New Toys, Fire Jam, Classes, Summer Schedule & Videos!
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Summer Fun!

What fabulous summer weather -- maybe it's time for a beer as the photo above suggests! 
Artists: Jan Berletti, Nova, Zihni, GlitterGirl
Photo: Dalton Chan. 


Happy thoughts

In a world often filled with demands and pressure from the rapid fire nature of everything around us, we want to bring more positivity by encouraging positive thinking. If you haven't read it lately, we want to remind you of the Flowology Mindset, with an emphasis in today's newsletter on the 2nd idea: Choose consciously and make it empowering.

We're not the only ones who think you create happier results with positive thoughts -- here's an interesting read on the subject worth reading because:
"happy people, as compared with less happy people, tend to have greater immune system functioning, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and report greater marriage and job satisfaction. It is therefore valuable to develop a deeper understanding of the positive affect by investigating its biological basis." 

Also worth noting:
"Being focused on negative thoughts effectively saps the brain of its positive forcefulness, slows it down, and can go as far as dimming your brain's ability to function, even creating depression. On the flip side, thinking positive, happy, hopeful, optimistic, joyful thoughts decreases cortisol and produces serotonin, which creates a sense of well-being. This helps your brain function at peak capacity."

[Read the full article here.]

Of course, as flow artists, we also think if you're struggling to find your happy place, a fun thing to try is to put on some music you love, pick up a tool you enjoy and dance like no one's watching -- because no one is (they're too busy on their smart phones). 
 

Fiery Goodies!

Aside from our monthly jam coming up Thursday (more below), we have a few fun goodies for you from the 2013 Fire Dancing Expo. GlitterGirl finally got hold of the footage and started getting last year's show on line which means this year's show is soon to follow. In the meantime, enjoy twisty hoops, burlesque fans, rope dart, devil sticks, clogging, poop (yes,  you read that correctly -- poi + hoops = poops) and even a poi trio from Temple of Poi students, Will, Paul & Connor. We'll have more acts soon, and we'll add them to the playlist so you can see the show in order beginning to end. 

 


Summer Schedule

Summer is coming quickly and just in time, we've created our summer schedule. First, tell your friends about this one night Intro to Poi drop-in class and then, check out the schedule where you'll notice that in addition to the 2 monday night sessions left of the Transition Flair series (check out the review/preview video we just put up) on 6/9 and 6/16, GlitterGirl & Zihni are excited to be offering an 8 week Partner Poi workshop with an incredible discount for those who register in pairs on Mondays starting 6/23.

If you still want to level up and aren't ready to play with someone else, consider our Flowers II class starting end of July, a faster paced mixed level flower class focusing mostly on hybrids, antispin, CAPs and atomic flower concepts. 

If you're not quite feeling ready for intermediate classes, consider our upcoming Beginner Dance class, which is a perfect follow up to the Beginner Moves series, teaching you how to connect the moves together and introducing you to dancing with poi. If you haven't lit up yet, consider the our last Beginner Fire Series of the summer.

Blog Posts

Here are a few recent posts you may want to check out:

Do You Need New Toys? 

If so, we have some suggestions for you!

Fire Jam!

That's right! It's jam time again next Thursday, June 12, and we'll gather again at 8:30 at the end of Market Street in Justin Herman Plaza. In case we get shut down, remember to bring your light up toys PodPoi, or, composite system staves. Or consider one of the other LED options outlined in the newsletter above.  

Upcoming Classes

Video

Staff Tutorial
It's unusual that it happens, yet here it is: a staff tutorial GlitterGirl put out this week on the Behind the Back weave with staff. The video focuses mostly on underhand, though it briefly demonstrates overhand as well as turning using both directions. 
Transition Flair
If you missed this week's class, GlitterGirl took some time to put together three videos to review past material and preview upcoming stuff. 
Nova Gets Down 
After a casual warm up, Nova took some time to film this practice set at the Temple the other day. Enjoy!

Fun

The Fuzz
Ever wonder why you wake up sore and your muscles feel tight? Want to see what happens when the body doesn't get streched as much? Here's a 5 minute video describing how the muscle has growth this expert calls The Fuzz

2013 Fire Dancing Expo

We finally got hold of and uploaded acts from last year's expo and here's the first 9 sets: 
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