Giannis Antetokounmpo has staggering skills. A baskeball player from Greece, he plays now for Minneapolis and he is gaining in skills every day, and at 6'11', in height as well, or so he thinks. When asked how many steps in would take him to get from foul line to basket, he said one step, reconsidered and said, none, he could jump the distance. When compared to the apparently more modest skills of the Alexander Technique, it is little wonder that the Alexander Technique provokes less excitement than the jump shot of Mr. Antekounmpo. But wait.
In a lesson, there are a few things you might do other than a jump shot although you can do that if you want. White boys like me, maybe not. Any task that involves or interests you is fair game. Take them to your teacher. Your teacher might ask you what your goals are in each of them and then identify what stands between your goals and your accomplishment. He or she might have you sit or stand. Really? Sitting and standing. Why? Taking up the latter, standing is a very big deal. Standing is our relationship to everything, to everybody in our environment. People hold you in high standing or they do not. We all stand. We all have standing and you can work on it, make it better.
A lesson in Alexander Technique is definitely going to change that. You'll handle your self more economically, more efficiently, and you will quite likely be taller. You might not be an Antenkounmpo, okay, definitely not, but in doing whatever it is that you do, you'll be a more authoritative, self-possessed version of your self, in short, you'll be in command of your actions. Won't your mate be pleased?
This post was written by Alan Bowers