I have been asked to give a short workshop for a group of cellists in a week or so. I am not a cellist. I’m not even a musician. I am an Alexander Teacher. So, why am I of all people giving a group of cellists a workshop?
No matter what length workshop I give musicians I always want to get across one basic concept:
What is the common denominator in absolutely everything you do?
Continue reading “You Are Your Instrument”
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”
The Alexander Technique is sometimes described as an embodiment practice.
But what does embodiment really mean? In practical, down to earth, so you and I can understand terms?
Let me tell you a story.
Continue reading “Embodied”
Here is an experiment to try.
I am going to ask you to do something. And that something is to go for a walk.
So, find a large enough space where you have room to walk around comfortably for about 30 seconds. Heck if its nice out, go outside.
Although you are going to walk in this experiment, the experiment is not so much about the activity of walking per se—it is about how changing what you think may change your experience of the activity of walking.
You are going to go for a walk three times.
Each time for 30 seconds.
Each time you are going to think a different instruction for your posture.
Continue reading “Lighten Up”
“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”