Alexander Technique Andersonville

Fall 2017: Introductory Classes

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Curious about the Alexander Technique?

Andrew is will be teaching introductory classes on the Alexander Technique this fall on Sundays at the Andersonville String Academy. Classes are an hour-and-a-half and include a brief lecture and demonstration/practical work. Scroll down to learn more and to book a class!

Note: These are general interest classes, not just for musicians!

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October 22: The Thinking Person's Guide to Posture

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Andersonville String Academy.

Most of us know that good posture is important, but paying attention to your posture is usually a pretty miserable experience. In a culture that values informality and flexibility, how do you cultivate good posture without looking—and feeling—like a stiff jerk? Or being in constant pain?

In this workshop, we'll examine our beliefs, both personal and cultural, about posture and compare them to scientific models of posture and how we think about posture in the Alexander Technique. We'll play balancing games, and look at the role of support and adaptation and how awareness and intention affect postural coordination. You'll come away with an entirely different idea of what posture is than you had before.

Class intended for ages 16 and older.

Class limited to 10 participants.


October 29: Introduction to the Alexander Technique

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Andersonville String Academy.

Whatever its other benefits, the modern world is hard on our bodies. And while our activities are often stimulating to point of overstimulation, there's a repetitiveness that drills in poor habits of posture and movement. We consider it natural to develop discomfort as we age—though the age at which people complain of back, neck, arm, or wrist pain seems to get younger and younger.

The body doesn't change without the mind changing as well. When we sit all day, the body is neglected. The mind is on other things. Postures that are objectively terrible become familiar and strangely comfortable. Then when we try to change, even objective improvements feel weird. 

How do you change if you know what you're doing is bad for you, but everything else feels worse?

This class will show how the Alexander Technique brings our attention to the unconscious patterns of mind and body that shape our everyday behavior and slowly chips away at our sense of well-being. We will begin with a brief talk on the main ideas informing Alexander lessons, look at some of the scientific research behind the Alexander Technique, and then demonstrate how Alexander lessons help raise awareness and give you helpful, constructive strategies for change.

Class is intended for ages 16 and older.

10 participant limit.