What Spinning Does…
*Hula Hooping, to me…is a release. It is a chance to imagine something else, and do it. You can wipe clean of any feeling and go somewhere of your creation.
It has helped me to be more free. Of concern for judgement. Of how I look while standing, never mind dancing. It has helped me be me.
I think simply. I toss it and watch it fall. It wraps around me and tingles, I can feel it moving. It moves me.
*I asked some friends of my spinning arts community about what they thought about the practice of a spinning toy and what it means to them. This is what some of them said…
—It has helped me work on my patience, as I challenge myself to keep trying new things, and it has helped me become more aware of my body in the space around it.
—I had no rhythm and couldn’t dance at all before I started hooping. Now I love to dance. When I fall into those meditational flows it just makes me so happy, a sort of happiness that nothing else brings about. All in all, it’s made me more confident, it’s made me feel so much better physically and emotionally and it’s also opened me up to a whole new culture that I absolutely love. Hooping has been a very positive aspect in my life and I love it!
—It at first, taught me to meet myself where I am at, on any given day, and to have pride in my abilities. The practice taught me patience and became a form of meditation. It brought balance to my life and helped with depression.
—I still feel relatively new to spinning with much to learn. So far, it leaves me with this thought liberating feeling that allows me to only focus on the task at hand, letting go of any external flack of how it may appear to others if I drop my staff and trying not to make mistakes. Just spin and keep spinning after and the flow will come with time.
—I learned to be my own best friend and not rely on someone else for my happiness… And it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.
—Helped change my brain chemistry in a way that I could access the happiness I get from dancing more and more easily. Even when not actually dancing… I can think about it, dance in my head and access that feeling
—It helped me a lot with social anxiety; it put me in places with lots of really great people I never would have known otherwise. The actual act of spinning for me is a kind of movement meditation; it completely eliminates stress and keeps me centered. Another aspect I think I love even more than spinning itself is being able to teach people new things. It’s just an amazing thing.