Monday, February 9, 2009

Hooping Dervish (my 2nd hooping video)

On Sunday, after my morning yoga (hence still wearing my yoga clothes in the video), one of my favourite songs was playing on my laptop ... and I spontaneously gave my new TO-born hoop, Fireheart, a spin. As promised when I did my first hooping video, I will be sharing the various stages of my hooping (r)evolution on the blog.

This was my first time hooping since the op two weeks ago ... so, essentially, it's Fireheart's "maiden voyage". I haven't had the opportunity to learn & practise any 'tricks' and 'moves yet ... so this is a simple performance. I'm at that awkward "learning to walk stage", sometimes not quite sure what to do with my hands/arms, trying not to knock over anything (as I'm in a contained space)...

This feels somewhat like letting you see me sing in the shower or dance in front of a mirror. But if I only showed videos of myself doing it when I get really good, that wouldn't be a true visual documentation of my hooping evolution. I want to share with you the journey that takes me from where I am now in the beginning ... to what I end up becoming.

I called the video Hooping Dervish because a friend of mine saw it and said it reminded her of the Sufi whirling dervishes (just in a 'me' style). Interestingly, I had thought the same thing when I first looked back at it ... mainly because I have on all white and I'm spinning. Take a look at the artful and simple Whirling Dervish video below. I've always been fascinated by them. I find them beautiful and transcendent.


GirlBlue said...

*think pure thoughts*
*think pure thoughts*
*think pure thoughts*
*think pure thoughts*

Lynn Cohen said...

I'd say you are pretty darn good at twirling that hoop already. What tricks I wonder will you develop to do more? I can't even imagine. Not up on hoop twirling myself. You look quite graceful doing much or more than the man in the skirt down below!

meadysmusings said...

Aaah! The Dancing Dervishes de Elspeth a la Jean Denver! :)

Brandi Reynolds said...

dude, that's awesome!!!

thanks for stopping by my blog!

Rich said...

Beautiful song. The Dervish theme runs deep in the hooping community. Jewels and Spiral have actually taught classes that they call "Dervish Style" hooping.