It is a fact that hoop dance has helped me through many stages of my personal depression. For me, depression is hereditary. My father has been hospitalized for 9 years with this debilitating dis-ease. My grandfather and his father suffered from it as well.I blamed myself for not being able to help him which lead to anxiety that triggered my own depression which I have self-managed for many years .
Several factors may play a part in the onset of depression. These include a genetic or family history of depression, psychological or emotional vulnerability to depression, biological factors such as imbalances in brain chemistry and in the endocrine/immune systems, or a major stress in the person's life.
Clinical depression needs to be managed over a person's lifetime. Depression help, can be effectively managed and controlled by combining a healthy lifestyle and treatments. Watching for early warnings of a relapse can possibly prevent a full depressive episode.
This simple circle has been my portal to depression help and management. It allows the hooper a RELEASE for expression, a release from anxiety and engages the dancer in the moment. Free flow expressive dance combined with sacred geometry (See History of the hoop). When I am hooping I feel as though I am downloading joy.I feel connected to all things. The rocking motion of the hoop is comforting and the intense energy that is expelled leaves my mind at peace.
I have heard friends say they love to hoop when they are angry to "get it all out". If they do, I can bet they don't stay angry long. There is something truly magical that happens when you connect to your hoop. It is a transformative ecstatic experience. For me, depression help feels naturally when managed through expressive dance. The toning and flexibility exercises allow for an all over better body image which also affects life in general. Through sharing the joys of hooping,I have also found that giving to others brings me joy and peace.
One method of hoop dance is called sustained spinning. Through sustained spinning we can achieve a trance state. This is practiced by sufi whirling and the
dervish. Perhaps you have seen the whirling dervish .The poet Rumi was a dervish himself.
Rumi writes in Book 1 of his Masnavi,
Water that's poured inside will sink the boat
While water underneath keeps it afloat.
Driving wealth from his heart to keep it pure
King Solomon preferred the title 'Poor':
That sealed jar in the stormy sea out there
Floats on the waves because it's full of air,
When you've the air of dervishood inside
You'll float above the world and there abide…
“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”
Personally I find depression relief through the flow of dancing with the hoop as my partner. I get lost in the moment and all thoughts become quiet. The connection I feel is much like a walk in nature. I engage my body to "get out of my head".
If you came here for depression help,I sincerely hope that you will give this a try. Hoop dance is joyous and can expel buried pain. It needs to be experienced to fully understand . Jonathan Baxter of the HoopPath shares his depression experiences with his many students. He is inspiring and a leader in transformative dance through the hoop. His video on his "Emerge or die" really speaks to me on how MY Hoop Practice evolves on a daily basis in my space of freeing my self through hoop practice from my depression.