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  • Tip 69 – Video: When Walking, Lead with the Crown of Your Head

    23 Jul 2011


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    For improved walking, lead with the crown of your head instead of your chin or chest.

    This video about improved walking comes from Tip 25. Leading with your chin tends to push the neck forward. Leading with the crown of your head will help you feel less tense and you will walk more easily. The crown is the highest point on your head that is just behind your ears.

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    7 Responses to “Tip 69 – Video: When Walking, Lead with the Crown of Your Head”

    1. M. McCullough July 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

      I really love the tips. I have the book, The Secret to Using Your Body, and it’s a great book. But it’s very helpful to see the tips in a video format. Thanks, Leland.

    2. Leland Vall August 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

      Thanks M, and sorry for the late reply. It is my hope that people will use the manual and the tips together. They are very different but they compliment each other. The manual is a long, process oriented approach while the tips are a quick answer.

    3. chinnari February 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      while leading with crown beware of not lost connection with
      since, they works as a whole.

    4. Chinnari February 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      The ‘alexander respiration reeducation technique’ is not a sole property of artists,performers, athelets etc.

      It is the property of chronic patients,acute patients, poor people and for every body.

      Please dont separate the technique between the genaral people VS specific people

    5. Halah Alsewedy February 27, 2012 at 2:16 am #

      Leland , This is Halah , I am half Egyption half saudi ,I lived in Cincinnati-OH from 2004 -2007 , I had a hip replacement @2005 I joined the ALX- training course for two full years after my surgory, I still have one more year to go , then I had to come back home which is saudi , I have been taking lessons 14 years ago evrey time I travel , I went through a lot of pain after leaving cause I had no teatchers in th area to th extend I stopes practicing w/my self. Thank God I am much better now and I have been directing lately nd giving free lessons for my friends to put my self back in practice , it has made quite a deff- just reacently I joined th face book for the purpose of getting to knw new teachers like your self ,what really surprised me that I was thinking of the same idea nd I told Neil about ir before I left that I can attend some of the claccess on skype nd every body laghed then , now that I have found you ,dn your proposing the same ideas I dent sleep that night from happyness ,I was n a blast. The way you are offering the ALX-Tech. Is a very high class way tremendous dedication it showes how loving nd giving you are , May God Bless you for what you are doing nd lighten your path as much as you are trying to litghten it for others ,you are always in my prayers I would like to see you on skype soon once I fix mine, I feel you will be of great help to me , nd it will gv me a lot even though I am away of my training Again Thanx a lot for the lovely creative way of service you are providing the whole world You can e mail me at any time @ halsewedy@ yahoo.com looking forward to seeing you on skype

    6. Chinnari June 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      What is neck free?
      Ans@ the sensation of the neck f.m sensed with stimulus of walk sit, walk,bend etc.

      What is head forward and up?
      Ans@ not doing back and down of head with daily stimulus.

      What is back lengthen and widen?
      Ans@ where are the hip joints?
      Ans@just above the sitting bones at the front of the pelvis.

      The sensation f.m. Sensed with neck free and head forward and up and the back(torso) moves from the hip joints,
      leads the knees forward from the hip joints, is back(torso) lengthen and widen.

      No option, The poor PITY shoulder clavicle arms, settles at their resting position naturally .

      The f.m. Wishpered ah likes these directions.

      Is this correct?

    7. Chinnari July 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      Use the head


      With stimulus of sit,stand,walk,bend think of neck going back head going forward and up and back(torso) going back and up and knees going away from hips(torso) and base of the feet into the ground and shoulders going out to the side and arms lengthening ,’one after the other all together’ , DAILY.

      ‘BEWARE OF end-gain’.

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