The Alexander Technique of Syracuse offers private lessons and small group classes in the Alexander Technique. The hallmark of the technique is the relief of excess tension in sitting, standing, walking, bending, breathing, speaking and really (really!) just about any human activity. You learn to relieve and prevent pain. You reduce muscular tension and find […]
10. Comfort, making you strong.
9. Place, giving you a sense of the space you occupy.
8. Elasticity, an ability to widen and undo contraction.
7. Perspective, seeing yourself in relation to your environment.
6. Inspiration, each breath empowered by an idea.
5. Relativity, the knowledge that all that the senses report are comparative.
4. Opposition, the ability to give and receive support.
3. Engagement, the desire to reinvent the self in every moment.
2. Introspection, the ability to examine our motives.
1. Direction, the ability to tune the instrument of our selves.
Take an “Extended Exhalation” break:
Many of us know that deep breathing is good, but we often pay too high a price for those deep breaths.
- When you “take” a breath, the effort used to pull or suck in the air uses up much of the oxygen gained. The goal here is to extend your exhalation, prime the respiratory system, and lead to a reflexive inhalation. It is much more efficient to release stale air before bringing in the fresh rejuvenating air.
- On the exhalation, repeat la, la, la…silently, noiselessly until your exhale reaches a natural conclusion. The air comes out through the mouth; your jaw and tongue must be loose.
- At the end of the exhalation, close your lips and do nothing as you allow the air to return. This may take a while longer than you expect. Each breath will have a different length and a different tempo, just like every wave that laps the shore is unique.
- This practice may take many repetitions to seem natural. Over time it becomes a foundation for coordinated breathing, speaking and singing.
Here’s a quick tip from Kathryn Miranda, M. AmSAT of Alexander Technique of Syracuse
The “Move Everything in Five Minutes” break:
- Start with your head, tilting and rotating and circling, then move your jaw.
- Take 3 complete exhales, allowing the breath to return spontaneously after each exhalation.
- Move all four joints of the arm structure and the hand joints.
- Move the spine, bending forward, backward, to each side, spiraling, and twisting.
- Move the hip joint, knee, and ankle and the foot joints.
Kathryn Miranda, M. AmSAT, will be conducting a new workshop perfect especially for singers and actors.
In this introduction to the Alexander Technique, you will experience how the balance of your head on top of your spine influences your voice and breath.
- Suggested for those who use want to experience how the principles of the Alexander Technique and natural breathing coordination develop a beautiful sound.
- Especially for Singers, Actors, Media
Wednesday, September 24
6:00pm – 9:00PM
Saturday, September 27
1:00PM – 4:00PM
The workshop will be held at The Delavan Center
509 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, New York
Take the “Lie Down and Do Nothing” break:
- Lie down on a carpet or mat in semi-supine.
- For a ‘pillow’ use a small stack of books or a folded towel under your head.
- Your knees should be bent and your feet flat on the floor in a wide stance.
- Let your hands rest on your torso with your elbows resting on the carpet.
- Don’t let your mind wander too far or too long, keep coming to the present and open your senses to all that you feel.
- Allow yourself to be completely supported by the surface.
- Notice any place that feels held up off of that support and release with your breath and surrender to the force of gravity.