Mitä Alexander-tekniikan tunnilla tapahtuu

Alexander-tekniikan opiskelu antaa välineitä itsetuntemuksen parantamiseksi. Tavoitteena on oppia huomaamaan, kun käytät turhan paljon voimiasi tai otat liian rennosti. Alexander-tekniikka ei erottele kehoa ja mieltä, vaan opettaja kiinnittää huomiota oppilaan kokonaisvaltaiseen hyvinvointiin. Alexander-tekniikan avulla voit oppia tiedostamaan ja muuttamaan tottumuksia,… Continue Reading

(English) Ashtanga yoga and the Alexander Technique

(English) “THE EXPERIENCE YOU WANT IS IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING IT…”
An Alexander Teacher’s reflections on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the tradition
of Pattabhi Jois
In this essay I describe how to teach the basics of the Alexander Technique in a way that would be
approachable to a student of ashtanga yoga. Yoga, especially ashtanga, has become a popular
pastime (Singleton, 2010, p.211) and my questioning of the teachers of the Alexander Teacher
Training School reflected that popularity. All of them told, they had pupils who were involved with
yoga, while some had negative experiences of working with yoga teachers. I will point out
similarities and differences between the two disciplines, with a purpose of providing tools of
communication to Alexander Teachers unfamiliar with the conventions of yoga.
In 1997 I started to practise yoga while training as a clarinettist, and took on ashtanga and the
Alexander Technique almost simultaneously in 2003. Alexander Technique and ashtanga seems to
be a challenging combination, prejudices prevailing in both disciplines. My approach to yoga is one
of practical exploration and I write here about the philosophy of yoga in a simple form that is easily
understandable for Alexander teachers. Writing this essay has demanded me to look carefully at my
yoga practice, in order to see how the principles of the Alexander Technique have become part of it. Continue Reading

(English) Bates and Alexander

In this essay I am going to compare the work of F.M. Alexander and William Bates, to see how they overlap and reinforce each others’. At first glance, the approaches seem to be quite different: a typical Alexander lesson includes some chair and table work, a Bates lesson some sunning and palming, visualization and other exercises. Continue Reading

Aktiivinen lepääminen

  Aktiivinen lepoasento on oikein käytettynä tehokas apu selän jumituksiin. Piirros: Hanne Klippel Asetu makaamaan selällesi jalkapohjat lattiaa vasten ja pää kirjapinon päällä. Tukeva alusta vapauttaa selkää tehokkaammin kuin pehmeä, sillä se antaa enemmän palautetta kehostasi. Pidä silmät auki. Anna… Continue Reading