Alexander Technique standing posture exercises are widely used throughout lessons, no matter what teacher you choose. When we hear the word ‘exercise’, we don’t tend to associate it with standing. Rather, we think about cardio work or weight lifting. However, these are not the types of exercises you will be doing with the Alexander Technique.
The Alexander Technique involves using a series of simple yet powerful exercises so that you can unlearn bad habits and restore balance in your body. A lot of the exercises involve simple positions, such as standing and sitting. In this post, we are going to focus on the former, taking you through a simple standing exercise. This exercise involves standing and breathing through the line. You need to begin by standing parallel, with your feet slightly apart. You need to ensure there is a wall or some sort of ledge for you to place an open hand on. You then need to shift your weight to the balls of your feet, falling from the ankle joints. As you continue to fall forward, aim up through the spine. You should be able to sense the stretch behind your knees. Now you need to use visualisation. Visualise the stretch turning into a line, and imagine that it extends beyond the top of your head. Next, concentrate on breathing through the line. Do this three to five times. Conclude the exercise by taking a walk. What do you notice about your overall sense of direction? What about your back and your feet? You need to get in tune with your body.
This is just one of many Alexander Technique standing posture exercises you can expect to carry out when booking a lesson with me – Susanna Scouller, of Alexander Principle. I have extensive training in the Alexander Technique posture, and I can help you to move more freely and naturally. Book a lesson today at http://www.alexanderprinciple.co.uk.