STARTS March 18th, 2021 Live Zoom Class or watch recording at your own time
Whole Self Alignment Course: Alexander STRETCH
Stretch, Relax, Realign
Do you stretch just to feel a stretch or do you stretch intelligently in order to slowly bring about whole body balance and alignment? How can you bring your Alexander ‘non-doing’ knowledge into a more ‘doing’ activity such as stretching or yoga?
In this class, we will be using relaxation and mindfulness techniques in order to calm the nervous system so that our fascia has a chance to release with the stretch. You will learn a sequence that you can use daily to slowly align your legs with your torso and arms while rejuvenating your mindbody. If you are a yogi, this practice will support your alignment experience within yoga postures. I see it as pre-requisite to a healthy yoga practice and have been doing this routine myself before every yoga class I take. This has helped me to prevent injury and support me in utilizing every yoga posture to benefit my whole self alignment. Like the last class, we will start from the feet up- which means many of the stretches will be resting on our backs! Ahhh! 🙂
I’ve put in stretches that I’ve been using that really work with foot to leg alignment and thus tie in to expand on the previous Feet Course. (Feet Course available for viewing on demand-contact me to get started) Using your gift of vision and awareness, I will guide you through looking at your habitual stretch tendencies and possible misalignment areas and allowing integrative alignment in every stretch. Relaxing the nervous system which is tied to the fascia, is a big part of Alexander practice, thus this class will give the space for that.
For those of you that cannot attend live or even if you do, I welcome questions in between classes, because then I can add that in at the end of the next class. I may even bring in a slide or two post-class just for you. Or it could prompt me to add a bonus class at the end.. !
PROPS: You will need a yoga strap and a blanket or bath towel
More on Whole Self Alignment Courses: I have heard from others that in the process of re-aligning their posture with the Alexander Technique some had felt like they had lost their muscular strength. Typically, this kind of muscular strength I see is an over-optimization of the parts of the body or an “un-optimized whole”. This means that in working to optimize the individual parts of the body, they have disconnected the whole – like body builders for example. Body builders have decreased their flexibility and are prone to injury when doing functional movements. Martial artists, on the other hand, are optimizing the whole. Every warm-up and movement they do uses the whole body and mind together – never isolating one part. Our body’s power and alignment comes completely from the way we train and practice. Using the Principles of The Alexander Technique and the Principals of Martial Arts, we gain power and strength through Whole Self Alignment.
Whole Self Alignment courses help you establish a healthful and balanced relationship with your body and mind through anatomy, awareness, and somatic experiencing. Finding balance in your posture means finding balance in how you think about your body; after all, mind and body are not separate. Through dispelling myths about how the body functions- by taking a look at anatomy, by experiencing the nuances of movement, and by acknowledging how it brings wholeness to the self – we can inhabit our mind and body more fully in order to reconnect with our natural wisdom and power.
As we grow older, our muscles naturally lose mass. Thus, it becomes more important to utilize our internal elastic strength rather than rely on our more temporary external mover muscles.
Dates: March. 18th, 25th, and April 1st, 8th, 15th, 2021 -Five Thursdays at 3pm Mountain Time Zone (60 min. length)
To Register: Pay via card with the Paypal button below, and email me at Suzanne@WholeSelfAlignment.com with your name, preferred email address and phone number. Check your Spam folder if you do not receive my emails. You may also send a check for $107.88 or the Sponsor amount of $161.81. Sponsor amounts help your fellow classmates receive financial assistance.
Email or Call With Questions: Suzanne@WholeSelfAlignment.com 512-350-6294