Why take group classes?
- You are taking private lessons and believe that you would benefit or your teacher has recommended that you'd benefit from an additional class with a group structure.
- You would like instruction in the Alexander Technique, but do not have the budget for private lessons.
- You have never taken Alexander Technique lessons and think that a group class might be a good way to start. Some people connect to the work more quickly at first if they are simultaneously observing other students and may in turn find private lessons more beneficial after having learned in a group setting. This is not the case with everyone.
- You have taken private lessons in the past and want to keep up your skills and learn more about applying the Alexander Techique to a variety of daily activities.
There is less one-on-one attention than with private lessons, but some people enjoy the dynamic of a group and learn great deal from the dialogue that occurs and from watching others work with the teacher.
Under what circumstances should a student not enroll in a group class?
Group work (at least at the beginning) is not recommended if you are in a lot of pain or are experiencing any other kind of serious challenge. If you are interested in group work, but you aren't sure if it's for you, schedule an initial private lesson so that the teacher can evaluate how you respond to the work and let you know whether or not a group would be beneficial for you.
How large are groups?
Lindsay's group classes are small (3-4 students). The Alexander Technique is taught through subtle hands-on work and verbal instrution. It is essential that even in a group setting that each student experience a short hands-on session during each class.
What happens during group lessons?
- Each student receives a 5-10 minute hands-on session during a group class in front of the group. The whole group will be engaged in what is happening with that student and will be guided along verbally with the student who is working with the teacher.
- Students are guided through group awareness excercises in order to highlight misconceptions they have regarding how they think about and use their bodies in movement and various postures.
- Students are verbally guided through self-awareness in semi-suppine/active rest position.
- Students work on applying the Alexander Technique to everyday activities of their choice while the teacher does hands-on-work during the activities as needed.
How long are group classes and how often do they meet?
Group classes are one-hour long and run in four-week sessions.
How much do group classes cost?
Cost is $100 per four-class-series (equal to $25 per class) due at the beginning of the first class.
Upcoming group class sessions:
May 2, 9, 16, 23 (in session)
May 30, Jun 6, 13, 20 (space available)
Forming your own group:
If you and a group of friends or colleages want to schedule a series of group classes together at a time convient for the group and teacher, contact Lindsay. Please designate one group member to be the contact for the group.