For millions of years, fire has been popular for its ability to cook food and power hot-air balloons, but it was not until recently that man grabbed fire by the jazz hand and took it to the floor to tango. Get your flame on with today's Groupon to Temple of Poi: for $16, you get a sunset intro to fire-hooping and performance class, a $36 value. For your safety, students will not use fire in this introductory class, but students can witness the fiery dance performed by the instructor at the end of the session. Hoops are provided.
The experts at Temple of Poi choreograph rambunctious heat into elegant exercises that portray the ancient relationship between human and flame. The 75-minute class will introduce students to hooping, providing personalized hipstruction in drills, basic movements, warm ups, and hoop-shaped philosophy, followed by a fire safety lecture and performance. You'll get a great workout that will reawaken childhood and early college dreams of becoming a circus wonder. Classes take place outdoors Monday through Thursday nights at sunset in either Golden Gate Park or Dolores Park. Sessions are available June to September. For frequently asked questions on what to wear and more, see Temple of Poi's FAQ.
Like free-spirited cinders taking off in the winter air, fire loves to dance. With today's deal, you can exercise while learning safe techniques for harnessing fire and manipulating it into stunning displays of light, heat, barbecue, and centripetal force. Rest assured, flame fearers—not only will you be briefed in fire safety, but while you practice your newly acquired moves, the hoop will stay safely snuffed. At the end of your lesson, you'll have the opportunity to see your instructor demonstrate the dance in full flame. Marshmallows are optional.
- Some of the benefits of exercising with these tools include developing muscle tone, reducing stress, improved coordination, strengthened cardiovascular health, boosting endurance and, combined with a healthy diet, weight loss. – Jeff Schnaufer, Philly.com
Yelpers give Temple of Poi 4.5 stars:
- Temple of Poi instructors break down each move in manageable pieces, teaching the form and flow of each move before moving on to the next. As a group class, this works very well to help see other's issues with the move and perhaps incorporate their insight into your training. – Melinda S.
- …I felt well educated about what I was doing as well as safe - I am so grateful. – Shelly R.
Temple of Poi
While students at Temple of Poi, , a school of movement and flow arts, perfect their fire-wielding skills, they also focus on channeling balance and harmony within themselves. Classes are designed to not only to help students develop techniques, but to also help them rejuvenate through performance and meditation and improve mind awareness, discipline, and self-empowerment. To keep these experiences safe, the staff stresses fire safety, and only encourages those who feel ready to dance with flames to do so. And those who are not yet ready can join the skilled dancers and perform at festivals and special events.
With students ranging in age from 9 to 82, crackling hot flames whizz by as dancers twirl their ropes of fire in mesmerizing circles. For these dancers, fire is a form of self-expression. They set hula-hoops and staffs afire, and perform duets with the fans of flames. Though they make it look effortless, these masters of the art were once novices, who learned their techniques at Temple of Poi.
Temple of Poi’s instructors teach fire-dancing classes with several props. In beginner and intermediate poi classes, students set fire to balls suspended from a handle, which create brilliant circles of flames when swung. Hula-hoop and staff classes also allow students to create a dazzling show with props doused in seemingly everlasting flames.