Fundamentals of Alexander Technique
The course is available to buy here, There are more details on what's inside the course below. It costs $250 and it's entirely self-paced, so you can fit your learning around your schedule.
Existing students can access the course dashboard here, where some introductory modules are also available for preview.
Alexander Technique is usually taught in person and via touch. I am hoping to update the assumption that this is the only, or indeed the best, way to learn.
Over 2020 and 2021 I have been developing and testing an online course to convey many of the principles and ideas you will encounter on this website. So far c. 450 students have joined, many of whom have reported exactly the kind of effects that I would expect them to report through a series of in-person lessons.
To my knowledge what I am trying to do here has never been done before, so what I am doing is putting teaching methods that I know to work on the course and updating it based on student feedback (there is also a community). Here's a post about why I believe online teaching may actually be superior to traditional in-person lessons in many ways (this will make me a heretic to many in the profession, incidentally).
The course is self-paced and I'm giving every student lifetime access to all upgrades, because I intend to improve the course for years to come as my own understanding of Alexander Technique improves and I become better at teaching in this format.
There's an FAQ beneath the sign up form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I get?
You'll get the core 'Fundamentals of Alexander Technique' course, which introduces the key concepts in an experiential way. It's about four to five hours' of self-paced text, audio and video content split into the following sections:
- What is the Alexander Technique?
- Meta skills
- Experiencing expanded awareness
- Hijacking your expanded awareness
- Revealing your habitual approaches to control
- Non-doing: giving you conscious, constructive control
- Let's talk about posture
- Taking this into your life
- The vault (various bonus materials)
You'll also get access to a 'power-up' course on speaking and social skills, which is a new addition for this release. This is about one hour across a series of short videos covering the application of the ideas in the core course in the following interpersonal contexts:
- General principles (these are broadly applicable)
- Individuals and small groups
- Public speaking
- On camera
- The vault (again for various bonus materials)
You'll also get access to the community forum, where you can discuss the course material, meet other students and ask questions. Some students also like to keep a semi-public journal of their experiences, which can be helpful both as a learning tool and for others to read.
I'm also planning to run ad-hoc workshops, office hours and the like, but these should be considered as extras when they happen as I'm not in a position to commit that I'll do these regularly or forever.
Finally I should say that anyone who joins now will have lifetime access to the core course and any new power ups as I develop them — and I plan to make more on movement, art, creativity, learning, spirituality and more — as well as to any upgrades that I make to any material.
How much does it cost?
I'm increasing the price very gradually each time I make a major update, but I don't want it to cost more than "a few in person lessons", so it will probably cap out at $400 - $500 by the time it's super polished. Anyone who buys at any point will have lifetime access as I upgrade the materials.
How long will I have access?
For as long as the course exists, plus access to all upgrades that I make, and I plan to be iterating and tweaking for years to come.
Why isn't it a cohort-based course? I hear those are all the rage.
Bearing in mind that I have taken many cohort-based courses and have been an alumni mentor/supporter for two of the big ones (Write of Passage and the Part Time YouTuber Academy) here are two main reasons.
First, Alexander Technique involves exploring profound changes in your experience of yourself and the world as you go about your life. This is not something that can be rushed or crammed and it doesn't happen at the same pace for everyone. I suspect that a cohort would add a kind of 'get the most from the course as possible' pressure that would actively interfere with the learning process.
Second, because running cohorts requires a huge investment of time and admin, which requires hiring support staff, which in turn means pushing the price of the course way up. That's not the game I want to or even can play right now.
I do plan to develop structures to help with motivation and peer learning, but it's more likely to be a model of self-paced course + community + distributed self-assembled learning groups + ad hoc 'office hours' and workshops.
I heard that Alexander Technique is about posture. Is that right and will this course give me better posture?
Unfortunately, if you read around on Alexander Technique, and even if you go and see a teacher, you might reasonably get the impression that it's about how to stand up and sit down more easily.
It's not fundamentally about posture. It's about how you do everything that you do, it's about how you are in the world. What I'm teaching here is more like the the first principles upon which other areas, like posture, can be developed.
That said, while I don't talk about posture much in the course, plenty of people have reported postural and movement improvements as a consequence of applying the skills I teach in the course. So it's quite possible that your posture will improve, but don't expect any 'posture improvement exercises'.
I will later develop modules on movement, but I will never position Alexander Technique as 'a posture thing'.
Do you have any testimonials like those other course creators have?
I have not been diligent in asking for them yet, but here are some:
I can't and won't promise the results below, but I'll gently place in your awareness the fact that some people experience them 🙂 (via Nick Cammarata, who took the course):
Or perhaps you're a musician? Here's Jon Gold's experience after a chat with me and taking the course: