Clubbell Yoga's mission statement is bridging the gap between strength training and yoga, but this summer it will be crossing over into training healthy shoulders for Poi spinners. I recently met Nick Woolsey (world renowned Poi Expert and owner of playpoi.com), at a Clubbell Yoga workshop in Vancouver, BC and his personality and smile were infectious. Little did I know when he came up to me after the workshop and showed me some poi moves, that he has taught Poi Retreats and Workshops for the last decade, all over the world. The more time I spend with Nick, the more I realize big of an impact that 'flowstate' has on human development, meditation through movement, energy work, enjoyment and just finding purpose in your life.
What is Poi?
As a performance art, poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. Poi artists may also sing or dance while swinging their poi. Poi can be made from various materials with different handles, weights, and effects (such as fire or LED Glow lights).
Why Nick want's Clubbell Yoga at his upcoming Poi Retreat:
Nick has invited me to guest teach this June at the Leviathan Studio Poi Retreat, on Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada (an island with population of 450 people, completely off the grid). Poi swinging involves a lot of shoulder mobility... for those of you familiar with CST terms think figures 8s, infinities, and clover leafs in all 6 degrees of freedom plus more. The Clubbell Yoga exercises are the ideal cross training for Poi performers, providing both stability, mobility and proprioceptive training. Nick recognized this right away when he started practicing Clubbell Yoga.
It makes me really happy to see so many types of athletes, movement specialists and even performers seeing the benefits of training FlowState through the Clubbell Yoga practice. FlowState occurs when you are completely engrossed in the activity at hand, you lose sense of time, you have a heightened awareness of your inner self, and you lose any sense of ego driven self-conciousness. That is exactly what happened for me the moment Nick started teaching me some basic Poi patterns. I knew this was something that I wanted to learn right away, and look forward to studying more with him in Lasqueti Island.
It seems pretty apparent to me that Nick, as a world renowned Poi expert, embodies wellness and gravitates towards practices that cultivate FlowState. We did a little acro yoga with some Vancouver after our shoot, and it is clear to me that we both love movement, inspiring others and empowering people to find FlowState.
If you have a need for Clubbell Yoga at your retreat or event, don't hesitate to get in contact with me directly for help navigating the waters of biomechanics and flow.
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Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International