Like Yoga, improv requires presence of mind and awareness of thought. Improv is quite literally an active meditation, requiring first and foremost a willingness to let go of expectations and observe the moment. Practicing improv can reduce anxiety, stress, and depression, fighting fear with laughter. In this introductory class students will learn the fundamentals of improv and walk away with skills that mitigate negativity and encourage wellness. Special emphasis will be placed on active listening, staying calm under pressure, and remaining connected after failure. Participants will be able to share their experiences and life challenges in a safe and supportive space, re-frame their interactions in a positive light, and reflect on strategies for healthy living.
Across the country, improv is becoming a strong tool to fight mental illness. For a complete story, check out Rachael Healy's article from The Guardian.