I just started hooping physically on July 10th. Before then, I did all of my hooping in my mind.
I first became interested in hooping in June, after following a link in someone's signature on a forum I used to visit. It pulled me in quickly like a whirlpool. Hooping was what I had been looking for: something that will help me connect my mind with my body, something to enjoy as a hobby, something that interests me and excites me. Every day I would watch videos and dance in my head, spinning, dancing, moving.
While I'd love to say that I am as good in reality as I am in my head, I can not.
But I am learning.
I see improvement every day.
Hooping is fun. I laugh when I finally 'get' something. I laugh when I drop my hoop, or when I hit myself on the head. It makes me feel really good.
I'm going to attempt to keep record of my progress in my journal.
The first day I could only keep the hoop up for about 30 seconds at a time. I could hoop for longer going counter-clockwise. The hoop fell a lot, and due to it's weight and size, hurt my hands and knees and legs. I think I hooped for about 30 minutes total.
On the second day, I managed to knee hoop for a bit. I'm not sure how I did it, but it lasted for about 30 seconds before I got distracted and it fell. It also hurt really bad, so I didn't try it again. I worked on attempting to chest hoop, and also waist hooping. I ended up hooping for about an hour total.
Tonight, I hooped for about an hour and twenty minutes. I discovered that I can keep the hoop up for longer if I hoop clockwise. It feels a bit more natural to me, even though at first I could barely keep it up in this direction. I actually managed to chest hoop for about 30 seconds, very awkwardly, yet chest hooping it was. I practiced on my legs a bit, and also on my knees. While I find that hooping clockwise seems a bit more natural and easy to me, I can waist hoop pretty well in both directions. I still have to concentrate on my movements to keep the hoop going for extended periods of time, but I'm also throwing in some things to distract myself, like focusing on breathing or movement. I like to close my eyes and feel the hoop. I want to feel that the hoop is just an extension of myself and my will, instead of a completely separate object. I tend to want to turn against the hoop when turning. Something with the tension of going the opposite way as my hoop really appeals to me. It feels really interesting in a way I can't yet figure out. I also like turning in the same direction as my hoop, yet it doesn't yet have the same appeal to me.
Anyway, I'm just rambling now.
Oh, before I go... something really funny happened to me tonight.
My dad decided to go to Subway and took me with him. As we were driving, I saw a sign out of the corner of my eye and noticed the words "hoop camp". I got really excited and decided to google it when I got back home, as we had driven too far away and I didn't get a clear look at the sign. It turns out that they meant basketball camp. I should have known better... after all, every time I search for 'hoop'-anything I get a bunch of results for basketball. XD