Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Yoga Hour Interview

Living from the Inside Out: The Way of Improvisation
Patricia Ryan Madsonon The Yoga Hour Online Broadcast

A successful life involves both planning and improvising. Patricia Ryan Madson, author of Improv Wisdom joins guest host Dr. Laurel Trujillo for a look at how the maxims of improvisation provide us with an antidote to the overly scripted, planned life. The wisdom of improv provides a natural way to live skillfully and soulfully—and it has nothing to do with wit, glibness, or comic ability! The way of improv is about being awake, not entirely self-focused, and moved by a desire to do something useful and give something back. Applied to your own life, the principles of improvisation can help you to
·         Experience life brimming with spontaneity, even in the context of a plan
·         Meet real-life challenges more skillfully and with a sense of humor
·         Shake loose rigid patterns of thinking and doing
·         Have fun living in harmony with yourself and others

Patricia Ryan Madson is the author of IMPROV WISDOM: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up and is professor Emerita at Stanford University where she served as the head of the Drama Department’s undergraduate acting division and developed the improvisation program. She founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors and taught courses in improvisation for undergraduates, as well as adults in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program.

Patricia received the Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in Undergraduate Education, and she founded the Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the belief that creativity can be taught. Patricia is regularly on the faculty at the Esalen Institute, and has given workshops for many institutes of higher learning and corporate clients, including Google, Gap, The Lucille and David Packard Foundation, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems Japan Division, and Apple Computers. Visit http://www.improvwisdom.com/ for more information.

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