For many, MANY months I've been feeling so stagnant with my hooping. Every time I've picked up a hoop it's been the same on & off body moves, all without any real meaning, emotion or true "dance" behind it. It's left me feeling annoyed, limited and bored. I've had little bursts of inspiration that push me to hoop, but I haven't made or felt any real progress since my early days of hooping.

I've been hopeful though knowing that because I feel so passionately about it, unlike anything I've ever been interested in, if didn't give up on it I'd eventually "get it".

It's been a long journey but I'm so happy I've stuck with it because I recently unlocked some major doors...something I've been wanting so badly for so long. In the last couple of months I've found new inspiration and allowed it to really motivate & guide me. Most importantly, I've learned to quiet my inner critic, which has helped tremendously in opening up the channel between mind & body. I've started video logging my progress and being open to different hooping styles. Just over a week ago after 3 years of hooping I finally tried sustained spinning. I never imagined it would impact me the way it has. Through my first couple of sustained spinning sessions I discovered the invisible spirals that spinning creates. Day and night I've been feeling & visualizing these spirals and its connection with my own step/rhythm/movement/flow. I'm thrilled to be where I am, discovering and appreciating the essence of my own movement & dance, and I'm confident that with a little more practice I'll finally be able to lose myself in the hoop and feel the full release of hoop dance.

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Comment by Caroline Krueger on November 30, 2011 at 1:46pm

Wow,  this was really inspiring.  I have no idea what these invisible spirals are but I hope to someday too tap into them.  I never imagined that someone would face a wall after three years of practice... invisible spirals > invisible walls!  So happy for you.  Would like to see video :D

Comment by Elsa Seal on November 30, 2011 at 5:09pm

Caroline... what I picture is a lot like the trails of spirals and swirls that a figure skater leaves behind on the ice. When I visualize my step when I spin I see myself creating the same kind of trail. This vision has helped with my focus and given my bumbling step a little more direction. If you go to my videos the one called "Orb-session" is my first sustained spinning session. It's when I had this realization.

Anyway, thanks so much for your sweet response :)

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