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- Name (as you would like it to appear with your story)
- Your story: share how poi as had a positive influence on your life – physically, mentally, emotionally, or anything in between!
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Giovanni Trance FlowersCalifornia, USA
I'm the type of person who enjoys movement and finds importance in it, so poi has been my number 1 influence to going outside to play and move more. It's help me become better with coordination, quick reaction, focus, mobility, serenity and so on. I believe it really is healthy for the mind, body and soul. If I had to choose just one tool to use for body movement, it would probably be poi. I find it to go hand in hand with a majority of my interests as I find a connection between them, and with that said, poi will always be something I do and share with the world.
Misty WhiteTempe, Arizona, USA
The doctor/surgeon said I would never be able to spin poi again after they cut my sternum open for heart surgery but they were wrong. I started spinning as soon as my chest didn't hurt any more in the nursing home physical therapy room. The physical therapist there saw my progress and let the elderly spin bean bags as well if they wanted to try what I was doing. It greatly improved their progress because they were having fun. Some even came to my room outside of p.t. time to get lessons.
I used poi to cope whenever I had a bad day. It freed my mind and allowed me to just exist with these two bits of fabric and bean bags. I had my own space and the more I moved the more the depression lifted. It makes me feel special that I can flow on the 'cosmic tides' that is life now. It allows me to discard my mood, worries, hunger, sadness, everything.
With all my formal training and education in neuroscience and the mental health field, what has interestingly become one of the most powerful tools in my toolbox for personal healing and transformation is something I would have never expected – the Flow Arts, specifically the art and practice of dancing with poi, the hoop, and with fire, dancing being the key word.
Dan BetlejewskiCalifornia, USA
I have a highly complex congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA). As a kid I was very clumsy, had a speech impediment and very poor fine motor skills. My hand eye coordination was pretty much nonexistent. Now after 16 years of flow arts I'm far less clumsy and my hand eye coordination is better than ever. If you get discouraged just remember it's all about taking baby steps, all those little victories will get you where you want to be.
I had been suffering from a sore shoulder; it wouldn’t seem to go away. Turns out poi was excellent therapy, my shoulder doesn’t bother me at all anymore. And it has made improvements in all aspects of my life. Mentally as well as physically. I’m 58 years old but feel 10 years younger than that at least. I would recommend it to anyone. I’m still improving every day and I’m already doing tricks that I didn’t think I would be able to do.