"Everything I ever
needed to know I learned with poi." ~ GlitterGirl; April,
Welcome to the Temple of Poi. And
welcome to the spiritual pursuit of what is possible with two
balls and some string. The willingness to study the infinite,
complex combinations and possibilities available in the simplicity
of some string and balls exemplifies our willingness to grow,
change and evolve our practice.
- Express yourself fully and completely until and unless you
take away someone else's ability to express themselves fully
- Open to evolution.
- You can be, do, see, create, and inspire everything you truly
want to be, do, see create and inspire by aligning all your
actions with those intentions.
- "Starving" and "artist" are two words
that do not always have to come in the same sentence.
- Create a product so valuable and rich in experience that clients
would be willing to pay more for it.
- Pass on the gifts you can afford to share only and as frequently
as your journey creates.
- Be the change you want to see.
The Temple Of Poi is a school dedicated to supporting a community
of individuals seeking greater understanding of them Selves through
movement and flow arts. We are consciously creating an environment
for exploring balance and harmony of mind, body and spirit through
dance, meditation and performance while we inspire each other
to evolve toward realizing Self in expression as flow artists.
The school was founded in 2002 and began by teaching poi classes
to beginning poi students. Later that year, intermediate poi classes
were added to the roster as the demand for more skilled education
increased. In 2003, the intermediate poi class roster was augmented
with half a dozen other classes with specific focuses. In early
2004, Temple of Poi began offering Hoop and Staff classes as well
to support the ever growing flow arts market.
We invite you to read more about our Philosophy on Flowology
and the Flowology Mindset(tm).
Our vision is to actively cultivate increased physical
dexterity and mental acuity for our flow meditation students
in an effort to facilitate euphoric states and a sense of oneness.
Temple of Poi classes are developed with this holistic journey
in mine. To support improvements in the physical skills of the
flow arts, we offer comprehensive structures, drills, models,
and distinctions which continually deepen the artists relationship
to their flow tools. As the art form matures, we evolve our curriculum,
continually affording student diverse material to study.
At the same time, our classes educate beyond the technical focus
and continually encourage development of a powerful
and positive mindset. Integrating this mindset deepens our
understanding of Self, yielding greater confidence, compassion,
grace, positivity and acceptance practitioners experience within
their flow practice (and life). As artists develop these attitudes,
they release tensions and stress while increasing openness and
access to flow. Increased access to flow accelerates the rate
of learning, boosting confidence further.
Through practice, this flow
rEvolution cycle repeats endlessly, allowing artists deeper
understandings, increased flow, never-ending learnings and the
ability to create and surrender Self to euphoric states of expression.
Just as we facilitation evolution for students, we have also
evolved, expanding Temple of Poi class choices. With nearly 30
poi classes alone, we offer a roster designed to help flow
artists deepen their practice and skills.
We intentionally keep class sizes
small so each student receives the personal instruction they need
to continually grow. We create a supportive environment by inviting
everyone to embrace the Flowology
Mindset(tm) which encourages everyone to relax and enjoy their
individual experience, no matter what it is like on a given day.
Classes are designed using a consistent
developmental model for
each class. Each class offers new information as it relates to
the model to help students gain a deeper understanding of their
skills. Through this model, our classes teach the structure of
a move so students also understand how to create moves like the
ones they learned in their class, thereby reducing their learning
While developing their technique,
Temple of Poi offers classes to help students develop artistic
skills and style which uniquely define them as individuals.
Our vision encourages artists to explore
flow arts as an empowering practice. The practice can be an exploration
of the physical, mental, spiritual, meditation, technique, primal,
archetypal, fire, performance, artistry and especially some combination
of them all.
Our community inspires diversity of
expression, learning and being. This includes sharing ourselves
courageously by teaching and learning from others.
We believe our overall approach ripples
from individuals into community and is the core of the flow
Isa "GlitterGirl" Isaacs established
the Temple of Poi, the premier poi school in the world, in the
Summer of 2002. Her first class was taught in public parks around
the city, then moved to a warehouse in Potrero Hill. By Fall of
2002, Isa was teaching larger classes in a mirrored indoor studio
at DanzHaus. Isa believed that teaching
the art form would enable her to have the greatest possibility
for mastery and could raise the awareness and standards for poi
Early on, the school worked only with beginners. As the demand
for education rose, the Temple of Poi expanded its offerings.
In Fall 2002, Jim "Sparky" Rudoff
became attended the first intermediate
poi class at Temple of Poi. He and Erin
"FirePixie" Glover began teaching for the school
in Spring of 2003 where the Temple of Poi established the Main
Studio in SOMA.
Vikki "FireSpice" Friedman,
Jamie "Sparkaluscious" Luv,
Ellen "Sowelu" Butensky and
Katy "Resonance" Pomelov also
began studying with the school Spring 2003. By Summer 2003, these
new students joined Jim and Isa in the 2003 Temple of Poi Conclave
where they performed a choreographed piece the night of the burn
during Burning Man and were
featured on the front page of the Living
Section of the San Francisco Chronicle in August of 2003.
As the Temple of Poi community grew, the artists sought education
in other flow toys. By Spring of 2004, Isa and Jamie combined
their (sparkling, glittering) ideas and began teaching hula
hoop classes. Isa also partnered with Andres
Amador of Infinite Kaos to facilitate staff classes through
Temple of Poi. Later that year in July 2004, Temple of Poi won
a Best of the Bay award for the "Best
place to learn how to fire dance Before Burning Man"
reported by the Guardian newspaper.
In response to requests for education in other parts of the world,
Temple of Poi began offering online computer based training in
the Summer of 2004 and by Fall 2004, Temple of Poi had already
worked with over 450 students. Registration surged after Isa and
the Temple of Poi were featured in the SF
cover story in November, 2004 and Isa took on a second studio
in San Francisco, Studio B.
In Spring and Summer of 2005, active members of the Temple of
Poi community created a highly technical and tightly choreographed
performance for the Fire Arts Festival sponsored by The Crucible
in oakland and a group of 54 went to Burning Man to perform in
the 2005 Conclave.
By Summer of 2005 the student roster exceeded 685 poi students
and artists from around the world and Temple of Poi responded
to the expansion of the art form by re launched its web site in
September of 2005. In addition to new meditation,
and performance classes, Temple
of Poi expanding its offering to include on line moves
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