Michael Ashcroft

Michael Ashcroft

How to be natural on camera by expanding awareness

I’m currently part way through a project to ‘make 100 YouTube videos’, the idea being to get comfortable on camera and to eventually become some sort of YouTube influencer guy. Or something. Most of these videos have involved me screaming into the void, but this one struck a chord (now viewed >3k times). It’s about how I

Could online teaching be superior?

I’m re-reading one of Alexander’s later books at the moment: The Use of the Self. He notes in the introduction that many people write to him complaining that they can’t ‘do it themselves’ by reading his books. Let me give you a sense of his not great writing style by providing an excerpt — I’ll even add

Public speaking with the Alexander Technique

Let’s talk about one of the most tangible benefits I’ve seen from applying my Alexander Technique skills: dramatically improved public speaking ability. I used to be absolutely terrified of public speaking or of ‘performing’ in any way. I would get huge stage fright, feel intensely uncomfortable, visibly shake and would avoid it as best I could. In late

What problems does Alexander Technique solve?

Urgh. Have you ever seen the purported benefits of meditation? It always looks like someone's trying to sell you snake oil. Find inner peace, be happier, improve your digestion, live longer, sleep better and clear up your psoriasis and irritable bowl syndrome, all from sitting on a cushion! The benefits of Alexander Technique can seem a bit like that. I

The importance (and terror) of the first lesson

During my teacher training (at the South Bank Alexander Technique Centre, operated by Peter Nobes) we would have a guest teacher every month. This has been intensely valuable, because it means that all of us trainees have had access to a multiplicity of approaches and ways of thinking about the Alexander Technique. It was very common for someone in the