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“Triquetra”

November 4, 2010

This move is yoga for the brain.  Or at least that’s what it felt like at the time.  It was the first shape I learned in which right and left hands, arms and poi are performing completely different types of movements.  The interesting thing is that once I had accomplished this move, it was as if the process had unlocked an ability to learn other complex moves.  Left and right brain are cooperating, agreeing to do very different things at the same time in a coordinated way.  Awesome!  🙂

So what is happening?

(This move can be performed in either direction with either arm performing 1 of the 2 components.  I am describing it as I learned it first.)

  1. Right Arm ~ 3 petal anti-spin
    1. arm moves around the shoulder in a clockwise direction
    2. poi spins anti-clockwise:  3 loops
    3. leads slightly
  1. Left Arm ~ full normal circle
    1. arm & poi are moving together as a unit in a clockwise direction, drawing 1 big full circle (extension)
    2. the movement is slo-o-w, as slow as can be performed without the poi losing momentum and succumbing to gravity at the top of the circle – this is to give the other arm time to anti-spin 3 loops and complete the shape together
    3. follows lightly behind the right arm- poi will meet and cross only once:  on the vertical axis

    I created this illustration in an attempt to break it down for you:

    It is possible to switch direction and role of the arms mid-move – both arms will be spinning anti-clockwise:  the anti-spin poi ‘simply’ continues in an anti-clockwise normal extension and the previously normal arm/poi now spins anti-spin, clockwise.

    I know, it’s rather confusing.  🙂  But also quite marvellous how it all fits together!

    And because, through a sequence of combined negligent actions by myself and subsequently Jean, our little happy-snappy digital camera which can (could) at least shoot video, got stepped on and is now dead – boohoo 😛 – otherwise I would make and post our own Triquetra video; instead here is one by Nick Woolsley (superb poi teacher), PlayPoi:

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    4 Comments leave one →
    1. Christine permalink
      November 4, 2010 1:30 pm

      Iam dying to learn this! Awesome!

    2. November 4, 2010 1:54 pm

      Practice, practice! 🙂 One arm at a time. Practice the left hand big circle as smooth and slow as you can before trying to put it together. You can do it!!

    3. Oliver permalink
      November 4, 2010 2:24 pm

      thanks ”v’ i have been doing this for awhile, but this tutorial will help perfect it thanks, i’m missing you and Jean

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