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Ki – How I Discovered Alexander Technique

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Ki

 

Here’s a girl, nick-name Ki

Yup, a verse, all about me

A teenager who slumped and slouched

Growled and groaned, and then BIG OUCH!

My back packed up, could take no more

Age 24, in pain on the floor

 

It happened quite out of the blue

While turning for paper on the loo

That little twist, the final straw

My slumped tight muscles finally swore

 

Muscle spasm, extreme pain

The doctor came, but nothing gained

The collar to hold my neck was thick

The pills he gave me made me sick

Puking with a neck in spasm

My brain to body, there was a chasm

 

One day, a visiting friend, an actor

Showed me what was the matter

‘At drama college we learned Alexander Technique

So simple, profound, amazing, unique’

 

‘Let me show you how to lie

Your head on books, knees to the sky …

Just rest … let your mind begin to go …

Into your body, let it flow … ‘

 

‘The pain is your body shouting ‘KI LISTEN!’

There is no need to stay in prison

For that is what your body’s become

You’re stuck in your head, it’s really quite dumb!’

 

From that moment I could see

That Alexander Technique was for me

‘Let it go!’ I’d found a key

To learn to let my neck be free

 

Opening my thinking as I go

Not to arrive or be perfect, just to flow

To let my life a journey unravel

As freely forward and up I can travel

Noticing habits that put me wrong

Like a clamped up, held tight tongue

 

I’ve learnt this technique bit by bit

And am still learning, come to think of it

For there is no destination, perfect or right

It’s a moving journey, travelling light!

 

That was 30 years ago and I still LOVE Alexander Technique. If you would like o find out more why not check out my download BODY MAGIC here. 2 x 25 minute lessons for semi supine aka constructive rest.

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Mind the Gap!

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Mind the gap!

What does that mean to you?

 

I have been thinking about the gap, that space between one phase and another.

A place to fall or a place to float?

Actors call it ‘resting’ or ‘taking time out.’

From an Alexander Technique perspective that is constructive, but often the space between things, the gap, is an uncomfortable place for folk.

 

‘Mind the gap!’ The announcer says as you board the train about to embark on your journey to your next destination, the next commitment.

‘Mind the gap!’ In other words don’t fall into the space between where you are and where you want to go – stretch your self a little and take a purposeful step forward and up and onto the train, into the flow of your next direction. Be aware there is a space that you can fall into and it can hurt.

 

Mind the gap …

Think about the space between things …

The space between you and another, you and the environment, your thoughts and your movement …

(In horsemanship it is called the float. Floating in water aka Art of Swimming reveals the space in amazing ways too.)

 

There is a big gap above your head, the big up, the up that is up there, the up that takes us up, the space that supports us and eases us … Do you mind that gap?

There is magic there!

 

Folk often fall into the gap when something finishes.

One thing ends another has not started, a gap, OMG what am I going to do next? Scary Mary!

Suddenly there is no distraction, no other to bounce off. What is left is Me!

Oh! Now what?

Oh, I am not happy ..

Oh, I don’t like this …

Oh, this is boring …

Oh, um I have nothing to do ..

I am lonely …

 

The gap is vulnerable and about vulnerability.

I believe consciously allowing the gap transforms vulnerability to strength …

Inner Strength

Psycho-physical strength

It is anatomical

It is Alexander Technique

It is art

It is perhaps The Art!

 

My musician friend and I talked about the gap as the space between the in breath and the out breath

The moment of nothing

The pause

Conscious intention … Breathe …Flow

One creative project finishes another has not started. Mind the gap. A breather. You have given out,  pause,  it will flow in again.

 

My spiritual healer friend talked about the gap as meaning

Remember to Ground And Protect

 

Translated thus – Remember (mind – air) to ground (earth) and protect (fire and water).

Remember earth, air fire and water.

Mind the gap – good plan for planet earth methinks!

Look after you and the earth! It is the only thing to do.

Be in your element in the elements.

 

Do you mind the gap daily – the space between the ground and the top of your head, do you mind where you are in space so you don’t just get pulled down into the gap, the slump?

Do you regularly take moments to just be in the nothing, a dot in the void expanding.

 

As an artist minding the gap is to be aware of the space between me and the canvas ..

Between the intention and the artwork …

Between the idea and the blog …

An unknown series of events flowing when I commit to the journey unfolding …

Good, surprising, exhilarating, disastrous …Who knows?

Commit and find out … allowing a gap, space in your life to create, the paintbrush taking you forward …

 

The gap is the space between you and me aka the relationship, the us.

Do we need someone else to fill the gap or can we allow space?

What is happening in the gap? Is it a sweet spot or toxic?

 

How do we bridge the gap individually, at one, our awareness keen to the known and the unknown?

There are always pitfalls … face the fear and jump … let go and let god … let go and let good …. the sayings are many.

 

Letting go in semi supine, consciously resting, allowing bridges of consciousness to build is profound.

Stopping this way lets magical amazing planet earth help us find psycho – physical unity, our unique at oneness.

 

So, your intuition is saying, mind the gap, and you don’t!?

 

Falling into the gap can be disastrous and painful.

We can have an expectation that someone else is going to support us, love us, stop us falling through the gap, and they let us down, intentionally so sometimes.

We thought that we were on the same train and they railroad us.

Our expectation and reality did not match. There is a gap.

The man falls into a hole story comes to mind. We will fall into the same hole more than once.

So what?!

We learn eventually to make another choice.

 

And if it is disastrous and hurts, then definitely mind the gap. Ground and protect. Semi supine and recalibrate. Breathe. Create lush space for you, no invaders. Don’t fall deeper into the hole with thoughts like ‘I am not good enough, worthy enough, talented enough, likeable enough, no one cares anyway …’

 

Planet Earth supports us if we let it! The gap closes. Time heals. Stopping is wonderful. Wait a while on the platform another train will come along. This time you have more awareness.

 

The gap then becomes a positive resting place between the action.

A place to look after ourselves.

A gap year, a gap second ….  a gap 20 minutes?

Mind the gap, a conscious constructive pause in which to think, intend, move forward, direct your thinking, ease into the space all around ….

Time to chose, time to change.

Time to say No for a while to all that chatter ‘n’ stuff.

You can’t change and stay the same.

So you consciously Mind the Gap instead.

 

The gap can be an uncomfortable place mentally and physically. Not just falling into the gap – trust is required to jump over the gap onto the train and into the new journey and trust is also required to find the way into our inner glorious space radiating too.

Our space on this fine earth is a vulnerable place, but it is also a magical space.

 

We fill our space with so much stuffy stuff maybe because we don’t want to feel the space, be in the unknown, listen to the mysterious, feel the enormity, so stuff feels better than the gap. Chatty chatty busy busy human doings bumping into each other and falling into holes all over the place. Not just being OK right here right now. Resting in respect and awe.

Ease the Day more regularly … a practise for life. It’s body magic.

A bit of time out to learn to fall onto the ground consciously …aha, softer landings.

Falling and floating.

 

Easing out in our own amazing body magical and enjoy finding and filling the gaps and spaces so that when tricky sticky life circumstances, verbal attacks, harsh words, unmet expectations arrive, which they will, our innate balance and understanding of ease stops us tripping and frightened, falling quite so painfully into the gap.BodyMagic_mobile

 

Transformation is available –  recalibrate and mind the gap …with conscious light, illuminating magic.

 

More Body Magic click here

 

 

 

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Horse Ease – Geeks, Gals and Gee Gee’s

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I am in heaven …

 

I am teaching Horse Ease – Lessons in the Alexander Technique to a group of gals who are passionate about horses and self knowledge.

 

Last night in our class I confessed to being a co-ordination geek!

By understanding how the anatomy of ‘me’ coordinates we become better riders. I am passionate about sharing this anatomical geekiness as our gee-gees love it when we are balanced and co-ordinated on their backs. We expect them to be balanced, are we?

 

I found myself in geek heaven as these amazing woman it turns out are also geeks. Willing to look deep inside at their own every day lives, habits and thinking patterns and see how these might effect their horses for better or for worse.

 

Last night we analysed two words – forward and stopping.

These are both horsy and Alexander Technique words.

What do these words mean to you?

 

Forward – Is it a conscious flowing easy dynamic direction for you or are you tipping forward, rushing forward?

Forward is a ‘power’ word in Alexander Technique.  Think in terms of finding your own horse power, your own dynamic poise and you are on the right tracks.

if you are interested in being a more skilful rider it is essential that you understand this word in depth. (I highly recommend you find an AT teacher!)

Is your horse balanced or on the forehand?

Is your horse barging forward or not going forward enough?

Are you scared to move forward on your horse? In life?

Are you rushing forward thinking about the future all the time, stuck and frustrated in your own habits or do you have a reliable co-ordination plan for working on yourself?

Do you rush forward in life paying little or no attention to how you get there or do you pay attention to your everyday movement knowing that it will effect your horse when you get on?

 

As we deeply analysed and experimented with the word forward the level of honesty and connection that the gals were making started to profoundly change their balance right there in front of my eyes. Aha moments and insight into how their way of going in life was mirrored in their riding.

 

Stopping – Is stopping (the halt)  a non thing to you, boring or just what you do when you are tired or is it active dynamic balance?
Is a stop constructive balance or just a chance to give the horse a break until you do something again?

Do you know how to find active dynamic balance in the stop?

Are you aware that movement is always present even when we are seemingly still?

Your body dangling freely under your head in active balance is an invitation for your horse to balance under you … Is stopping interesting to you? When we go deeply into the dynamic stop we find so much information and feedback. It becomes a conversation that your horse is willing to participate in.

 

A few thoughts for you to mull over …I hope it is helpful.

 

Forward and Up!

Kirsten

 

LINKS –

More on finding forward flow on your horse –  ‘Walking with you Horse’ media download on Alexander Technique and horsemanship click

 

More on Stopping – To find out more about Alexander Technique constructive dynamic rest click the link for ‘Body Magic’ here

 

 

 

 

 

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The Naughty Step!

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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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STOPPING – The Most Magical Gift of All!

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Do you know how to rest constructively?

To stop, once a day, and give yourself the best gift of all?

 

To simply, quickly and effectively LET GO for a short period of time, so that you can bounce back into action with restored energy and vitality…

There is an old wisdom – Less is more…

 

Animals do!

My dog will power nap, she is not asleep.
In fact she is entirely alert but in a resting state.

Her body completely inactive, but her ears and other senses still listening.

She amazes me that after a few minutes she is full of beans again.

 

It is a great skill to learn.

And the best gift you can give yourself.IMG_6847

‘Maise and Me – Zoned and Boned’

 

HERE IS A QUICK GUIDE TO STOPPING CONSTRUCTIVELY AND CONSCIOUSLY –

 

 

GUIDE TO BODY MAGIC –

 

  • Know there is an optimum way to stop and rest. Lie as shown in the pictures – head resting on books so your head is not pulled back, nor are you giving yourself a double chin, knees up, hands on ribcage.

 

  • This constructive rest position provides maximum support and minimum stress for working muscles to release.

 

  • Putting your legs up on the sofa with your bum as close to the sofa as possible,  back on the floor, works well too. Be Warm.

 

  • We all need a bit of support now and then – give it to your self. Stop and lie down on the floor!

 

  • Like the childs game ‘Dead Lions’ (which I loved as a kid -the only one I seemed to be good at!) your job is to NOT move for up to 17 minutes! Stay still physically, but activate your brain in a new way mentally. We are finding a way to BE ZONED!

 

  • Being Zoned allows lots of wonderful magical things to happen in your body -intervertebral discs rehydrate (you will be taller when you stand up) adrenalin leaves the body (you will be less stressed) and your mind and muscles have a chance to let go into length. To really find neutral. Your happy state!

 

  • Five minutes resting constructively is better than NO minutes. Little breaks. YAY!

 

  • How do you get into the zone? Like an artist using a brush stroke loaded with magical paint,  brush mind attention through your own system, your muscles, your shapes, the curves and breaths of your body.

 

  • This will encourage your muscles to release into your NATURAL LENGTHENED EASE STATE.  You cannot do something to make your muscles LET GO, but you can think into them to trigger a release….. It works, the more you practise the easier you get!

 

  • Let Constructive rest BE YOUR DAILY EASE…. it is Body Magic and the Best Gift you can give your self. Mind about your self!

 

  • Stopping is a great place to start to ease out just about any situation.

 

 

TO HELP YOU GET ZONED…

GIVE YOUR SELF THE MOST MAGICAL GIFT OF ALL…

CLICK THE LINK HERE – BODY MAGIC

 

Enjoy resting!

 

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‘I Feel like I am floating!’

 

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