Blog of the Week: Walking the Alexander Way

Originally posted by Amy Ward Brimmer on 

I have once again started a daily walk for exercise.  I am rediscovering how authentically enjoyable this is. When I hear voices of resistance trying to stop me from cultivating this discipline, I try to remember that. It feels really good to get out there, even on a hot and sticky day in the Delaware Valley, even when I’d rather take a nap or watch TV, even when I feel sore from too much yoga or gardening or housework (people who know me are snickering right now: “when does Amy do housework?”).

Nearly every day I’m able to find pleasure in briskly walking two or more miles, and it’s because I know the Alexander Technique.  My understanding of how to walk well means I am free to notice the power and energy I produce, and the beautiful scenery I encounter, and the other people who are out there trying to get and stay healthy, too.  Applying the Alexander Technique gives me the freedom to let my legs move my torso along, to let my neck be free of tension so my head can bob along in balance as I move.  It means I can breathe easily and powerfully, with awareness of my back and what is behind me.  I can extend gratitude to my feet, which do so much for me all day long.

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