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”
Attitude is such an interesting word. Continue reading “Attitude”
You know the old adage: you are what you eat.
Well, add to that: you are what you repeatedly do.
When you look at someone’s posture, you are in part seeing what they have repeatedly done over and over and over again. Continue reading “You Are What You Do”