Hoop time

Joining the circus sounds glamorous, but the training is not
Joining the circus sounds glamorous, but the training is not

A few years ago I bought a hula hoop and did some hoop dancing. It was fun!

A few weeks ago I tried a free aerial hoop class, which is like trapeze acrobatics but with  a hoop instead of a bar.  I liked it, so I signed up for a 6-week class.

It involves a lot of chinups and upside-down sit ups so its pretty tough, but the hardest part is the toe-pointing.  Ballet was a long time ago and all the yoga lately really encourages tow-spreading – which I have embraced. The hanging from keens, elbows, etc also induces a lot of bruises, but maybe I’ll toughen up over the next few weeks.  By the end I hope to do pike mounts in the recommended way, without kicking to get my feet through.  Eventually I hope to be able to put it all together like in the video.

This (or something like this) is called mermaid
This (or something like this) is called mermaid

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