One-Minute Practice: Decontract in your Car

Driving across the country has given me plenty of time to explore postural balance while in the car. I invite you to try a few simple things the next time you are driving. But first, check that you make a … Continue reading

Texting in Balance

Take a moment to pick up and look at your phone. Notice what you did with your head, face, neck, shoulders. No judgment, just awareness. Put it down, and this time, as you pick it up, think of letting your … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Gentle Head/Neck Balance

A gentle balance of your head on top of your spine can be an ongoing practice anywhere, anytime. A gentle balance suggests that it is not necessary to hold the head in position with neck muscles. The skull is meant … 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: 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

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