Learn Poi Skills

Learn Poi using our videos below

AND you can join our online live workshops at 5:00 on  Monday's 14th, 21st and 28th September

with Grace hosted via Zoom. 

This first video teaches you how to make Poi and initial skills of spinning on single planes.

Click the link below for a more accessible video with extra written instructions.

Video 1

Poi is a circus art form that involves swinging weighted fabric around the body in patterns and formation. It originated in New Zealand and is a part of Maori cultural tradition.

It is really easy to make your own poi at home and I show you how in video 1, you just need 3 pairs of socks!

Poi is a wonderful skill to learn and is beneficial in many ways: 

Physically:

- Improves muscle tone, stamina, flexibility, dexterity of arms and wrists, 

- Promotes good posture

- Encourages  bi-lateral motor skills and ambi-dexterity (using both sides of body!)

Mentally/ Emotionally:

- Improves spatial awareness, co-ordination, concentration, determination,

- Increases confidence,  self-esteem,

- Relieves stress and boredom, 

- Promotes creativity, patterning

- Works both brain hemispheres.​

Poi technique is hugely varied and the skills have many different terms. I have used the terms which were taught to me (oh... many moons ago) and also re-named some to make them easier to understand for myself and others. As with so many circus art forms techniques and name terms often become a fusion of different things, for instance a Helicopter might also be known as Lasso or Above Head Circle. 

The version of poi I am teaching in this video series is my own simplified curriculum to make the skills accessible and easier to follow.

I hope that you enjoy learning Poi!

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During Lockdown practicing Poi has been a great escape for me. 

It's given me time to be creative, to challenge myself and find self achievement in those little goals I set myself. 

Also I can practice inside or outside, I can put my poi in my pocket and go to the park too!

It's perfect for social distancing as no one can get too close! 

Here I am in a local park with my Fire coloured Flag Poi. I hope you enjoy learning Poi too!!

Grace Turner- Teacher

Video 2

This second video practices the skills from video 1 and teaches you beginner skills including how to weave.

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Video 3

This third video practices the skills from video 2 and teaches intermediate level skills.

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Video 4

This fourth video teaches a Poi routine combining all the skills from videos 1,2 and 3.

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