Alexander technique and Smart Yoga and meditation in Canterbury
19 - 20 August 2023
with David Moore
Private lessons 21 August
Venue - Concorde House Clinic
Fee: £235, early bird £210 for booking before 30th of May.
Private lessons will also be available on 21 August
Davd Moore has been teaching the Alexander technique and yoga for over 35 years and runs training courses for Alexander teachers and yoga teachers in Melbourne, Australia. He is a registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia
In this intensive weekend David will introduce you to a personalized approach to yoga outlined in his book "Smart Yoga: Use the Alexander technique to enhance your practice, prevent injury and increase body awareness."
The course will run from 10am to 5pm each day with an hour lunch break. The course will include:
An overview of the Alexander technique
The relationship of Alexander principles to yoga philosophy
An analysis of habitual postural and movement patterns and how to change and improve them
An analysis of underlying structual patterns
Improving observation skills
A detailed anaysis of different asanas and how to modify them to allow for individual differences
Breathing and pranayama
Finding ease in everyday activities
Finding mental and bodily stability and ease in meditation
The timetable below is indicative and may be slightly altered.
Saturday 19th August
10-11 Intro AT principles
11-1 Yoga class
2.30 - 4.30 groups - Anatomy, Individual habits and their relationship with yoga poses
4.30-5 Meditation and reflection
Sunday 20th August
10 - 12 Yoga Class
12 - 1 Groups - standing, sitting, walking, bending etc
2 - 3 Group - Breathing and voice
3 - 4.30 Group and general review
4.30 -5 Meditation and conclusion
What people are saying about David Moore
"I have now been working as a yoga teacher for almost ten years and I have had the pleasure to work with many differently bodied people, including lots of people in chronic pain. I have seen the wonders that yoga has done in gently untying the emotional, physical and mental knots that people's lives, habits, choices and luck have created. I am and will be forever grateful to yoga's incredible transformative power. And yet, sometimes in my teachings, I would feel stuck in giving the right advice to students with certain deeply ingrained physical habits of coordination. My yoga teacher training did not prepare me for that level of analysis. Last July, I had the pleasure to host David Moore and Rossella Buono, in a six hour workshop at our studio in English Yoga Berlin. They brought the Alexander Technique into yoga and into my life. They provided me with the missing link" - Pinelopi -teacher at English Yoga Berlin
I have lived with chronic pain for many years and this yoga has helped me so much. Each teacher has adapted poses for my needs and taught me how to tune into the needs of my own body. Can't thank David and the other teachers enough, - Marid Thorpe - yoga student, Melbourne
Great yoga teachings, learning to perform the moves and stretches in keeping with the design of the body, and how we're meant to move. Love it! - Helene Goldberg - Alexander teacher in Melbourne
What people are saying about the book "Smart Yoga"
Smart Yoga is a useful guidebook on navigating the Alexander Technique with yoga practices. The book is filled with diagrams and photos throughout to complement the text.
The book explores tadasana, floor stretches, squatting poses, standing poses, twists, forward bends, backbends, hip openers, inverted poses and plank variations in great depth. I would recommend the book to anyone curious about the Alexander Technique and wanting to go into more details on the principles underpinning the methods as it relates to various yoga poses.
It’s great to get another layer of perspective applied to poses, especially in preventing injury and building greater body awareness. I found the background and development of the Alexander Technique fascinating and can see how it would complement yoga practice. - from Yoga Today, the magazine of Yoga Australia
"This book is a must-read for modern day yogis searching for optimum coordination in poses to help them avoid the trap of trying to do yoga poses in a way that reinforces harmful patterns of thinking and movement" - From Amsat News - magazine of American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. - Suzanne Faulkener