When it comes to our Hoopment practice, the Neutral Posture is as important as allowing the hoops to guide our movements.

A Neutral Posture provides a stable base, that allows for motion/sway, while supporting our spines/centers/cores.

As we practice Level 1, Finding Our Centers, we are not only discovering how the hoops prefer to move, we are also practicing maintaining our Neutral Postures throughout all of our movements--despite changes in elevation or foot position.

While grazing the hoops directly over our skin/clothes, our nervous systems (via proprioception) can get a better sense of where we are in space/how much space we take up; and where we are in relation to the objects around us, within & without our spheres--but more importantly, within our spheres. 

We continue practicing maintaining a Neutral Posture as we progress to level 2, Expanding Into Our Spheres

Contracting & expanding in every direction and way the hoops may move through space (vertical/horizontal/diagonal planes), while engaging a Neutral Posture, trains our bodies to move with a supported center--which helps to support our backs.

So many people experience back pain--and often, that pain is accompanied by a weak core. If the muscles on our backsides are not supported equally by the muscles on the front and sides, then there will likely be imbalance that could easily result in compensation/injury/strain/pain.

Regular Hoopment, while practicing mindfully engaging a Neutral Posture, helps support a strong core.

We can also practice engaging a Neutral Posture, mentally--attempting to perceive the data that our nervous systems are observing, from as neutral a perspective as possible...attempting to see all sides...every direction of the sphere.

Practicing a mental Neutral Posture, may help reduce perceived pressure (brought on by strong opinions/emotions); when we reduce the pressure within our systems. our bodies have more resources available for self-reparation.

When we practice a mental Neutral Posture, we may find that we can see more possibilities/potential ways to address the basic challenges that affect all of us--and work together, collaboratively, toward solutions. 

The differences aren't as important as the similarities. We all need the same basic resources to thrive; and there IS enough, when the resources are better distributed--and when much more is allotted to Science & Education. 

An educated populace (as Earthlings who share this planet) with a focus on Science, Engineering, and Life Skills (Art is integral throughout it all) could result in a more collaborative society that mutually uplifts and excels and succeeds.

Through COLLABORATION, not competition, is how the human species has survived long enough for us to make it to this level.

And it is through collaboration that we shall continue to thrive. 

Self-care is key; consciously cultivating a Neutral Posture, mentally and physically, is an important aspect of self-care.

Now go play; consciously breathe and Hoopmentitate.

Feels great.