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

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This blog has about a hundred Alexander related posture and breathing tips. I started it in March 2010 and added a post every week for about two years. After that I slowed down and now I think I have stopped for a while. I hope you scroll down look around so that you can find some tips that you like. You can also receive one of these tips every week as an email if you join the Weekly Tip mailing list.  And if you are looking for new posts, check out the ones my students are writing on the Students’ Blog

Tip 95 – What’s Wrong with Crossing Your Legs?

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The important thing to remember here is that there is no Alexander Technique “position”  It all depends on how you do it.  Instead of using your legs to pull your body together, allow for some ease and oppeness.

And here are some more ideas on comfortable sitting:

Avoid Tipping Your Chair Forward

The Chair Is Your Legs

Reaching While Sitting

Improve Computer Posture

Leaning Back In a Chair

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Tip 94 – Rising from a Chair like Snow from a Bamboo Leaf

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A bus shelter window will have to do…

As you can tell, I was very excited when I saw the snow starting to move on the window of the bus shelter and couldn’t help thinking of Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. The falling snow is the essence of seamless movement that does not telegraph its intent. It is the same quality that allows the archer to release the bow without disturbing the arrow.

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Alexander Technique Tip 93 – How to Get Out of a Modern Chair

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The ideas in this video can work with any chair or couch that’s very deep or low.

More on Chairs

Video:  Avoid Tipping Your Chair Forward (This video is a particularly useful comment on Tip 93).

Video: How to Lean Back in a Chair

Video: The Chair Is Incidental

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Tip 92 – Avoid Tipping Your Chair Forward

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Reduce excess tension by avoiding tipping your chair forward.

More on Pulling Down

Avoid Pulling Down to Go Up

Point Your Spine when Bending Forward

Improve Computer Posture

Video – Improve Computer Posture

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Tip 91 – Climb Stairs More Efficiently with the Alexander Technique

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For easier, more efficient stair climbing, extend your moving leg all the way to the next step without lowering your body.

This is a link to a graphic tip on climbing stairs.

And here’s an old video I made on climbing stairs.

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Tip 90 – How to Rise from Lying on the Floor Using the Alexander Technique

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Alexander Technique students know that it’s a good idea to spend time lying down with a book under your head.  But when you are finished, how do you stand up?

More on Lying Down:

Lying Down Exercise I

Lying Down Exercise II

Proper Head Position

Point Your Spine

Find Your Hip Joints

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Tip 89 – How to Pick Up a Child

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How to Pick Up Your Child Using the Alexander Technique

Thanks to Rebecca Tuffey – www.rebeccatuffey.net

More ideas on bending:

Video: Think of Your Body as an Archer’s Bow

Video: When Bending, Keep Your Head Away from Your Heels

Video: Your Waist Is Not a Joint

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Tip 88 – How to Get Out of Bed Using the Alexander Technique

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Getting in and out of bed is easier when you allow for length and width.

Other things to do while getting in and out of bed:

Point Your Spine

Proper Head Position

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Tip 87 – Rounded Shoulders and the Alexander Technique

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Why you shouldn’t pull your shoulders back.

More on Your Shoulders:

Point Your Shoulders

Five Alexander Technique Links on Improving Rounded Shoulders

An Arch Made of Arches

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