Coming to quiet

One of the things I value most whilst having an Alexander Technique lesson is being in an environment and state of mind in which I’m able to come to quiet. Previously so much of my day was spent being busy for others that there was little room to find a moment of peace for myself so Continue reading »

Going Up

When I write about ‘going up’, what do I mean? It’s a very difficult concept to put into words, perhaps it’s easier to express what it’s not. It’s certainly not pulling down, shortening, collapsing, all those things which drag us down towards the floor, nor is it feeling glum, downcast or, dare I say it, Continue reading »

‘Going from known to unknown’

Alexander mentions Joseph Rowntree’s comment about ‘going from known to unknown’ during Alexander Technique lessons. Certainly it is a process and as such takes the time it takes, not a ‘quick fix’ by any means but a process of educating oneself about one’s unhelpful habitual postural habits and how these can be prevented. This should Continue reading »

The breath

Breathing through your nose, as opposed to your mouth, when vocalising (or playing a wind instrument) means that you have more breath to vocalise or play with. It’s worth experimenting a bit with this in terms of vocalising scales or even reading a passage out loud from a book and seeing how often you take Continue reading »