The benefits to one’s spirit from hooping are some of the most profound, and the most personal. That said, all I can describe of it is what I have felt personally and heard from others. Your own real hoop experience, real time within the hoop, is the best and only way to feel the unfolding of spiritual peace, growth and connection that are possible through hoop practice. Hooping is different for everyone and, for some, it may remain a fun, lighthearted way to get fit. The more time one puts in and proficiency one achieves, the more the centering experience of dancing with the circle puts one in touch with a stillness, a calm, an expansive place of peace and connection.
Hooping is, for many, moving meditation. More than that though, it is a symbolic echoing of energy on many different levels- of planets orbiting in our solar system, of the dance of protons and electrons around a nucleus, of the rhythmic beating of our hearts, of the cycles of day and night, a reminder and re-creation of the macro in the micro, reconnecting us to the greater play of life and death, of being here now. Fun is a given, transcend-dance is a possibility.
The relationship between dance and spirituality is ancient. From the beginning of recorded time there are instances spiritual dance in the form of celebratory worship, ritualistic dance, and healing shamanic trance dance. Repetitive rhythmic dance, connecting the dancer to a musical pattern and to other dancers is powerful medicine. Dance is probably one of the most ancient methods of generating altered states of consciousness. In the Gnostic gospel Acts of John , even Jesus danced and said to his disciples, “To the Universe belongs the dancer. He who does not dance does not know what happens.” — Spiral www.spiralhoopdance.com