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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SPECIAL: WORKSHOP
Spring Up: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique for Posture, Pain Relief and Inviting Ease, Balance and Flow
- Saturday, May 26, 4:00 - 5:45pm
- Location: YogaYoga High Falls, 1412 Route 213 (diagonally across the street from the Co-op)
- Great value: $35; RSVP today to reserve a space
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You deserve to Spring Up because of the season and your amazing human design. Get playful as we get curious about how we move -- observing ourselves and others -- so that we can become more aware of our movement choices and body balance. We will combine experiential anatomy and body mechanics with mindfulness and movement.
This workshop will introduce tools based on the Alexander Technique (a 100+ year-old system of mindful movement) to allow your body to move better and feel better. Research has shown this technique to be effective at reducing chronic pain and improving posture, coordination, and balance.
Together we explore questions like: How does your body coordinate its actions? What do my senses have to do with my movement? Is my body more like a building or a suspension bridge? You’ll be able to bring the ideas from this workshop into your everyday life, to the more mundane like walking or texting to the more active like gardening, hiking or your yoga practice!
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ALLYNA STEINBERG, MPH, M.AmSAT, is a Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, who was featured in the BlueStone Press and Chronogram. Allyna also holds a Master of Public Health degree and has over 20 years of experience supporting communities, families and youth to improve their health. She learned about it the Alexander Technique from an orthopedist at Mt. Sinai Medical Center over 18 years ago and ever since she loves to share it with others. Allyna completed a 1,600 hour Alexander Technique Teacher Training at the Balance Arts Center in New York City and has studied with teachers around the world.
MINDFUL MOVEMENT Small Group CLASSES
In a small group, learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to build awareness of your body in order to notice and release habits of movement and thinking that are not serving you.
Mindful movement allows you to find release in your movement and in life. This class combines simple movements from yoga and other disciplines with a focus on breath, ease and flow to improve coordination, balance and feel great. We will explore movements on the floor, seated and/or standing.
The Alexander Technique tools taught can help you achieve peak performance during your favorite activities (e.g. yoga, hiking, gardening, etc), recover or prevent injury, improve balance, and much more.
Good for most ability levels. If you are experiencing moderate or sever pain or want a deep understanding of the Alexander Technique and hands-on guidance, a private lesson is recommended.
- Monthly in Stone Ridge, Hudson Valley
- Great value for small classes: $20 per class
- 6-Class Series in New York City
- Great value for small classes: $180 for series ($30 per class)
Contact Allyna to inquire about dates, times and locations.
MINDFUL HIKE (OR WALK)
Want to hike (or walk) further or just with more ease? Want to explore how mindfulness can enhance your experience? Want to learn some tools to bring the calm of nature back into your daily life?
Let's hit a trail in Central or Inwood Park, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, or another favorite spot. This private or small group hike will be customized to the students' location preference and goals.
- By request: Contact Allyna
Specialized Group Classes
Have a group, business or organization to which you want to bring the Alexander Technique? A class can be tailored to your specific request.
- By request: Contact Allyna
SELECT PAST CLASSES
- Worksite Wellness Mindful Movement Classes. Reaching large audiences with extremely positive reviews. Through simple movements on the floor, seated and/or standing, participants learn principles of the Alexander Technique to identify and release habits of tension. We look at the body's design and explore tools to use in daily life for noticing and releasing habits of moving and thinking that are not serving us. NYC Department of Health, NYC. December 23, 2016 - Present.
- Mindful Walk (Before Live Music). Departing from the Rail Trail Cafe, participants were engaged around principles of the Alexander Technique with an emphasis on self-observation. Explored ways of paying attention that could be taken into daily life. We then enjoyed the live world music of Levanta including the song "Sacred Ground" by Timothy Hill which seemed to call us back to remembering ourselves in relation to our environment. September 23, 2017.
- Subtle Radical Change: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique for Physical Therapists. Assisted Ian Jorgenson in an exploration of touch from an Alexander Technique lens including concepts of nondoing and direction. The class gave physical therapists an approach for combining their expertise with a willingness to have new experiences as they work with each client. Hunter College, NYC. December 8, 2016.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month Benefit Class. Special thanks to MaMA, Stephen, Lynne, Linda, Estie, Terry, Donna, and Melanie for joining to move for meaning and raise funds for Exhale to Inhale helping domestic violence and sexual assault survivors heal. To engage or learn more, visit the class page on Facebook. Stone Ridge, Mid-Hudson Valley, NY. October 15, 2016.
- Mindfulness and the Body. Mindfulness is a "mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations (Google)." Sounds good, but how do you achieve it? Or deepen it? In this class, we explored where the body can come into play to deepen or develop mindfulness. In the Alexander Technique, we focus on awareness of the body and movement. And then on releasing and directing into our natural alignment to create more ease in the body and mind. This class was designed to compliment one's current mindfulness practice whether that is yoga, meditation, or anything else. Mindfulness practices often require setting a time aside to focus on the breath, nothingness, a mantra, or set of poses, while the Alexander Technique can also be used to develop mindfulness during all of your other activities. To engage or read more on this topic, visit the class page on Facebook. Union Square, NYC. June 20, 2016.
- Mind Your Devices: Improve Your Posture. Your head weighs 10 to 12 pounds and when you're slouched its weight on the cervical spine is even heavier. Habits of slouching can be hard to overcome if you try to "muscle" your way to good posture. In this class, we explored how the Alexander Technique can help you learn to use your smartphone and other devices without slouching in order to look good, feel good, and heal from or avoid repetitive strain injury. To engage or read more on this topic, visit the class page on Facebook. Union Square, NYC. June 20, 2016.
- Rediscover Ease: Let the Alexander Technique Lighten the Way. Introduction to the basic concepts of the Alexander Technique including the head-neck relationship which affects the way we move and feel. Hosted by The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community. Marbletown Community Center. Stone Ridge, Mid-Hudson Valley, NY. May 5, 2016.
- Exploring Joyful Movement. Assisted Ian Jorgenson in an exploration of movement from an Alexander Technique lens including concepts of direction and the body as a whole. Union Square, NYC. February 8, 2016.
- Sunday Salon. An Alexander Technique primer in an intimate setting in between musical sets. Flatiron, NYC. January 16, 2016.
- Free Demonstrations. A taste of the Alexander Technique at the American Center for the Alexander Technique where I first learned about the Alexander Technique. Union Square, NYC. August 3, November 2, and December 7, 2015, and January 4, February 1, March 7, and April 4, 2016.
- Reducing Burnout and Repetitive Motion Injuries. Assisted Clare Maxwell to bring Alexander Technique to American Sign Language Interpreters. Brooklyn, NYC. September 26, 2015.
- Learning to Lie Down. Explore a daily practice to build a relationship between your thinking and muscular response in what FM Alexander called semi-supine. Stone Ridge, Mid-Hudson Valley, NY. December 27, 2014.
- Pain Clinic. An introduction to the Alexander Technique for seniors provided for the Israel America Foundation. Midtown, NYC. October 23, 2014.