I just finished teaching a three-week introductory class in the Alexander Technique.
At the first meeting, I asked the students to write down how they define posture. The point was not to have the right definition. The point was for them to consider how they were currently thinking about posture.
At the last meeting, students shared what they’d take away from the class. Continue reading “Shazam! (why good posture is like a healthy diet)”
I bet you don’t remember enrolling in Posture School—or attending for that matter.
But somehow, over the years, you’ve learned about posture. Most likely to a large extent subconsciously. And what you’ve learned has probably, to a large extent, literally shaped you. Continue reading “Posture School”
A student came in the other day for her weekly lesson with a good question. She had just read a recent article in Forbes magazine about the Alexander Technique. In the article it mentioned the word poise.
What does poise mean? she asked.
Good question, I answered.
And then proceeded to ask her if she described someone as being poised, what did that mean to her? Continue reading “Poise”
I just taught the first session of a six-week class the other evening.
I started the class by asking each of the students to write down their answer to the question: What is good posture?
You could do this, too.
Continue reading “Posture is Not a Position”
“Good posture is spready instead of squished,” is the sage advice of my colleague Lindsay Newitter’s 9-year-old daughter.
The 9-year-old’s quote was part of an article on stress, posture and the Alexander Technique that appeared in the New York Times last August.
How do you think of good posture? Often we think of an optimal shape or position we need to get into instead of a quality, such as a quality of being more “spready”, to quote my colleague’s daughter again.
But how do you achieve a more “spready” quality to your posture? Continue reading “The Space Between”