where students release stress and build strength and tone with this fun practice that doesn't feel like a workout!
What are the Benefits of 'Hooping?'
Hooping has physical benefits that include:
• Cardio workout
• Caloric burn (up to 400 cal an hour)
• Builds core strength
• Strengthens and tones the whole body
• Reduces stress
• Increases vitality
• Improves digestion and circulation
It also has emotional benefits that include:
• Increases self-confidence
• Generates joy and laughter
• Clears and quiets the mind
• Lose yourself in the hoop – moving meditation
• It’s FUN!