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course code: WS581

how multi-dimensional thinking and opposition will improve our teaching

avi granit, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

with avi granit
tuesday aug 11, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: C1-059, Main Building (level 1)

F alexander principles   E alexander procedures

How can we use multi-dimensional thinking and directing as we work as teachers? Why is it difficult to keep our backs back and up while maintaining oppositions between our limbs and back whilst working? In this workshop I will attempt to answer these questions, by demonstration; individual work; in pairs and small groups.

Our tendency in the Alexander world is not to see the difference between lengthening and the 'up' direction. Lengthening is an important part of the game but it is not the whole story. We are not one-dimensional creatures, we have three dimensions and in addition to that we have to have opposition between our torso and the five parts connected to it (the head, the arms and legs). We also must have opposition between ourselves and our pupils. If we succeed in creating harmony and coordination by using opposition in all these dimensions we will achieve the 'up' quality in our work and be able to apply and transmit it to our pupils.

My workshop will clarify this concept in a straightforward way and teach you how to apply it to your everyday life and your teaching.

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