There is an old zen adage,"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour."
It may go against logic, but the same thing goes for "Play".
We live busy lives in a fast-paced, hectic world. Sometimes it can feel like it is hard to keep up with it all and prioritize ourselves. Let alone find time for play.
But play is vital for our well-being. It is our natural state, where creativity, innovation and imagination are born.
And this is exactly why we need PLAY so badly.
Lets have fun and reboot that old zen adage... "You should play for 20 minutes a day. Unless you're too busy, then you should play for an hour."
In our 6th video of the series, Erica talks about "adulting" and how vitally important PLAY is for keeping her sane during her hectic schedule!
We have all been there before. In some form or fashion.
Have you ever been so scared or nervous about something, that your hands sweat profusely, your heart skipped a beat, you fell short of breath, and maybe even felt a little dizzy?
The mere thought of improv whips up trepidation for some. The connotation of "improv" conjures up images of being on stage and performing in front of a big, giant, audience, where you are expected to be funny. This can scare even the bravest among us.
How many times have you heard someone say. "Improv? No way. I cant do that!"
But the truth is, we are improvising all day. Every day. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Non-stop. In fact, I'm improvising right now as I write this. And YOU... you're improvising right now, as you read this. Neither of us has a script in front of us. We are making this up as we go.
Life is an improv. Improv is life. We are constantly improvising. It is our natural state. But when someone says the words "lets do improv," some people suddenly freeze up. Why is this? Why is something that we do so intuitively and so innately suddenly become something that feels so impossible and so scary.
In our 5th video of the series, John shares how he mustered up the courage to venture to his first Improv Playground workshop.
In our 4th video of the series, Samantha discusses life as an introvert and how transformative improv has been for her personal and professional endeavors.
In the third video of our series, Claire discusses the importance of play and shares what she feels like after taking an Improv Playground PLAYshop... and how it raises her energy level and spirit.
I wholeheartedly believe that the things we are most scared about are generally the things we most need to confront and face in our lives.
In our second video of the series, John and Serena talk about their FEARS and share how petrified they were about improv leading up to their first Improv Playground series.
In fact, one of them almost turned their car around and drove home on the way to their first workshop. Watch the video to find out who this was and how they overcame this!
As a Teacher, Facilitator and Coach, I want to make sure that what I do has real life, tangible, impact. More Specifically, I want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my students, who come to my trainings, workshops, and events, benefit from what is being taught.
So, I decided to ask some of them directly.
What came from this is a series of brief video testimonials and vulnerable shares. In these, we hear about their fears, their preconceptions, and their challenges (in some instances, how they ALMOST let their fear of the unknown dominate them to the point of ALMOST not even showing up at all), and how they overcame these through the Improv Playground Program. We also hear about the fun and the laughter, their victories, and most importantly, how they have taken what they have learned and carried it over into their REAL, every day lives, careers, and relationships.
Below is the first of our series of videos. In it, Victoria, a Home Mortgage Consultant, shares how improv and the Improv Playground trainings, dramatically improved her ability to interact with customers, referral partners and close sales.
Adam had the honor of being a guest on "Life Inspired with Shannon Parsons." They discuss a wide array of personal growth and improvisation related topics, ranging from mindfulness, and spirituality, to failing at life, and YES-ANDing.
If you have ever wanted to get a deeper sense of who Adam is and hear more of the philosophies that go into The Improv Playground Program, this is the video interview for you ;)
PLAY is more than just fun and games. It is vital to our well-being. In fact, it is critical to the healthy growth and development of kids. As children, playing and pretending improves cognitive development, strengthens problem solving skills, and helps us become better at thinking about various possibilities.* According to a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is essential to our development because it contributes to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.” Thru play we learn how to share, resolve conflicts, make decisions, be assertive, and work in groups. **
But as we grow into adults and become increasingly weighed down by life’s countless responsibilities, stresses, and societal pressures, many of us lose touch with play. We lose connection with the child within us. We forget about the magic, joy, & limitless creativity that was once second nature to us as younglings. As adults, it is essential that we reconnect with play.
Improv Playground exists to help individuals reconnect with their inner child. We do so by utilizing the phenomenal and proven techniques of improvisation.
Our mission is to foster play, teamwork, and personal growth thru improvisational practices.
*(UC Davis Cancer Center 12/06 )
1934 out of 1976 Americans are scared to fail.
These numbers are made up and totally fictitious, but the point being that "when we fear making a mistake or looking foolish, we are reluctant to take risks or try new things." Fear of failure holds us back.
Does this sound like something you experience in your life (be it professionally, socially or creatively)?
If so, improvisational play is a therapeutic path to walking through this block!
Improv teaches us how to take risks & to respond confidently in the moment to whatever happens.
Failure is inevitable and part of the human process, so it's important to learn to face the fear of failure & transform it into success.
Some folks hear the word “Improv” and get a little scared. They think “I’m not funny” or “I’m not a performer”.
If you notice these fears popping up within you, just know that these thoughts are totally normal and chances are, also a strong indication that these workshops are probably absolutely PERFECT for you.
Although plenty of “funny” people and “performers” are a part of our community, Improv Playground is not a workshop or community geared towards entertainers per say. Or even, being funny.
The Improv Playground community has a unique approach. We use games, fun exercises and improvisational techniques as personal growth tools… as a way to change the way you think and show up in the world.
Think of it like game night. A chance for adults to play. A place to tap into your inner child and be goofy again… all while developing amazing skills sets.
We play together as a group in a safe container that provides the tools and resources that help you think quicker on your feet, increase self confidence and overcome challenges. In fact, we encourage you to make mistakes and discover the joy in doing so.
Improv Playground provides a delightful haven where we reconnect with our silliness and playfully push our limits in fun and humorous ways.
We work together to strengthen our abilities to think outside the box, communicate, listen... and most of all, TRUST ourselves!
Think of it like working out our well-being (to get in top notch playful shape) :)
Welcome to our Improv Playground community!!!