The Hula Hoop Girl is an embodied movement meditation self-care body play practice for women’s empowerment through the practices of hoop dance, ecstatic dance, yoga, and sister circles.
Caroline P. Sánchez, RN, MSN, CBCN, RYT 200 hr
Caroline Sánchez also known as ‘Sweet Caroline’ is the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Self-Care Practice that guides women to reconnect to their own natural born rhythm while feeling empowered to self-resource and self-express through the transformational power of body play. Caroline’s life work, grounded in women’s health and women’s empowerment began at the age of 21, when her mother Grace, passed away from Breast Cancer. It was at that moment that Caroline began her soul work in the world.
A practicing oncology nurse for over 12 years, she holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) degree, is a certified Breast Care Nurse, a 200hr Registered Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher, a certified One Hoop One Love Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher, and a certified 5 Elements Ecstatic Dance Facilitator. Caroline’s Masters Thesis “Hoop Dancing to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses” has been published both in the Journal of Emergency Nursing and the University of California San Diego’s Nursing Journal. Her life’s work has also been celebrated and featured by her alma mater, Walden University in the 2016 article “Full Circle”.
A true advocate for joy, Sweet Caroline encourages and guides healthcare professionals to use joy replenishment through body play, as a powerful self-care intervention to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, and has offered Hoop Dancing for Self-Care Workshops at several nurses retreats in San Diego, California. She speaks passionately and publicly about the power of play for self-care and for team play for the sake of creating healthier work environments and improved patient outcomes.
Sweet Caroline has been hoop dancing for joy replenishment for over 10 years and teaches hoop dancing classes and ecstatic journey dance classes within her community for women’s empowerment and is a co-facilitator for the Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher Training and Certification Program at The Rhythm Way. Her ecstatic hoop dance flow has been described as mesmerizing, inspiring, whimsical, and Graceful. Her teaching style is authentic, nurturing, playful and empowering. She is a powerful movement guide, facilitating the release of grief and fear, while awakening and nurturing joy. She is a poet, a writer, an Earth advocate, and a women’s advocate. Her life’s work as an Embodied Movement Meditation Educator and Nurse Educator is soulfully dedicated to guiding women to connect with their body, their rhythm, and their movements to dance in the center of their joy, feeling empowered to share their unique soul gifts with the world.
Dance in the Center of Your Joy -C.S.