Weekly Watch: Deanne Love
If you'd like to learn the basics of hooping, but classes aren't for you, try Deanne's instructional videos. They're where I started. She's mildly bonkers, as most hoopers seem to be, but pleasantly so. There's no substitute for actually trying these things, so I'd recommend setting up with a laptop or a TV in a room clear enough for you to use a hula hoop without whacking into furniture, and just having a go at it while no one else is home to laugh at you.