Mind/Body Connection

 

Improve Your Yoga, Pilates, Qigong, and Meditation Practices

The Alexander Technique offers an every-moment practice for greater self-awareness. It joins other practices like Tai-chi, yoga, meditation, contemplation, and others that help you learn the skill of presence. It is unique, however, because every posture and movement of the body throughout the day is a context for connecting your mind/body and practicing good body use. Many students are amazed at how their other practices toward presence improve rapidly, effortlessly, when they apply the Alexander Technique principles of Awareness, Inhibition, and Direction.

Being present, balanced, in the moment, centered, and poised are terms frequently used by Alexander students to express how they feel during and after a lesson. The teacher is critical to the experience because the second you step ‘out of the moment’ your teacher sees it, feels it, and reflects it immediately.

Learning the Alexander Technique is practicing how to be in the moment. It is taking a broader focus so that awareness of the self enhances awareness of the environment. It is learning how to connect awareness of self with whatever is happening. The aim is to return to the natural ease and poise of being alive which is our birthright.

“I originally sought the Alexander Technique as a method of
preventing knee injury so prevalent to tai chi martial artists. In the process of learning the Alexander Technique, I gained much, much more. With Sherry’s skillful guidance, depth of knowledge and healing touch, my practice of tai chi has improved tenfold. The Alexander Technique isn’t just about body mechanics, it is about cultivating a deep sense of personal awareness and presence that ultimately enhances ease of movement, balance of mind and body, and spiritual centeredness.”

—Eunice Cerezo

“Learning the Alexander Technique has been a wonderful support for my spiritual practice. The techniques are an assist to bring me into the present moment and experience the sensation of the body. When I find that my back is aching I know that I have given myself up to end-gaining or have been lost in the future or in the past. Disciplining myself to pause before doing something reinforces my efforts to stay in the here and now. Also, Sherry adjusted my meditation posture so that I can sit comfortably for as long as I want with no back strain.”

—Patricia Prendergast

Better Mind-Body Connection

“The Alexander Technique has helped me deal better with life by giving me tools and positive feedback to keep from running out of breath and losing my voice. In working with Sherry Berjeron, I gained confidence in carrying myself, and a better connection between mind and body. With the better mind-body connection, I utilize Alexander Technique tools much better and am open to my spiritual nature.”

—Janet Barnett, Coordinator, Technical Reference Center, CalTrans

The aim is to return to the natural ease and poise which were our rightful inheritance as a small child.

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