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Te Korero mo te Poi (The Story of Poi)

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Te Korero mo te Poi (The Story of Poi)

Chances are you've heard of poi, seen someone spinning poi, or even had a go at spinning poi yourself. Poi are one of the most well known flow props across the globe, and are often the prop that gets people into flow arts. But did you know that poi originated here in Aotearoa and have an extremely fascinating history? Read on to learn more about poi, and the importance of poi in Māoridom and as a tool for holistic wellbeing.

 

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Size Guide

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Size Guide

With so many prop variations available, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. We’ve put together this handy size guide to help make that decision process a little easier.

It’s important to remember that this is a guide only. Everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for someone else, and that is perfectly ok! This guide is a great place to get started, but we do recommend playing with different sizes and styles of prop to work out which ones best fit you and your wonderfully unique style.

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Benefits of Flow

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Benefits of Flow

Many people get into flow arts because it’s heaps of fun, and because spinning fire is one of the coolest things they’ve seen and they have to try it for themselves. Often, people don't realise that flow arts is something that can positively impact their lives in a multitude of ways.

Not only is flow fun but it’s incredibly good for you with tons of physical and psychological benefits. You’ll often hear flow arts being referred to as ‘moving meditation’. Like its cousins, tai chi and yoga, flow is a mind-body activity. When you spin, you not only train your body and develop your physical abilities, but you also focus and strengthen your mind.

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Hypnotic Squiggle Sticks

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Hypnotic Squiggle Sticks

S staff, buugeng, squiggle sticks, spiral staff; regardless of what they’re known as, they all share that same S shape that makes them look like an ancient samurai weapon, or a boomerang.

Typically, 2 or more S staffs are spun, juggled, and manipulated together to create mesmerising optical illusions, borrowing techniques from other props, such as double staff, hoop, fans, and even poi.

S staff are very young compared to many other props, with their story only beginning in 1991, with the video ‘In motion with Michael Moschen’.

There has been some controversy about the origins of S staff/buugeng over the years so it’s important to acknowledge the history of this prop and the significant contributions from artists across the globe that have played a part in the growth of this incredible art form.

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New Year, New Skills

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New Year, New Skills

One of the things I love most about flow arts is that the skills we learn and develop when spinning translate into other areas of our lives. It takes patience and persistence to learn a new technique/move/trick – it’s not common practice to continue swinging something around after you’ve hit yourself in the face with it over, and over, and over again. But if you want to learn that thing, you need to persevere through the bashing and be patient with the knowledge that (as Mainland so eloquently said) good things take time.

This is true for other areas of our lives too. It takes patience to maintain healthy relationships (among other things). It takes persistence to finally nab your dream job. It takes focus and determination to finish that project you’ve been working on. All skills that can be honed through flow arts.

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