One-Minute Practice: Sitting in Balance

In the Alexander Technique, there is no “perfect posture” into which you should “sit up straight.” Instead, you learn how to use your sense of balance to stop holding too much tension or not enough tone. You learn to access … Continue reading

One Minute Practice: Cultivate Peace Within

Being kind even in the face of mistakes other people make is something many of us strive for. But how many of us can be that kind to ourselves? Being kind to oneself is not only good for emotional health, … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Doing the Dishes with More Ease

Even a task as simple as doing the dishes can mean bunched up muscles, raised shoulders, and tight legs. Or you could do the dishes with softer musculature, free joints, and balanced mobility. The former contributes to a state of … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Working Well at Your Computer

First, bring your whole body into awareness. Sit on the chair so that you notice the weight on your seat bones, you can let your feet lie flat on the floor, and let your torso balance in neutral over the … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Ease Jaw Tension

Bring your awareness to your face as you read this. Can you allow the muscles to soften? As you think to yourself that you’d like to soften your eyes, you don’t need to do anything. Just the intention will be … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Sensory Awareness

Take a moment to notice your senses. First, bring your sense of sight into your awareness. Let your eyes soften as you look away from the screen and see around the room or outside. Notice something you haven’t seen before. … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Breathe with Ease

Bring your breath into your awareness. Notice your breathing pattern. Do your ribs move? Or do they feel constricted? Are you breathing through your nose or mouth? What does it feel like in your chest? Your back? Your belly? Your … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Inner Spaciousness

Whatever you are doing right now, pause and bookmark your physical, mental, and emotional state, including your breath. Don’t try to change anything. Just notice what is happening within you. Now notice the weight and form of your body. Begin … Continue reading

Feeling Integrated

One great effect from Alexander lessons is the experience of feeling integrated. When we say we feel integrated, what do we mean? We can describe it as the opposite from feeling scattered or disconnected with ourselves. Rather, we feel “rightness” … Continue reading

Consciously Choosing Calm and Connection

We are familiar with the fight or flight reaction (which also includes freeze.) In this well-studied instinctive response, mammals get ready to deal with danger or stress by striking out, running away or becoming very still to avoid provocation. Blood … Continue reading