Why play poi?

Because it’s not only super fun, but good for your brain and body! Poi, a weight on the end of a cord which you spin in circular patterns, came from the Māori of New Zealand. Today poi is practiced all over the world, and it may hold the key to staying fit even well into old age!

Our research

While many people have experienced the fun and joy of poi, there hasn’t been any research to systematically evaluate its potential health benefits…until now! We have just completed the first clinical trial to measure the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function.

The future

Kate Riegle van West, founder of SpinPoi, is currently looking for opportunities to continue researching poi. Know of something? Please get in touch with her at kate@spinpoi.com, or see how you can support poi research by clicking the image above.


Poi research wins the Future Leader Award

Winning video about poi and health for the Royal Society of New Zealand Emerging Researcher competition

Poi and Health on TV One News

TV One News interviews Kate and poi study participant Marlene about the health benefits of poi for older adults