It’s been ten days since the Hoop Path ~Deep Water Workshop with Baxter. I attended all three days and came away from each session with a greater appreciation for the transformative power of the hoop.
In reflecting on this extraordinary workshop, I realized that for me Deep Water is a place where there are no preconceived notions about how things should be. It is a place in which one must rely on feelings and instinct for guidance and direction. Everything I discovered while there had a different quality to it–it all felt more real–perhaps because it arose from a place most of us probably don’t go often, if at all. Deep Water is where I found some things I’d long wished were true about myself (Surprise! It was there, I just couldn’t see it before). I discovered some things I thought I’d lost lost because at some point in my life there was simply nowhere to put them, so they went underground and under water. Deep Water reminded me that nothing meaningful is ever really lost. It simply shifts dimensions. Once we know how to access these deeper parts of ourselves they can be integrated and color not only our hoop dance but our dance through life, in remarkable ways.
Deep Water isn’t all somber and serious either. It is full of surprises that rise out of the dark corners to show you something new and thrilling–something you didn’t know you had. Baxter guided us, blindfolded, into the place within, where we could touch the vast, sacred reservoir of joy, resilience, awe and Love that is our nature as humans. I don’t know about anyone else, but by the time the blindfold came off all of my self-consciousness fell away with it. I felt aligned, body and soul and was ready to see how it felt feel to hoop from my depths. Words fall short but these come to mind: exhilarating, free, invincible, bold, ecstatic and thrilling.
It’s been fascinating to discover these qualities surfacing again and again as I do my daily hoop practice. I’m no longer afraid to cut loose and see where it takes me. I’ve removed all my judgments about what I should or shouldn’t be able to do in the hoop and let myself explore what the hoop and my body are wanting to tell me. It’s so much fun to show up and simply pour whatever I am feeling into my hoop and see where it takes me.
In case you hadn’t guessed, I highly recommend the Deep Water Workshop to anyone who wants to literally take their hooping to a new level.
*The hoop dancers in the picture with me are Rayna McInturf (the original Hoopnotica, holding her adorable daughter, Anjali), Baxter, Julie Griecius (my first hoop teacher and dear friend), Kahn Wong and Julie Wentz.