Base Thoughts

In my experience as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, learning how to sit well is one of the greatest challenges for new students. And one of the most important.  Most of the people who come to me for lessons … Continue reading

Strange Bedfellows: A Monk and F. Matthias Alexander

David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude I just finished listening to a podcast interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk,  teacher and author beloved around the world. His TED Talk about cultivating gratitude as a way to bring joy … Continue reading

The Shockingly Easy Method To Improve Your Posture – And The Way You Do Everything You Do

It is natural for our bodies to work efficiently – Patrick Macdonald. MacDonald was one of the first people trained to be an Alexander Technique teacher, in the early 1930s,  and his observation was based on over 50 year’s experience … Continue reading

Mind and Body go to Couple’s Therapy – Part 2

In a previous post, Mind and Body go to Couple’s Therapy, Mind and Body talked about their issues with each other, and how they hoped the Alexander Technique would help. Arrangements were made to visit a teacher of the Technique. … Continue reading

Ask And You Shall Receive – Free Energy From The Earth

A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on my usual after-dinner walk.  I’d had a long day of teaching and was feeling a little tired and generally low energy.  My inclination was to skip the walk, but decided some fresh … Continue reading

A Dialogue with Mr Peter Habit

Peter… “so I get the Alexander Technique now… I can do this, don’t you worry!! You want me to think your neck freedirectyourheadforwardandupsoyourbackcanlengthenandwiden… hey presto… how was that? Kay  … “it’s not a mantra Peter!  It is more than words.. … Continue reading

What Part of No Don’t You Understand?

Once again* a catchy country music title helps illuminate a fundamental Alexander Technique idea. And, yes, I’ve embedded a video of the song – a nice example, by singer Lorrie Morgan, of the growing feminist influence in country – at … Continue reading

Peter, My Subconscious

In life we generally rely on our subconscious to direct our movement.  We  stand, sit, walk,  and bend automatically with no thought to  how we move.  Our subconscious  habitually does it for us, and it dominates us so that we … Continue reading

Are You an Innie or an Outie?

Men go forth to marvel at the heights of mountains and the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the rivers, the vastness of the ocean, the orbits of the stars, and yet they neglect to marvel at … Continue reading

It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy

It’s more than just the catchy, somewhat risque, title of the 1982 country music hit by Janie Fricke.  (And, yes, I’ve embedded a video of the song at the bottom of the page even though it’s a bit too crossover … Continue reading