Walking the Floor with Alexander

My Alexander Technique students – both in person and on Skype – are often surprised when I ask, usually during their first lesson, detailed questions about the flooring in their homes and workplaces. After she’d had a few of lessons, … Continue reading

Who’s Minding Your Brain?

Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you. – Deepak Chopra Alexander Technique teachers and their students have been successfully using their … Continue reading

Taking A Walk Down Easy Street

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. – Saadi As I was walking in my neighborhood yesterday evening, I experimented with some new Alexander Technique directions, based on an idea that originated with Alexander Technique teacher Imogen … Continue reading

Stuck In The Middle With You: Your Neck

When our children were in middle school, my wife and I would attend “Classroom Visit Night” at the start of each term. This involved going to all their classes in the same order they did during the school day, and … 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

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

Pinkie Power

I was introduced to the term brachiation a few months ago by my colleague Ellen Stafford, an Alexander Technique teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in one of her blog posts, Everyday Poise: Brachiation Ellen is interested in the evolutionary development of … Continue reading

Life on Earth – Where Powerful Forces Collide

Check out the little guy in this 30 second video below. Known as a pond skimmer, he spends most of his life perfectly poised on the water’s surface. In some ways his situation is not all that different from ours. … Continue reading

Change your Password – Change your Life

When I teach new Alexander Technique students, I almost always give them “homework” based on experiments in thinking and moving that I’ve talked them through in their lessons.  These experiments typically involve using Alexander Technique directions (more on these below). … Continue reading

Throw it Away!

I love this quote* by F. Matthias Alexander! For me, it gets to the heart of a major obstacle faced by students as they begin to explore Alexander Technique directions – the strong temptation to hold on to the nice … Continue reading