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Why the Alexander Technique can be Likened to Farting!

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Apologies to the easily offended, but I am likening the Alexander Technique to farting in this blog. Call it British humour or bad humour, but a girls gotta amuse herself somehow! Anyway, I am not talking about bad smells or feeling embarrassed, I am talking about something that is entirely natural. Farting is natural. No one choses to fart or makes themselves fart, it just happens. Or as we say in Britain ‘Even the Queen farts!’

 

So, this blog is about natural freedom, the bodies natural abilities. The poise that Alexander Technique seeks is a natural state. A state of suspended animation a bit like floating in water. It is not something you do or make happen.

 

You can not hold onto water to float in it. You can’t grab at the water or put yourself into a posture to find buoyancy. You will drown if you do this. You have to let go. You have to trust. Let yourself breathe out. Allow. Let go and go for it. Float. Go with the flow. Know that the next breath will find you.

 

Poise is letting our predominantly watery bodies float in space, so that we are free to move and live with ease and balance. Poise is a natural state of being. Poise is as illusive as it is addictive! We happen upon it, and we lose it again. Poise is a life times adventure in being.

 

Too often for my liking the word posture is associated with the Alexander Technique. Truthfully I think it is a misleading and inaccurate word. Posture suggests a position, something you do and hold, somewhat forced. Posture is like grabbing at the water. That is never going to work. As soon as you try to hold onto water it’s essence will slip through your fingers. You are just left with wet hands, a surface experience of what is.

 

Why would Alexander Technique teachers be so passionate about this job with a strange name if we were teaching posture?  Boring!

 

We are seekers of something mysterious, eternal and natural – a freedom that is, in it’s essence, nothing. Like water, you can’t hold onto that freedom. This is why it is hard to explain the wonders of the Alexander Technique. It is why people say you have to experience it. Alexander Technique takes us closer to the mysteries of being. It is just one way to seek truth, a rather wonderful way.

 

You can’t really explain floating in water. You have to be in the water, be of the water. You have to find the state of mind – let go of fear of drowning, that allows you to let go and trust the water will support you. Trust that floating and moving in water or up into space on dry land is a natural state of being. Perhaps it really is letting go of a fear of death that allows us to live freely.

(Ah, the inadequacy of words! So much to say so hard to say it!)

 

So on that note, I will raise the tone and share a verse my late, much loved Uncle Ken of Worsall Farm in Wiltshire, used to say to us as children to make us laugh! This is best read in the broadest of broad Wiltshire accents –

 

‘Where ever you be

Let your farts go free

For the want of a fart

Was the death of me!’

 

     

OMG … Kirsten Harris, I can’t believe you wrote about farting!

 

 

 

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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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Try Mooing

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Try Mooing

I just did!..

 

Went for a walk with the dog, mooing!

A really good grounding sound

Made me smile

 

Moo to anchor the voice into the body

Moo to let go

Moo to make yourself happy

Moo to open your breathing

Moo to let go of all that horrible old stale air

Moo to activate the diaphragm

Moo to reenergise your blood

Moo to vibrate yourself into more energy!

Are you going to MOO TOO?

 

Go on be a silly cow and MOOOOOOOOO!

 

 

 

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Sometimes Life’s a Bit Complicated

Take it easy…

Sometimes life is just a bit complicated…

No need to get yourself in a tangle, in a pickle, worried…

You can figure it out…

Breathe…..

Moo if necessary!!!

 

 

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7 Excellent reasons to treat yourself to an Alexander Technique media download today

7 Reasons to listen to my popular audio downloads – Body Magic and Breathe

 

My two audio downloads have proved popular with my students as an aid learning the Alexander Technique.

 

7 reasons to treat yourself to a media download today.

 

1 – It’s easier to lie in semi supine and let go with someone guiding you through the directions of your body

2 – Listening brings you easily into the present moment where change occurs

3 – You have an Alexander Teacher at the press of play, for when you need a little help with a sore back, stress or just want to ease out. Take the Alexander Technique with you wherever you go.

4 – Repetition of listening develops the skills of letting go into your natural easy poise. You will want to press play over and over again….

5 – ‘Body Magic’ guides you through a magical inner journey, teaching you to think in a way that encourages your body to let go into it’s natural lengthening and widening free elastic state. You will feel easier and easier.BodyMagic_mobile

6 – Breathe teaches you how the breath influences your entire system. Understanding the anatomy of breathing we easily release into an expanded lengthening and widening state. Ahhhh, its as easy as breathing…Spiral_mobile

7 – And lastly because the Alexander Technique is a wonderful life skill that I sincerely believe everyone should learn. These two audio downloads will set you off on your Alexander Technique journey and support you if you are already a student of the Amazing Alexander Technique.

 

More information about audio downloads on my website www.kirstenharris.co.uk

Both approximately 50 minutes divided into two self contained lessons

 

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Hurry Up Habit!

Hurry Up! Hurry Up! Hurry Up!

HURRY UP!!!!!

 

Can you feel the pressure in the words?

Are you giving yourself hurry up instructions?

Is it really necessary?

Can you ease on your hurry up self talk today and ease up a little?

What happens when you do?

 

There’s no rush! What’s the hurry?

Where are you going so fast?

Does your breathing get shallow and short when you’re always in a hurry?

Does it make you feel stressed, anxious, under pressure?

 

How about stopping for a bit?

Just a little pause to reboot and upgrade!

 

The daily ease says lie in semi supine for 15 minutes…..

Slow down for a breather!

It might just speed you up…..

Now there’s a thing!

 

Breathe Media Download – Here to help you!

 

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Breathe Out x 3

3 slow smiling out breaths will free your breathing.

Couldn’t be easier than that!

 

Breathe Out…. allow the breath in

Breathe out……slowly slowly slowly……. allow the breath in

Breathe out….. gently sustained gentleness….. allow the breath in

 

Breathe

 

Lessons on Breathing available here. Invest in your breath! Invest in your life.

 

Or as the Zen saying goes

 

“Breathing is the door on which the door of life swings!’

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Spring Breath

Ahhhh another day on planet Earth, and so many wonderful sweet breaths to enjoy,
Bird song filled spring air flowing coolly in, warm air flowing out into the world, warmed by me.
Flow of breath through my springy free neck.

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Regeneration

Thinking about me is creative and regenerating!

 

I think I will lie down today and regenerate!
There is plenty of time for choosing restful regeneration amongst all my activity today!

 

REGENERATION!

What a great word!

The Dictionary definition is

 

– An act or the process of regenerating

– The state of being regenerated

– Spiritual renewal or revival

– Renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part or biological system after injury or as a normal process”

 

Semi supine is regenerating, it’s a position of mechanical advantage. Minimum stress and strain with maximum benefit.

It regenerates my energy, my intervertebral discs, my creativity… to name a few

 

My media download Breathe will definitely regenerate you….CLICK HERE to find out more

 

 

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