I have actually just started spinning poi, after my half-Maori friend from Auckland gave me authentic short and long pois made by her mom (I am lucky, I know!).
So far I am pretty clueless about what I am doing, but I am learning by doing and it’s been a lot of fun! Being a graphic designer, I appreciate how even clumsily playing poi relaxes my wrists and fingers that spend a lot of time wrapped around a computer mouse. I can feel that I relax when playing poi, thinking about the poi itself and how do I get to do with it what I would like to do with it, which is mightily relieving and mind-detoxing. 🙂
Owning authentic Maori pois, I would of course like to learn the Maori way of spinning poi and the resources seem to be quite scarce in this regard – hopefully a trip to New Zealand for a course is possible at some point so I can learn (and visit Hobbiton, ahem).