This one time at Hoop Camp (2012), I attended an interesting workshop that I didn't quite understand until way later.
Here's what happened.
We were asked to leave our hoop on the ground and close our eyes. We were then asked to imagine ourselves hooping like a rockstar....a BADASS! Visualize yourself nailing each trick and being fluid with every transition. Eyes open now and hoop still on the floor, we began to move and "air" hoop dance just as we imagined earlier. For about 4 minutes, I hooped slow and graceful, hard and then fast. My body and limbs felt very open and free. Why? Because I didn't have anything to work with except my imagination.
As a new hooper, we hesitate a lot at the beginning when you have a hoop in your hand. What do I do? How do I move this thing and make it look cool?! Everyone looks a little awkward when they start out, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Embrace the process.
When I took this workshop, I could barely keep the hoop around my waist, let alone lift the hoop off my waist! And like I mentioned earlier, the actual lesson I got from this workshop didn't come until way later when I became a teacher.
My interpretation: When you have a hoop on your body or in your hands and you're trying to learn a new trick, there's ALWAYS this hesitation. Typical thought process - "It kind of looks like this.... so I'm going to go for it and hope for the best." *Insert awkward face and cortorted body* Am I right?!
By visualizing a specific move in sections, ideally you should be able to map out in your mind what A, B, and C is going to look like and end on. For example: Chest Roll.
A) Both arms extended, palms facing up.
B) Hoop is sitting in your dominant hand.
C) Imagine a track running straight from one hand to the other, head is back and out of the way.
D) Flick the wrist that has the hoop towards and onto the forearm.
E) Catch and receive the hoop in your other hand.
This is totally just an example. I know there are other methods to do a chest roll. My point is, try hyper focusing on each step of the way until the trick is completed. Keep practicing! It will click.
There are tons of articles on how to visualize your way to success and can be applied to probably all aspects of your life. Google it! Try it!
Let me know your thoughts below. :) Are you using this method already? Did you have any AH-HA moments? Or give this a go and report back!