A bit tired and still recovering from a cold, I had to force myself a little to go to my hooping class.
I kept on thinking “I’m not going to give it my 100% , maybe I should leave early today” and my mind continued to flood with negative thoughts.
But then we began to sway.
Sway can simply be viewed as a warm-up exercise but it is much more. First of all, each hooper is blind-folded. Second, we do not use our hoop but we merely stand in it to create our own personal bubble. Then the music comes on and we start to drift to the rhythm. Or jump around as if it were a tribal dance. Or sit down in our hoop and engage in some movements on the ground.
Actually I don’t know what “we” do because of the blindfolds I just know this is what I can be found doing now and then. And I’d like to keep it that way.
Sway is more than a warm-up exercise, it is a moving meditation. It lets me free myself of any judgement and desire to fit social norms and just do what I want. If I want to act like a crazy person I can or if I want to do some stretching–not a problem. The beauty of it is when you actually think you are doing it wrong you are probably doing it right.
These seven to eight minutes of sway can be exactly what I need to uplift my mood.