Alexander Technique

You Are Your Instrument, pt. 1 - My Singing Journey

You Are Your Instrument, pt. 1 – My Singing Journey

When people find out that I am a singer, voice teacher, choral conductor, and Alexander Technique teacher, it sometimes isn’t immediately clear how all of it connects. Some musicians who have heard of Alexander Technique see plainly how the work can help instrumentalists avoid repetitive motion injuries and play without strain, but as players of […]

You. Have. Time.

You. Have. Time.

Today is December 21. Perhaps your email inbox has been like mine: every retailer from which I’ve ever purchased anything needed to remind me that there are only a few more days until Christmas, and that I needed to buy something today for it to arrive in time. There is an urgency afoot…not only now, […]

The Startle Pattern. Photo: Peretz Partensky. Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0

The Confines of Fear – Politics, Media, and the Fear Response

“I’ve been worryin’ that we all live our lives in the confines of fear.” – Ben Howard I started writing this post in July. It got put on the back burner, but resurfaced this week for two reasons. One, if you haven’t heard yet, Donald Trump was elected president, in a turn of events that […]

A Proven Approach to Self Care

A Proven Approach to Self Care

The idea of Self-care has been abuzz in the world around me these last several weeks. For those of us attuned to the academic calendar, whether as teachers of university or grade school students, or parents of children in school, the mid-fall rush has gathered. We’re tired. We’re over-extended. We’re doing too much for others, […]

Permission to Not be Right

Permission to Not be Right

Take a minute and think through a typical day. How many times during the day do you feel that you have permission to not be right? By that, I mean you are not expected to: know the answer, build it so it works the first time, even wear socks that match… in general, do you […]

The Alexander Technique helps us learn to find our own Still Point - just like the eye of a hurricane.

The Still Point

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity, Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the […]

Refinishing and Re-education

Refinishing and Re-education

I recently embarked on a project to reupholster the seats to a couple of my teaching chairs. What I learned in the process got me thinking about habits, how deeply they sit in our selves, how unnoticed they might be, and how difficult they can be to “get rid” of. I started to look at […]

Practice and Results: Facing a Challenge

Practice and Results: Facing a Challenge

Think for a moment about the last time you faced a challenge. It could be minute 37 of spinning class (that was me today!), it could be learning a piece of music with a difficult passage, it could be a stressful situation at work… Whatever it is, YOU HAVE A CHOICE about how you approach […]

The Simple Pleasure of Mindful Movement

The Simple Pleasure of Mindful Movement

Last week, I was cleaning the mats that my students at IU use for Constructive Rest. It could have been a chore (12 mats, two sides, lots of squirting the cleaner and wiping). I had just been presenting on some of the core principles of the Alexander Technique, including the idea of process-oriented (as opposed […]

Space Clearing with the Alexander Technique

Space Clearing with the Alexander Technique

I moved earlier this year, and there is one room in my home that had accumulated all the “extra” boxes of things that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with. Today, I decided to start tackling that mess of boxes. It was hard to walk through that room, hard to get to the closet, […]

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