Self to Skin and Skin to Self

Self to Skin and Skin to Self

The different practices of yoga—posture, breath work, meditation—are often thrown together in a disjointed fashion. The physical and breath work can be considered as preparations for the core practice of seated meditation. One of B. K. S. Iyengar’s innovations was that the physical practice can be performed in such a way as to encompass the…

Looking and Seeing

Looking and Seeing

My Alexander Technique teacher training began at a run today. After a round of introductions, we grouped up and went straight to work. There was the main teacher, Brooke, and an assistant teacher, Ina, working with us. While the teachers laid hands on two of the groups, the third lay on the floor with their…

Welcoming The Unfamiliar

Welcoming The Unfamiliar

We’ve had two books assigned to us to read before the Alexander training begins. One is The Use of the Self by F. M. Alexander. It’s a concise little primer on how he developed his ideas and their application. One of the things that I am beginning to enjoy about this work is the way…

A Game of Speed and Strength

A Game of Speed and Strength

At this point I have been doing yoga in some form or other for about 18 years, and teaching it for almost 11. I’ve been taking lessons in the Alexander Technique for the past three years, and in a couple of weeks I am starting the 3-year Alexander Teacher Training Course. It’s a serious commitment:…