I will try to tell my experience too.
I'm not a dancer, neither a good moving person: I'm more like a trunk, instead of a woman with limbs. My hoop (160 psi, 42") starts to be very heavy for me and sometimes I feel just like I can't get something new out of it just because the heaviness, that's why sometimes I feel really frustrated. So I totally understand what you are feeling right now. And, obviously if I only try to stay "inside" the hoop, moving it only around my waist, I'm sure it will be pure boredom. Encouragement? I found one thing that still encourages me when I'm little down on my hooping side and it is: just follow the flow. I mean: don't think about what you are unable to do or to the hoop. Put on your favourite music, no matter if is hoopable or not, close your eyes and sing. Try to find the smile you had the first time it started spinning around your waist, the flow will come from that, not if you look for it. I found myself a lot lighter when I started to not think about what a horrible dancer I am. Plus, I think that we all must remember one thing SaFire said on her precious "Love The Process" video: Try to not judge yourself. If we go on judging how we move, how we feel bad, how much we want to be better, I really think we won't improve. Just enjoy the hoop how it comes: if you aren't feeling into it, just don't do it, do something else for 2-3 days or even a week. Then take it up again, move it in your hands and most important: smile and play. Just play. Really: play with it, don't look for perfection, it will come and if it won't, you will anyway enjoy what you're doing.
I hope it helped a bit, really.
Thank you, this REALLY did help. :) Maybe I just need a break. I haven't actually "played" with my hoop for awhile. I can try that and see how it goes. Yeah, my beginner hoop is 160 psi and 38 inches and I have a children's hoop which is 27 inches and way lighter. Thank you again, this really helped and now I feel motivated to keep hooping. :)
Much love, :D
I am in the same boat....I was doing so well & learning stuff then it just stopped....I look at the hoops everyday and think tomorrow I will start ...so it continues.....
I look at others hooping & feel encouraged but somewhere along the way I lost the momentum ....hoping to find it ...
Wow this sounds 100% like I wrote that post... I feel exactly the same!!! With the non existing flow, the transitions and boredom inside the hoop.... But not only am I frustrated about the way I hoop and how it is simply not working what so ever, I even hurt myself everytime... and hitting yourself for example at the back of your head hurts really much and after a while, im starting to get a bad headache and I feel dizzy and all over horrible and i dont know...its like hooping is sth bad because I always get that headache and feel like I have to throw up... I can totally live with bruises, its more likely to be a "good" pain, because it proves how much ive been practicing and such but... I keep hitting my head! And that pain makes me incredibly angry and Im really the calm kind usually... :(((
I went through a similar phase as well: being afraid of hitting myself with the hoop, especially on the head. The solution had been to buy a large (40") but ultra-light polypro hoop. I've been told by a very good multi hooper that it's not good for a beginner to do too much on-body hooping with a light hoop because you don't get as much contact feedback and develop core musculature and control as with a heavy hoop, but it's perfect for off-body hooping and those scary moves. Hope it helps!