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What is the Alexander Technique? 12 – 14 Year Olds Answer

What is the Alexander Technique?’


12 year olds 


‘I wear glasses, it is a bit like that. I have to clean my glasses so I can see. If I do Alexander Technique it gets my body clearer.’ Marcello


‘It’s like opening up a new world, new ideas, a different way to do things and think about things.

Every time I see myself doing a habit, like putting my hands in my pockets, I stop and do the right thing and it feels better.’ – Sid


‘A way to be free and feel a bit more open and keep your body moving in the way it should’ Elian


‘It helps you learn how to make sure your body doesn’t get all stiff as you get older by, for example, how to rehydrate your intervertebral discs and by teaching us how to take care of our bones and things.’ Edward


‘It teaches how to be at ease with yourself’ Amalie


‘It helps you have a good stance and keep your body in shape.’ Scott


13 year olds 


‘Alexander Technique is like being wirelessly charged. You can just charge up anywhere by plugging into the space and forward and up’ Xander


‘Its a form of letting go, all the tension is released and not part of me, for example I notice when I get annoyed my neck gets tight.’ Amelia


‘It is something constant that keeps you sane. With it running in the background all the time you have a  kind of level, it keeps you level. And when you are completely focussed on it, like in semi supine, you can put everything else to the side (it is still there, you haven’t forgotten about it) but when you come back you maybe have a different view of it.’ Esme


‘When you walk around school you are like a fizzing snow globe and when you lie down it all floats to the bottom.’ Xander


‘It’s a chance to be yourself, you true self, not the one that is stuck or has bad habits, but the real you. It’s like finding your inner queen’. Alicia


‘It is finding a way to be calm and not full of stress and stuff. You can be who you want to be and not who other people want you to be.’ Josie


14 year olds


‘Alexander Technique is being mindful about your body and knowing the mindfulness of your body. Mindful can be letting bad thoughts out of your body, not being tense and having balance and poise. It’s how to cater for your body and how it wants to be. It teaches you how to release physical pain and mental stress which can be interlinked. Even if I try to think about Alexander Technique in my every day life there is still a build up of tension by the time I get to Tuesday. It’s getting less though.’ Lucy


‘It is a way of thinking about the mind and our place in the world. It helps you know your body and understand your thinkings influence’. Mika


‘Alexander Technique helps you have a good perspective on life and how to deal with situations, developing a thoughtful mindset and attitude and how to channel emotions – knowing when to let go and when to be more confident with yourself. It helps you understand other people and then get a different outlook and be able to put yourself in their shoes. When you lie down and let go you free all the negative things and have better vibes.’ Anna


It makes you feel more positive. Sometimes things can feel overwhelming. When you take a few minutes out of the day and become more aware it helps everything become more bite sized. It makes you better at being better because when your doing anything you can think a bit of Alexander Technique and it just does its thing and you’re like ‘Cool!’ ‘ Maisie


Alexander Technique doesn’t take a lot to get the gist of. It’s more about the attitude you have and letting yourself understand there is a bigger variety of things you can do it with. You can tell anyone what Alexander Technique is, but it takes a lot of open mindedness to really understand it. It’s really helpful and useful and has lots of uses to it but it is really how you use it and process it in your mind that is important. It doesn’t take much time to have that moment to just listen up a little bit and let go.’ Marie


Is it useful to learn the Alexander Technique at school?


12 year olds


‘Yes, because pretty much what you do all day at school is sit down and slump. So Alexander Technique helps that habit disappear. I enjoy Alexander Technique and feel a lot happier so I don’t need to slump, but sometimes when I am in a bad mood I can’t resist slumping down. We all have bad days sometimes’. Elian


‘All the other lessons have rules and in AT there are still rules but it’s different because this is more focussing on me rather than learning about things and facts. This is learning about how we are made up and bones and stuff and how it works.’ Marcello


It helps you in your future life a lot as you know a lot of information about your bones and muscles and know how to control your body and look after yourself.  Elian


Yes, it is really fun. If you’re in say a bad mood you come to Alexander Technique and you feel different and a lot calmer and ready for the rest of the day. It’s definitely making me feel more confident. I do get nervous, especially before performing, but then I think to myself what is the worse thing that can happen it will be over soon and then I use the Alexander Technique and it helps me be calm. It is a different kind of confidence thinking forward and up and it feels like things will go well if I keep thinking forward and up.’ Sid


13 year olds 


‘Yes! It is fun and interesting. It is a high point in the day. Its an essential!’ Xander


You stop and think and stop worrying and find space to think. It is almost like taking time out gives you more time. Esme


It’s that one part of the day when you can just stop and let go. It also helps having a nice teacher! Write that down miss!’ Amelia


It is useful to learn Alexander Technique at school and get in the habit of letting go because some people are just so stressed it becomes their life.

I recognise in myself now that I have been too hyper and that is not a nice character. I’ve learned to pause and have more self control. I put myself in the mindset before a class to be calm.’ Xander


Specifically at high school there is a lot of pressure on students to always be focussed and study and do homework but Alexander Technique is time to yourself to focus and breath and sort out everything in your mind. It’s a skill to focus on one thing at once by clearing everything out of your mind.’ Esme


Yes, it is fun! It is probably useful to everyone and it relates to every thing.’ Josie


‘It relates to a lot of students lives because a lot of students are not free and confident in themselves. It helps not only yourself but it helps you understand other people and where they are coming from. It makes you more aware of your surroundings and yourself. You only have one body for the rest of your life so it is useful to learn how to look after it properly.’ Alicia


14 year olds 


‘It helps me understand myself, my strengths and weaknesses. School is quite a stressful place so it is useful to have a skill like this to help you.’ Anna


If I am nervous in a situation thinking forward and up helps me calm down. School is stressful for a lot of people so Alexander Technique helps stop that extra stress that comes when you hunch over. If you don’t learn it at high school when do you learn it? Primary school seems to young and by the time you leave school its almost too late, because if you have a habit now you’ve got that habit.’ Mika


‘Because school is most of our day and our interactions are mainly with people of our own age Alexander Technique is useful because it gives you a shared language that helps you feel more comfortable around people and if everyone is like that it creates a good feeling.  It is good having a strong yes or no. This helps you connect with people and have a better relationship. Teens minds are more malleable so influencing them with positive thinking is a really positive thing to do because it’s more likely to influence them and their relationships for the rest of their lives.’ Dom


‘It helps me feel comfortable in my own body and know why I should feel comfortable’ Lucy









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Alexander’s Story (a truly terrible verse)

ALEXANDER’S STORY (via a truly terrible verse)


This is the story of The Alexander Technique
Named after the founder. It’s fabulous! Unique!
Its extraordinary brilliance is worldwide recognised
Even applauded in the Nobel Prize


Alexander discovered a useful thing
For those who want to act, dance, sing
Ride a horse, swim, run, kick a ball
His technique will help you all!


Or just ‘To be more easily me!’
Alexander Technique will set you free
It’s simple to learn, to self apply
A skill to use from today ’til you die


This story I share is all about you
A two legged (tottering biped) I hope to renew
With knowledge and power and confident ease
A story of  freedom like the birds and the bees


So without any further ado
Let me introduce our teacher to you
Frederick Mathias Alexander, it would be his fate
To be in the hall of fame – those who made Australia great!


Our adventure begins across the sea
Our hero’s on stage ‘To be or not to be?’
But his comic shows of the English bard
In Oz were straining, speaking was hard


As he recited his voice got hoarse
He consulted the doctors, but just felt worse
‘We’ve looked, examined, we all agree
There’s nothing wrong in your throat to see!’


His neck was sore, his voice no more
His theatre dream becoming a chore!
They wrung their hands and said ‘Oh dear!
With you at the top of your acting career!’


‘This is no good, I’ll have to find
My own solution! I’ll use my mind
I’ve dealt with snakes and spiders wild
Rode young farm horses since a child

I don’t accept the doctor’s verdict
When up to now my voice has been perfect!’


He set up three way mirrors and saw
That as he spoke there was a flaw!
His head pulled back, his chest was raised
It made his voice sound weak and crazed!


He lost his tone when he talked like this
‘I must be seeing what doctors miss!’
A Eureka moment! Fate! Yippee
He’d found the mechanism to set man free!


It wasn’t hard, surprisingly easy
To feel so great, light and breezy
He’d leave Oz now and go and seek
His fortune in London with his technique


He’d spread the word, he’d write a book
And bit by bit the world would look
And say ‘Cor Blimey, what the heck
All I have to do is free my neck!’


‘My natural balance is just there
Walking, standing, I am light as air
No stress, no strain, no aching back
My natural rhythm’s back on track!’


But first a way to pay his trip
Across the Ocean on a ship
A hundred years ago or more
To sail from Oz to UK shore


‘What shall I do to make the course?
I know what, I’ll back a horse
I’ll bet on one that’s nice and free
And surely that will pay for me


If it moves with ease and grace
It’s bound to have a striding pace
Good carriage will show inner poise
‘Forward, forward – ATTABOY!’


Alexander London went
His passage paid, his money spent!
He made his way to the West End Theatre
To be a pioneering holistic teacher


Actors he taught, they paid his wage
He helped them free their breath on stage
And very soon his technique was known
Among the leading lights of town


Actors, writers, famous intellectuals
Said ‘Alexander you must go clinical
Doctor’s must be sensible
And adopt your amazing human principle!’


‘We are all excited to extol
The incredible virtues of your primary control!
Somehow Alexander, you’ve uncovered
What up to now has been undiscovered!


You’ve found the body’s guiding relation
That must be true for all creation!’
‘You’ve taught us how to be elastic
We really do now feel fantastic!’


But doctors are a sceptic lot
And though many loved him, others did not
They could not believe that it could be true
When he said – ‘Less is better than to do!’


And this is why the techniques still quite a hidden thing
Actors and musicians learn it, to better act or sing
Or those who may have hurt their back
Will find a teacher to get back on track


Dressage riders, that’s horse ballet
Or pupils of ‘The art of Swimming’, use it everyday
And a few cool schools teach the Alexander Technique
And find that kids learn better, a kind of thinking power peak!


So if you too want to learn with less stress and strain
Find it frustrating to try hard and end gain
Ache a bit, don’t feel quite right?
Find an Alexander teacher – there’s change in sight!



More Alexander Technique stuff –

The Daily Ease Colouring Book – purchase book

Body Magic – purchase download

Breathe – purchase download

Walking with your Horse – purchase download


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Is it useful learning Alexander Technique at School and if so, why?

Every now and then I check in with the school children I teach to find out what they are learning from Alexander Technique. Here are some answers from class –


‘It is useful learning Alexander Technique at school because it teaches me how to go from really hyper to really relaxed quickly. It helps me stay calm and not react. When I do sports and things it helps me not get aches and pains. It also keeps me calm for exams, because I can switch off nervousness and get focussed instead.’ Alisia, age 13


‘My mum’s started to say my posture is better and I notice in the mirror I am not slouching.’ Josie, age 13


‘It trains your mind whilst you are still learning so you can get into good habits while you are still young.’ Anna, age 13


‘It’s changing habits for the younger generation, so that they don’t inherit the previous generations flaws. It is good to start at a young age at high school because we then have guidance as to what will benefit you most, what is right for you, which makes it easier to live a day to day life.’ Josie, age 13


‘Alexander Technique helps you let go. It gives you another perspective. So it is not so stressful dealing with annoying people at school, or people who find you annoying.’ Josie, age 13


‘It slows everything down and helps you appreciate every second. You notice everything, all the senses and sounds. Maisie, age 14


‘School is stressful and when you do Alexander Technique it helps you remember how calm and open you can be.’  Esme, age 13


‘If you have done Alexander Technque in a room in the school and then you go back into it another time the room reminds you to feel calm. That is why it is good doing it in school.’ Josie, age 13


‘You feel more responsible for your body and you get the gist of how it works more. That makes you feel safer and more comfortable.’ Marie age 14


‘I find I concentrate more after Alexander Technique and stay focussed in class. I find  am kinder and nicer to people after doing Alexander Technique.’ Xander age 13


‘It is tiring and busy at school. Alexander Technique gives you half a period to put things into perspective and think about keeping yourself healthy. It doesn’t take long in Alexander Technique but it helps it make possible all the things we have to do. I get better results when I take a break and gather my thoughts.  Xander age 13


‘It helps you concentrate. It helps you learn a different way of learning.’ Mika, age 14


‘It’s fun learning about your body.’ Lucy, age 14


‘It teaches you awareness, it helps you pay attention and listen to your body and be in the moment. It helps you let go and unwind.’ Dominic, age 14


‘It makes me think about things I’ve never thought about before about my body. It makes me aware of myself which is useful because it makes me more interested in how I am.’ Stephanie, age 15


‘I think Alexander Technique helps you mentally and physically. For example, if you have aches – people don’t realise that it is yourself that is making it happen!

It makes you self aware with your interactions with other people and your interactions with yourself. It makes you strong minded or strong willed enough to stand your ground when you are confronted with people or situations that can be tricky or difficult to deal with, especially at school when there is the stress of peer pressure.’ Hannah, age 16


‘It helps me be less reactive. You become more open minded to new ideas and different ideas, rather than saying ‘no that won’t work.’ You don’t jump to conclusions as easily. Esme, age 13


‘It helps you be more comfortable with your decisions.’ Dominic, age 14


‘I helps with your confidence speaking to people, you look and feel more confident.’ Mika, age 15


‘When I open up my body, I open up my mind’ Xander, age 13


If you are interested in Alexander Technique for your children, here are two things that I have produced that may be of interest


Body Magic, audio download for semi supine

The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods, a colouring story book



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Alexander Technique Drawings

Page from The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Wood Colouring Book


I have been slowly working away creating images that hopefully express Alexander Technique in a fun way. A task that I find exceedingly challenging, but very engaging.


One teacher, who phoned to ask to use one of my cartoons to promote her work within the BBC, said ‘the Alexander Technique needs more images with a sharp wit like these.’ Amazing feedback!


Another teacher said I was wasting my time making art to promote our work!


An interesting difference of opinion.  I love Alexander Technique and how it can so simply and profoundly transform peoples lives. If I can do a wee bit to bring it into peoples field of attention via a cartoon or a verse or something else, yippee! To me that attempt is not a waste of time.


What do you think?


I plan to make more Alexander Technique inspired cartoons and drawings next year and I want to plant trees, to do my bit for this beautiful planet we live on!


This year I made an Alexander Technique inspired colouring story book for children and adults. All profits will be used to plant trees.The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods,  link here!


It is the sort of thing as a child I know I would have loved, and I think would have given me a ‘heads up’ on some useful thinking …



‘Hedgehog – Feeling a Bit Prickly!’

detail from ‘The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods’


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‘News – Skeleton Slumps at Screen!’

FB logo for The Daily Ease – Alexander Technique.



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It’s all about the words …

I was showing my Alexander Technique colouring books to one of the teenagers I teach yesterday, who totally got what it was all about …


‘I get this’, she said ‘Those adults who do colouring to destress, actually need the words and understanding of what to think as they are colouring in. This is a really good idea, you get to have something to think about. You get to learn about Alexander Technique through the words and different animal characters.’


I drove home thinking that she is right. The words are actually the most important part of this colouring book. Making a colouring book is simply a vehicle for some AT wisdom.


And so to add another anecdote….


My friend was staying over the weekend and couldn’t understand why I had to go to the Post office straight away to post a colouring book.


‘Why the hurry, it is not as though it is a legal document’, she quipped!
‘No, it is more important, it is a transformational document!’ I quipped straight back. For once I had a perfect reply!



To find out more Click HERE for The Daily Ease A Walk in the Woods Colouring Book. For adults and children.


All profits will be used to plant trees. Free postage in the UK. Please email me for international postage.



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The Giraffe

The Giraffe by Kirsten Harris


‘You’re having a laugh’ said the baby giraffe
‘If you think I’m going up there!
I’ve no head for heights, they give me a fright
I don’t want to be tall, it’s not fair!’


‘Your thinking’s absurd’ twittered the bird
Looping high fives in the air
‘Forward! Up to the zone, for a confident home
Think up, planet up, it’s a dare!’


‘I’m shy’ he replied ‘I’ve no time for the sky
It’s odd and it’s weird being me
I’ll slump and I’ll slouch, it won’t hurt much … Oh ouch!
My neck doesn’t feel very free!’


‘Structure your bones like a house’, said the mouse
‘To balance your head without care
Free your neck in your mind. Think up, you will find
You’re giraffey not mousey –  so there!’


The thing that is strange is how it is arranged
The giraffe, the wee mouse, even me:
Seven bones in the neck, yes the same – what the heck …
Am I human or mouse? Which is me?


(Think I’ll be a giraffe!)



I’ve painted giraffes many times since this amazing encounter in Botswana 20 years ago. I had the idea then to write something Alexander Technique inspired about a giraffe. It has only taken  twenty years for the idea to be born in this verse. Hope you like it. I want to do a better illustration next.



The Light by Kirsten Harris, Oil on Canvas, 110 x 110 cm Sold


Something else you might like –  HERE is a link to an Alexander Technique colouring book. Each double page spread has AT inspired prose and a drawing to colour … for anyone who wants to share or learn AT in an easy, different way …

The Daily Ease, A Walk in the Woods Colouring Book


What people are saying – “Within the words and magical illustrations are lots of wonderful reminders of the wisdom and teachings of the Alexander Technique and how they can be so easily incorporated into our daily life to bring us ease and flow.” Sally, Scotland






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The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods

It’s finally here –  The Daily Ease colouring book. Inspired by walking in the woods with my dog Maisie – this is Alexander Technique passionista meets nature lover meets eco warrior meets tree hugger meets creativity encourager


For children and adults alike.


Interwoven with the drawings and writing are lots of Alexander Technique concepts and inspirations, hopefully presented in an easily absorbed way to make you smile


Here is a sample page …




A link to buy the book here –  The Daily Ease A Walk in the Woods

Written with love, all profits from this book will be used to plant trees here in Scotland


What people are saying –

‘This is more than a colouring book, it is a delightful, gentle, joyous book of wisdom for all ages.’

‘Within the words and magical illustrations are lots of wonderful reminders of the wisdom and teachings of the Alexander Technique and how they can be so easily incorporated into our daily lives to bring us ease and flow.’

‘Kirsten’s book combines her wonderful warmth and humour with her gift for art, love of nature and passion for the Alexander Teachings in a way that is accessible for everyone.’


Do email me if you have any questions

Discounts available for quantity purchases (email me)

To post abroad please again email me as I will need to add postage

Free postage in the UK


I hope you enjoy The Daily Ease A Walk in the Woods




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Tongue Tied
by Kirsten Harris


Here’s a funny little question
That left unchecked will cause congestion
Let me ask you, ‘Where’s your tongue?’
Clamped to mouth’s roof you’ll be high strung!


It’s best to let your tongue go south
Resting in your lower mouth!
If yours is held and pressed up tight
You will never feel quite right!


Tongue Up’s part of the startle pattern
Best let it loose in the oral cavern
If it’s up, you’re stuck in fear
Let it rest! I hope that’s clear?


Up tongue’s reacting from a fright
Neck, shoulders, back become too tight
Horrid habit! Be aware
Down with tongues to clear the air


The tongue up habit clamps your jaw
At night your teeth you may well gnaw!
Your neck will tighten, your face will fix
This grimace habit is best to nix


Your shoulders seize, that clamps your lungs
All from an up held uptight tongue!
Tongue tied to the roof right now dispense
Immediately you’ll feel less tense


Just rest it in a ‘low jaw’ place
Think a smile and feel the space
Your tongue will widen when you smile
Your face will soften in a while


Breathing opens, energy increases
What do you notice when your tongue releases?
It may at first feel big, weird and wet …
Have you got the message yet?


The world will feel a better place
When tongue’s at rest in smiling face
Ask your friends ‘where is your tongue’
To change the habit is good fun



Growl now if you’re a stress puppy?
I bet you’re habit is tongue ‘uppy!’
Family rows, disputes and fights?
Perhaps the family tongues not right


You’ll see it when friends thinking’s grim
Tongue up, jaw locked, tension within
‘Psychic glimpse’ of things not right?
Friends minds you’ll ‘read’ with this stress insight


The good news: things will change right now
With this wee gem of tongue know how
So down with tongues! You’ve heard me right
The tongue up habit’s just uptight!



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‘Doing Alexander Technique at School is Legendary!’

‘Doing Alexander Technique at school is legendary and you’re a legend Miss!’

Or so I was informed by a seventeen year old at the high school where I teach Alexander Technique yesterday!

‘Oh, that sounds good! Is it? No-one has ever called me that, in fact I am not entirely sure I know what legendary and being a legend means. We didn’t use that expression when I was at school.’


‘It is very good Miss, not everyone is a legend!’ (They proceeded to tell me which teachers were legends and which were not, but that is classified information!)


So here is the definition of why doing Alexander Technique at school is legendary from a  group of high school students in Scotland  –


‘A legend is laid back, cool, understands people, treats everyone equally and is confident but not cocky.’

‘A legend doesn’t make people feel bad about themselves.’

‘If you persist with Alexander Technique it helps you to become more of a legend as you treat people with more understanding. You notice things about other people that you wouldn’t notice before which makes you more understanding and able to relate to others which makes you more of a legend.’

‘You have to be in a group of people to establish whether someone is a legend.’

‘Having Alexander Technique body awareness allows you to be more individual and you don’t care what other think. Legends don’t care what others think, and often have some  quirky personality trait or thing that makes them stand out.’

‘Taking innovative, creative, fun time to do Alexander Technique is legendary. A legend would do that.’

‘A legend is kind, and does kind things for others.’

‘You are not necessarily a legend in everyone’s eyes.’

‘Doing Alexander Technique at school sets you apart from other people because it is distinctive and not mainstream. People don’t know what it is and that is legendary. Yoga is like Starbucks, it is mainstream of the health industry – like a caramel frappuccino. Alexander Technique is legendary, like a quadruple espresso, getting you high on life!’


So now you know  – Alexander Technique is legendary!


I love my job!

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Things you might like

Body Magic, audio download for semi supine, as pictured – CLICK HERE

An Alexander Technique inspired colouring story book – CLICK HERE

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‘It’s the Jeremy Kyle Show Miss!’

‘This class of Alexander Technique is like being on the Jeremy Kyle Show Miss!’


Two separate groups of children spontaneously likened Alexander Technique to being on the Jeremy Kyle show at school this week.
A hilarious observation with a good point!


Why did they liken learning AT at school to the Jeremy Kyle Show? Because I was teaching them to really listen to each other. To stop habitually reacting and competing and give each other a chance to speak. Harder than it may sound.


They are bright children, all specialist musicians.
However there was a distinct lack of listening skills.
They were engaging in ‘I am right and you are wrong’ tit for tats, and telling each other off in a rather ‘parental manner’ rather than listening to each other.
Result – frustration … tight necks …


Reactive escalations with their characters and habitual relationships to each other getting in the way of constructive learning from each other, or me for that matter! They all have good personalities individually but were definitely annoying each other as a group.


Listening skills required … they are musicians in the making after all. Working in harmony is essential.


We worked on not interrupting, pausing, waiting, inhibiting, listening actively, giving each other space and time to be free to speak and to feel heard …
As an adult it is a good exercise in self awareness too – teaching a class of unruly kids who are falling out with each other!


The improvement in the atmosphere, quality of interchange and general ease in the room from thinking about listening resulted in the quip ‘Learning Alexander Technique is like being on the Jeremy Kyle show, Miss!’


Maybe dodgy day time reality television has its uses after all!

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(For non UK readers, the TV show referred to invites people to resolve their differences on air, usually resulting in a lot of shouting!)


Things you may like

Body Magic audio – here

A Walk in the Woods Colouring Story Book – here

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The Naughty Step!


I had to share this insight from a teenager …..


Yesterday, during a constructive rest session requested by one of the teenage boys at the high school where I teach Alexander Technique, 17 year old Harry quipped-


‘Semi-supine is like a productive version of the naughty step!

When I was little I would be made to sit on the naughty step … I was always all hunched up, elbows on my knee, in a rage … ‘


‘Lying down doing Alexander Technique is giving me time out to think about what I have done during the day, the bad decisions I have made and let them go. Yup, it is like the productive version of the naughty step!’


He continued –


‘I have had some great epiphanies in semi-supine – like where I have been going wrong and just by taking time out I get an idea about how to do it and when I go back to it it works … like learning a difficult piece on the guitar, suddenly I can do it… You wouldn’t think time out this way would be productive, but it really is!’


Out of the mouth of babes!

Constructive rest – the productive naughty step!


Here is a link to a constructive rest download – enjoy time out on the ‘productive naughty step!’ CLICK NOW







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A Walk in the Woods


A walk in the woods

Awakening the senses

Stirring the imagination….


Carved onto a branch where wise owl patiently sits, are the words –


‘Thinking up is a cosmic skill, up up direct your mind

Your light body will expand, freedom too you find

Forward and up thinking, a direction just to be

Much easier to fly in a body that is free’


Owl is poised ready to fly silently into the night at a moments notice

He has choice

He is the observer and the observed

Master of inner and outer worlds


The branch is old but it is sprouting new leaves

The wisdom is ancient and timeless…


On a leaf a mouse is meditating … up up up to the big up …the cosmic up … up there!

He feels fantastic



A little mouse balancing on a big delicate shimmering leaf

Contemplating the vastness of it all



It might all seem a bit batty but who cares

Lets fly

Crazy bat

Be yourself

Accept yourself and all your battiness

Fly in the day

Fly in the night

Non conformity with all its bat whirls and twirls and swirls suits you

Be you


The spider weaves his web and connects us all

How lucky we are to have creative spider and his world wide web…


Another mouse eases on a branch in semi supine lighting his body with direction

Lightening his load

Whilst badger efforts his way over the branch…


What are you doing Mr Badger?


Could you find another way?


Two mice meditate, watched by a hedgehog

Today Miss Hedgehog hasn’t quite learned to let go

She is feeling a bit prickly

But definitely curious that there IS another way


Learning from the example of the calm, balanced, meditating mice

She contemplates her defences

Hmmm, interesting!


Golden leaves fall around the meditating mice, they see the abundance of it all

A pink moon is held within a dandelion clock


The bracken fronds remind us that all movement and growth spirals…spiralling dancing relationships


Mr Fox has been out running rings and now, like all dogs, knows how to look after himself – master of rest after activity and a master of active rest…

A comfortable, warm place for an afternoon snooze

Siesta time, dreaming time, to wake inspired ready to play…

Clever fox!



This image is from 2017 Calendar – The Daily Ease

A poem, an illustration and a quote about the Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique for every day as a talking point with friends, students, children….

Available to buy Click HERE





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Game of Bones 2 – The Board Game

Game of Bones 2 – The Board Game






Here are some insights about the spine, in a fun discussion with high school children (12 – 14 years) as to what an Alexander Technique board game, might look like!


Me – Why is Alexander Technique a game of bones?

After a game of moans about the pun, this is what they came up with –


‘Because you can’t play a game without instructions’

‘You need to know about your bones’


We had a plastic spine and a single vertebrae in front of us as inspiration and a talking point


The children continued to describe the two clearly different looking sides of the vertebrae – (see earlier blog Game of Bones)


‘calm and complex’

‘bubbly and grumpy’

‘soft and weird’

‘simple and complex’

‘solid and all over the place’

‘heart like and evil mouse’


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Game of Bones – ideas for an Alexander Technique board game


‘Can be played by Age 8 – 88 years’


‘The game has to start at the atlanto occipital joint’


‘One of the Rules to play is you have to think Forward and Up, if you slump there are penalties’


‘When you throw the dice you have to be careful not to land on the nerve bearing side of the spine’ (She actually said ‘the evil mouse side of spine’)


‘There are more boring rules you have to follow down the complex side of the spine if you stay in the calm side you can do what you like’


‘You get some helpful cards’


‘Whispered Ah’s – They are get out of jail free cards’


‘You get ‘Let your neck be free cards’ if you fall into any stress’

‘You get x amount of Let your neck be free cards to escape stress’


‘Free parking is semi supine’


‘You get extra points or free neck cards if you land at the atlanto-occipital joint’


‘You have to keep moving’


‘Aim to get all the way down the spine without landing on the nerve bearing side of spine’


‘Penalty for landing – you get tasered by your nervous system!’


‘Yeah, you could have a taser and actually taser people to put them off slumping for life! Well maybe not miss, but you know what I mean, back pain is really painful my dad has had a slipped disc.’


‘Penalties are things like pain, slipped discs, life long problems! ‘


‘If you fall into stress side of spine, you go to jail!’


‘You have power cards, you have to be careful not to give them away when you are stressed’


‘Each vertebra is asking a question’


‘You are exploring the bones as you play’


‘The questions on the calm side are easy but really difficult on the complex side’


You have to be careful not to get stressed if you get a difficult question.’


‘You can use a whispered ah card or let your neck be free card to pass on a difficult question’


‘Some of the questions you have to do nothing. The questioner is trying to trick you. Really, doing nothing is actually very hard’


‘If you get too many pain cards and you are OUT!’


‘Slumping the game gets harder!’


‘The Game of Bones is not so much a game – more of an experience’


‘Miss, you could make your fortune with this game! Can we have a cut?’


This was short but fun discussion.

I felt that the children’s ideas not only revealed that they understood much about AT but were also able to be creative with what they know and find the bones of an imaginative board game.


I hope that by engaging the imagination in fun and memorable ways that AT remains a useful life skill for them through school and into adulthood.




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Bone Up!

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Bone Up!


Kirsten Harris


‘Bare bones of matter, skeleton insight –

Spaced joints, mobile, long, supporting, freely upright!

Strong ‘Architect’ designed skeleton, not a bony wrecked fright

Haunted by creaking by day and by night!


One hundred years… I will regenerate ten skeleton bloody and white

Walking with your skeleton keeps bones strong, alright!’




‘Bone up on your anatomy’,  the little mouse advises….

He is having a light bulb moment…

It is a good idea to know your bones!

He is studying Alexander Technique!


The skeleton, universal man, is influenced by space, up flow, earth, gravity, time…


The human lies in bed, haunted by ghosts…awake… the past intrudes… worries… fears….aching bones…. she is not comfortable in her bed.

She should be warm and cosy but she is scrunched up….no ease here!


Under the bed a little mouse lies in semi supine…

He is saying – don’t lie there in pain missus –  lie in constructive rest, let go…

Visualise your skeleton…

Let it space out…

As you space out…


The dog is blissed out on his back. Happy dog! Body Aware pup.



Image and words form The Daily Ease 2017 calendar.

To buy a copy of this fun calendar and teaching aid  CLICK HERE

Alexander Technique wisdom for children and adults alike!



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The Giraffe

The Giraffe

by Kirsten Harris


Like us, giraffe have seven vertebrae in the neck.

I find this fact fascinating.

Graceful, long necked, elegant, beautiful, crazy giraffe – your design is much like mine.


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‘You’re having a laugh,’ said the baby giraffe

‘If you think I’m going up there!

I’ve no head for heights

They give me a fright

I don’t want to be tall, it’s not fair!’


This image and verse is about self acceptance – the power of thinking up!


The baby giraffe hides shyly between his mother’s legs…

But hiding is not working…little messages are coming up from the ground…

‘man up’

‘up, up, up’

‘go up in the world’

‘choose up’

‘take me up’….


The little mice are comfortably nice…


I teach Alexander Technique to high school children, age 12 – 18


I want them to have a confident self image no matter what size they are…

Teaching children the power of up is a joy! I am teaching how to make a powerful choice.


Up they think and up they go…

Finding confidence, inner strength, ease, poise, laughter, happiness, lightness, feeling more themselves…

Little ones discover they are ‘less of a pushover’ than bigger kids with no understanding of the power of up…’Wow, thinking up gives you superhuman powers, miss!’ they report. Happy me! Another young person who loves the Alexander Technique as much as I do!

Tall gangly teens (me at school) start enjoying  their full height…

Being themselves without resistance and fear…

Unlimited potential….

Fearlessly up…

A valuable tool for life…. up, up, up, think up!

‘Why doesn’t everyone at school learn the Alexander Technique?’ The children constantly ask me….


This daft illustration reminds us that we have a daily easy choice …up

It’s easy to think up!

The bird words move the giraffes long back up, singing – ‘big it up!’



Illustration and verse from The Daily Ease 2017 Calendar

To see more or buy the Daily Ease 2017 Calendar CLICK HERE

A bit of Alexander Technique fun for your teaching room….

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65 Life Lessons from My Dog

65 Life Lessons from My Dog

by Kirsten Harris


1. Have a good stretch and yawn first thing in the morning. It feels great.


2. If there is a human being about lie on your back and get your tummy tickled. Tickling is happy.


3. Morning grooming sessions make you feel good for the day. Nobody likes a smelly dog.

Especially look after your feet. You can’t walk without them.


5. Eat your food with gusto and pure pleasure.


6. Drink plenty of water.


7. Be totally delighted to see your friends. Greet them with enthusiasm and joy.


8. Be fascinated by the sights, sounds and smells around you. The best things in life really are free.


9. Playing or going for a walk with someone is better than on your own. Run for Fun.


10. If you need to howl. Do it!


11. Smile and wag your tail a lot, it will keep your back free. Dance like a dog everyday.


12. It is OK to have a snooze in the day time. Dogs loves it when you lie on the floor. Be more dog and rest inbetween activity. It’s good for your back.


13. Get some training. Practise makes perfect. Being skilled is pure pleasure for you and the people around you.


14. It is possible to be totally relaxed and alert at the same time. Alexander Technique’s constructive rest (semi-supine) is the human equivalent of your dog sleeping with one eye open.


15. Worry Less. Muddy floors can be cleaned. Enjoy getting muddy feet in the first place.


16. Dont compare yourself with the other bitches! Be accepting.


17. It feels good to give and get strokes from others. Give and receive praise.


18. Make yourself pant breathlessly from having fun in the world at least once a day.


19. ‘NO!’  is a really important word. Use it.


20. Go outside several times a day to refresh yourself.


21 Have boundaries. Your space is your space, protect it from invaders.


22. Don’t pick fights. Stand up for yourself if necessary. Don’t cower, but exiting fast or going around something to avoid confrontation is often the best strategy. Fighting doesn’t occur if you know how to look after yourself.


23. Commitment brings joy.


24. Trust your instincts.


25. Everyday is an adventure. Going on trips is an adventure. Trust the unknown. Dogs never know what you have planned.


26. Ball games are fun.


27. Have a sense of humour and be a bit naughty sometimes.


28. Bugs, flies, moths and bees are fascinating.


29. Staying a dancing hands length away from being captured is a good game.


30. Have your own space, where you find peace and ease.


31. Sofas are great but sometimes it really is more comfortable to lie on the floor. Rolling around on the floor is really really good too.


32.  Different dogs have different energy levels and personalities. They are all loveable. Accept yourself.


33. Develop your listening skills.


34. Sitting at someone else’s feet is a mark of respect.


35 Be aware.


36. A little treat for a job well done makes life flow and brings happiness and joy.


37. Keep a little treat ‘up your sleeve’ at all times, you never know when you might need a reward.


38 Be loyal and honest. Dogs don’t lie.


39 A good companion and friend is the best thing in the world.


40. Walking everyday keeps you in good shape.


41. Some humans make better leaders than others and get more respect.


42. Slippers are great.


43. Toys that squeak must be destroyed as fast as possible.


44 It is important to respect cows, sheep and horses, but it is OK to chase crows out of the garden.


45 Some ‘cats’ are weird and need assessing before approaching.


46. Humans are a bit slow and clumsy but are generally nice and like to be loved


47. Humans that spend too long on the computer are boring and missing out on great opportunities for adventures and walks.


48. Humans don’t like arse licking.


49 Don’t chase cars.


50. Always look for the most comfortable place to sit. Sit nicely.


51 Find a favourite relaxation spot outside to watch the world go by.


52. Dogs are happy when you are happy. Be happy


53 The countryside is freer than the city.


54. You can communicate with everyone, even if you don’t speak the same language. Be friendly to strangers.


55. Don’t hurt people. People don’t like being bitten.


56. Don’t steal other people’s stuff. Slippers are fair game!


57. Trust people unless they hurt you. Then refuse to go near them.


58. Breathe out deeply with contented pleasure when letting go into rest.


59. Explore your surroundings with new eyes and enthusiasm everyday. It is full of wonder and delight.


60. Respect the environment. Don’t ‘shit’ in someone else’s paradise. If you do, clear up the mess.


61. It is possible to be poised in activity. The eyes lead the body follows, watch a dog catch a ball, it will teach you how the body is co-ordinated.


62. It is OK to drop the ball.


63. Don’t worry. If you think it’s a dog’s life, be more dog.


64. Get messy. Use your body. Explore. Get your feet wet. Run into the sea. Dig in the earth. Enjoy Life.


65. Love is unconditional.


(65 Life Lessons from my Dog – copyright Kirsten Harris July 2016)


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I Feel Like I am Floating

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Taking the time

To lie in semi supine

Is good for my spine

And helps me feel fine


17 minutes of time

On the floor is sublime

Let go to align

My bodies design


Think into my outline

Contemplate widening from my centreline

Radiating inner sunshine

To find balance’s forward and upward refine


Intelligent as Einstein

As refreshing as wine

Rejuvenating the discs of my spine

And it doesn’t cost me a dime


Alexander Technique semi supine

Easy DIY self care guideline

Release holding my lifeline

It’s quite simply divine!


The drawing is from the  2017 Daily Ease Calendar Available to pre-order now.

A fun reminder to bring Alexander Technique into your daily life every day.







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