We are so accustomed to the patterns of tension we carry with us throughout the day that, unless we are in pain, we rarely notice them. Yet they have a tremendous impact on every movement we make. These patterns cause our internal feedback system—the kinesthetic sense—to become unreliable, making it almost impossible for us to initiate changes in ourselves without provoking new problems. The Alexander Technique helps you to identify and release interfering patterns of movement and tension, and to access the appropriate amount of effort in activity. In the process, your kinesthetic sense becomes more accurate so that you can engage in activities with greater ease, freedom and control. The human body is built for movement. In this hands-on workshop you will experience the effortlessness of Alexander Technique-based movement in sitting, standing, and lying down, as well as in the practice of simple asana.
“The Alexander Technique is not a method of accumulating information, nor the art of learning something new. It is, instead, the art of unlearning, which is much more subtle and, sometimes, o more difficult endeavor—unlearning that which is habitual instead of natural—letting go of old patterns and of those repetitious opinions arrived at in times and circumstances totally different from those of the present.”
“The good news is that, because nothing is static, our condition will inevitably change. The salient question is: will it change for better or worse? We may heal the body through some medical or alternate healing modality, but unless there is transformation at the level of our deep patterns, we may end up recreating the same or similar conditions again.”
Sigrid Wagner is a certified teacher of both the Alexander Technique and Yoga, and is passionately interested in the application of AT to Yoga to promote safe, effortless movement and unencumbered breathing. She qualified to teach at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, and currently serves there as a member of the faculty. Sigrid began her Yoga studies at the age of 16 and received her initial certification to teach Yoga in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya in 1981 from Cheryl Harriman, a student of Indra Devi. She was subsequently certified by the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation and counts among her teachers Gary Kraftsow, Sonia Nelson and T.K.V. Desikachar. Sigrid is also a long-term student and teacher of Vedic Chanting.
The study of historical musicology at UCLA, biochemistry and pre-med at Cal Poly SLO, CSULB, and the University of Maryland, and Sanskrit and Indian philosophy at the University of Heidelberg in Germany comprise her formal educational background. Sigrid resides in Redondo Beach, with her dog, two cats, and nine turtles.