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Alexander Technique: Singing the song of the self

F. M. Alexander called it inhibition, not his most creative choice of words. It has the smell of negativity: No! Nyet! Nein sagen. Teachers and students of the technique flaunt the word like a weapon. Mess up moderately, vent a little,  and you’ll hear it. “You need...

Alexander Technique on Aisle Twelve

Ten years, ten thousand hours, the norm for developing expertise in playing the piano or perfecting your serve. Now some say that’s too stringent. Perhaps so. But by comparison, how little thought we give to developing expertise in the multitudinous,...

The desire of every living thing

The desire of every living thing is forward and up. Mighty trunk terminates in tender twig, oscillating in the wind. For those of us whose propensities—back and down—militate against our gifts, comes the Alexander Technique, adding nothing, but restoring what is ours...

Celebrating means

Here’s my thinking this morning for what it’s worth. Whatever you put your hands on as a teacher of AT is either eternal or it is nothing, something that has been present in mankind and animal kind since our common dawn, or not. What we do with those...

I hold therefore I am.

“I hold.” Have you ever doubted that what we hold in our minds, we hold in our bodies, and vice versa. “I hold,” is synonymous with “I think.” I hold, for instance, that perpetual motion violates the first two of Newton’s Laws...