I understand how you feel. I am very shy about hooping. I am almost 59 so you can imagine what people think when they see me Hooping. Tough!!! But I do feel shy about it at times. I know when I started playing music it was really hard on me in public but the more I did it the easeri it got, I think it is the same with Hooping. Just keep doing it.
Yes, I know how you feel, Judy. I'm 58 and at times I'm conscious about my age, especially since even if I'm with other hoopers they are all much younger. But the more I hoop in parks with music, the more confident I get. Usually I hoop near playgrounds, and families with children come up to try it. Once the kids do it the adults join in!