New Article – Vision and the Alexander Technique

I’m very pleased to have this article in the Association for Hanna Somatic Education’s newsletter this month.  I’ve been invited to present at their annual conference next month and am really looking forward to meeting my “brothers from another mother”… that is, a group of somatic educators.  Though they may be using tools other than … Continue reading

Ohhhhhh Alicia…

Alicia Keys… I love you.  Your rendition of the National Anthem before the Super Bowl tonight, which, as anyone who has ever sung it knows is a singer’s song, your rendition was beautiful, Alicia Keys.  I really dug the blue notes you added on the piano.  Tasteful, personal, appropriate, and artistic. Alicia, I remain very … Continue reading

Juicy

Here’s a juicy article I found about performer Chyna Whyne, who has apparently taken to the Alexander Technique to the point that the trained to become a teacher.  For those of you who don’t know, becoming an Alexander Teacher is a major undertaking – at least three years and at least 1600 hours. My training … Continue reading

It is not the s…

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin

See the back of pain

See the back of pain

There was an extensive study done and published in the UK a few years back where the Alexander Technique was conclusively shown to reduce or eliminate certain types of back pain without needless surgeries and pain medications. Read more in this article from the NY Times after the jump » Many thanks to l.a. birdie … Continue reading

Liberation and inspiration for life

Liberation and inspiration for life

The recent spell of cold weather here in the Bay Area has called up a lot of memories involving carpeting, furry animals, and cold, clear winter days. I had asthma from the time I was a child until 1998. I don’t remember when it started, but I have vivid memories of going to the doctor to get a shot … Continue reading

The gift of pleasant surprises

The gift of pleasant surprises

I pulled the big, heavy mirror down off the piano today and set it on the floor to watch some of my own asana practice, something I like to do now and then to see whether I am doing what I think I’m doing. Often there are surprises, like I feel as though I’m really … Continue reading