Kasturi Torchia describes her role with Parkour UK, and how she came to be involved in mental wellbeing and psychology studies. She discusses her family and how they impacted her journey, before unpacking the Esprit Concrete method she has developed. Kasturi shares some of her goals and what she is working on with Esprit Concrete, and discusses the yearly Les Dames du Movement event.
- Parkour UK Mental Health Lead: What is your role? Explaining the duty of care and mental health lead, what do they do. Thinking about how best to safeguard everyone’s mental health and general well being, acting as a liaison, setting up relationships
- Mental health and psychology: How did you become interested and involved in it? evolving ideas around it, her own practice. difference between psychology and psychiatry. Interested in counseling psychology because it’s about trust, human element; best suited her strengths
- Introduction to Parkour: Parkour met her, friend recommended (matched her with it) – Met Yao, Esprit Concrete developed organically
- Family background: What lessons has your family taught you? Everything that makes who she is today: reflection, travel, always asking questions, searching for answers. Coming to realizations about the connections between herself, her family, and Esprit Concrete through having therapy herself for her doctorate.
- Personal struggles: What are some current challenges? Physical struggles, dashes vs kongs. Mental challenges: idea of control, letting go, being in the moment. Both physical and mental linked.
- Esprit Concrete Method: What is it, how does it work? About exploring, questioning what we know about ourselves, and matching it up with who you want to be. Acknowledging and facing resistances, vulnerabilities, understanding where your decision making comes from, and how it can inform your future. Normalizing fear, to get comfortable and used to it, to help face and overcome fears. Combination of many different types of analysis to help a person understand themselves, and understand how to grow
- Scalability, transferability, and workshops: How do you make Esprit Concrete method transmittable, teach other coaches how to do it? By doing workshops, like the PK Mai workshop. Important growth, starting to put it on paper, evolving Esprit Concrete, learning how to scale it, transmit it. Workshop allowed her to gain feedback, normalize Esprit Concrete method and get exposure. Opportunities to discuss the work she’s doing, getting feedback, and continue learning. Using events to explore, learn, collaborate. The importance of sharing with others to keep pushing forward, the possibility of using Esprit Concrete method with other movement practices.
- Les Dames du Movement: Explaining the event and how it’s evolving, what it will be like this year. Working to bring in different people, backgrounds, practices. Goal of community building, integrating different people, communities, skill levels.
- Storytime: Wrist injury, roof gap, Williams Belle spotting/response. Important lesson: giving space, allowing people to make their own mistakes
- 3 words: Who am I?
- Contact and further info: Find out more about Esprit Concrete on their website, facebook, and instagram. To contact Kasturi directly, you can email her through Esprit Concrete (email@example.com) or through Parkour UK (firstname.lastname@example.org). Learn more about her work with Parkour UK here.
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