12 – 18 year olds asked – What do you learn in Alexander Technique class? Amazing replies

I asked my 12 – 18 year old High School students what they thought they were learning in Alexander Technique classes. Here are there amazing replies.


– Observation of self and others

– Anatomy, functional, useful and practical

– A kind of X-ray vision, seeing the internal structure

– Balance, dynamic poise, co-ordination

– Letting go, noticing tension, noticing habits

– Improved performance

– Being able to move more freely

– Awareness, spatial and personal

– How thinking effects functioning and vice versa

– Time to think about what’s around you

– Enhanced sensory perception, increase in sensitivity

– Increased confidence

– Improved relationships with self and others

– How to stay calm in situations, stress relief

– How to deal with nerves

– Helps with relationships, can stay calm even if others are hyper

– The difference between doing and non-doing

– Listening skills, to your own body and to others

– Releasing held muscle, releasing stress

– Looking after yourself, knowing what is efficient body use

– Finding yourself, finding your individuality

– Teaching skills

– Mind into/over matter, less is more

– Learning control over body, using mind to get rid of habits

– Initiative

– Dynamic rest, releasing muscles into length and width

– Functional physics of being alive, gravity, forces and what you do with it once you know it. How to apply it

– Understanding what parts of body are weight bearing and what’s not

– Synchronising – with each other and self, interacting calmly

– Socialising and co-operation skills

– Looking after yourself, being able to ask for what you need

– Communication skills, working on self and communicating process with each other. Thinking about what you are doing and learning to communicate it.

– Developing imagination, discovery

– Accessing a dream state, an endless road, but still awake

– Using imagination to ease out

– Being able to switch off quickly

– Thinking about connecting you body with activity, instead of just your ‘to do’ list

– How to work on yourself

– How to let go of shoulders etc, and how to teach others to do it

– Easy interaction between people

– Stretch and Release

– Hand eye co-ordination

– Patience, pausing, taking time

– Awareness of timing, spatial timing

– How to stay calm in emotional situations

– The ability to breathe freely

– How to convey your perspective of things in life and listen to others

– How to be comfortable around other people

– Learning to be yourself

– Going with the flow

– Getting better at walking

– How thinking effects movement instantly

– Using the floor and gravity to let go, understanding weight

– Learning to ignore distractions/ stay in your own zone focus

– Kinaesthetic movement awareness

– How breathing can be inspirational. How to ‘kick start’ better breathing

– Enhanced performance skills

– Getting out of your own way




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