in Cape Cod—June-August 2020
in Palm Springs or Southern California—November 2019-May 2020
4 week online class—
Survival Skills for Sheltering in Place—Presence, Pleasure and Play
April 28th – May 19th, Tuesdays 1pm PST, 4pm EST. Class full.
May 9 thru May 30, Saturdays 11am-12:30pm PST, 2-3:30pm EST, 7-8:30pm UTC.
Survival Skills for Reopening—Presence, Pleasure and Play
June 2 – June 23, Tuesdays 9-10:30am PST, 12 noon-1:30pm EST, 5-6:30pm UTC.
This online 4-week class will help you practice the moment-to-moment ability to return to center in this time of enormous challenge.
The ability to self-regulate and re-orient your nervous system to pleasurable calm and playful liveliness will help you move through this most un-ordinary time.
In this time of disruption, resilience skills are not a luxury!
This class teaches practical embodiment skills and resources from the Alexander Technique and other somatic modalities.
Calming your own nervous system
Connection with self, others and nature
Creativity meeting the current challenges
With increased presence, you’ll experience yourself as more centered, connected and creative.
With presence, your moment-to-moment choices are more aligned with your inner self, and you are less reactive to outside pressure and what others think. As your capacity for presence increases, your capacity for pleasure widens to include simple and daily delights. Your capacity for play opens up enjoyment and creativity.
It may seem weird to discuss the role of pleasure and play in general, especially while we’re in transition from “lockdown.” However, every day more research confirms the importance of play and pleasure for a healthy and resilient nervous system.
Connecting to presence, pleasure and play leads to a more lively, robust, spacious, rejuvenated, vigorous, blooming, restorative, joyful wholeness.
How will your relationships be better when you feel more pleasure?
How will your work be better when you feel a dynamic centeredness?
How much better will your body feel with more playfulness?
RSVP by email. A Zoom link will be emailed upon registration. Please come on time by logging in a few minutes in advance, and plan to stay for the full 90 minutes.
For these online class, I work by a “Pay What It’s Worth” model * with a $50 deposit payable with Venmo (@Constance-Clare-Newman), PayPal or check. (If $50 does not work for you, paying $0 or working out a trade is also an option. We can work something out that is good for both of us!)
Examples of Previous Classes and Workshops—
Centering and Resilience—
Self-Sustainability for Activists
This 4-week mind/body class (January 12th-February 4th, 2020) is for any activist who wants to be able to shore up presence and resilience. The cultural norm of burn-out and illness is not necessary, and certainly does not model what we want in the world! Many of us hold onto and embody the stress of these turbulent times and with all the demands for attention we feel like we’re running on fumes.
For the sake of the common good, activists Can work in a sustainable way. Somatic tools and practices for centering will be learned to access inner resources for self-sustenance, well-being and action in the world. Experiential exercises will include sensory awareness, breathwork for emotional self-regulation and embodied strength in posture, movement and voice.
We will explore individually and as a group the following questions:
- How has being an activist impacted your body?
- How does “being different” create hyper-sensitivity and hyper-vigilence?
- What do overwork and depletion do to your mind/body being?
- What self-sustaining practices can work for you?
- How can holding space for change be a source of strength?
You will explore how some habits and patterns have become stuck in your body and what options you have to change. You will learn mind/body skills that will facilitate feeling centered and finding balance within yourself, during times of rest and rejuvenation, and during action and in times of challenge. You will take away practices to sustain yourself, being present to the big picture of loss of democracy and climate collapse and being present to your daily life with it’s logistics and responsibilities.
Less Effort, More Ease—
A one-hour Introduction to the Alexander Technique
Feel lighter, stand taller, walk easier.
Explore new ways to ease up on your body and increase your effectiveness. Constance teaches principles and practices from this 100-year-old mind-body method. Group exercises explore posture, movement and breath from the inside-out. Hands-on guidance helps you release excess tension, decompress your spine and tune into a dynamic balance of the whole self.
Great for clubs and groups!
Avoid Text Neck by Learning the Poise of the Alexander Technique
Experience less tension, strain and effort. More awareness, balance and ease.
- Do you want to improve your posture, avoid text neck, back pain and RSI?
- Do you slouch over your electronics and then try to sit up straight, then find yourself slouching again?
- With the Alexander Technique you can learn how to use digital devices in a way that cares for your body, reduces tension and helps you find balance in all your activities.
Enjoyable class that includes group exercises, demonstrations and gentle hands-on guidance.
Great for clubs and groups!
Centered Dog Walking:
Don’t let yourself be pulled off your center!
Don’t let your dog trip you! Don’t let your arm be pulled out of your socket!
Come learn how to stay centered and grounded while teaching your dog to walk politely on leash.
Actors, Musicians, Singers, Athletes!
Effective Practice, Embodied Performance—
Alexander Technique Workshop for Performers and Athletes
No matter what you practice, it is the HOW of your practice that determines the quality of your performance.
So often, as artists or athletes, we unconsciously create habits of over-work and too much tension, which interfere with the quality of our performance — and in extreme cases, the ability to perform at all.
The specific Alexander principles of head/neck/back coordination determine the organization of the rest of the body. Stripping away unconscious over-effort leads to a deeper awareness and ability to find balance, support, and efficiency—and ultimately prevent injury.
This class includes movement, breath and body explorations. Bring an instrument, piece or movement to explore. Everyone will receive individual hands-on guidance, group feedback and practices to help you work on your own.
When Your Body Needs Help!
Alexander Technique Workshop For Dancers
Whether you have injuries or just an over-worked, stressed body, come for a practical exploration in how the Alexander Technique principles can be applied to working with your self in your daily life, in your daily technique class and in performance.
As dancers, sometimes we think that the harder we work, the more we will achieve. Alexander Technique teaches that how we work becomes just as important as the level of physicality at which we work.
Bad habits can accumulate over years, from using our bodies poorly in daily life as well as injuries. Unless we are mindful of how we use our bodies in regular life, bad habits can seep into dance class.
Head moving up off the top of the spine, while the torso lengthens and widens, legs and arms moving away from the torso, these are classical ballet ideals, and also principles that Alexander work clarifies in a practical way.
Join Constance for practical brain/body experiments in the most efficient way to gain a flexible, lengthening spine in daily life, in technique class and in performance.
Everyone will receive individual hands-on guidance, group feedback and practices to help you work on your own.
Work smarter, not harder—for more expression and less tension.
Centering and Resilience: A Workshop for Queer People—
How has homophobia and/or transphobia impacted your body?
- What does shame and humiliation do to the body?
- How does being victimized live in the tissues?
- How often have you experienced the fight or flight response, when the only option was freeze?
- How does the knowledge of “being different” create hyper-sensitivity and hyper-vigilence?
- What does internalized homophobia/transphobia do to your body?
Come explore this question with other queer people in an introduction to how mind/body (somatic) work can be a resource for being fully present to your whole self.
Constance will introduce you to skills that build resilience and resources for grounding and presence in the body.
Building embodied awareness will deepen your ability to return to your own felt sense and your own authenticity even in times of challenge.
Sitting for Meditators—Easy & Upright
with the balanced poise of the Alexander Technique
- A rich exploration of how bodily habits influence your meditation practice and your daily life.
- Hands-on work while you sit on the cushion (or chair) that will help you kinesthetically find more ease, mobility, breath and grounding.
- Feel more in tune with softer, lighter sensations in your body.
- Cultivate a balance of easeful support that invites gentle aliveness to show up. With a more relaxed posture your mind can become less agitated and quiet down.
Aging and Posture
You don’t have to compress and shrink as you age.
You can learn to de-compress your spine, release tension and move easier.
The Alexander Technique has been helping actors and singers for over a century to stand tall, breath fully, and move efficiently.
In this enjoyable class, Constance will guide you with this hands-on method to explore your potential in postural health.
Great for clubs and groups!
Since the Alexander Technique is fundamental to being and movement, it can be helpful to a wide variety of human endeavors. Below are some more specific classes Constance has taught:
Effortlessly Upright: No slouching, no forcing
Walking with Spring: Light and easy
Exercise: Using the “just right” amount of effort
Your Harmonious Design: For musicians
Back Pain: Decompressing the spine
RSI: New patterns for repetitive movements
Integrated Ease: Yoga students
Embody Wholeness and Presence: For teachers and therapists