Spring in your step
There is much emphasis in the Alexander Technique on undoing the collapsing and narrowing tendencies that accompany life in our sedentary, indoor and hi-tech modern world. As I jogged through my local wood early this morning, it occurred to me that a walk (or run) in nature can be our friend in this regard. There is nothing like ancient woodland, with birds singing from undergrowth to highest canopy, to invite one’s awareness up and out. And as we are what Alexander termed ‘psychophysical unities’ (i.e. mind and body are inseparably linked), the body expands into greater length, openness and – dare I say – ‘springiness’ in response.
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