It sounds so silly, but I'm shy when it comes to hooping.
When I'd practice, I used to go to the park alone, and hoop, and I was never bothered (until I had a creepy encounter recently and stopped going). So I moved onto hooping beside my apartment on a patch of grass, but even then I have people driving by and honking, etc.
Now, winter is coming fast, and I won't be able to hoop outside, and so I'll have to go to a gym. But I always feel so uncomfortable with people watching me. I don't want people to think I'm 'showing off', and I hate that it doesn't matter who you are, girls will give you the stink eye, and guys will make perverted comments.
Does anyone else feel this way when practicing? Maybe I just have to get over it and do what makes me happy, forget about everyone else..?
tee hee hee... .. the stink eye, that a great description.
I don't really have any concrete solutions.
I would probably get some good headphones and put on some good tunes to distract me from the people around.
Maybe sunglasses i always feel more confidant when i'm wearing sunglasses.
I feel exactly the same way. I hate hooping in populated areas cause I dont want it to seem like I'm showing off. Even when I'm busking it takes me a while to get into it. I have no tips unfortunately :(
I agree with Electric Blue, sunglasses are a good option, I'd probably go as far as wearing a hat AND sunglasses! I hoop outside my house when its nice out and I always find myself stopping what I'm doing when a car passes by and then start hooping again when they are out of sight :\ So don't fret, you are definitely not alone with those feelings! I usually get my sister or my best friend to hoop with me so I'm not alone, so maybe trying to bring a friend along will take care of the uncomfortableness or using the hat and sunglasses thing to sort of "hide" but I guess what the best advice should be is to be proud of your hooping while getting the "stink eye" from girls and keep your head held high and pretend they are all just jealous because they probably are :) Oh and uhm boys will be boys, so just think of it that way! :D
i too am extremely shy when hooping outside of my house..
i can barely even record myself doing it lol..
i have got to work on this..sunglasses and ipod might help me not notice anyone who might look..lol
i knew i was not alone with this.
Guys always make perverted comments and girls are always intimidated by someone who is doing something different and cool. The stink eye thing is pure jealousy . It doesnt matter what you are wearing, where you are hooping or what you are doing, hoop dancing always calls the attention for better or for worst. I think you should just focus on your hooping and let people think what ever they want. Perhaps this is a good oportunity to learn how to deal with public. I mean, dont let the stink eyes get you. Enjoy your passion!
Ah, I know just how you feel-- I'm really a super shy person at heart & when I first started hooping I thought there was no way I'd ever hoop in public. What changed my mind was Caroleeena's encouraging me to come to Hoop Jam. Being in the middle of a group of hoopers, I no longer felt all eyes were on me, & I could relax a little & jam out. There is safety & comfort in numbers! If there is already a hoop group near you, I'd definitely join it, & if not, seriously consider starting one. (Join the Fostering Hoop Communities group for lots of suggestions on this.) Or if that doesn't grab you, what about taking a hoop class? You might meet some folks who could hoop with you for practice times...
The good news is that the shyness does wear off a little the more you force yourself to "feel the fear & do it anyway." I'm still a little self-conscious about hooping in public but so much less so than I used to be.
Take extra hoops with you when you go to the park or the gym! Then you can let others play with them. The two comments I get the most are " I could never do that" or "I remember when I could do that!"
I live in Iowa so it seems like no matter what you're doing if it's outside people are going to look at you. As for the snarky people, well, what are *they* gonna do? Go home and watch T.V.? I doubt the couch-surfers a demographic to be feared ;-)
I definitely have gotten the "stink eye" a few times especially from girls. They are most definitely jealous. Most of the time I have people so intrigued that they ask a million questions and want to try out my hoops :). I think wearing sunglasses and/or a hat would help. I usually get my boyfriend to come to the reservoir or park with me to hoop. He makes sure no creepy men try to harass me while hooping lol. I think the more you practice, the more confident you will become. Since I started hooping, I have noticed a huge difference in my confidence while doing tricks and my flow with the hoop. Just be yourself and have fun girlie!
This used to bother me too, but I just learned to get over it. Hooping brings me too much joy to get caught up on what other people think. It's pretty much just a given that you'll get a few creepy stares from dudes, and bitchy stares from girls. Whatever, that's not your problem - just turn on some music, jam out and forget about them. They're probably just jealous.
When it was warmer out, I'd take my hoops over to invite my neighbor's out into the yard to hoop with me. Pretty soon their mom would come out to try it, & then her friend would come ......but having the kids there really helped. They hoop without any self conciousness at all!