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Improving quality of life, one orbit at a time.

SpinPoi is dedicated to improving health and wellbeing through an indigenous art called poi, a ball on a cord that is swung in circular patterns around your body. SpinPoi is fun, affordable, accessible, and scientifically proven to be good for your brain and body.


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Target group
August 2023
I hope SpinPoi can support students of all ages and abilities in improving their wellbeing and becoming more focused, compassionate, and confident learners. Spinning poi helps us feel more connected to each other, and connected to our own bodies and minds.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Now more than ever we are in need of simple, affordable, accessible interventions for improving quality of life. SpinPoi was created to address this need by combining Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) with scientific evidence to produce a fun and powerful modality for improving our physical, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

SpinPoi works through simple movements done with poi, a ball on a cord that you spin in circular patterns around your body. The movements can be done together or alone, sitting or standing, anywhere any time. All you need to participate is a pair of poi, which can be made from items around the house or purchased from one of the many local poi makers in communities across the globe.

How has it been spreading?

SpinPoi has been spreading through free online resources and training courses which provide members of the community with the confidence and resources they need to work with poi as a therapeutic tool, and empowers them to improve wellbeing for their communities, one orbit at a time.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Getting started with SpinPoi is simple! Visit to learn your first move.

Implementation steps

Get some poi
Follow this easy poi making tutorial to learn how to make your very own poi from common items around the house: Not feeling crafty? There are local poi makers everywhere! Look up "poi spinning" on google or etsy to find a poi maker near you.
Try your first poi move
Once you have your poi, it's time to play! Try your first poi move, the Figure 8, with this easy to follow video tutorial:
Move to the music
Ready to put it all together? See if you can follow along with this poi routine to the original song Spin Your Poi:

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