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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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An Alexander Technique Perspective on Hurrying

Hurrying is a perilous occupation. To demonstrate this, find yourself a bench or a seat in a cafe that overlooks a busy street. Sit, and spend a while watching the people pass. In particular watch out for the people that

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Usually, But Not Always

Have you ever noticed how human beings like easy answers?  Most of them, most of the time.  Alexander Technique students, usually being human beings, also like easy answers.  Which is a bit of a shame when life throws up complex

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The Right Way to Think the Alexander Technique

Q:           When you are going about your Alexander Technique, what is the right way to think? A:            It’s a trick question. I know, a bit mean of me.  But you’d be amazed how many students ask, in various wordings,

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The right Alexander Technique mirror

The question of whether you should use a mirror in your Alexander work has rolled around for a very long time, pretty much since FM Alexander developed his technique back in the 1890s.  He used a mirror; in fact he used several

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Improving at the Alexander Technique

I want you to stop a moment, and think about the idea of improvement. You’re reading this blog, so presumably you have an interest in improving yourself. But what does that actually mean? Put another way, how will you know

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Knitting, Crochet and Making Links

“Knowledge is of little use in itself; it is the linking up of what we know with that which comes to us daily in the shape of new ideas and new experiences which is of value”  FM Alexander(*) A few

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Buffaloes in the Alexander Technique

If you watch any nature program that involves buffaloes (or bison, musk ox etc), sooner or later they will show footage of the mating season, in which two very determined animals run towards each other at great speed and DONOT

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Sofa Guilt

There is one item of furniture that causes fear and consternation within the Alexander world. Students struggle with it. Teachers are troubled by it. This is it: Look at those soft cushions, the deep seat, the squashy backrest, the enticing

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