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A couple days ago, I noted how I’ve been struggling with the “last foundational move” of my hooping repertoire. I learned how to do vertical reversals right around the first of January; by the 6th, I could do a barrel roll; by the 12th I could vertically chest hoop (but it would always lean to the right, in which I’d follow it and end up going in some kind of circle).

I learned to do vertical breaks & reversals in very early January, and I had since been trying to hoop in the vertical with my shoulders to no avail. I learned all these other cool things along the way, bu this one thing was practically mocking me.  I don’t know how many hours I had dedicated to not only physically practicing but watching every possible YouTube video describing the process. I watched many of these videos more than twice. Still, nothing.

Maybe it was yesterday that had an article about “keeping it up” (“it” being the hoop, of course) and when I read it, I thought, “well, maybe I’m just not going fast enough.”

Over the course of the night, I spent about 3 hours practicing my vertical chest hooping, faster, slower, one arm in, then out, then the other arm in, then out. It just didn’t matter, nothing was working. I went to bed cranky. I was frustrated: physically frustrated.

So this morning I got up and grabbed my hoop even before I had coffee. I spun it across my back to the left, right and finally a good shove and it went around once, then fell. Reminded by my meditation practice, “try, try again,” I did.  I decided, “Okay, I’ll try for it to go around my body only twice.”  Left, right, shove: body once, body twice, yay! Okay, now I will try for three times. A couple tries late,  left, right, shove: three times!


Okay, if I can get it 4x, I will record it. And then it happened! I spun it around 4x! It was seriously as if the heavens opened up. My body went a bit loose and all I might have even cried a little tiny bit.

So pardon the bedhead. And the purple garden smock. And the messy digs… Here goes:

IMG 2393 from merrycarrion on Vimeo.

Note: It may not look like I was happy in the video, but I assure you: I was ecstatic! 😀 I just hadn’t had any coffee yet.