Actively engaged in a continuous learning session at Alexander Technique Congress


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course code: WS607

natural running workshop

john woodward, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

with john woodward
friday aug 14, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: Reception, Sports Arena

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For over 25 years natural running has proved a fertile testing ground for key Alexander Technique principles.

Traditions are to the collective what habit is to the individual. A habit and tradition of putting shoes on our feet masks an underlying idea that our feet need protection. This assumption can be challenged. My workshop shifts attention to connection – especially the naked sole to the ground. Exploring such connections reveals some of the extraordinary versatility of the human foot.

FUQs: Frequently Unasked Questions are often the most fascinating:

• Why do the Alexander Technique directions contain no mention of the foot, which so obviously is foundational to support, balance and movement?

• Physics dictates that if something goes forward and up, then something else must go back and down, what might a better understanding of the foot reveal about this?

• What might have been different if FM Alexander had been a performing athlete instead of a performing actor?

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