So I've been working through the poi hooping tutorials and playing with my twins. OMG, love, love, love it. It's like when I finally started to understand college algebra and could almost *feel* my brain being used in new, complex patterns. I'd love to study the effects of hooping or poi on the brain. I wonder if making those cross hemispheric connections help folk deal with stress or multitask better. Any thoughts?
It would definately help with hand-eye co-ordination, and anyone who exercises is gonna be less stressed! I am by no means an expert but i read a lot about how the body works and things to do keep it good condition.
They did research on gingko and alzheimer's because it increases blood flow to the brain, but it makes no difference. doing puzzles like crosswords or sudoku can prevent it for a while by encouraging you to remember and you use parts of your brain that would otherwise slowly fade because we dont always use them in day to day life, and they think wii is good for it too... by improving hand-eye co-ordination, so i think it would be beneficial, but anything making you use your brain is gonna help you keep it young! But eventually old age will get to you!!!
I just joined this class as well. I love the way you're intellectualizing the challenges of poi style hooping! I'm not sure of the answers but maaaan that would would make a GREAT masters thesis topic!
PS - I've been working pretty on that 3 beat weave for the past 56 hours pretty much non-stop. I still suck at it, but I can see it's come a long way from my first attempt when my arms were literally getting tangled in each other!
My upper arms/upper back/shoulders were sore to the point where I couldn't put a shirt on without being in pain this morning... so I went to the natural hot springs nude bath after school today (women only). Felt sooo awesome...
hahaha it totally is! I go fairly often actually. Mind you, some of my ex-pat friends think I'm nuts and I've yet to convince any of them to come with me (though my bf will go to the males only bath occasionally).
I can understand why it would make some people uncomfortable; but nude bathhouses are actually a big cultural thing here.
Water from the spring is actually really good for your skin, and the place is absolutely gorgeous. There are 5 or 6 different pools with water to set to different temperatures. Each bath has a small (and really pretty!) fountain which filters the water. The entire place is made of wood, and part of the ceiling is patchy so you can see the clouds/sunlight/moonlight depending on when you go. 2 of the walls are covered by large palm tree gardens.
You can rent a private bath-room too, but that has a wikkid hourly rate (~$15 CAD). The public bath is less than $3 Canadian dollars for the entire day! :D
Yikes... more of a rant than I'd intended (happens more than I'd like :-S) but if anyone was considering travelling to Taiwan these are a definite selling point! (Not to mention the obvious benefit of repairing sore muscles from intense hooping!)
will have to go to one sometime in my travels, we have natural hot springs in New Zealand!!!
In Australia our big cultural thing is nude beaches... but i think most things are better naked... at least you dont have to worry about what to wear!!! haha
It would make a great thesis topic! I keep wondering how to set it up. I'm such a nerd....
But, yeah, poi hooping is a full body/mind workout for sure. I'm working on my 3-beat too and have reached the point where I can do a circle on each side, but not consecuativly. So it's like a 3-beat, chase weave hybrid.
haha you're not a nerd at all! Nerd is the new cool now anyway...
It's awesome you're thinking about it. I'm actually in the process of applying for graduate schools now (for animal behaviour though).
I love the chase weave. It looks way harder than it actually is and is so pretty! I've got 3 beat weave down pretty well on both sides, except for linking up the 3rd and 4th steps Safire outlined without a pause between them. (flipping the hoop on the 2nd arm then bringing the 1st back to the same side).
Are there any other moves you're attempting while tackling the 3 beat? I tend to try and learn several at once in the advanced class, but as poi hooping seems to be that much more difficult, I was thinking I should master each move pretty solidly before moving on. What are your thoughts?
I personally worked on the more advanced moves one at a time in the poi-hooping class. A few I learned at pretty much the same time but I tackled 3-beat weave by itself (this was after I started trying it, stopped and did anti-spin flower with one hoop and then decided to go back after working on that for a while). Once I got that, I moved on to reverse 3-beat. I can now do both and stop in the middle of both and go the opposite direction. At first it is really difficult (brain re-mapping, just like SaFire said) but once you get the hang of it, it just flows from you.
My whole thing is I skip around. I learned the Thread the Needle the other day but I haven't picked up the 360 weave. I need to practice my low & high reel turns so I can do that....
Yeah Im all over the map with the mini's lessons! Definitely not going through them in any sort of order. I too am just starting to practice my low reels but I have the three beat weave, thread the needle, and a few others down pretty good.
I've been working through it very organically. Mostly drilling the different turns and hand hooping variations (backward split-time, opposite direction same-time, reversals, ect). I've watched most the vids, but only really practiced a few. Lots of playing with the weaves and thread-the-needle, which I started working on before the classes.
But then I just take that whole mess of knowledge into these super-inspired-feeling work-sessions where I try to focus on the geometry and shapes created by the different moves. It's opened a whole new dimension to my hoop practice.
Plus, when I go back to regular hooping, I can tell my left hand is a LOT more involved and my off-body moves have become more innovative.