Pleasure, not Perfection

We are all dealing with the fight/flight /freeze pattern to some extent every day. Whether it comes from deadlines, traffic, noisy neighbors or from internal expectations of perfection, this contractive pattern is human. If we can bring our habitual reaction … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Walking in Balance

Everyone knows walking is good for your health, but how you walk is crucial to the health of your feet, knees, hips and back. To walk with less tightness or compression and more ease and efficiency, try this: First, sense … Continue reading

One-Practice: Being Present In Your Body

Bring your awareness to your feet. Let them rest on the ground and feel the soles of your feet widen into the floor. Sense the many bones in the feet and think of allowing a little space between those bones. … 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: 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: 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: 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