The Power of How: A journal about The Alexander Technique and Movement



In this gravitational universe, one way to define your “highest self” is the part of your whole body that is as high up off of the ground as it can be. It’s already there! You don’t have to do anything except enjoy it, and accept that it’s going to change the next time you move or shift weight.

I have developed a special framework for this kind of awareness in Mobilignment.™ I first experienced it in an Alexander influenced dance class. Mobilignment makes it possible to recognize when we are wasting energy pulling ourselves down – when gravity is already doing it for us. We can choose to “lighten up”, but it’s not about a forced cheerfulness. It’s a whole self kind of thing!

This week I celebrate the bright side of human adaptability. We can adapt in many ways to difficult situations. There’s enough written about that elsewhere, and I am very glad there is. But we also adapt very well to support, grace, and ease, without having to change anything about ourselves. No self improvement is needed.

The Alexander Technique gave me the experience of ease, and enough time to begin adapting to it. I’ve been heading in that direction ever since. If that’s the direction you want, this work is definitely for you. There is a certain rigor to making that choice when you are having a hard time, but all you might need is some guidance and support to get you going.

January 27th, 2020 • No Comments



Wednesday Mobilignment classes in NYC have been super fun! It’s a mix of professional dancers, new dancers, and total beginners who are not dancers at all.

The really cool thing is – if you look at the short video above, you canʻt tell which is which – beginner, professional, smeshional! Everyone is discovering new, easier movement patterns. So if you want a place where you can really move and you don’t have to try and fit in to a professional dance class, it’s perfect.

Alexander Technique and Mobilignment™ at Movement Research in NYC
Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway
Wednesdays 2:00 – 4:00 pm, November & December
Click here for more info.

Lately I have been emphasizing the healing properties of the paired concepts:

“primary” and “secondary.”

These concepts propose a new way of looking at both posture and movement that will never make your body stiff and strained. Primary (towards self) and secondary (away from self) reflect the flow of life lived in a gravitational field, including towards the ground/self and away from the ground/self. It’s so simple, but it can be found in absolutely everything that we do. In the video above, the movers are naturally alternating between one and the other – but the only directive I gave them was to alternate how they were paying attention!

We shifted attention to self, then to environment (“not-self”), and then explored a kind of “wandering” of attention between the two. That alternating flow of attention is something we do all the time to navigate our world, without really “thinking” about it.

I usually start with primary because most of us don’t get enough of it. Or, if we do, we only get it in our thoracic spine and call it “slumping” because we are not allowing our head and primary focus to go all the way towards self. We are usually pulling some part of us up and out of it, causing compression and “neck forward” posture.

We rarely get to release our whole body completely into this curled state. Our grown up bodies are so different from an infants body, as the size of our limbs in relationship to our torso is so much larger. Check out this weird drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci, which shows a pretty buff semi-adult baby! Even as grown ups, though, our limbs can still fold, tuck, and spiral to facilitate this movement with some modification and adjustments:



To do it, you will really have to stop trying to straighten your spine and throw back your shoulders! Extension, or “secondary” also goes with our preferred adult mode of paying attention. We get pulled away from awareness of ourselves and into work, or whatever is being demanded of us in the world.

I suggest beginning with primary, or fetal movement, at the beginning of any warm up for activity:

1) Go on to “all fours.” Place your hands right under your shoulder joints, your toes together behind you, and your knees angles slightly outwards (definitely NOT parallel for you dancers).

2) Look down. Can you see behind you between your legs? Did your back stay straight? If so, let go. Let it curl. Your pelvis will shift up and back, but it won’t be because you tuck your stomach in. It will be because you stopped trying to keep your back straight.

3) Fold your elbows until your forearms are resting on the floor, and keep looking under yourself til your forehead rests on the floor. It should feel easy, you shouldn’t be pushing your head down with force from your neck, just letting it rest. Your knees will fold to allow the weight of your pelvis to shift and go back, where it can rest on your heels if your knees allow. If your knees are tight or creaky, just explore the movement as far as you can go smoothly without forcing your head onto the floor. Don’t push, just ease into it and out of it – back up onto all fours, looking out, and explore primary/seceondary as a movement, rather than a shape.

4) MODIFICATION FOR TIGHT HIPS: you can rest your head on a high, hard-ish pillow or block if your hip joints are tight. There is no need to push or force hip flexion.

5) After finding your easiest possible fetal resting place, you can gently roll onto your side (looking to the left or right to start the roll) and continue the spiral into a kind of open X-shape on your back – that would be a release, or “reset” from primary into secondary. Enjoy the support of the floor behind you and see how much of your environment you can take in from there.

Itʻs a release into supported expansion, instead of a pull into expansion.

Enjoy this postural reset 🙂 – and if you want guidance in how to do it, come to class!




November 18th, 2019 • No Comments





Mobilignment™ is really taking off. Next month I will be teaching live classes in NYC at Movement Research. But if you are not in NYC, maybe you’d be interested in this special offer: one free online 30 minute session and one group class.

I need 6 people to be part of a Mobilignment class online that will be used on my website as a way for people to see what a Mobilignment class is like – and how fun it is!!!! Each participant will get one individual free 30 minute Mobilignment session, and one free Mobilignment group class, in exchange for their presence.

Have you been curious? No previous experience is necessary at all! So this is your chance to jump in.

Free Mobilignment Class will be November 10, 12:00 – 1:15 EST. Once you register to participate, you will need to set up your free 30 minute lesson for a time convenient to you, before that November 10 class.


Now, as far as foot pain solutions goes…my suggestion for today is to get off of your feet! There is only one Moblignment point totally designed to be weight bearing on the bottom of your foot. In the illustration above it would be right under Crime & Corruption! How appropriate for todays news.

Can you take 5 minutes today to do something out of the ordinary with your feet? Something other than sitting, standing, or walking?

Here are a few suggestions, but I’m sure that you can come up with your own:

1) Lie on your back with your feet resting on a wall. Play around with brushing your feet along the wall at different angles: side, bottom, top of your foot. You will have to let other parts of your body move, turn, roll, in order to rest different parts of your foot on the wall. As you lie there let your neck be easy and calm, and let your head rest. Let your back widen and your pelvic floor open.

2) Find a way to move about without putting the sole of your foot on the floor.

3) Imagine that the bottom of your foot was an eye. How would you move? What would your eyes (left and right) see?


Here are some of the things that my Moblignment Level 1 Teachers have said during the course of our training about the benefits of our practice:

“Practicing the “preludes” I find that that I can stop trying so hard, orient towards what is positive for me in the moment, and connect with myself without effort.”

“I feel relief at discovering what is holding me back!”

“It’s so important that I have time to integrate my emotional responses to change.”

“It’s amazing to see myself clearly without critical judgement!”


Next class Sunday, October 27
11 – 12:30 EST, $35, Register here.

Alexander Technique and Mobilignment™ at Movement Research in NYC
Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway
Wednesdays 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Click here for more info.

Our second training is now open for registration! The training is online, January 6 – 10, 9 – 11 am. Early bird registration at $496 offers a discount of $30 and is open until November 15, 2019. Anyone who has attended classes already is welcome.

Interested? Drop me a line!

Come explore your brilliance in the Alexander Technique Experimenters Union, where we share new, unique teaching ideas in a structured environment and give each other constructive, reliable feedback. We dare to go where no one has gone before!

We meet online every Friday from 12:00 – 1:15 EST, Go here to register and find out more about our peer-to-peer work exchange format.

Our online meetings have been so full of support, joy, and discovery!

October 21st, 2019 • No Comments