Wishing, Willing and Fairy Tales

by Kate on March 9, 2014

Reading Walter Carrington’s “Thinking Aloud” again to remind me of his brilliant words and presence and thought I’d post an extract here :

“So long as we are alive, we are moving. We are, to a considerable extent, being carried. It’s very much up to us to see that we’re not carried in directions that we don’t want to be carried in.”

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A tight throat when singing and Lugano

by Kate on January 7, 2012

“Mummy, sometimes when I want to get the same note that everyone else is singing, I feel I can’t breathe and it hurts my throat”
My six year old daughter has a naturally low voice, as do I. I have increasingly noticed that the lack of flexibility in my voice that through the technique, I have begun to work on/play with, seems to be there in her. I watch her trying to get high notes and pulling her head back and getting frustrated and cross that the “sound” isn’t right. I try gently to talk to her about not pushing and keeping her throat soft and then we breathe a bit together….every step of the way I make it an experiment and try not to sound like a teacher. As a parent, I fret furiously about whether I have made the right decision to send her to a huge red brick state school where, despite having some wonderful teachers, a fantastic nurturing and non-pushy atmosphere (by default because the intake is so diverse, they simply don’t expect the same from everyone), they still spend large amounts of time squished together on the carpet in increasing states of boredom, looking up at the teacher and being told to “sit nicely” and listen! Argghhhh…
Once again, my mind turns wistfully to the Steiner system and I wonder if she would be better off. But my instinct when I went to visit a couple was that systems are systems and I do not want to indoctrinate her with any..I visited a few Steiner schools and felt it would be quite possible to have a far from “free” experience there. Depending on the teacher you get, of course. And then there’s the parents….
This was backed up at the Lugano conference when Tommy Thompson told an anecdote about deciding to send his daughter to a Steiner school and her coming back three days in saying “Don’t send me back there, it’s like a prison without bars…they won’t let me read”
My daughter shows little interest in reading and draws endlessly so perhaps for her it would be a good choice. But to make it, we would have to move house, jobs, and make life far more complicated and I wonder whether there is merit in being able to walk to school and be in your community.
And so it goes on. There is no nirvana. We can only do our best. Perhaps with this work that is the hardest lesson to learn.
To borrow from Tommy Thompson’s analogy – so busy trying to be the person we want to be, we do not allow ourselves to meet the person we are becoming.

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singing and the technique

December 22, 2011

I have been having some lessons with Pedro de Alcantara online. Firstly, it was amazing to see how teaching online can work. So much is communicated without words and even more so over Skype. In some ways Pedro not being able to hear me is helpful because my focus becomes entirely on playing with the […]

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A great new video about experiences of the Alexander Technique

July 3, 2010

Experience speaks – a well put together video with a diverse group of people and their experiences of having lessons. Lovely! The video is by Thomas Glen Cook, and I found it via Jamee Culbertson’s blogthealexanderway.com

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AND STILL I RISE

October 20, 2009

An unusual video to put on an Alexander Technique site. But what a woman! Maya Angelou reading her poem And Still I Rise

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Great Alexander Technique video from Vienna

September 16, 2009

I’ve just been sent this video from Vienna to add to my Alexander You tube clips collection. It’s a nice, gentle set of clips of various people talking about their experience of the technique.

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Alexander Technique YouTube

May 5, 2009

I’ve just added a page with links to Alexander Technique YouTube channels and videos. This is a short introduction to the technique by Marjorie Barstow, from AlexTech1940‘s YouTube channel. Marjorie Barstow was one of the first graduates of F. Matthias Alexander’s first training course. For more information about her: http://majoriebarstow.com

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Alexander Technique London teachers – Directory and Resources

April 16, 2009

I’ve created a Directory and started to add other Alexander Technique teachers in London.  At the moment, just to the Constructive Teaching Centre, where I trained, and to my friends Sara Solnick and Susanna Scouller (also in the sidebar) – plus a link to Hilary King in exchange for a listing on her site. I’ve […]

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London Alexander Technique – the blog

April 14, 2009

Welcome!  I’m setting up a blog so that I can jot down tidbits and notes about the work, about other Alexander Technique teachers in London, and any Alexander Technique videos, pictures and audio that I come across and want to share.  I’ll also note any changes and improvements I make to the site and the […]

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