Physical Activity through Practising Flow Arts
“Flow Arts” has become the term used when describing the emerging movement-based art forms that integrate dance and creative exploration of movement with skill-based prop manipulation. The arts draw from a multitude of ancient and modern movement disciplines that ranges from Tai Chi and Maori poi spinning, to martial arts and juggling, to circus arts, hula hooping and modern fire dancing.
The Flow arts are both a sport and a leisure activity, a new way to dance, explore and interact with the physical world, a movement meditation practice, a fun and creative outlet, and a serious technical pursuit of mastery. For many artists it is a way to achieve the mind-state known as ‘flow’.
Activities such as Hoop dance are known to increase flexibility, blood flow to the brain and energy levels. It assists with strengthening the core, torso muscles, waist, hips and knees, as well as tone arm and leg muscles. Further more, it promotes functions of vital organs and burns unwanted fat in the midriff while tightening the stomach. The best part of this all is that you can practice basically anywhere! And its so much fun that you hardly realise you’ve excersized.
We are reminded how to play every time we pick up a toy. Twirling around with friends, sometimes strangers, or alone like you don’t have a care in the world… there’s nothing quite like it!
If you’re interested in learning a new skill, have a look at our Community Page for the current list of Flow activities that is happening.
Be taught * Be inspired * Come together as a community * Grow and interconnect the flow arts
If’ you’re not close enough to join us in Plumstead, have a look at the South African Flow Community Register we are putting together so you can find a group near you!
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