course code: WS600
deconstructing your way to higher consciousness... ayurveda, alexander technique, and yoga
A activity F alexander principles
These 3 disciplines have one thing in common: They all are based on deconstruction, negation, and subtraction. They allow a space between stimulus and response, ultimately leading to the 'First Liberation' -- a real transformation of consciousness.
The Alexander Technique is not simply physical education and ergonomics. F.M. Alexander stated: "Boiled down, it all comes to inhibiting a particular reaction to a given stimulus—but no one will see it that way. They will see it as getting in and out of a chair the right way. It is nothing of the kind. It is that a pupil decides what he will, or will not, consent to."
Likewise, yoga (and its sister Ayurveda) is often reduced to physical exercise, completely 'missing the picture' of a 'full spectrum approach to transformation.’
A complete psychophysical re-framing is needed to understand how to 'work on ourselves', being sensitive and observing 'what is unnecessary' in our conditioned self.
For the Alexander Technique not to be relegated to the "dust bin" of history as an outdated Edwardian approach to movement, it is essential to learn how to 'keep the window open so that fresh air can blow through'. We will explore this process...