We have seen flow arts get a bad rap from people who are perhaps overly involved in an adult world and see poi, hoops, staff, or any kind of object around their bodies as play and not appreciating to ones life, career and/or society. I invest myself into flow arts because I see and know otherwise. And we must do our best to enable the mainstream to see otherwise, not just for the sake of flow arts, but for people’s overall health and greater self awareness. This is human evolution we’re talking about. Flow arts is everything and everything is flow arts because it is the practice of the body interacting with any object that it’s not connected directly with, consciously.
Practicing Flow Arts Everyday
After practicing poi for my first few months, I began to notice that I had significantly matured in my overall dexterity. Every object had become a flow arts prop (especially my keys, connected to a long lanyard), and I enjoyably explored how I could move it safely around me, with my dominant and non-dominant hand. I found that I could brush my teeth with both hands, use a fork, spoon and knife with either hand, and this small but significant sign of ambidexterity got me excited enough to even attempt to write with my left hand. Admittedly, not much had changed in that department yet, but then I wrote out my ABC’s one at a time, first a letter with my right hand and then my left. Within a matter of hours I was writing legibly with my left hand, and the skills have not faded, even without practice. Amazing.
With flow arts practice I became much more aware of the space around me. Driving became much easier and more fun as I now saw that my car was an extension of myself, and even as a flow arts prop. Now I am on a journey driving around the world teaching and performing flow arts. It’s a wonderful thing to know that I can manage all objects expertly to make it to wherever I want to go and do what I want to do, without injury. What are ways that you practice flow arts that doesn’t require a flow prop? Have you ever experienced flow arts with another human through partner dancing or acro yoga? Let us know in the comments below!
Yours in flow,