I taught a class at Hudson River Park last week for CourseHorse‘s Summer Sparks series. We were on the lawn with a nice view of the river, with ominous yet beautiful rain clouds looming in the
I really noticed how relaxed we all were, which propelled everyone’s progress quite a bit. After about 15 minutes of instruction, standing in the middle of this large circle of students, I looked around and saw nearly everyone practicing juggling balls with perfect timing, pattern and not even walking forward (which is usually very common). Wow! It was like everyone was progressing fast and at the same level – pretty rare.
How did this happen? Well, it could have been an incredibly coordinated group, but I also think it had something to do with the setting – out amongst nature. Grass, water, trees, birds flying above. Doesn’t that sound relaxing?
Since a major part of learning to juggle – as well as learning new moves and patterns – is mental, it’s important to be in a relaxed state to make progress. Being in a natural environment is relaxing in itself, which makes the perfect setting for juggling practice!
I even found myself following a flying gull (with my eyes) while juggling…and I didn’t even drop.
So make use of your neighborhood parks, beaches and campgrounds as your practice space. You’ll be relaxed and have a productive practice session.