Pay it Forward
Expressing gratitude has been shown, scientifically, to make us happier, healthier and more connected. One way to share gratitude is to pay it forward. In improvisation, we do so by making our fellow players look and feel great. We point to the fun we create together, "yes, anding" great things others have done and spinning gold out of things some might fear as mistakes. There are no right or wrong answers in improvisation. We accept with such openness and enthusiasm that we instantly create a cycle and culture of giving, supporting and fulfilling everyone who plays. By making "yes, and" an exercise, we strengthen positive recall. We learn to remember the joy in balance with the struggle, leading to more optimism, kindness, and resilience.
How it works with YAX
In the same vein as our friends at Parkinson Voice Project, we do not charge for classes. We do not bill insurance. We offer participants the opportunity to pay it forward at the end of our classes. You may click the donate button on our home page. We also have received some creative ways to raise money - including having a Facebook fundraiser for your birthday (click for details on how to do it - it's easy!). We also remind participants that paying it forward does not have to be financial. We can pay forward the experience by sharing the classes with family, friends, and the workplace. See that ticket? You can click it.
Please contact Robert with questions about how you and your group can play with YAX.
My Father, Dan Cochrane, was diagnosed with PD in 2001. We began our deep dive into understanding PD in 2004 on a two month, 20,000 mile road trip to see a game at each of the 30 MLB stadiums. We met, tailgated with and interviewed people with and affected by PD. We made the award-winning first film in the Boys of Summer documentary series from that trip. We followed up in 2014 as the cure we'd hoped for never arrived. In the sequel, Boys of Summer: Second Base, dad gives a eulogy for his father, sharing how his father paid it forward to him. My father has paid it forward to me. Yes, And...eXercise! is built to pay it forward to the PD community at large.
For more information on Boys of Summer, please visit www.bosmovie.com.
From the page to the big screen
You may have seen this 2000 film with the same title. To this day, it's one of those films that broadly divides people between those who find it empathetic, beautiful and inspiring and others who find it shallow, pandering, and lacking in any real ability to cause change. While I don't think it's a perfect film, I'm happy to say its meaning and message still move me deeply and I encourage you to check it and the source book out for yourself.