Hoopy Vacation!

I know, where have the updates been?  I’ve been on the annual family vacation to the Outer Banks!  See evidence of beach hooping in picture to the left.

I had a lovely week, and managed to hoop every day there, even when Tropical Storm Ana came through (it was just a lot of rain, really) on Monday, I did circus drills inside.  Quite nice!

Of course, there should be some upcoming video of my time in the OBX, too.

Oh, and talent show was yesterday.  I did pretty well, I think.  The sparse audience seemed to enjoy my act.  The icing on the cake was when a good high school friend greeted me at the end of the show with a bouquet of flowers.  It was great to see her!!

I’ll have more on the talent show, too, as pictures and video of that become available, too.  Stay tuned!  As for now, I leave you with more squinty faced pictures of me hooping on Whalehead Beach.

Sunday and Monday Hoopiness

Shocker!  I took a rest day both on Friday and Saturday after completing a 30/30 challenge.  I needed rest day so much that on Sunday I went out and hooped twice. 

Sunday morning was beautiful.  It was warm enough to wear one of my beloved tank tops.  I usually wear tank tops all throughout the summer when not at work.  I was happy to wear one for the first time this year.  Yay! 

I briefly had an audience while I was hooping, too.  The girl two doors down came out and sat on her porch in her pajamas and watched me practice that morning for a short period of time.  Later that day I caught two glimpses of her playing with her own hula hoop.  Coincidence?  Did I influence her?  Who knows.

Later that afternoon, Deb came over and we hooped for a little bit in the park, but most chilled out.  We were both tired.  As we were sitting in the shade, a couple came up to us and asked us if we were in a club.  I said no, but explained what we were doing and got a brief conversation about hooping going.  It’s always good to spread the word.

Monday brought class in the evening, and we had a new person!  I believe her name was Christa, and she had never hooped before.  She did great!  So great, she asked Jenny about getting a hoop, and Jenny then kindly referred Christa to me.  Woo hoo!  I will have a hoop for her next time I’m in class. 

As for what we did in class, Jenny taught us some push/pull moves and folding isolations.  Both are going directly into my flow. 

So, that’s what’s going and now we’re all caught up here.

Drill, Baby, Drill

Class on Monday was great!  The one thing about that class that stuck out in my mind that I have since really incorporated into my own practice is circus drills.

Circus drills are basically working the hoop from the top to the bottom of your body.  Jenny showed us to start of in different variations of lasso, neck hooping, chest hooping, rib cage hooping, and and then on down to the waist, hips, and knees.  Once you are finished, do it again in your opposite current.  Do each set for thirty seconds, or as long as you can, in your non-dominant current.

Since I’ve been working those drills into my workout, my hooping posture has gotten a little better, and really pay attention to my form checking my reflection in the patio door as a practice outside.  It’s the closest thing I have to a mirror I can practice in front of at home. 

I also drill a lot of stuff, over and over again.  I was also drilling mandalas, tossing the hoop over the back of my hand, and variations on shoulder hooping.  Drills work!  I can see improvements.

Other stuff in class?  More transitions, knee hooping, and helicopter!  I’ve started to incorporate helicopter with dance moves in my practice, too.

Speaking of being outside at home, I often notice people on the rail-to-trail outside my home glancing over and perhaps even watching me as I practice.  Two women were walking the trail yesterday, and one yelled out to me, “Hey, you’re pretty good at that!”  I thanked her.  It was nice to get a little compliment from a stranger.  After a few more exchanges, of “I couldn’t never do that,” and “You make that looks easy,” I thanked them again and they went on their way. Nice!

Happy Baby

It was another beautiful Sunday yesterday, so I texted Deb to see if if she was feeling hooping and wanted to come over, and she did, so she did come over.  She had her six month old son Freddy with her, and he is such a happy baby. 

Freddy was in his stroller while Deb and I hooped, but eventually she spread a sweatshirt on the ground for him to sit up and look around.  That kid played with his bee ring toy, babbled and gurgled to himself, happy as a clam.  Happy baby, indeed!

Deb is really coming along with her hooping.  I know she’ll read this, but I want to tell everyone that she is doing great!  Yesterday, I taught her how to stir the pot, and how to connect it with lasso and the corkscrew.  She has the lift vortex down really well and is starting shimmy the hoop up to her shoulders.  Great job, Deb!!

As for me, I did a lot of just noodling around and practicing what I’ve been taught in class lately.  Oh, and class is tonight, and I’m looking forward to that.  It looks like knee hooping is on the agenda. 

Feeling Good

I’ve been enjoying the 30/30 challenge over at Hooping.org, as well as practicing the stuff that Jenny has been teaching at Studio Spin on Mondays.

Let’s start with class from Monday.  We did a lot of chest and shoulder hooping.  Jenny gave me some other stuff to working that technique, such as doing things with my hands and exploring space UNDER the hoop.  It’s been a fun thing to practice.

I’ve been really practicing, too, as for the 30/30.  I am starting to look forward to my after work practice sessions.  In fact, I did a video from my practice yesterday.  Take a look!

 I am feeling good about my hoop progress right. now.  Hence the song.  I thought it was quite fitting!

What a weekend!

Me, in my Pop Up Circus gear.
I had a very hoopy weekend!  By the end of Saturday, I was exhausted.  Here’s what I did.
On Friday evening, I helped with the Pop Up Circus in Penn Square in Lancaster.  What a great event!  I was there helping by teaching kids and parents how to hula hoop.  I had a very enthusiastic response, which was great.  In fact, all the performers had an excellent response!  I was a side show, of sorts, you could say.  The main acts were awesome.
On Saturday, which was a gorgeous day, Deb and I trekked up to Kutztown University for the Hoop for Hope event.  Deb and I were the only ones not from the campus there actively participating in hooping, but that that’s ok.  No big deal.  It was change of scenery, a day trip away from the norm, and we got to participate in a good cause.  I donated some tape and hoops for them to raffle and sell.  Deb and I also made hoops from the make-your-own hoop stand for $5.00.  I took both home, and put a better connector and riveted them together.  Much lighter and sturdier.  Great job to the organizers of the event!
Saturday evening came when I got home, and I was tired.  Exhausted.  Wow.  It was good.  What a great hoopy weekend!

Just Dance

I had a revelation last night during my hoop practice.  I was working on my routine for the upcoming talent show, and I realized something.  I hated the routine I had put together.  It was clunky, wooden, and I was over thinking things.  I decided to scrap the written routine altogether.
I had one thought about my performance:  just dance.
Here’s what I’m going to do.
I’m still sticking with the same song, but I’m going to do certain moves at different musical queues for emphasis.  Otherwise, I’m going to dance, do tricks, and see what moves fit in where with my queues.  I feel much better about this.
When it came to the written routine, I would get a big knot in my stomach every time I thought about it.  Learning it wasn’t fun.  And I want this experience to be fun.
So, I’m going to dance, hoop, and move around the stage.  I think I will have more fun and engage the audience better that way.  I like this plan.
I’m going to dance.

Beautiful Past Few Days

The past few days were beautiful, weather-wise, and hoop-wise.  Here’s what I did.

On Friday after my hoop practice, which I got to do outside, I made some hoops.  Deb wanted a new, larger one, so I did that for her.  On Saturday, I let her know that her hoop was ready, and she came over.  It was windy, but we hooped and had fun.  The sun was out, and that made it all right.

Sunday, though, had fantastic weather.  It was gorgeous, and I finally had time to really dig into a hoop routine I’ve been working on.  It felt good to start working the wrinkles out with that. 

Yesterday was class at Studio Spin.  Again, Jenny worked us hard, and the workout was awesome.  Again, a little sore, but it’s a good sore.  Good class!

Today, it’s cloudy and raining here and there.  Boo!  Oh, well.

Rain, rain, go away.

I am so sick of rain.  It’s been raining for three days.  At least the weekend sounds like it’s supposed to be nice.

My hooping has been done inside for the past couple of days because of the weather.  My living room is too small to waist hoop in, so I’m dying to get outside and do some of that, hopefully tonight if the thunderstorms hold off until later in the evening.

I’ve taking to marching in place while I practice inside.  I helps me concentrate better on what I’m doing, helps me keep a rhythm, and helps my coordination.  I need all the help I can get with my coordination!

So, here’s to a nicer weekend.  I’m itching to get outside.

Hoop For Hope at Kutztown University

If you are near Kutztown University, I recommend coming out for a good cause.  I’ll be there.  Learn more on the Facebook event page.