For a lightness in living
With Harriet Anderson in Brighton & Hove BN3

Finding Poise

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One of the many benefits of learning the Alexander Technique is that we can achieve greater poise in our everyday lives.  And where better to see what poise looks like than in classical statues – and their later imitations. I can’t help thinking that one of the reasons why classical statues were – and still are – so admired, is that they embody the graceful good posture that most of us would like to have. They can show us how the human body can look when the head, neck and back are in dynamic alignment and there is a sense of an internal upward movement while at the same time remaining well grounded – all elements of the Alexander Technique.

Although we are made to move, and the Technique is very much about moving and not about positions, we can still allow ourselves to be inspired by the poise and suggestion of the potential for movement in classical-style statues. So the next time you see a classical statue or an imitation of one, have a good look.

And such statues may be more common than you think. You can find them not only in museums, but also in stately homes, and often imitations in parks, squares, in the street or on the facade of buildings that were meant to impress. This photo, for example, was taken in the park of the imperial palace of Schönbrunn in Vienna, where the gravel paths are lined with imitation classical statues. And the city itself is full of them. Happy hunting!




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