“The Alexander Technique is one of the most valuable tools a rider can possess…”
Carl Hester, Olympic Dressage Rider
The Alexander Technique for Dressage Riders
Three One-Day Workshops
These three one-day workshops follow the basic introductory weekend workshop. We deepen the exploration of the basic Alexander Technique principles and the application of them to Dressage. In the morning sessions, we explore horse and human movement through experiential exercises. Students practice their new “way of going” “through the back” with a better balance with the head on top of the spine. Working on a the ground and on the wooden saddle horse, riders experiment subtle changes, without the complications of a horse moving underneath them. Longe lessons in the afternoon deepen the morning practice.
Students receive generous individual attention and hands-on guidance both on the horse and off. Constance is available by e-mail in-between sessions if students have questions about the theories and principles.
One-day workshop hours: 9-4:30
Class Size: 4-6 students Each Workshop: $225
All Three Workshops (paid up front) $400
The first workshop focuses on the startle pattern in both humans and horses, and the process of un-doing this reaction while in motion. This work corresponds with the dressage principle of suppleness. Creating more ease and resilience in the head/neck/back relationship is integral in the training of both the horse and the rider.
The second workshop focuses on expansion, resilience and movement of the human skeletal structure in movement. This work corresponds with the dressage principle of impulsion. The Alexander Technique works with the principle of “direction” for people—which can easily be translated as impulsion and “moving through the back” for the rider.
The third workshop focuses on respiratory coordination and the Alexander “whispered ah” technique. This work corresponds with the dressage principle of rhythm. Working with breath in relation to the horse’s rhythm adds another layer of connection and ease to the horse/rider relationship.