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

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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)
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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
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
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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
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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.
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