Play as the Path


Play as the Path

Miguel Viero


There was a time when childhood was permeated by the freedom to explore, create, and play. In this magical world, children were encouraged to use their imagination without limits, to improvise, to be creative in their journeys of movement and discovery. Unfortunately, over the years, this universe of playfulness and spontaneity has become increasingly scarce, leaving room for a culture focused on instructions, rigid rules, and immediate results. But today, let’s go back to the roots of this lost magic, rescuing the importance of play, creativity, and improvisation to foster personal and physical development in the practice of movement.



Play: The Magic of Childhood and Beyond

In the backyard, where children gathered with their dreams, games, and fantasies, there was a unique essence that triggered development in various spheres. Play was not just fun, but a powerful fuel for personal and physical growth.

Through play, children learned to deal with challenges, to share with friends, and to become more autonomous in their actions. And it’s not just in childhood that this learning is valuable. Play is also essential for adults, as it keeps the flame of curiosity alive, awakens the imagination, and promotes well-being, making movement a pleasurable experience and not just a mechanical task.

Improvisation and Creativity: Dancing with Imagination

When the music of life plays, there are often no ready-made steps to follow. That’s where improvisation comes in, an exciting dance with imagination, allowing us to express ourselves freely through movement.

Improvisation is the art of reinventing ourselves at every moment, of experimenting with possibilities without fear of making mistakes. This skill is fundamental for personal development, as it teaches us to deal with uncertainty and to find creative solutions to the problems that arise in our path.

Likewise, creativity is like a blank canvas that invites us to paint with vibrant colors. By stimulating creativity in our movement practices, we are able to transcend limitations, think outside the box, and create new approaches to complex challenges.

Guidance Instead of Instruction: The Art of Guiding

In a world that values ready-made answers more than questions, it’s time to rethink how we approach our personal and physical development. Instead of merely instructing and blindly following instructions, we can choose to guide and provoke critical thinking, cultivating questioning of what is proposed and observation, relating internal and external aspects.

We can create environments where discovery is encouraged, and questions are more valuable than answers. By giving people the freedom to explore and find their own answers, we are building the foundation for sustainable personal and physical growth.

Brain Plasticity: Shaping New Connections

Like moldable clay, our brain is highly plastic, capable of forming new connections and adapting to different stimuli. Play, improvisation, and creativity are like nutrients that feed this brain plasticity.

When we move freely and spontaneously, we are challenging our brain to create new neural pathways. This not only improves our motor coordination and physical skills but also strengthens our ability to learn and solve problems in other areas of life.

Problem Solving and Decision Making: Learning from Movement

When we play, improvise, and creatively explore, we inevitably encounter obstacles and challenges. It is in these moments that we are invited to exercise problem-solving and decision-making.

In movement, as in life, we don’t always have a script to follow. Learning to deal with this uncertainty and finding effective solutions is a valuable learning experience that prepares us to face the challenges of everyday life with more confidence and resilience.

Feeling, Observing, Listening, Learning: The Body as an Instrument

With a busy daily life full of distractions and external stimuli, we often disconnect from our own body. However, presence and attention are essential for our personal development.

When we play and move with awareness, we learn to feel and listen to what our body is telling us. We observe our limits, discover our potentialities, and learn to respect our individual rhythms.

This deep connection with the body is essential for the development of learning strategies, as it allows us to adapt and adjust our practices to achieve our goals in a healthy and sustainable way.

The Infinite Journey: Continuous Development

In a constantly changing world, personal and physical development is an infinite and exciting journey. Play, improvisation, and creativity are powerful tools that accompany us along this path.

By rescuing the importance of play, creativity, and improvisation, we recognize that the magic of childhood should never be lost but nurtured throughout life. These practices not only promote personal and physical development but also connect us with the essence of our humanity.

Therefore, I invite you to rescue the power of play, improvisation, and creativity in your journey of movement and personal growth. Dance with imagination, embrace uncertainty, and discover the joy of learning and evolving with every step of the way. Be the author of your story and write, with sincere movements, the narrative of a full and integral life.


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