So since I have a healing tattoo that covers half my back right now, I figured it was the perfect time to start learning minis! I got some hoops and the hoopnotica dvd, looked up some youtube tutorials, and was all excited.. And after the 4th day of practicing with them, I just don't like them. I really want to like them!! But every time I pick them up, I look at the normal hoops and think to myself, man, I'd rather be doing that right now. I can do the basic heartbeat and chase weave, along with a few tricks from the dvd like flagpole, but it's just not.. fun. It feels like work. I remember the first days when I started hooping with a 40" hoop, I had to force myself to stop because I had to get my real work done, hahaha. Even in the beginning of regular hooping when I could barely do anything, I still loved it and would do it for as long as I possibly could on any given day. 

But I do love the way minis look when they're done by people who are good at them.. Sigh.. Is there any hope? Has anyone had a similar experience? Should I keep going and hope for a time when I'll like them, or just accept that they're not my cup of tea?

Thanks for your advice :-)

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Minis are a lot of work and can be less fun and more frustrating than regular hooping until you reach a certain point, a critical mass of tricks you can do and enough flight time to make them feel comfortable spinning in your hands. For me, I think it took at least 3 months of playing with them relatively consistently, and being able to link a few turns together  and feel like I was actually able to dance with them before I fell in  love with them. Now there are lots of times I would rather mini hoop than hoop. 

Since you can't really hoop now, I would say keep playing with them, and then once you're healed, just pick them up whenever you want, or whenever a big hoop isn't possible.

I found at first, I preferred playing with just one mini! So much fun to dance with and do isolations. That's another way of getting to know them!

Just don't force yourself and wind up hating them. Everything in it's own time!

lol you don't have to like minis. I myself am not a mini hooper, I do like to play with my single mini, single wicked fire hoop but that's about it when it comes to minis for me :) Some people are body rockers, some people are mini masters... it just depends on what feels right for you. Don't force it, let it flow. Try taking a break from minis and just think about the negative emotions you feel when you practice. Whats causing them and think about how to change those negative emotions. Once you associate a certain activites with negativity thats the emotion you will think and feel whenever you practice. 

I also started with one mini and worked up to two. I am only now (after a year of really playing with one mini) starting to really enjoy mini flow.

I had a similar experience, but I think I tried to go too small too fast. I got a pair of 18 inch last year. I had been learning basic poi moves, so I thought minis would be perfect for me. After a year though they still just frustrated me every time I picked them up. I really like the range of motions and patterns they open up, but every time I would start to get into the flow, one would go flying off my hand. I recently moved up to a pair of 30 in. I can't do things like the buzzsaw with them, but they don't go flying all the time either. After only a month practicing with them I picked my  18 in. minis back up and I feel like I have much better control over them already!

Thanks so much for the advice, everyone! I'm glad I'm not the only one who found them more frustrating than regular hooping at first. I'm going to try playing with just one mini for a few days and learning more isolations. 

i would approach it more like a training tool then , they are hard and i know they are not alot of peoples "thing" but even spending five-ten minutes a practice drilling the basic moves can even out and balance you ( everyone favors a side, like with currents ) better than a single hoop, provide good strength building for isolations ( arms ) , wrist strength / stability for off-body work,  making confusing grip-flipping second nature, having nice clean planes.... and almost all the moves are applicable when using larger twins as core multi-hooping usually requires some off body transitioning/filler. its good to get a  head start on something thats not second nature that you might want to use down the road.

Its good to be well rounded in general, and do things to build technique. I felt the same way in reverse about core hooping.  I've spent the winter working on that, and while i know it is not my hearts desire and is more like work... the general improvement to my overall hooping has been immeasurable. And i have learned to like it. 

my suggestion to help get into the 'flow' side of it is to work with a single mini to get some inspiration going and loosen up. then with 2 ( or single still )   I really like to practice when i can see my shadow-( its not distracting, or self-critical as a mirror ) . Core hooping seems more about personal space/feeling, but off-body work might spark an interest if you think of it like drawing a picture, and using a shadow you only see the shapes. hold off on trying to do the tricks for a bit and work with positioning and holding one still, spinning the other, see what kind of patterns u can make.  Try something simple like twisting it on the z-axis and see how many different positions that can be accomplished with 1 or 2.   In addition to just drilling "tricks" that usually helps break me out of a rut.  Hope this helps a little!

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