SpinPoi is located in Auckland, New Zealand. We also have certified instructors across the globe. To see if there is an instructor near you, check out our instructor directory on the certifications page.
Poi is a weight on the end of a flexible cord, which you swing in circular patterns around your body. Both poi the object, and how you move with that object, can take on many different forms and styles. For more information on the origins of poi and how it is used today, check out our What is Poi? page.
There are lots of places to buy poi online, including our very own SpinPoi shop. Two other great resources are Home of Poi (use the code “SpinPoiLtd” at checkout for a 15% discount) and Kids Korowai (use the code “Spin Poi” for a 10% discount).
Yes of course! Check out our video on 3 simple ways to make poi, or read any of our poi guides which include easy to follow diagrams.
There are people teaching poi all over the world, and lots of great online resources too. Check out our SpinPoi Fundamentals Course, or have a look on this map for poi jams in your area. You can also try some of the tutorials on playpoi.com.
Visit our research page, where you can read about the first clinical study on the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function.
There is a real lack of rigorous research on Māori or International Poi (looking for a side project or a career change? Consider poi research! There is SO much to be explored). Below are a few sources which might be of interest.
- Examining the Impact of Poi-spinning on the Development of Self-regulation in Children and Adolescents. A study by Lori Sirs which examines the effects of poi on self-regulation (the ability to control our behavior, emotions, or thoughts) and therapeutic alliance (the relationship between a health care professional and a patient).
- Parametric Equations at the Circus: Trochoids and Poi Flowers. An article by Eleanor Farrington about the mathematics behind poi, focused on flowers (a family of poi moves) and the transitions between them, which are naturally described by parametric equations.
- Poia mai taku poi – A history of poi: A critical review of written literature on the poi in New Zealand and the Pacific. Written by New Zealand scholar Karyn Paringatai, this book is a review of written literature on Māori Poi.
- The Rhythm and Life of Poi. A memoir by Māori poi exponent Ngāmoni Huata, which covers a variety of topics such as the spiritual heritage of poi, preparing poi, and poi in performance.
Probably! But alas, there are only so many hours in the day. If you’ve got an idea for something to research, give it a go! Start by writing out a plan:
- What do you want to study (for example, the effects of poi on depression)?
- Who do you want to study (for example, 15 – 20 year olds)?
- How do you want to measure it (for example, administer a survey before and after poi lessons)?
While there isn’t much research on poi, there are probably studies which have investigated a similar question to yours and a different intervention (for example Tai Chi, dance, juggling). Base your research on these studies, don’t reinvent the wheel!
Go for it! Short on money? Don’t have a space? New to poi?
There are tons of online tutorials which are not only great for learning poi yourself, but for learning how to teach poi. Check out the SpinPoi shop or look up tutorials by Nick Woolsey or Ben Drexler, they are excellent teachers. While socks and rice make great starter poi, so many other materials can be used… get creative, use what you’ve got! You can always incorporate making poi into the lessons, and ask students to bring their own materials. If you don’t have a space, keep your eye out for public spaces that might work. If it’s nice out a park is always great, or in the winter look for covered or semi-indoor spaces like atriums, parking garages, or shopping plazas.
Another approach is to team up with a local community center, retirement village, after school program, etc. Write them an email that explains what poi is and some of the health benefits (feel free to include a link to this video which basically summarizes all of that). Let them know why poi is great, and why it will be great at their organization. If you don’t hear back (or even if you do) follow up the email with a phone call or in person visit. Don’t be discouraged if no one bites. Try lots of places, be persistent! It only takes one interested place/person to make it happen.