Yes, I know, for many people hula hooping was something they did as a child, not as an adult. I started hooping because it was something new (I couldn't hoop as a child) and thought it would be a fun addition to my personal training business. I'm always looking for creative ways to encourage people to stay active. I like many things (just take a look at my garage full of 'gear') but hooping has carved out a special place inside myself, a place that is fun, creative, meditative, alive, focused and always fresh and new. I love hooping because it's different for everyone. There's no right or wrong. It's just what you and your hoop make of it.
Here are a few pictures of my trip to Carrboro, North Carolina to attend Hoop Path 6: Bloom! Four days of learning, experimenting, meditation, laughter, deep introspection and of course, hooping with some of the best hoopers in the world.
|LAX to Chicago then teeny, tiny plane to Greensboro, NC|
|Some actual yummy food I found in the airport. (minus the soft drink)|
|Brookstone rocks! Sleeping on the plane is just a funny-looking eye mask away.|
|University of North Carolina recreation center, great venue for hooping!|
|Special viewing of the "Hooping Life" movie|
|Hoops, food and stuff|
|"Spiral", an amazing performer, a beautiful teacher|
|UNC Ram's Head Recreational Center|
|...and so it begins|
|Khan Wong: an elegant teacher|
|Baxter and his thoughts on hooping, life, people and love|
|Flying back home with a plane change in Chicago|
|Had no idea Chicago had such a beautiful airport|
|LAX-busiest I've ever seen it. On a Monday at 10 p.m. no less!|
Exhausted but renewed and full of anticipation of how all of the weekend's instruction will be integrated into my hoop practice. Looking forward to "Blooming" inside the hoop.