How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live

Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery

How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live

The Alexander Technique (AT) is a remarkably simple but powerful method for learning to skillfully control how your brain and body interact, allowing you to better coordinate your movements while increasing the accuracy of your mind's thoughts and perceptions. Now, in How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live, leading Alexander Technique master teacher Missy Vineyard sheds a completely fresh light on this revolutionary method and, in the process, offers path-breaking insight into the mind-body connection. Vineyard thoroughly explains and teaches the central skills of the AT through simple self-experiments, and she offers engaging stories of students in their lessons to show its effective application across a range of disciplines, including the performing arts, athletics, health, psychology, and education. How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live introduces us to a world within ourselves that we know surprisingly little about--and thereby helps us to understand why we often cannot do what we should be able to do, why we harm ourselves with chronic tension and anxiety, and why our thoughts often seem beyond our control. Vineyard is also the first AT teacher to draw on cutting-edge research in neuroscience and to synthesize those findings with AT theories and techniques. She fully illuminates the benefits to be reaped by mastery of the Alexander Technique, which include: Release from acute or chronic physical pain Enhanced mental attention and focus Reduced anxiety Improved balance and coordination Relief from tension and stress Increased ease and efficiency performing precise movement skills

How to Land

Finding Ground in an Unstable World

How to Land

How to Land: Finding Ground in an Unstable World foregrounds the importance of embodiment as a means of surviving the disorientation of our twenty-first century world. Linking somatics and politics, author Ann Cooper Albright argues that a renewed attention to gravity as both a metaphoric sensibility and a physical experience can help transform moments of personal disorientation into an opportunity to reflect on the important relationship between individual resiliency and communal responsibility. Long one of the nation's preeminent thinkers in dance studies, Albright asks how contemporary bodies are affected by repeated images of falling bodies, bombed-out buildings, and displaced peoples, as well as recurring evocations of global economies and governments in discursive free fall or dissolution. What kind of fear gets lodged in connective tissue when there is an underlying anxiety that certain aspects of our world are in danger of falling apart? To answer this question, she draws on analyses of perception from cognitive studies, tracing the discussions of meaning, body and language through the work of Sara Ahmed, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Shaun Gallagher, among others. In addition, she follows the past decade of debate in contemporary media concerning the implications of the weightless and two-dimensional social media exchanges on structures of attention and learning, as well as their effect on the personal growth and socialization of a generation of young adults. Each chapter interweaves discussions of movement actions with their cultural implications, documenting specific bodily experiences and then tracing their ideological ripples out through the world.

Living the Alexander Technique

Interviews with Nine Senior Teachers

Living the Alexander Technique

Nine distinguished teachers of the Alexander Technique speak with Ruth Rootberg about their lives, their work, and their approach to using their Alexander skills as they face aging, loss of loved ones, and the challenges of illness and injury. With over 400 years of combined teaching experience, they reveal how the Alexander Technique provides a dependable pathway to meet the ongoing challenges of daily living. This book is a wonderful resource for Alexander Technique students, teachers, and anyone who seeks models of aging with dignity and passion. “Students and teachers of the Alexander Technique will gain valuable and thought-provoking insights from these personal stories and life lessons, generously shared by master teachers of the profession.” — Missy Vineyard Ehrgood, Teacher of the Alexander Technique and author of How you Stand, How you Move, How you Live “In an age that ‘worships youth’ it is important to learn to overcome our fear of growing older and, ultimately, of death. This is an important book because it gives you a template for aging gracefully. The spirit of enjoying whatever each day brings and of continual learning at every stage of life infuses each of these master teachers as they discuss the Alexander Technique as a practical tool that allows life to be ‘just a little easier.’” — Michael Frederick, Alexander Technique Teacher, training director, and founding director of the International Congresses on the Alexander Technique. “I think it would be wonderful if, when a person turns 65 and receives a Medicare card, eligibility for the card would require lessons in the Alexander Technique.” — Sarnie Ogus Alexander Technique teacher

Bold Moves

How to stand up, step out and make your next bold move

Bold Moves

Have you ever wanted to be a bigger, braver version of yourself? Can you imagine how that would expand your perspective on your career, your relationships and your life? Now is the time to be bold! In Bold Moves, Pippa Hallas, shares the inspiring story of her great aunt, Ella Baché, who fled war-torn Europe to start one of the world’s best loved skin care companies. Through conversations with other remarkable Australian women including Lorna Jane Clarkson, Tracy Spicer and many more, Pippa shares the moments when these women stood up, spoke out and fearlessly redefined their futures. As women and beauty trends have evolved over the decades, Ella Baché has kept pace while holding true to the core values of the company. Pippa opens up about the journey behind the brand, the disruptions, the innovations, the mistakes, and the risks that have made it what it is today. Featuring personal advice — as well as her own journey as CEO and as the mother of two young boys — this book will show you how to: embrace your personal story fortify your voice design the life you want to live love your own skin build your personal legacy. In a world of constant change, ground breaking technology, unprecedented transparency and unrivalled expectation, it is harder than ever to live a life of truth and passion. Bold Moves will give you everything you need to stand up and be bold in every part of your life.

How To Live Like A Lady

Lessons in Life, Manners, and Style

How To Live Like A Lady

What makes a lady? It's what the French (who know about these things) call je ne sais quoi. It's a certain something that results from the delicate combination of elegance, charm, and wit. No matter how good looking, wealthy, or accomplished a woman might be, she isn't living the life of a lady until she behaves like one. How to Live Like a Lady is a handbook that will guide any woman, manicured hand in manicured hand, to a lifestyle of manners, style, and elan.

How to Live Dangerously

Why we should all stop worrying, and start living

How to Live Dangerously

We live in a society governed by Fear. Packets of peanuts ‘may contain nuts’, our children are locked away safe indoors, and we are encouraged to fear risks that previous generations took for granted. The result is a temptation never to leave the house. How to Live Dangerously is a sane, straight-talking, wonderfully entertaining manifesto that assesses the real risks of modern-day life*, and encourages us to embrace a new freedom in the way we live. Sometimes, sh1t happens – but you may as well get out there and enjoy yourself while you can because, in the end, you’re a long time dead. *Don’t like your children much? You’d have to lock them out of the house every day for 186,000 years before they were abducted (and even then you’d get them back within 24 hours) *Afraid of flying? If you really want to die in a plane crash, you’ll need to take a flight a day for the next 26,000 years . . .

How to Live Life Happily after Divorce

How to Live Life Happily after Divorce

How to Live Life Happily After Divorce provides practical and resourceful solutions to everything mentioned above. This is the one book that keeps everything simple and to the point. This helps you to take action immediately and restore the electricity in your life. Divorce is an unfortunate result, but it does not mean that your life is over. There are over 7 billion people all over the world today! This means you have choices galore to restore your life! Yes, opportunities are everywhere, and there is always someone to replace that which was lost. Read this book to learn how to remove the blockages and move on happily. It is part of your destiny to grow and become a better person through experience while here on this earth. Learn to be grateful for the experiences, and you will learn what you need always comes to you. Whom you need is always making his/her way to you also.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Enhanced Edition)

A Novel

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Enhanced Edition)

This enhanced eBook includes video, audio, photographic, and linked content, as well as a bonus short story. Hear TAMMY talk. Learn the origins of Minor Universe 31. See the TM-31. Take a trip in it. Photos and illustrations appear as hyperlinked endnotes. Video and audio are embedded directly in text. *Video and audio may not play on all readers. Check your user manual for details. National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space–time. Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious business. Every day, people get into time machines and try to do the one thing they should never do: change the past. That’s where Charles Yu, time travel technician—part counselor, part gadget repair man—steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he’s not taking client calls or consoling his boss, Phil, who could really use an upgrade, Yu visits his mother (stuck in a one-hour cycle of time, she makes dinner over and over and over) and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and Ed, a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory. He learns that the key may be found in a book he got from his future self. It’s called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and he’s the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could help him—in fact it may even save his life. Wildly new and adventurous, Yu’s debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary space–time.

What Counts Most Is How You Finish

Thoughts on Living Life to the Fullest

What Counts Most Is How You Finish

This book started as a way to share lessons learned about living with my niece, Joi Michelle Payton. While each person has to find his or her own way in life, we can all learn worthwhile things from each other. The goal of each essay in this book is to share ideas about addressing lifes challenges. The book draws from my experiences, the experiences of my generation and others. Among the lessons learned by my generation and those who came before were: how to overcome barriers, establish your place in the world, be your true self, and be proud of your heritage. These skills are just as useful today. I hope you find these essays helpful, encourage you to share what you learn with friends, family and others, and wish you a long, productive, satisfying life that leaves the world a better place.

Aikido Awakening: Learning How to Live

Aikido Awakening: Learning How to Live

A journey of psychological development through the ranks from white belt to black belt. Practice of techniques and dojo life as a path for personal growth. So much to see and know about yourself and others through repetitions of technique, which reveal the psychological state and behavioral issues. Contemplation reveals many insights into philosophy and religion.