The Power of How: A journal about The Alexander Technique and Movement

Jump Start, Jump Turn, Jump Twirl your practice: Exploring The Dart Procedures for Alexander Teachers

WEEKEND WORKSHOP OCTOBER 25, 26

Cost: $350

Saturday 9:30  –  12:30 Group Workshop, 1:30 – 6 private lessons
Sunday 11 – 5 Group Workshop, 1 hour lunch

If you want to discover new energy and dynamism in your teaching, come join us for this workshop encouraging a multi-dimensional, experimental perspective on the Alexander Technique. If you are feeling a little stuck or confused in your teaching, this is the perfect workshop! We will be:

  • Exploring the procedures themselves in the chair and on the floor, using this kinesthetic experience as a reference for how we use our hands in our work.
  • Reading and discussing Raymond Dart: Postural Aspect of Malocclusion.
  • Exploring the innervation of our skin (dermatomes) and it’s relationship to how we experience our own movement and how we use our hands in our work.
  • Any other topics that participants with to explore!
  • September 17th, 2014 • No Comments

    WHY DON’T I TAKE THE TIME FOR MYSELF?

    Do you take time to care for your body at the beginning of the day? Do you find yourself struggling to make that time happen? If so…maybe you are trying too hard! Maybe you just need to lie down and breathe for a few minutes.

    I’m on a mission to get everyone lying down and literally, physically easing into the day. I mean it. Put a towel about an inch high under your head, lie down, and just breathe. Get comfortable. I dare you.

    Sometimes my body feels cranky. I’m kind of scared to face it! I worry that I won’t be able to get comfortable in my own skin, so I don’t even try. I don’t start. I don’t do my self-care practices because I’m scared to face my own discomfort.

    I need support to make that daily commitment to put CARING FOR MY BODY FIRST – in front of EVERYTHING – so that I start my day right. It changes EVERYTHING if I just DO IT. To support myself, I invented what I call The Launching Pad! It makes lying down on the floor comfortable – whether I lie on my back, my side, or my front. And once I can get myself on the floor, I breath easier. I start feeling better.

    I have a bunch of beautiful new Launching Pads if you’ve been thinking about it hint hint hint……to purchase go to the SHOP and specify on Paypal which color and size you like!

    Some are wider and lower – 3 inches high and 14 inches wide:

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    I have three of the higher ones left – they are 4 inches high and 10 inches wide, providing more curve for your thoracic spine and more mobility in the forward/fetal range for your shoulder blades. THESE ONES ARE THE LAST OF THIS SIZE – TO BE DISCONTINUED:

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    And remember – just ease on past that resistance, and take the time for yourself!

     

     

     

     

     

    September 4th, 2014 • No Comments

    SUMMER POSTSCRIPT: WORKSHOPS EXPLORING THE DART PROCEDURES

    ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: DEVELOPING ONE’S EXPERTISE AT NOT BEING AN EXPERT

    “All our efforts in the way of education should be to create conditions in which growth will continue through life, conditions in which the stagnation which accompanies fixed habits will be impossible.”
    – F.M. Alexander

    I had a marvelous time this summer with seven fellow Alexander Teachers, some teachers of long experience, others recent graduates, and teachers in training. In a series of four workshops we explored the central nervous system, the Dart Procedures, and developmental movement. We found that the procedures provided an excellent framework for self-discovery, for clarifying our sense of direction, and for preventing fixity of movement and ideas in our teaching.

    Check out the WORKSHOPS PAGE if you would like to be a part of one of my fall groups. One is for AT teachers, one is for dancers,/performers/movement educators; and one is for bodyworkers! All my favorite tribes!

    Special thanks to the lovely summer group for their insights and questions:

    Deanne Meek
    Lenita Silveira
    Rachel Bernsen
    Melissa Brown
    Sara Vasiliou
    Robin Rapaport
    Erin O’Leary
    Akiko Nishijima

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    August 26th, 2014 • No Comments