I was playing with some new hoop moves the other day, in the kitchen. I never hoop in there, but the light was good and I was inspired. Sometimes it’s nice to break out of the norm and do something different. The smaller space made me much more aware of where the hoop was on my body and in the room. Anything we can do to add a creative challenge to our hoop practice offers the benefit of becoming more mindful and upping our skill level in some way.
I’m a big fan of switching it up. This is an excellent way to bring out one’s creative side and discover more of what is possible with the hoop. One of the best things about the hoop is that it offers a never ending array of creative possibilities, limited only by one’s imagination and skill level. The more we practice, the more our options expand. So, yeah! Hooping in the kitchen!
Here are a few ideas for adding fun, creative challenges to your hoop practice.
For one song, ten minutes or an entire practice session, whatever timeframe you choose:
Refrain from using your hands while hooping. This can be done easily by restricting oneself to on-body hooping, or getting creative with elbows, wrists, etc.
~Drill, Baby, Drill.
Do one hoop move throughout an entire song. When the playlist moves to a new song, drill a different move for that whole song, etc. This is an easy way to practice and polish a move you’d like to do with more proficiency. It is also a great way to become more aware of what is going on in your body as you execute the move. When we are in hoop flow or dancing, it is easy to rush from one move to the next, without regard for our form. As we do the same move repetitively, in a drill, it becomes easier to focus and feel if it is a little off-balance or not as clean as it could be.
~Location, Location, Location.
Experiment with hooping somewhere you wouldn’t normally, or perhaps thought was too small for hooping. This change of environment and physical space will get you thinking differently about your hooping. You might find yourself doing things you’d never before considered, with your hoop. Instead of letting your available hoop space limit you, use your imagination to let it inform you of what else is possible.
If you are anything like me and would like to continue enjoying hooping and hoop dance for years to come, the best way to do so is to keep things interesting. There is nothing more lethal to creative play than getting stuck in a box of predictability. There are countless ways to keep ourselves turned on and tuned in to what the hoop has to offer. All it takes is dedication to regular practice and keeping our minds open to the playful possibilities.
I’d love to hear from any of you who start implementing these and other ways of freshening up your hoop practice. There is nothing more inspiring than mastering new moves and that only happens with practice. So, practice is
probably the best way to become the badass hoop dancers we know in our hearts we can be. You know, the way we look in our mind’s eye when we think about our most inspired hoop dance. If you can see it, you can be it.
Happy hoop practice, lovelies!