VINEYARD, Missy (2007) How you stand, how you move, how you live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self- Mastery. USA, Neuwirth & Associates


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Now, in How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live, leading Alexander Technique master teacher Missy Vineyard shed a completely fresh light on this revolutionary method and, in the process, offers path-breaking insight into the mind-body connection. Vineyard thoroughly explains and teaches the central skills of the AT through simple self-experimetns, and she offers engaging stories of students in their lessons to show its effective application across a range of disciplines, including the performing arts, athletics, health, psychology, and education.

CONTENTS

Table of Illustration

I. Introduction
II. Introduction to the Alexander Technique
III. Introduction to the Self-Experiments

PART 1: HOW DO YOU MOVE? TALES FROM THE BEGINNING

1. Surprising Observations
Joh, Part One

2. A Malfunctioning Locomotor System
Erin, Part One

3. How Did We Get This Way? From Fish to Horse to Biped

4. Standing on Two Legs: the Biped's Challenge

SELF-EXPERIMENTS

A. Rest Your Back 
Semisupine
Prone

B. Motion and Mind
How you Move 
Can You Change?
Noticing Your Habit
Your Mind-Body Connection

PART 2: HOW DO YOU FEEL? THE  MIND-BODY LINK

5. A sense of Feeling

6. Feelings Gone Wrong 
Gary
Betty, Part One

7. the Feeling of Feat
How we perceive Danger

8. Fear's Body-Mind
In the Grip of Fear
A Threatening Injury
The Shrinking World of Pain

9. Anxiety and Performance
Bruce, Part One

10. Attention, Awareness, and Conscious Inhibition
Bruce, Part Two

PART 3: HOW DO YOU THINK? The Mind Changes Everything

11. A Fine Day in London with Nothing to Feel

12. Discovering the Thinking Makes

13. Believing Is Not Seeing

14. The Difference that Inhibition Makes
Erin, Part Two

15. You Have a Helper

SELF-EXPERIMENTS

C. How to Inhibit 
Quiet Your Inner Conversation
Turn on Your Prefrontal Cortex
Think with Meaning
The Positive "No"
Conscious Inhibition

D. Acts of Inhibition
Stop Moving
Think of Not Doing
Let Your Helper Do It
Let Go Of Belief

PART 4: SPACE AND DIRECTION: Our Hidden Sense

16. Fewer Words, More Space
Cleo
Meghan

17. More Problems with Feelings
Nathan
Nancy

18. Balance And Coordination

19. A New Way of Moving
Brian
Betty, Part Two

SELF-EXPERIMENTS

E. How to Direct
Think of a Cube
Up-Down, Wide, forward-Back
Putting Directions Together
Turning Your Head
Forward and Up
Thinking Naves of Body Parts
Alexander's Directions

F. Moving with Inhibition and Direction
Bending Your Leg
Moving Forward and Back
Standing and Sitting

PART 5: TOUCH: Our Forgotten Sense

20. Touching the Heart
Sam
What is about Touch?

21. The Teacher's Hands

PART 6: CONSCIOUSNESS: Our Newest Sense

22. Pain Free and Moving Again
John, Part Two

23. An incredible Lightness of Being
Erin, part Three

24. Speaking from My Self 

25. Self-Mastery: Connections

 SELF-EXPERIMENTS

G. How to Strengthen Your Back
Neck Extensors
Neck and Back Extensors

H. Self-Mastery Every Day
Exercise
Sports
Practice and Performance
Anxiety
Pain
How You Live

Appendix: How to Find a Teacher
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index








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