It is common for yoga practitioners to collapse into their joints or effort themselves into a preconceived, 'done' pose. In contrast, Alexander Technique offers a clear and dynamic process for replacing habitual tendencies to tense up in movement with adaptive, fluid responses. Learning to use the innate structure of our body will support our yoga practice and movements of everyday life. Experience shows that studying the technique makes the whole body feel more integrated and energized in movement.
When learning a new Yoga pose, it is important to be aware of the landmarks and junctions that make up our physical form and guide our experience. It is helpful to know exactly how the architecture of the body is designed for movement and sensory awareness. We need to know shape, size and function of the landmarks that make up the body for the establishment of successful movement patterns. Is the map we have of ourselves reliable and accurate, true to reality? Then movement can be efficient and relatively easy. Or is the map unclear? Movement then may become strained and relatively uneasy.
Ease and functionality in movement depends on knowing and using the working design of the body to our advantage. The freedom to choose something different from habit comes from applying the Alexander Technique principles to every action our body takes.
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What Students Are Saying
"I recently took Flora's workshop Primary Body Mapping and Functional Movement for Yogis. That was exactly what I needed: comfortable settings, a small group and a kind and knowledgeable instructor, who guided us and introduced us to Alexander technique. Every class was a great combination of theory and practice that helped to easily digest given information and use it in our daily life. Flora is a very attentive and supportive teacher, always ready to help, her explanations of material were clear and easy to understand..." - Tanya F." (Oct. 2015)