I started Alexander Lessons with Tara to work on my terrible posture which has bugged me for years.
I had tried in vain to correct this by forcing myself to ‘stand up straight’ (usually after catching view of myself in profile in the mirror).
I had a vague understanding that Alexander technique could help but wasn’t sure how.
I assumed that better posture was something that came from increased core strength or sustained effort.
Thankfully this misconception was quickly dispelled. Correcting my posture would be a lot easier than I thought but it wouldn’t change overnight. The key was in a conscious ‘ungripping’ and trusting the spine to align itself and letting go of my misguided attempts to strain it this way or that.
I have been having regular lessons for several months and it is definitely something I plan to continue for the foreseeable future.
The classes combine aspects of yoga and mindfulness which I find incredible relaxing and meditative.
My stress levels have reduced!
Body posture is a form of nonverbal communication and I have come to realise that this communication is not just with those we meet - but also with ourselves.
I feel more confident and at ease with a posture that is more confident and at ease.
Tara is a fantastic teacher who is clearly very passionate about what she does.
Her teaching style is gentle, uncomplicated and fun. I recommend Alexander Technique generally and wholeheartedly recommend Tara as a teacher!
Dr Michael Harris, psychiatrist Hove
"The best thing you can do is to go to someone to teach you how to help yourself. The long term benefits of being able to understand your ability to do this is the best thing you can discover."
Stephen Grantham, former pupil
"Tara and the Alexander Technique came into my life about six months ago and both have transformed it. The AT has eased the pain I was suffering in my legs but the main change has been psychological. AT and Tara have shown me a different way to live - a calmer more reflective change from the frenetic style of trying to be a super woman! Tara has a very calming presence. Her wonderful hands energise and restore my body. For all this I give her thanks."
Judy Clare, retired school teacher
The Alexander Technique has been used and recommended by many well known actors, musicians and movement specialists including:
Feldenkrais (who based his work on Alexander Technique), Patrick Maddams (Managing Director for the Royal Academy of Music), Jack Stern (Spinal Neurosurgeon), Madonna, Posh, Dame Judy Dench, William Hurt, John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Paul Newman, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Roald Dahl, John Dewey, etc