Leland Vall
Certified Instructor
Alexander Technique in New York City
Manhattan - Downtown and Midtown
Great Neck - Middle Neck Rd
leland@freeyourneck.com
917-239-6313

Alexander
Technique

A Tool For Transformation
Sitting Posture - Alexander Technique

Leland Vall
Certified Instructor
Alexander Technique in New York City
Manhattan - Multiple Locations
Great Neck - Middle Neck Rd
leland@freeyourneck.com
917-239-6313

Alexander
Technique

A Tool For Transformation
Sitting Posture - Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique Over Skype: Is Alexander a Thing to “Do”?

By Omid Bahramzadegan

When I first wanted to start writing posts, Leland was very clear that he didn’t want an advertisement and mentioned it more than once that he wanted me to point out things I like, along with the ones I don’t. That’s what I’m going to do today. My seventh session started out by me telling Leland about discoveries I had on my own. Leland thought he had led me astray, because I was talking about how I controlled my posture during the past week. After reassuring him that he hadn’t, I explained that I wanted to approach my posture both directly and indirectly. Many actors or runway models, control their posture at the beginning. Sometimes there’s not enough time to prepare. Leland had a convincing answer and said that poor posture was a response to a stimulus, which could be people or situations. He pointed out that the chair plays the role of a stimulus and we practice not reacting to it. He also says that habit lives in doing, and by not doing, habit can’t live. It’s true without a doubt, but how am I supposed to stop a habit when I don’t know what it is? Leland insists on looking at things in a different way, and it helps, but sometimes it can be very confusing. As usual, on the day after the session I kept hearing his voice in my head and felt some changes. While walking yesterday, I imagined that my feet and forehead were moving forward, away from each other vertically, and the rest of my body was a little behind, with the spine pointing up. It was great. All in all, I’m so grateful for having the opportunity of learning the Alexander Technique with Leland, but I wish I could meet him in person rather than over the Skype.

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1 Comment

  1. admin

    This post must be difficult to understand. I think it comes down to the problem that Alexander students want the trick, the answer, and the way to “do” it. Really though, it’s much easier than that because there really isn’t anything to do. Instead, Alexander is sort of a guide that helps you see more clearly what you are already doing and suggests that you can do less. It helps you to see how you are pulling your body down and then, as these activities become clear to you, suggests how you can make it easier and more open. Because you have to wait to see and understand, it can take longer than you want. I don’t think lessons over Skype makes too much of a difference for this issue. Everyone wants a trick.

    Leland

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