Guest Blog by Lori Jacobsen, HoopYogini™ Master Trainer, Performer & Therapeutic Movement Educator.
Lori shares a bit of her journey through a Bi-polar diagnosis and the return to her center, to her Self.
Before I started my Hooping or HoopYogini™ practice, I often suffered with anxiety, and other mental health issues. I was diagnosed Bi-polar and took medications for many years, including Lithium, Lexapro, Celexa, Clonopin, Ambien, and a few more I can’t remember. I started hooping regularly in 2010 and found that I could function without the medications as long as I exercised regularly. Hooping was always accessible, so I started doing it all the time.
I met Jocelyn Gordon, creator of HoopYogini™, in 2009 at a Meet Up she organized. She challenged me at those hoop jams and inspired me. We reconnected in 2013, when she announced HoopYogini™ and a teacher training in Cincinnati. I started requesting material and practicing with videos she had made and I loved the way HoopYogini™ made me feel. I feel so centered, calm, and ready for action after the Spinal Awakening Series. I know I can always access Centered Pose at anytime. And I do. When I feel stressed, I come back to Centered Pose. If I’m waiting in an especially long line, I can access Centered Pose. When I walk on a stage to perform, I’ve been preparing myself from Centered Pose.
Since I began my HoopYogini™ practice in 2013, I have started living the life of my dreams. I have very few moments of anxiety. I still deal with stresses, but I’m more equipped to handle them. I am confident in the fact that I can heal and strengthen my body and my mind with the HoopYogini™ practice. I’ve witnessed in many others and have personally experienced euphoria, pain free movement, emotional release, healing, and so much joy all with the HoopYogini™ programs.
As a teacher, I have confidence in sharing the HoopYogini™ practice. As a Master Trainer, I truly try to embody and live the practice. As a performer, I’ve blossomed as a result of HoopYogini™. I have confidence and it shows.
I can remember freaking out in training because I was being critiqued and was terrified of messing up. My dark fear was creeping in. But through the training, I let go of a lot of that. I was open to hearing ways to improve and be more authentic. I was challenged and I embraced it, instead of running away. I completed my certification in 4 months and impressed even myself by doing so. In the past, I would have procrastinated or done something to sabotage my success. HoopYogini™ has empowered me to take charge of my life.
To be honest, writing like this and sharing so personally created some anxiety for me. I have wanted to share more about my experience with HoopYogini™ and that I truly believe that it’s a life changing practice for anyone.
Now I have to learn to say “No”. I have opened myself up to so many opportunities, and it’s exciting, but I can’t do them all. Or at least not all at the same time! When I do say yes to too much, I get overwhelmed, which definitely creates anxiety for me. My work suffers, I feel more achey and lethargic. Thankfully, I have can always return to my Center, connect and calm my mind. From there I can tackle anything.
As a performer, I still get nervous and I tend to sweat a lot as a result. I think the nerves are normal, since it’s a rush to perform. I have realized though, that it’s extremely helpful for me to get into my Center about 2 minutes before I go on. I’m less likely to forget my first move, I’m less likely to pee myself (I’m sure there are a few of you who can related) and even if I do drop the hoop or miss a step, my smile doesn’t slip, and I recover with ease. I’m confident in my body, my performance, my abilities and that what I offer is unique and fun and full of glittery hoopiness.
And when the anxieties do creep in, I remind myself two things: “Worrying is like praying for things you don’t want” and “Life Is Awesome!”
Do you have an experience with depression and anxiety?
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Lori Jacobsen is the Founder of GlitterHoopz and Co-Founder of Infinite Circles. As a HoopYogini™ Master Trainer, Lori utilizes her strengths as a former high school History Teacher to adapt the HoopYogini™ curriculum for different communities (kids, elders, etc) and those with special needs. Lori has lost 50 lbs teaching HoopYogini™, she’s in a wonderful relationship and wakes up each morning excited about the day ahead.
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