Stop & Think Up:  for humans in progress

 ....musings about behavior, balance and being

November 9, 2019

Practicing a lie-down regularly is the best thing you can do for yourself between lessons.  But, sometimes on your own it it can be hard to trust your own thinking.  Just taking a quiet break can be enough! 

If your mind is wandering *too much*, or you just want a reminder - listening to a guided lie-down can be useful.  

Here are a few  to get started or refresh your practice - enjoy!

NYPosture Police - Lindsay Newitter

Body Learning - Imogen Ragone

Redefining Posture -...

August 21, 2018

Once a student came to me and she was struggling with back pain.  She said, I don't understand what's wrong since I work really hard on my posture.  She worked by day as a counselor and was either at a desk taking notes on a computer, or seated in an armchair with a client.  For fun she'd go on long hikes with her dogs, she loved being outdoors.  But she associated sitting still with back pain.   She told me she tried yoga and physical therapy, massage and acupuncture but that she still couldn't...

August 15, 2018

In between lessons with a certified teacher, it is very useful to practice on your own.  You can remind yourself of what you learned with hands-on guidance by refreshing the thoughts that helped bring your system into balance.  It's not a substitute, nor the same experience as working with a teacher but it does make the lessons more effective and students tend to progress more quickly.  Self-practice of Alexander Technique looks at various procedures and very s...

August 14, 2018

Catchy title.  

I picked this book up at my local library this week.  It has been out for a little while so though not new, it is new to me and its wisdom is worth sharing.  Especially if you're the type of person who bristles at ideas of self-help or thinks mind-body unity is an esoteric concept.

The full title is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. The author Mark Manson has become a prolific blogger continuin...

August 8, 2018

We are living in the information age.  Since the advent of the internet we have gained access to a virtually infinite trove of information, and with smartphones becoming ubiquitous we have access to this information nearly all the time.  As a result, we’re using our own skills of retention and recall much less. Pretty much everyone over 30 remembers having to retain information- and realizes how quickly that skill is fading- in a generation or two we’ll become more and more...

July 25, 2018

It feels a little antithetical to extol the virtues of analog while using my laptop, but analog blogging is beyond my scope a this point so please guide me if you have any suggestions!  It also feels hypocritical since, full disclosure, I was a quick convert to digital organization diving in as fast as I could.  I stopped wearing a watch once I was carrying my flip phone everywhere, and tossed my alarm clock.  This I was grateful for since I always had a contentious relationship to my alarm, and...

July 25, 2018

Near the end of the recent documentary about Mr. Rogers, "Won't You Be My Neighbor" - there was moment he said "I don't think anyone can grow unless he really is accepted as he is". This resonated very strongly with me and relates to a concept I work to impress upon my students. 


Life a process of moving forward through time.  We are shaped by circumstances and experiences and our reactions to them.   We are the sum of all our experiences and greater than the sum of our parts.  We are...

May 29, 2018

This post is prompted by a year of teaching some incredible, curious, devoted and generally stressed-out teenagers and young adults.  It was somewhat eye-opening. Over the term as the weeks went on I realized it was more and more of them. I was a bit of a worrier when I was their age, so I empathize and recognize how Alexander can help.  But there is and was definitely something else at play. It's a very different world now.  Everything is amped up and intensified, including teen angst....

January 4, 2018

Happy New Year - 2018 is here!

In recent years, I have been enjoying welcoming the New Year like a reset button.  It's an opportunity to reinvest in myself in a way that will be helpful, productive, kind and ideally refreshing. An annual check-in to reflect back and look ahead, marked by a one-second holiday teeming with hope for the future. There's a natural lull marked by the equinox and shortest-days of the year give us a permission to pause and restore.  The cold days of winter (at least in m...

September 7, 2017

I am excited to announce that I will be presenter at the 2018 Freedom to Act Conference in NYC this upcoming January.  As a participant for several years, I am eagerly anticipating the vibrant exchange of ideas and experience.  More to come...!

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