Michael Ashcroft

Michael Ashcroft

Activism is a societal awareness trigger

I’ve wanted to explore the intersection of awareness and society for a long time. I have a hunch that there’s a rich and valuable line of inquiry here, and it seems that the best way to mine it is to simply start digging, so here we go. First, I need to reiterate one of my main talking points,

The journey back to conscious naturalness

What does it mean to be truly natural, to have that quality of spontaneity we had as children? Most of us have lost access to that state and would like to have it once again, but there is no turning back now. We can only go forwards and find it in a different way. This is the story of the

Student experience: Kofi Baah

While I can say many things about Alexander Technique that I think will be helpful, I think it's often more accessible to hear experiences from students who are earlier on their own journeys. Kofi Baah kindly shared this great post in the forum associated with the Fundamentals of Alexander Technique course, which I'm sharing here (with permission) and with some

Unleashing the right hemisphere

I'm working my way through The Master And His Emissary, written by Iain McGilchrist, which I expect one day will be considered one of the most important books of all time. You may know that the brain is lateralised into two hemispheres, left and right. This has unfortunately become co-opted by a bunch of corporate training-style nonsense, like "the left

How to dance without trying to dance

There’s a particular way of being we inhabit when dancing. Dancing is a kind of availability, a capacity to respond to the invitations of each moment in a receptive, fluid and open way. When dancing without a partner, say in a club or at a concert, the music is your dance partner. Your body seems to move of its