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The fundamentals of poi for all ages and abilities

Good for the mind, good for the body

Based on rigorous scientific research

Course content

SpinPoi Fundamentals will teach you the building blocks of poi from the ground up. It is focused on simple and accessible movements, with an emphasis on concepts rather than specific "tricks." By understanding these concepts you will unlock the gateway to infinite poi movements and combinations. This will not only benefit your personal poi practice, but enable you to facilitate poi sessions across a wide range of ages and abilities. The course is broken down into 6 modules as follows.

1

Getting Started

Manifest you first pair of poi, learn best practices for staying safe while you play, and follow along with a comprehensive warm up routine. 

2

Modes of Movement

Explore the two fundamental ways your poi can move: swinging and spinning.

3

Plane

The first building block of poi is plane, or where your poi are in space. Explore swinging and spinning on the 3 main planes: wheel, wall, and horizontal.

4

Direction

The second building block of poi is direction, or which way the poi are moving in relation to you. Explore direction in relation to your planes.

5

Timing

The third building block of poi is timing, or how the poi are moving in relation to each other. Explore the two main timings: together and split.

6

Putting it Together

Learn how to use all the building blocks to facilitate poi sessions across a wide range of ages and abilities.

Begin your journey! Gain access to all 27 video tutorials for only $99.00 USD

About the instructor

Dr. Kate Riegle van West, founder of SpinPoi, is an interdisciplinary researcher with a passion for play and wellbeing. She conducted the first study to scientifically investigate the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function, and is the leading expert on poi and health. She currently works with organizations worldwide to implement poi as a tool for improving wellbeing.

Why play poi?

Poi is not only a fun but it is scientifically proven to benefit physical and mental wellbeing. In a research study at the University of Auckland, older adults improved their grip strength, balance, and attention after just one month of poi practice! Participants also reported feeling relaxed, enjoying the challenge of learning a new skill, and just having a good time. For more information on the health benefits of poi, check out this video or visit our health research page.

"Practicing poi helps keep the brain alive. It's stimulating. It's fun. It requires complex actions that keep the body and mind engaged. Poi just might help delay the onset of diseases that strike in old age like dementia. If you could delay Alzheimer's onset by just five years, you could reduce its prevalence by 50 percent."
Sir Richard Faull
KNZM FRSNZ, Neuroscientist and Distinguished Professor
"Poi could potentially be one of the most affordable, simple and effective interventions globally to alleviate the growing amount of depression, loneliness and isolation in older adults. We have seen our older residents smile or laugh out loud, socialize and develop new friendships, and engage both their minds and their bodies despite their age and physical or cognitive abilities."
Orquidea Tamayo Mortera
Registered Diversional Therapist, President of the New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists
"As a neurologist and as an individual with much need for physical activity, meditation and "flow", I feel that SpinPoi’s work is very valuable. I think poi can be the next great tool to help those with anxiety, low self esteem, depression, body pain and who knows what else!”
Ren Carna
Board Certified Neurologist specialized in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders

SpinPoi Fundamentals includes the "25 Ways to Play" video for FREE!

Begin the fundamentals course now and join the revolution...

The fundamentals of poi for all ages and abilities

Course content

SpinPoi Fundamentals will teach you the building blocks of poi from the ground up. It is focused on simple and accessible movements, with an emphasis on concepts rather than specific “tricks.” By understanding these concepts you will unlock the gateway to infinite poi movements and combinations. This will not only benefit your personal poi practice, but enable you to facilitate poi sessions across a wide range of ages and abilities. The course is broken down into 6 modules.

1. Getting Started

Manifest you first pair of poi, learn best practices for staying safe while you play, and follow along with a comprehensive warm up routine. 

2. Modes of Movement

Explore the two fundamental ways your poi can move: swinging and spinning.

3. Plane

The first building block of poi is plane, or where your poi are in space. Explore swinging and spinning on the 3 main planes: wheel, wall, and horizontal.

4. Direction

The second building block of poi is direction, or which way the poi are moving in relation to you. Explore direction in relation to your planes.

5. Timing

The third building block of poi is timing, or how the poi are moving in relation to each other. Explore the two main timings: together and split.

6. Putting it Together

Learn how to use all the building blocks to facilitate poi sessions across a wide range of ages and abilities.

About the instructor

Dr. Kate Riegle van West, founder of SpinPoi, is an interdisciplinary researcher with a passion for play and wellbeing. She conducted the first study to scientifically investigate the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function, and is the leading expert on poi and health. She currently works with organizations worldwide to implement poi as a tool for improving wellbeing.

Why play poi?

Poi is not only a fun but it is scientifically proven to benefit physical and mental wellbeing. In a research study at the University of Auckland, older adults improved their grip strength, balance, and attention after just one month of poi practice! Participants also reported feeling relaxed, enjoying the challenge of learning a new skill, and just having a good time. For more information on the health benefits of poi, check out this video or visit our health research page.

Begin your journey! Gain access to all 27 video tutorials for only $99.00 USD

Includes the “25 Ways to Play” video for free!