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Alexander Myths #5 – Feeling Is The Truth

“Seeing is believing” You’ve probably heard that old chestnut, but have you heard the other half of it? “Seeing’s believing, but feeling’s the truth” Old Thomas Fuller(°) got it right. People do believe their feelings, at least when it comes

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How To Choose the Best Activity For Alexander Class

In my lessons the student chooses the activity we look at. Some people love having a choice. Others find it causes great heartache. Here’s my 10-point plan to de-stress the choosing process:- 1. Bear in mind why you choose; if

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Teacher Malfunction

Let’s start the blogging year off with a juicy, controversial question: Would you take lessons from a teacher you knew occasionally made mistakes? Tricky one, isn’t it(*).  Especially because, although the Alexander Technique is strictly speaking a form of education,

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The Alexander Technique Christmas Quiz

Today is the last class before Christmas. Time to review the year and to start planning new courses for January. Meanwhile, some lightheartedness for my students and colleagues – the Ashby Alexander Technique Christmas Quiz, as requested by my advanced

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Stairs, Fatigue and The Monster

Going up and down stairs is difficult for a lot of people.  I see it in Alexander Technique lessons.  I also see people make it even harder for themselves. A recent lesson turned up a beautiful example. This student has

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Alexander Technique Myths #4: If I don’t know what I’m doing, I can’t stop it.

It’s time for another Alexander Technique myth (I have a collection*). A hotly debated myth, it goes like this:- “I can’t stop it if I don’t know what I’m doing.” It also appears as “I have to know what I’m

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How to Learn the Alexander Technique? Contrast and Hone.

My blog today has a culinary theme, or at least a culinary metaphor. It should be pretty clear from my other blogs that the Alexander Technique is all about learning. But people tend to have very rigid ideas about what

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What Sort of Alexander Technique Student Are You?

I want to tell you a story about The Sheepish Student and The Industrious Student. Once upon a time there were two students. The first student came to her lesson every week, and when the teacher asked her how she

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Even More Alexander Technique Freebies

Last time I talked about the voucher system of Alexander freebies, and collecting odd moments to practice.  Today, some more freebies. Our starting question is ‘What do you learn from?’  Not “what do people in general learn from?” but “What do you

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Alexander Technique Freebies

Let’s face it, Alexander Technique lessons are a high quality product, and they don’t come cheap. So wouldn’t it be nice if there were a few freebies thrown in as well?  Students often bring this up, indirectly. “How many lessons

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