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Space is the Place: Welcome to My New Blog!

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Welcome to my new blog! My teaching has evolved and changed so much over the last 30 years; I’ve decided to chronicle the progression of new ideas through a blog. Targeted for new and continuing students alike, please look for it on or near the first of each month  and be sure to Like my Facebook page here for the monthly post. Want to win a free lesson? I’m reinstating my monthly drawing to coincide with my new monthly blog. One winner a month will be drawn from anyone that (hasn’t won previously) writes a review on my Facebook (click here) page that month.

I’m hoping this SPACE can be a PLACE for playful exploration for us all together. I will use it to crystalize new ideas,  metaphors and analogies, and I invite you to use it as a springboard for self exploration. Each blog will touch on one aspect of my teaching from that month and will include steps to guide you through a series of experiments  — and so I dedicate this blog to the spirit of my new favorite quote — let the fun begin!

If you see it you might believe it.
If you hear it you might agree.
If you experience it you’ll know it.

So plan to take a little time each month to read this somewhere you can move around a bit – because exploration will lead to discovery! Of course, I always love questions and requests — feel free to reach out with a topic you’d like to see me address in next month’s post.

SPACE IS THE PLACE is inspired by the iconic Sun Ra, who created a fierce musical community   and world of sound  unlike any other. I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of creating learning communities, and how essential that is to the process of revealing our habits and exploring new options. Whether I’m teaching a private lesson, workshop or group class – or writing a blog – I’ve realized more and more the essential component that each of us must be engaged as a willing partner to observe, question, invite and support. Our old habits of judging can be rather strong, so building these new patterns can take time – and plenty of practice! So I invite you to explore and practice as often as you’d like – preferably with a sense of humor :-)

SPACE IS THE PLACE
People often come to Alexander teachers to fix their posture – a notion most AT teachers detest. But why? Mostly because we’ve learned that posture is a PLACE, a static, fixed picture. And the physiological truth is that we are dynamic creatures built to move!

Try it: wherever you are, introduce the notion of “fixing your posture”. What happens? Is your idea to try to make some sort of idealized “picture”? Do you experience yourself getting tighter? Do you hold your breath to fix your posture?

Now let’s try something else. First, let yourself soften into a little slump – gently. Next consider the SPACE your wonderfully 3-dimensional Self is occupying. Consider the notion that your skin is like a very large, uniquely shaped water balloon holding the quite squishy contents of you. 

Now ask a few questions:
How much SPACE is your “balloon” occupying? How far away is the top of me (head) from the bottom of me (feet)? How deep is my “balloon” in my torso? How wide is my container under my arms, across my hips and shoulders?

Now send some invitations:
My arms can take up as much SPACE as they’d like — one away from the other. My head can have all the SPACE it desires away from my tail. My whole Self can occupy the SPACE it needs.

Now check back in with yourself. Do you feel tighter or did you stop breathing  – or do you feel a bit lighter and more ready to move? Does aiming for a PLACE have the same result as exploring the SPACE you occupy?

Try this next time you feel the urge to fidget when you’ve been sitting or standing and become uncomfortable. Let the SPACE explorations begin!

 

 

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