13 Ways of Looking at Constructive Rest

Submitted by Ben Flanders http://spontaneouscoordination.drupalgardens.com/blog —  With apologies to Wallace Stevens. If you haven’t read his poem “Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird” go and do that right now. He makes ya think… http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174503 —  Constructive rest is not one thing. It can be different things to different people, and it can be different things to the same person on different days (or times of day, or moods or…well you get the idea.) Here are my humble thoughts on just a few ways to practice constructive rest. 1. Progressive Relaxation: start with the muscles around the eyes and the face, work your way down. Go as deep or shallow as you like. 2. Coordinated Breathing: rest one hand on your chest and one on your belly, notice where you tend to expand, and play with letting the movement of the breathing flow throughout your whole torso  (or chest, or ribs, or hips…) 3. Nap: Sometimes we’re just fried. Take a nap on the floor or a mat for 20 minutes. Set … Continue reading

Shakespeare’s AT Connection by Corrie Danieley

It was such a pleasure, honor, and incredible learning experience to have studied with Yehuda Kuperman in Cincinnati this past January. Yehuda spoke often of F. M. Alexander’s use of the word “Let” and how F. M. began all direction with this simple word, “Let”. Yehuda commented on how this word is not “Do” but rather “Be”. This reminded me of a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2 “We defy augury. There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what ist to leave betimes? Let be.“ In addition to the simplicity of the phrase “Let be.” I also enjoy this quote from an AT perspective as it reminds me how important and how beautiful inhibition is for the soul.  Along with being a Teaching Member of Alexander Technique … Continue reading

Spinal Awareness? by Ellen Bierhorst

I love studying the Alexander Technique with Yehuda Kuperman, whether in Israel (He is now back in his Jerusalem penthouse apartment), In Cincinnati, or at an ACGM — or at the 10th International Congress in Limerick, Ireland August 2015 — And Yehuda is always talking about the teacher’s ‘connection’ to the sky, to the forces of Nature all around, the invisible cords connecting him/her to the heavens and to the pupil.  When I think of this, and reach out my awareness it can feel sometimes like my spine is a sensory organ, picking up the connectedness, perhaps also beaming out the connectedness.  And when I spend a few moments in the morning thinking about this and feeling for it in my awareness, I always have, curiously, a much better day, graced with inner happiness.  … Continue reading