One-Minute Practice: Tensegrity Support

Tensegrity is a term coined by engineer Buckminster Fuller meaning an integrity of tension. The right amount of tension allows for an integrity of structure with internal space at a maximum. In humans, the muscular-skeletal system is very much like … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Standing into Length

From childhood we are admonished to “stand up straight.” We learned to pull our shoulders back, lift our chests, and then try to hold that position.  But this position is unsustainable! Because it is hugely inefficient. So we drop down, … Continue reading

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: 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

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

On Directing

Directing—sending a clear message or instruction from your brain to other parts of yourself—is a skill that you can practice and improve. When you say directions to yourself, you say them in your mind with the clear intention that they … Continue reading

Falling and Up-righting

We humans are always falling and up-righting ourselves. Gravity makes us fall, and ideally we capture the force of our falling and our innate up-righting system kicks in and sends us back upwards. But lack of awareness and habits lead … Continue reading