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Just starting to explore the audio archive. I love it! Great background listening for constructive rest.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranon

Paul, this is a brilliant way to promote connections in the Alexander community and spread all the resources you have without the expenses of publishing etc.

And, it is already making a difference! Yesterday I had a lesson from an Alexander Technique teacher here in Montreal and we talked about the article about yoga. Since we are from very different training schools, it was wonderful to have a point of
departure for discussion.

Congratulations. I look forward to further developments."

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKit Racette

I think you are tremendously imaginative with the Direction Journal site. The audio files, all of them, provide a wide range of topics that are thought provoking for me, as an Alexander teacher, and I anticipate will be of great interest to my more advanced students as well.

Also, you are a truly clever AT marketer. You've really brought Direction back to life, and you've found how to use technology to connect teachers, students and others who have interests associated with the technique (I'm thinking of the specialist in back pain you interviewed). I applaud all of your good work!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Salkind

I managed to navigate my way through your logging on process and changing my contact details - thanks to your brilliantly idiot proofed instructions - perfect for my level of computer awareness !

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia

Congratulations on what appears to be a very successful revival of Direction Journal!

I'm very excited about all the new content on the website and am thrilled at the prospect of sitting down and finding the time to listen to Walter's audios - what a wonderful resource - the Alexander community should be proud of you!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulia A'Court

Paul,
I found the conversation with Gitte beneficial to me in many ways and confirmed my email to you a couple of days ago about other modalities and AT and clients with various health issues.

Thank you for your ability to be creative for the AT community.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilla

Dear Paul and Directions,
I have really enjoyed the interview with Gitte Dollerup Fjordbo [sp?]. She said many refreshing things, such as: we need more interdisciplinary work; we need to know as AT teachers when we are not able to deal with a pupil's problem; that the AT can't deal with a compromised nervous system or skeletal structural problems. She does little pure Alexander teaching and combines disciplines. What heresy! I understand and approve of the need to keep the Technique pure and preserve its independence, but have come to similar 'heretical' views. Perhaps it comes down to what we give most importance to - our clients needs, or the Alexander Technique. Or, is the AT an 'end', or is it a' means where by'? [ED: received March 2008]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Thank-you very much for circulating this interesting interview. I was particularly interested to hear Ms. Fjordbo's views on using her expertise in trauma therapy and the Alexander Technique with the same students/patients. I have heard opposing views on the usefulness and legitimacy of combining the Technique with other disciplines, and have not yet reached any conclusions (and may never do so), so I am glad to be able to know her point of view. [ED: received March 2008]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Dear Paul,
I finally had a chance to listen to your interview with Mr. Frederick, and I'm very glad I did. It is quite interesting and I expect to return to it from time to time as I go through my training (I just completed my first term at the American Center for the Alexander Technique). I found it particularly inspiring to hear his thoughts about the prospects for the Technique to continue past the lifetime of its founder.

There are many things in the interview that I want to remember and ponder. One that stands out on first listening is his explanation of the importance of non-doing. It was the principle of inhibition that first enticed me to study the Technique: a skill so unknown to me that I had not conceived it could be learned, and yet that I already knew was necessary for me to solve my problems!

I look forward to continuing to receive your e-mails.
Best regards,
Karen G. Krueger
[ED: received March 2008]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I have to totally un-Alexander way rush to send you this mail, I'm SO excited!! I've been facing very similar things doing my training course and sometimes wondering if my developing approach is about finding the essence of the technique and how i see it or if i am i getting too far away from the essence!

I'm so super excited to read and hear about this De-rotation Approach. [ED: This recording is currently in the members only section] I had never heard about it before and i don't know if my long time teacher/ good friend/ (a life coach!) knows about it either but her approach is actually probably very similar to this De rotation - Somatic Experiencing way. I think over the years she's got it into me as well and that's the way i approach the technique and now doing the teacher training course this is the way things come up for me, finding the movement inside me.

Thank you, this is exactly what sharing information is about print, audio, touch... in what ever ways, all the ways!!!
[ED: received March 2008]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Direction Journal helps in many ways, personally I find it inspiring, sometimes I share them with my private students and as a teacher at a teachers training course and a theatre school I use articles to read and discuss them in the reading time.

The e-journal looks beautiful and I'm sure it will be successful!

Regards, Anna Koolen
[ED: received March 2008]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

The e-journal is very good. It gave me a variety of interesting articles and it has inspired me to re-read the Direction magazines that I already have. I love the wide-ranging topics that are explored in the journals and this is a good place to start to put thoughts together on different subject matters. That is what I really like....the variety and the way that Alexander Technique can be incorporated into everything we do.

I know that I can search the net for information that I need and articles to read, but I don't always have the time or the inclination to get on the computer...I would rather have a magazine that I can take with me wherever I go and can read whenever I have a quiet moment.
[ED: received March 2008]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarg

The E-Journal is really excellent. I really enjoyed the articles and would love to have access to more E-Journals in the future. It would be wonderful to have a library of the past Direction Journals scanned in and available to people. I would pay a fee for that access.
[ED: received March 2008]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

My personal favourite Direction Journal is the Equintation number. I seem to go back to that issue over and over again, finding inspiration for my work with riders. The line that has inspired me most comes from Lorna Faraldis' article that dressage is Alexander Technique on horesback and Alexander Technique is dressage without the horse. So well said - and so true! [ED: received November 2007]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Hi Paul,

Firstly, let me sincerely thank you for this audio.
I found it very good indeed.
I am only about 6 months into learning the Alexander Technique and still have ups and downs of pain/tension and relief.
I am one who really likes to "get" the principles of something. I find that the actual practice is then a lot easier.

It was great to listen to a master and hear his thinking.

Secondly, I would like to encourage you in what you are doing. From my view at least it looks like you are bringing the Technique to the world, using the power of the internet.
{ED: received October 2007]

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

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