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Running with Ease

Born to Run: The Secrets of Kenyan Athletics.

It’s not often that there are two excellent programmes on TV that can be related to the ideas behind the Alexander Technique but BBC4 had another such programme which looked at the training of Kenyan boys and girls to become runners. This should still be on iPlayer.
The programme showed runner after runner moving with easy grace, poise and a focussed but relaxed style. Irish runner Eamonn Coghlan was amazed at the contrast between the way he’d trained – he’d expected to run himself ‘into the ground’ to the extent that he would be sick at the end of a training session! This is another example of what F M Alexander would call ‘end-gaining’. Coghlan could see that these young Kenyans always looked relaxed in training sessions and they could have gone on running even further than they did. 
Brother Colm O’Connell, who coaches the Kenyans, said he aimed to build up each runner’s confidence in himself / herself and he had five main points he wanted runners to concentrate on during training:
Very neat – and very much encouraging people to think about their use and the ‘means whereby’ they run, rather than just thinking about winning.  And they are fast – these Kenyans win many international races. This formula is quite similar to that advocated by Malcolm Balk in ‘Master the Art of Running’ a great book if you want to explore how to apply what you have learned in your Alexander lessons, to your own running. 

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Elisabeth Walker Interviewed on BBC Radio 4

Elisabeth Walker, the last remaining teacher who trained with F M Alexander himself, was interviewed on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 (12 June 2012).

Elisabeth Walker is surely a National Treasure who is still teaching in Oxford – at the age of 97!  She is a highly respected teacher and a wonderful advertisement for the Alexander Technique.  

Elisabeth Walker is the author of Forward and Away;  her Memoirs,  published by Gavin Walker (2008).

Widen Your Understanding of the Alexander Technique

If you are already having Alexander Technique lessons, you might like to join AT Friends and go to some of their talks and Workshops, which take place at various venues around the country. These talks are an excellent way for you to extend your understanding of AT work and to meet other people who have some experience of the Alexander Technique.

Joining costs very little and the talks cost even less.

The next talk for London AT Friends is:

Thinking in Activity – How Space Shapes Attention ~ by Glenna Batson

Date: Tuesday 20 April

Time: 6.30 – 8.30

Fee:   £5 (£3 Concession)

For further info visit:

AT Friends 

Alexander Technique Pupils survey

Alexander Technique Pupils – your help is required please!

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT, wants to collect information about as many Alexander Technique pupils as possible and has created a survey which they would like people to fill in and send to them by email or FREEPOST by 15 December 2009.

STAT wants to improve the services and information that is available to all AT pupils and this survey will help them to do that. The last survey was conducted in 2006 and the 2009 survey will be compared with the previous data collected.

All returned surveys (with contact details on them) will be entered for a prize draw, for the chance to win  ‘The Expanding Self’ by Goddard Binkley. This is one of the books recommended in my Alexander Technique Reading Lists.

If you would like to take part and have your voice heard in the Alexander Technique world, with the chance of winning en excellent AT book, you may download a survey form here:


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