A personal note. It has been a while since I published my last post and I would like you to know why. The Alexander world — at least, the part of the Alexander world that I inhabit — has been shaken by the sudden, incomprehensible loss of an extraordinary man. My teacher, my mentor, my… Continue reading The primacy of thinking
Alexander vs. the ‘mainstream’ – part 3(a) In the last post we saw Alexander’s list of fixed ideas that need to be eradicated before a student can learn his work. One of the items on that list is our subject for today. …fixed ideas in regard to the necessity for concentration, if success is to… Continue reading Beware concentration (so-called)
Alexander’s new toy. In most conventional Alexander Technique schools, you will encounter a concept known as “primary control”. This is a term that Alexander introduced into his teaching in the 1930’s and used extensively in his book The Use of The Self, published in 1932. The phrase also appears in a modified form in The… Continue reading What’s a “primary control” and why should I care?
It’s all movement I’m not sure how to break this to you, but you are moving. Right now, whatever you are doing, you are moving. Even if you think you are keeping perfectly still, you are moving. In fact, if you try to keep absolutely still, you achieve this apparently static condition by a combination… Continue reading It’s a movement!
It’s that story again In order to talk about the journey that we, as Alexander students, must take, I have to talk about the journey Alexander took. His first steps must be our first steps. The journey begins with a question. It’s actually quite a simple question. The problem is, if you don’t know how… Continue reading The question that begins the Alexander Technique