The Bee’s Knees II

First, off, I did not have class on Wednesday night because Katie took some time off.  She works so hard, and I’m glad that she is taking a few days for herself.  That worked out for me, as my mom had her gallbladder removed on Tuesday, so I was available if Momma needed me.  She is doing great, by the way!  I did get some of my own practice in Wednesday, too.

Speaking of practice, I’ve been doing that a lot more.  I need to.  I realized I can do a few things inside my house in the living room.  Yay! 

Yesterday, Cindy and I had the second of our knee hooping/other technique lesson with Jenny. Both Cindy and I have greatly improved our knee hooping!  Jenny showed us a few ways to pick up the hoop with our feet if it drops to the floor.  Both are much more cooler and elegant than bending down and grabbing it.  We learned to flip the hoop up using the ball of our foot, and we also learned how to flick the hoop off the top of our foot into our hand, and we also did basic ankle breaks.  Yay!

I’m getting better at the back elbow pass, too.  I managed to finally catch that hoop behind my back!  Once.  Only once.  Still, that means that if I keep practicing, and I will get it.  I’m on the right path. 

Improving my knee hooping and learning that elbow pass really is the bee’s knees! 

As a side note, I want to encourage you to come out to Jenny’s new session starting on October 16.  If you are in the Lancaster, PA area and curious about hooping, please register and come out!  Click here for more information.

The Bee’s Knees

Sunday was Open Hoop night at Studio Spin, and I decided to go.  I had specific techniques I wanted to practice in front of mirrors. 

One of the skills I wanted to work on was knee hooping.  After a few tries, I was able to sustain the hoop at my knees for quite a while!  Yay!  I worked on both circus style knee hooping and regular knee hooping, and was successful at both.  Quite the bee’s knees!

I worked on isolations a few different ways, too.  They are getting MUCH better.  I also worked on a trick called “Around the Sun,” and it’s getting better.  I attempted to do the Mandala trick, but I need to work on that a lot.

Oh, and I worked on my old nemesis, the two beat chase weave.  I’ve been watching tutorials on it and it’s starting to look something like how it’s supposed to look.  I think I need to exaggerate my crossovers more and not scrunch up like something’s about to hit me in the face.  I tend to do that a lot.

I took a rest day yesterday.  After Saturday’s picnic and Sunday’s practice, I was tired.  Intermediate Hoop is tomorrow night, and I’m really looking forward to it!  I might get out and practice a little tonight if the weather stays dry.

Three Big Steps

I don’t know what it was last night, but I took three big hooping steps at class.

First off, I should mention my left shoulder is causing me issues to the point my doctor has shoved me into pretty intense physical therapy.  I stress:  THE INJURY IS NOT HOOPING RELATED.  In fact, I’m not sure what happened.  It’s probably from my poorly set up workstation.

That being said, class was focused on knee hooping, which I had already done with Jenny.  This was Big Step #1:  I managed to knee hoop for more than just two seconds!  I actually sustained the hoop on my knees for quite a bit, both circus style and the knee pump methods.  Yay!!

For Big Step #2, I finally can lift the hoop off my waist into lasso due to countless times of drilling it.  I worked on that move a lot at the hoop jam on Saturday, and it paid off.  Katie gave us five minutes to play around with other hooping things as a break from knee hooping.  I immediately started to practice the lift.  Yay!  Practice paid off.

Big Step #3 was another move that had eluded me for months:  dropping the hoop from lasso back onto my waist.  It had been a while since Jenny had showed me how to do that, so I asked Katie for a refresher, and she showed me how to do the move.  Something clicked in my brain at that point, and I managed to do the move after one or two tries.  Yesssss!!!

Those three things had been pestering me in the back of my mind for a while now, but I knew I’d get them in time.  Now, if only I could get the chase weave down.