Sunday, September 5, 2010


so i am noticing a progression in my hooping.... i started this hoop journey with a very simple approach to it....waist hooping.....trying hard just to keep it up. but as the months have progressed i have found so many different "styles" of hooping, and each one has its own appeal. it may be hoop dancing at its rawest form, or trying to perfect the ultimate "trick" technique, sustained spinning, or perfecting your flow.
i love this about never gets boring. i have life A.D.D! i move from one interest to another like it is my job! but hooping has so many different branches it is easy to flow right into another branch and incorporate it into your own practice.....make it your own style. do something new!
like tonight i was watching some sustained spinning videos, while i am not ready for it quite yet, i am completely mesmerized by it, and know at some point i will want to delve into that deep deep pool. (seriously look it up, that goes way back, like to the whirling dervishes of rumi.)
right now i feel like i am in a place in my practice where i need to be very aware of wether i am hooping for the wow factor or simply because it is an extension of me. i want to move more toward the latter. to move because that is what my body feels, that is what my heart means. i am learning new technique all along the way, but more to give my body the vocabulary it needs to speak a language it is learning.
so my question to you is.....where are you in your journey? are you in the technique junkie faze (this is a fun place to be!!!!) learning all the moves your bruised body can handle, are you settled into your routine, picking up new styles?????? how do you feel about your practice right now, do you see it moving in a new direction soon? what new motions have you spinning your heart out?

Fear not, Love all!


  1. I'm a whirling dervish just because of what life's throwing at me right now.. but in hooping? I'm just getting down the waist hooping... and I'm getting better.. and sometimes I try to pop my hands in testing my timing.. and sometimes I let the motion rock me into submission.. so far those are the times i like the most.. quit fighting and trying so hard and just relax into it.. probably a life lesson in there for me too..

    Great post as usual... blog on..

  2. i hear ya annie, there is so much to learn about life from any practice we pursue. this one just happens to be really fun too! thanks for the lovin' girl!

  3. *yay*

    I have no idea why this post didn't show up in my reader sooner. So weird. I just saw it now.

    Anywhoo. I can feel my hooping changing...definitely. In the beginning, it was all about the tricks/movements. I would get fixated on a few, and do them over and over.

    Now, I'm fixated on flow. What moves flow into other moves really well? How many can I string together? I lay awake at night thinking about such things. Craziness, I know. I'm hoping Hoopcamp will inspire new streams of flow for me.

    I am CRAVING some serious flow, just me and the music really loud. Somewhere where no one else can see me. Sounds funny, but it's been MONTHS since that has happened and I miss it.