Hi! My name is Nat Spinz and I am a 30-something-year-old mama of two awesome little girls. After my second pregnancy I suffered from postpartum depression which made it difficult for me to get out of bed in the morning, let alone get through my normal tasks during the day. After many months under a dark cloud, I decided that the only way I was going to get out of this slump was if I dusted myself off and tried something different. In 2016 I gave up a few unhealthy eating habits and tried to find myself a hobby. I tried yoga, wire working, and several other hobbies, but nothing stuck. About mid-2016 I was scrolling through my Facebook Newsfeed and came across a video of a friend hula hooping. No, hoop dancing! Watching her hula hoop around her shoulders and whipping the hoop around, doing several cool tricks – I decided right then that I needed to learn how to do it myself.
I learned hoop dancing quickly and immersed myself into the Art of Flow. Slowly, it brought color back into my life. I got back into shape, and due to its meditative nature, I found myself more mentally healthy as well.
3 months into my hula hooping journey, I was given a great opportunity to teach hoop dance at a local fitness center. Not long after I began teaching, I debuted at a local open mic night with my LED Hyperion Hoop.
Since I began my hoop dancing journey in mid-2016, I have expanded from backyard practice and learning through YouTube tutorials to teaching at school assemblies, libraries, and daycare centers. Performing for events throughout the State of Michigan, teaching adults classes, hosting hula hoop parties, flow jams, and fire dance performances in my community.
It’s incredible, even now, to look back. Although mental illness finds its way, uninvited – always looming. I feel as though my hula hoops are a symbol of its temporary nature. Human life is full of suffering, but the pain is fleeting. Brighter days always return.
I hope that with this account, I can introduce people to hoop dance, flow arts, and be a source of encouragement to those who also suffer from mental illness.
Here’s to a new journey!