When Gretchel saw women Hula-Hooping at a Florida music festival about a year ago, she thought it looked like fun. So she tried it, and now she’s hooked.
Whether at home, the park or the river, Gretchel is hooping. “If I go longer than three or four days without hooping I feel out of whack. It centers me physically, mentally and spiritually.”
Thirty minutes is all she needs to get her fix, but often she realizes she’s been spinning and dancing for more than two hours.
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When the mood hits her, Gretchel loves to find a shady spot along the Congaree River and Hula-Hoop away. “It’s so calming, I kind of get lost. If I’m cooped up working or doing homework, I need to get outside and play.”
— C. Aluka Berry