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Learn the principles of the Alexander Technique to increase mindfulness in your everyday movements and strengthen your mind-body connection in this class with AmSAT certified teacher Sarah Mayhan. A method of postural awareness, the Alexander Technique is known for helping performing artists sustain their energy and physical presence onstage (and is part of the curriculum at Juilliard and the Yale School of Drama). By addressing and changing physical habits, it helps combat the everyday physical stresses caused by hunching over desks, computers, and smartphones. Whether you would like to gain confidence in public speaking or feel less stressed at the end of the day, this course will offer some practical help from the Alexander Technique to bring some ease into your daily life.  For more information and sign up, see: https://www.northwestern.edu/norris/arts-and-recreation/minicourses/index.html 

January 28 - March 4, 2019*

Mondays, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Norris University Center at Northwestern University 

1999 Campus Drive, Evanston IL 

Fee: $75 NU / $85 Public

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It is tempting to think working with heightened text as a vocal or intellectual exercise. However, this is misleading–if you really want both you and your audience to connect to the visceral nature of this highly specific style of performance, your physicality is the key.

In this one day intensive, led by Jeremy Cohn, you will learn strategies for creating the physical connection necessary for channeling classical text, how to embody the rhythm of verse, and the role of physical imagery in classical performance. The morning session will focus on exploring concepts and learning practical exercises, the afternoon session will feature master class style coaching on pieces brought in by workshop participants. All participants will be emailed a workbook with exercises and takeaways following the conclusion of the day.

This workshop is firmly rooted in Alexander Technique, and is also heavily influenced by Jeremy’s mentor Jon Lipsky’s work on imagistic approaches to acting and Jeremy’s classical training at LAMDA and Boston University.

Dates:  Saturday December 15th, 10am-5pm

Location: Green Shirt Studio, 4407 N. Clark St. Chicago IL 60640

Cost: $75

How to sign Up: http://www.greenshirtstudio.com/classes/workshops/12-15-physicalizing-classical-text/


Age Range: Teenager on up

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Registration is now open for The Poise Project teacher training & team building day in Chicago!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2018/chicago

These Professional Development days are open to all interested AT teachers, trainees, and training directors.

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Main Objective of these training days:

To train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in expanding our ongoing "Alexander Technique for Parkinson's" initiative, and launching new initiatives. Please consider joining our efforts! Even if your main interest may be with other populations, you will become part of our team effort to connect to regional communities by being trained in our Poise Project strategic model. And our training days are one of the ways that we are trying to be sustainable for the next eight years of this ten year project. Your participation supports financially all of our programs and outreach and research efforts.

The Other Objective of these training days:

To learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. We will introduce you to some of the best practices that we've been exploring and how they can be presented in group settings. Or if you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about one-to-one AT applications for this population.

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project. Included will be videotaped AT for PD training from Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are also reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback.

Chicago area Alexander Technique teachers at the 2017 Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day.

All participants will be invited to join The Poise Project teams at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® events that weekend in Chicago on Sunday, October 14. These are the events that raise funds for the community grants that we have received from the Parkinson's Foundation to fund AT-based programs. To see our Poise teams at previous Moving Days', go to this link on our website.

If this date/location doesn't work for you, we will also be having training days in the following locations:

  • Boston, Thursday, October 11

  • Atlanta, Friday, October 27

  • Miami/Boca Raton, Saturday, November 3

Questions? Contact Poise Project Executive Director, Monika Gross at 828-254-3102.



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Do you want to get out of your head and into your body? 

The Alexander Technique has helped people connect to their body and breath, to relieve stress, and to reduce unnecessary tension for over a century. It has been used by musicians as diverse as Sir Paul McCartney, Julie Andrews, Barbara Bonney, and Joni Mitchell. In this introductory workshop, taught by certified teacher Jeremy Cohn, you will learn simple strategies for becoming aware and letting go of habitual tensions which distort your posture, constrict your breathing, and block your expression. You will also learn restorative exercises to help you develop your body connection continually in everyday life. Besides group exploration, this workshop will feature the ‘hands-on’ bodywork which is the hallmark of the Alexander Technique. Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level! 

Ago range of participants: Teenage on Up

Date: December 1st, 2018 11am-1pm

Cost: $30 ($28 Old Town School members)

Location: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago IL

How to sign up:http://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=5456

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Learn the principles of the Alexander Technique to increase mindfulness in your everyday movements and strengthen your mind-body connection in this class with AmSAT certified teacher Sarah Mayhan. A method of postural awareness, the Alexander Technique is known for helping performing artists sustain their energy and physical presence onstage (and is part of the curriculum at Juilliard and the Yale School of Drama). By addressing and changing physical habits, it helps combat the everyday physical stresses caused by hunching over desks, computers, and smartphones. Whether you would like to gain confidence in public speaking or feel less stressed at the end of the day, this course will offer some practical help from the Alexander Technique to bring some ease into your daily life.  For more information and sign up, see: https://www.northwestern.edu/norris/arts-and-recreation/minicourses/index.html 

October 10 - December 5, 2018*

Wednesdays, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Norris University Center at Northwestern University 

1999 Campus Drive, Evanston IL 

Fee: $75 NU / $85 Public

*Please note that there will not be class on Wednesday, November 21.

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This class will show how the Alexander Technique brings our attention to unconscious patterns of mind and body that shape our everyday behavior and slowly chip away at our sense of well-being. We will begin with a brief talk on the main ideas informing Alexander lessons, look at some of the scientific research behind the Alexander Technique, and then demonstrate how Alexander lessons help raise awareness and give you constructive strategies for change.

Why the Alexander Technique?

Whatever its other benefits, the modern world is hard on our bodies. And while our activities are often stimulating to point of overstimulation, there's a repetitiveness that drills in poor habits of posture and movement. We consider it natural to develop discomfort as we age—though the age at which people complain of back, neck, arm, or wrist pain seems to get younger and younger.

The body doesn't change without the mind changing as well. When we sit all day, the body is neglected. The mind is on other things. Postures that are objectively terrible become familiar and strangely comfortable. Then when we try to change, even objective improvements feel weird. How do you change if you know what you're doing is bad for you, but everything else feels worse?

Come to this introductory class to find out!

Class is intended for ages 16 and older.

September 16, 2018: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Ebenezer Lutheran Church, located at 1650 W Foster Ave in Andersonville, Chicago.

Classes are $25 online/$30 at the door.

To sign up: visit https://www.alexanderand.com/classes/

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Got aches and pains during pregnancy? Get some helpful hints that will allow you to stay active and relieve stress! 

Instructor Sarah Mayhan is certified in Alexander Technique, a system that helps each individual learn body awareness and easier movement. She will also bring her own experience applying Alexander work to pregnancy and postpartum self-care. During this workshop, we will address:

  • Relieving common discomforts such as back pain, neck pain, and sciatica
  • Allowing for easier breathing
  • Learning to adjust your alignment with your changing body
  • Simple, mindful practices you can apply at home for relaxation and labor preparation

No prior experience necessary. Class is taught with verbal instruction and gentle hands-on guidance through movement. 

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 - 2:30pm 

Location: Prenatal Fit1937 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

Fee: $30

To sign up: see http://www.prenatalfit.com/workshops-events/

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We usually think we need to put special time aside for connecting to our deeper selves. What if you could take your most boring chore and transform it into a profound opportunity to get in touch with your body and become more present? In this workshop, somatic practitioner Jeremy Cohn will use a century old method called the Alexander Technique to turn the mundane movements of life--sitting, standing, walking, using a phone--into meditative forms you can use to bust tension, connect to your breath, and learn how to move with more ease and efficiency. He will then take activities suggested by attendees and teach you how to hack them to make them freer, simpler, and more present. Great for anyone who wants to build a better connection to their body and live a healthier, fuller life. 

Feel free to bring in any chore/activity that you would like to apply the Alexander Technique towards. (e.g. Bring your iron/ironing board to learn how to make ironing more fun and mindful!)

Date: Sunday, September 15th 9:30-11:30 am

Location: Be Optimal Holistic Health Center
1249 N. Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025 

Cost: $30 if paid before August 30th, $40 after

How to sign up: https://www.beoptimal.com/events/mindfulmovement/9-15

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