Wednesday, March 06, 2013
It's been such a long time since I pushed myself physically that I can't remember the last time I really felt it in my muscles! I can now, and it is such a great feeling because I know my body is transforming in a good way. I'm getting stronger, healthier, and more fit.
The majority of my exercise consists of hoop dance for now. As the weather warms up, I hope to be riding a new bike several times per week. And, of course, hooping outdoors instead of in the house. While I have enough space to do what is necessary and to learn many new skills, being outdoors is total hoop freedom in all directions. There's absolutely nothing like hooping bright and early in the morning during the summer, soon after the sun rises and dew is still shining on the grass. It's damn near magical.
Speaking of new skills, I finally learned how to do a few new things that I've really been wanting to do. One is passing the hoop behind my back. There are a lot of ways to do it, and I've only learned one...but it is one, and I'm really excited about it. I'm also getting better at hooping to the right, and can now move around while hooping right, as well as doing some angles. I can lift the hoop to halo and drop back in while hooping to the right now as well, which is a huge accomplishment considering that, when I started trying to hoop to the right, it was all I could do to keep the hoop from falling to the floor.
I've found that it seems to be more of a practice, practice, practice issue with hooping, as opposed to understanding what to do. I can understand something just fine, but struggle for weeks to get my body to understand what I am asking it to do. Once I feel the move I'm trying to accomplish enough times that I can sense the difference between what I'm doing when it goes smoothly versus when I thump myself in the back of the head with the hoop or send it flying, only then can I really push my body to go down that path. It's actually kind of cool, being so aware of the mind body connection...and also the disconnect.