This week I've done more serious hooping practice than usual. And by "serious" I mean that I was focusing on actual visual concepts for my sessions instead of just flailing about for exercise and, to a lesser extent, joy.
Interestingly, during a week that has been more emotional and stressful than usual, I found myself heading to the gym to hoop when the eating disorder monster inside was urging me to eat or to not eat. In other words, instead of "eating" my feelings or avoiding them by avoiding meals, I used my hoop to distract me, and then later was able to process my emotions in a healthy way. While I'm practicing hoop dance, I'm also practicing mental health and non-disordered eating. Yay!
Also, I proud of how I'm taking my hoop practice to a more artistic level. I feel a little pretentious calling this video "Hoop Art," but that truly was the intention behind it. No, I'm not going to take this on tour, but it's exciting to discover new ways to move in, through, and around the hoop. Kind of like how I'm also discovering how to move through my emotions healthfully.
What are you practicing this weekend?
(Also, if you're interested, the song in this video is "Egyptic" by Beats Antique. They make my hooping heart go pitter-patter.)