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 wrote at the beginning of last year about motivation.
If you are motivated to make a change, you are more likely to make the change.
So, it helps to understand what is important to you. Not what someone else is telling you is important. What you consider important.
Because you will tend to be more motivated to do things that are in line with what is important to you.
If your motivation to improve your posture reflects what is important to you you’re at a better starting place, than if you are trying to improve your posture for reasons that someone else has told you are important.
But motivation is not enough. Continue reading “Motivation is not Enough”
One way to understand the Alexander Technique is that it is a skill set.
A skill set that helps you manage your posture and movement by managing your intentions.
Continue reading “Good Intentions”
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”
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”