I was in a huge hooping rut for months. There was just never enough time, enough space, or enough energy to practice. I was frustrated with my hoops (one too big to use in the house, and the other too small to learn new tricks with). I was frustrated with myself. I felt like I was in a complete standoff with my hoops. I would watch videos and tutorials and just feel deflated.
But I'm past that now! I've recently met a lady a few towns over who makes and sells hoops, and who is also a Hoopnotica certified instructor. She has admitted that I am likely already too advanced for the classes she offers, but meeting another hooper who is somewhat local has given me motivation to get back into it. I have purchased a couple of hoops from her. Finally I have one that is in between my other two hoops in size which is perfect for me. And I have also bought a couple of kids hoops from her (for my kids, who currently can't hoop, but who are trying. Hey, I figured they could double as minis for me to practice my isolations with, win-win!).
So I'm back, and as with so many other things in life I have found that after this little hiatus I am better than I was before. I'm learning new tricks and finding more flow. The weather is nice so I can finally hoop outside where I have space to properly practice and not worry about hitting things or scaring Tyler with the loud bangs as my hoop flies across the dining room. Slowly but surely I am getting better.
Now I need to find some people to hoop with. It is surprising how difficult this has been. I know a few ladies in Collingwood who do it, but haven't really connected with them. The one I just met is about half an hour away or so, and while we had briefly talked about maybe getting together, that hasn't happened yet. I am seriously considering posting flyers around town inviting people to join me. We need more hula hooping in this town.
I've been back online too, watching hooping tutorials or just videos of some of the most amazing hoopers, trying to study their techniques and styles. I find watching these talented people to be inspiring, but also a little depressing as they are just so fantastic that I can't even fathom being that good. It also makes me wish I had started hooping when I was young, or at the very least had been more athletic so I wouldn't have to start from scratch now. I wish I were stronger, more coordinated, more flexible, and had better rhythm. I guess the good news is I know it is not to late to be all these things, it's just a slow process working exercise and practice into my schedule with a family and three kids. But I know I will get there. I also know that even though I'm not great, I'm still better than almost everyone I know, so that is something.
I'm getting pretty decent at the on the body hooping, and better at off the body stuff. What I am finding particularly challenging are the different kinds of isolations. I'm hoping that by working on strengthening my arms will help me master some of these moves.
Some of my favourite hoopers right now are Breken Rivera, Hoopalicious, Babz and Katie Emmitt. I've watched some truly amazing videos from all of them, and I'll leave with you some now.