Poi-fu + antispin/extension switchbacks

Now things start getting a bit brain-twisting, yet fun! A great exercise with poi is picking a mode with poi, and holding it consistent while going through mode changes with the arms. Here we look at a basic series of arm circles while holding the poi in a steady pattern with opposites, which takes the poi through various combinations of antispin and extension. Enjoy!

Slow motion orbitals anyone?

Just watch one poi at a time and really try to notice the pattern it goes through. If you're new at hyperloops, hopefully this helps something to click! )

Slow Motion Hyperloops and Orbitals from Playpoi on Vimeo.

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How to Learn CAPs 2

And now the dramatic conclusion to How to Learn CAPs!

Kate's TEDx Talk: Poi Spinning and the Orbitar

Kate Riegle-Van West did a great talk on poi and the Orbitar at a TEDx conference. Check it out....

Learning CAPs with One Poi

Capped Antispin Patterns (CAPs) are fun. They can be a great thing to explore after learning 4-petal antispin flowers, or they can be the way you learn 4-petal antispin flowers. In this video we explore learning CAPs with one poi at a time.

Turning with Antispin Flowers Via the Rhythm of Weaves

Ready to try turning with antispin flowers? Believe it or not, the rhythm of the humble 3-beat weave is the foundation...

The New Easiest Way to Eat a Mango

Next time you're eating a mango, you may want to try... this!

Why only counting the down-swings of the poi will confuse you

In this video we explore in-depth, succinctly, definitively, and with much Incan civilization ruins in the background, why only counting the down-swings of the poi will limit you!

Rhythm with Weaves

Continuing our exploration of moving with the music, here's a look at rhythm with weaves. The music track is Robot Motivation by The Polish Ambassador.

Making sure you know 4-petal antispin flowers

You can make as many petals as you want when playing with antispin flowers. 4-petal flowers are especially important because it flows so well with the cardinal directions (up, down, side, side) and also 4/4 music. But many people get confused between 4-petals and 4 down-swings. It's important to know that a 4-petal flower only has 3 down-swings (3 circles of the poi). This video helps you get the difference. 

How to Truly Dance with Poi: Rhythm with Reels

I rarely see people actually moving with the music when they're playing poi. There is a reason for this. Until you've explored the different ways you can move the poi with the music, you will probably be stuck. You have to start exploring how the rhythm of the up-swings and in-swings and out-swings and down-swings are all very important. Here we use reels as an example. Even if you've been comfortable with the reels for years there is a chance you're still not getting how to do it with the music! So do try to follow along and test yourself. Enjoy!

The track is "Get Your Damn Hands Off My Synthesizer" by The Polish Ambassador. He releases all his music with a creative-commons copy right and they've given me permission to use his music in my poi videos as long as I provide all the links back etc. It's awesome music to do check it out!

Poi-Fu for Capped Swoopy Swoops

Swoopty Swoop Switchy Backsies are based, deeply, on some good poi-fu!

Awesome Instructable on Making a Sweet Pair of Practice Poi

Nathan Vandevyver sent me a link to his awesome instructable on making a sweet pair of practice poi. Really nice design!

Just click through to see all 9 easy steps. Might be a great Christmas present for somebody? 

Some Philosophy Regarding Attitude

Some moves can be learned in a day or a week, or even 15 minutes. Some other patterns, like flowers or the Floopy-Floop Switchbacks can take months or years. But with the right attitude there's nothing frustrating about that. It can be a very rewarding journey. In this video I share some thoughts about attitude using my own journey with guitar and singing as an example, and a beautiful piece of music I hope to some day play well! The guitar piece is Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi - arranged for guitar by Les Cheetham and I invite you to watch the whole thing!