Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery” as Want to Read:
How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Alexander Technique (AT) is a remarkably simple but powerful method for learning to skillfully control how your brain and body interact, allowing you to better coordinate your movements while increasing the accuracy of your mind's thoughts and perceptions. Now, in How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live, leading Alexander Technique master teacher Missy Vineyard sheds ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published May 23rd 2007)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.83  · 
Rating details
 ·  166 ratings  ·  17 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery
George
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is an introduction to the Alexander Technique (A.T.). This technique was conceived of by Frederick Matthias Alexander, a 19th century stage actor who discovered a connection between our way of thinking and the effect it has on how we move. In his case, he developed a chronic problem with his throat that made it difficult to speak comfortably when performing. Over time his voice would become raspy and his throat would feel raw. So he visited a doctor who told him to stop performing for ...more
Justin
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: posture_body
Mostly descriptive, with a handful of exercises
Berni Phillips
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This was useful although I didn't do the exercises and am not ready to jump on the bandwagon. My voice teacher recommended I look into Alexander technique. I hold too much tension in my body and that causes pain after a while. Thinking consciously about releasing tension in various body parts has made me more comfortable.

This is the sort of thing where you are supposed to find a teacher who can be hands-on with you, as she describes in the book. That's kind of hard to do in a pandemic, and I don
...more
rixx
May 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended by David as an addition/contrast to [The Inner Game of Tennis](https://books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/th...) after his [rant](https://notebook.drmaciver.com/posts/...) ...more
Bill
I became interested in Alexander Technique through my musical study. David Monette promotes the concepts and through my research I learned that Adolph "Bud" Herseth was a proponent as well. It's hard for a trumpet player to ignore the advice of a couple guys like that!

The first part of the book lays down the basics of the technique. Much is made of the changing orientation of the head and spine through (human) evolutionary history. I took away an idea that human capacity for language has perhaps
...more
Nick
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Alexander technique is yet another way to become more aware of your body in space and to control it for better health, presence, and even charisma. It was started by an Australian actor whose posture, he noted, was damaging his voice. That began a long process of self-discovery, and finally teaching, in proper posture and movement. And yes, his voice improved. The book by Missy Vineyard, the head of the New England Alexander Technique school, is full of stories of people who hold themselves ...more
Nicolás Díaz
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book while browsing randomly at Amazon, looking for some base to improve my overall posture. This book seemed like a good starting point to something called "The Alexander Technique", which as I found out from my internet research, was a good way to solve body problems.

Wow, was I shocked as I began reading this book! Yes, this is a book about improving your posture, but it also delves into more profound topics. How your mind-body connection is formed and can be retrained, how we oft
...more
Kathryn Hermes
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The other reviews and the write-up are clear indications about the contents of the book. I would like to add that I was able to do the Alexander Technique for about a year. I purchased this book because I wanted to be able to continue it on my own. That was precisely the audience of the book. Clear instructions and a lot of the "behind the scenes" information that allows you to live a more integrated life...and of course improve your posture!
Steven Yi
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the Alexander Technique. The case study stories helped to explain different applications of the technique. I was really amazed by many of the connections between the technique and the practice of Tai Chi. The descriptions of the use of the mind to control the body and the ideas of effortless and free motion that result were enlightening. I am sure I will be rereading this again in the future.
Monica
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the anecdotes of how Alexander Technique helped others, I liked some of the exercises, but for some reason I found it a little hard to follow in a linear way. I'll hang on to it as a reference for a while.
Michael Hetherington
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a bit long winded for my liking but does contain many gems and does explain the Alexander Technique well, eventually.

These teachings really add a new understanding to the dimension of the body mind connection and for that I am grateful.

Sharon K.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
trouted from Bookery 2. I'm not sure this book offers anything new but it looks case-oriented and readable.
Elizabeth
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
this is quite a marvelous technique, very simple but effective.
Jennifer
Apr 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Excellent book for understanding the Alexander Technique. Good flow and easy to understand, though I may have a biased AT teacher perspective.
Giedrius
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Overcomplicated and mystified. Too much words. I will rather read "Body Learning" by Michael Gelb which is much more clearly written.
Frances
rated it it was amazing
May 06, 2014
Shannon Gramas
rated it it was amazing
Sep 18, 2014
Ema Jones
rated it really liked it
Aug 27, 2017
Dunc
rated it really liked it
Jul 28, 2010
Amy
rated it really liked it
Feb 04, 2012
Barton
rated it really liked it
Jun 16, 2016
Sheila L. Johnson
rated it really liked it
Sep 09, 2018
Brian
rated it liked it
Mar 06, 2008
Colleen
rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2020
June Cadden
rated it it was amazing
Aug 01, 2017
Curtis
rated it it was amazing
Aug 18, 2010
Stephen Johnson
rated it liked it
Mar 28, 2017
Melissa
rated it it was ok
Jan 25, 2013
Johndy
rated it liked it
Mar 31, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
  • The Falcon Always Wings Twice (Meg Langslow, #27)
  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
  • A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1)
  • Or What You Will
  • Body, Breath and Being: A New Guide to the Alexander Technique
  • Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President
  • Tools Matter For Practicing The Spiritual Life
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
  • English Haitian Creole Medical Dictionary
  • FM: The Life of Fredreick Mathias Alexander
  • Master the Art of Swimming: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  • Master the Art of Running: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique
  • Time Power: A Proven System for Getting More Done in Less Time Than You Ever Thought Possible
  • Surfing: The Manual: Advanced
  • The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU!
  • Trouble the Saints
See similar books…

Related Articles

If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? Who else has sold more than 200 million...
46 likes · 20 comments