In 2002, after a lifetime of dance, martial arts, ice skating and bodybuilding – I dropped a weight on my foot during a gym workout. That simple accident stopped me in my tracks. Old training injuries came back to haunt me. I couldn’t exercise as I was in constant pain; I gained a lot of weight and believed that my injured body would never truly heal.
Fast forward to May 2006, I was searching online… and saw an advertisement for a hula hoop. I followed the links and a whole new world opened up for me. I ordered my first hoop from the US and waited impatiently for it to arrive. I was so excited when it was delivered! I limped into our garden, put it around my waist… and discovered I hadn’t a clue about hula hooping! After just five minutes of frantic activity, I had to lie down as I’d lost so much fitness.
It took three weeks before I could spin my hoop consistently. Ten minutes at a time (followed by a rest) – I was determined. There weren’t any hoop videos online, so I learned by trial and error. It was slow and often exasperating!
All the while, I kept looking for help and answers. Then I found Hoopgirl (aka Christabel Zamor) who was running a teacher training course later that year – it was in LA and I had no idea how I was going to attend. So, even though I knew I wasn’t ready, I made the decision that I’d go – somehow.
In November 2006, I travelled to LA (with my incredibly supportive husband) to take part in one of Hoopgirl’s first teacher training courses: three intense and challenging days that began the journey I’m still on today.
My experiences during Hoopgirl’s training course led me to a deeper exploration of beliefs and attitudes and how they affect performance and achievement.
The wisdom Christabel shared so generously, carried me through the early days of Hoopswhirled… when I was still “figuring things out”!
Fast forward to today. After learning, teaching and exploring what might be possible, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge about teaching, and hooping; learned a lot about limiting beliefs and overcoming them; acquired various fitness qualifications; and discovered that hooping offers some great metaphors for how to live a better, happier life.
…Oh, and I’m still figuring things out!
Hooping is not the be-all and end-all of my world, but it has changed my thinking, and helped me to heal, move and grow. It has been a powerful force for good in my life. I’m so grateful to have discovered its magic and that I’ve been able to share it with so many others.
Currently, teaching is about sharing these lessons and encouraging people to do the things that make them smile. After all, what are we here for if not to follow our unique path? Or as Joseph Campbell puts it – follow our bliss.