learn poi

Congratulations! You have poi, and you are about to embark on a journey. Poi can be your movement meditation, means of creative expression, medium for technical mastery, or simply a fun way to get your ya-yas out.

Whatever your trajectory in the world of poi, you’re going to need some technique, and you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Practice
Like most good things, poi skill comes with practice. The basics only take a few days and open up a world of possibilities. Some moves are easier than others, but even the difficult ones are worth figuring out. Take time and try, try again. You’ll get it.

Enjoy
If you get frustrated while learning something, let it teach you about how you learn. Have fun not only with the moves you’re learning, but also with the process of learning itself.

Watch More Videos
Watch more people spinning poi! We have some videos to help you, as does the whole poi community. Youtube is a global meeting place for poi. This is a good one to start with:

 


getting started

adjust your leash

Step 1 is adjusting your poi length. Here are some helpful tips for finding a length that works well for you.

how to grip your poi

Different grips help you spin in different ways. Let’s address this invaluable, often overlooked, piece of poi technique.


planes

Planes are a fundamental concept of spinning any prop. Understanding planes means you’ll have control of your poi, your spinning will look cleaner, and learning moves will be made easier.

 

 



basic poi moves

Timing & Direction

There are four different modes of timing and direction. Basically every poi move stems from these 4 modes of spinning. With these roots in the ground, everything else will stem forth, and you’ll already start to feel at one with your poi.


The Forward 3-Beat Weave

This is the standard, iconic poi move. In this tutorial you’ll learn the meaning of a weave, beats, and the technique for doing the forward 3-beat with grace and flow.


Turns & Reels

Let’s start moving! Turns and reels will get you moving comfortably while weaving your poi around your body. Already, you’re opening up the ability to dance with your poi.


The Butterfly

Here’s a move that will get you thinking in a different timing and a different plane. With the poi in front of your body, you’ll create the illusion that the poi are bouncing off one another.


Corkscrew & Windmill

The corkscrew is a 2-beat weave on the floor-plane (spinning horizontally, parallel with the floor).



level up

Ready to take things to the next level? There are tons of amazing resources for every poi spinner from beginner to advanced. Here are some tips.

online tutorials

Poi spinning's spread across the world owes a lot to the freely available information on the internet. Instructors like Nick Woolsey of playpoi.com have taught thousands of spinners using free youtube tutorials. Of course, we encourage you to support these artists by visiting their websites! Check out playpoi.com for more fantastic instruction.

instructional videos

We offer a range of instructional poi DVDs and downloadable videos that we believe offer high-quality instruction. This level of detail and production isn't always available in free tutorials. Plus, many of our DVDs have regular exercises, detailed breakdowns, and other sweet features to help improve your spinning.

in-person instruction

There are many poi instructors who offer private or group lessons. If you are interested in in-person instructions, please feel free to email us at info@flowtoys.com, tell us what type of instruction you are interested in and where you reside, and we will do our best to point you to relevant resources.


gear up

Ready for some new gear? You definitely came to the right place! Check out our guide to choosing your poi - we'll help you find the perfect pair.