Gail took a moment before getting into balancing for important reminder to those of us who struggle with insecurity. In workshops, and this is true for our daily lives as well, we shouldn't worry that people are looking at us while we're trying new things. "No one is looking at you. Everyone else is thinking about what they are doing and worrying that everyone is looking at them," she said. "The only one looking at you is me and I'm supposed to look at you."
Balance is part of everything we do, yet it is mysterious and sometimes counterintuitive. We get up everyday and easily manage to balance our head on our shoulders and bodies above our feet because we spent years learning to do so as babies. It takes time to learn to balance a hoop as well. It's one of those things that takes commitment and dedication, but once you conquer it you feel accomplished. Moves that you can learn in a day provide quicker gratification, but learning to balance hoops is a long game with a bigger reward.
The first way to balance the hoop is on the back of the hand and forearm. Participants of Gail's workshop followed her directions to place their hoops on their arms and focus their eye on the tops of their hoops. They moved their arms and bodies to stay directly below the hoops and keep them from topping to the ground. Lots of hoops stayed in place, but most of them quickly fell. It takes practice to be comfortable with balancing like Gail, but that's part of the fun of hooping. We can always, just like the tattoo on Gail's foot says, "Practice More.".
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