give this a read! I went through the same problem and posted about it not too long ago.
some of it might be irrelevant but everyone had good input and helped me out alot along with trying my own thing :)
Hopefully this will be helpful!
without touching it could require a yedi mind trick. If not available;
- before being able to smoothly wiggle it up, knee-kicking it will help.
- rotating left, use left knee and knee-kick it when your knee is touched and once more on next rotations. Just kick it up half a meters .. and continue hooping
skill to practice: learn to hoop from belly position to upper leg and back.
I agree with the other replies the only additional thing I sometimes need to do is sometimes turn with the hoop while wiggling it back up... Another think i sometimes helps ...(Iam still working on being fluent with bringing it back up) is to push your thighs forward when it raising above the knees a bit... this help me get it to the upper thighs to wiggle it back up. Hope I didnt confuse you!!
I haven't been able to perfect the knee-kick up, but shimmying does help...looks and feels spastic. I have been trying to think of the muscle connections like I did when i learned shoulder/chest hooping. When the hoop contacts my hamstring I say hamstring and push and when it hits my quad on the other leg I say quad and push. Mostly I have achieve a degree of flow when I hoop around my knees and just see how long I can keep it there or if i can spin around (with baby steps).
Love to read how other people achieve the next step in total body hooping.
My suggestion is to obviously keep trying, but also keep working on the abdomen. If you practice on both currents you will build your core strength. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get my hoop from the floor to the ceiling, and it became clear to me that my core was a big player. If you practice a lot you can begin to feel the different muscles help push the hoop up.
Another tip. If you spin to the left, when the hoop is on your knees use your right leg to push it a bit. Than use the thigh, than dip a little to get the waist in the hoop. And bam! Your hoop is on your belly. Than use those beastly abs (because if you hoop you make your core happy) (kind of like a belly roll) to bump the hoop up more.
So this sounds not technical at all but I hope it helps.
Love you, and keep practicing.
Bare legs! Hoops love skin. Use the same leg as your current (left if you spin to the left) You're probably on the toes of that foot anyway, and use that foot to pop your hip up, turn while you do this. Make sure the action is smooth! I couldn't get it until one day I was at the beach in my bikini and gave it another try and up it went! Good luck!
A couple tips that helped me:
-Learn how to spin and move around while hooping at the knees. Being able to move like this gives you an advantage, since you have a greater feel for where the hoop is at all times.
-Keep your legs spread further apart than you see most people doing it. Once you get it, you can start to bring your legs closer together.
-Like the others said, if you're going counterclockwise use your left knee to pop it up, other direction, other knee
-Once you can pop it up a couple inchs and can do this easily, then start to shimmy your hips almost the exact same way you'd do it with your arms to shoulder hoop.
-Practice practice practice, but give yourself breaks and practice other moves, and just let loose and play with it, and go back to leg work later. I find with most anything, even outside of hoops, doing one thing for too long isn't good, give your brain time to process everything and go back to it another time.
-Also, someone mentioned bare skin, this definitely helps and it was when I had my break through, although i did it for hours and melted the skin on my legs, haha. Hoops give a little pain with that pleasure at times, I also found this out with my nipples, ;)
When I first started I thought it was so hard, but after practicing everyday after a few weeks it started to make sense and then just clicked. Good luck!
I think this is one of the most tricky and discouraging moves to learn. Keep at it! We all went through the same frustration. No matter how you feel sorting through the replies and it just isn't working, keep telling yourself someday it WILL happen. It just will. I don't know how, and I can't explain what finally made it click for me, other than just time and all of a sudden *poof*, lol, it'll sink in, and you'll be able to do it consistently.