Are you an 'end-gainer'?

Do you wish you could really apply thinking and consciousness in your daily life?

Miss Goldie challenged her pupils to THINK. To stop and make fresh choices rather than blunder on in the old patterns. She gave me the challenge of building a new habit of coming conscious with each activity of daily life. 

This club and course provides the opportunity to explore the thinking and consciousness processes involved for many of the different actions of daily life. Make new discoveries about your movement patterns and the technique for yourself, as Alexander taught his first trainees to do. You then have new experiences to bring to your own teaching.

Over time, learn to come present and embodied in all the main activities of your daily life, including as you speaking. Discover new ways of moving and being for each moment of your day. Build greater self-confidence and presence.

 Each month's explorations are based around a theme, drawn from a chapter or two of my book The Alexander technique - twelve fundamentals on Integrated movement. (You will need a copy of the book.)


Each week you receive:

  • a short instructional video for a real life situation

  • audio guide for your daily activity

  • voice work challenge (from month 2)

"Give yourself a lesson every day" Miss Goldie

Be an adventurer in your own life - explore the unknown in the familiar. Life need never be boring again!

In your monthly club seminar
with Penelope
you can:

  • share your discoveries

  • ask questions

  • enjoy a longer guided exploration in embodiment and thinking

  • take an embodied speaking challenge

  • meet other adventurers in break-out room work

Course curriculum

This curriculum is provisional, it may change as we go on according to needs of participants.

From month two, explorations will include voice work. We will do separate challenges for this as the course progresses

  • 1

    Month 1. Movement is led by the eyes.

    • Introduction to the Miss Goldie Challenge club course

    • 1.1: eyes lead walking

    • 1.1: eyes lead walking, audio download

    • 1.2: eyes lead turning on the spot

    • 1.2: eyes lead turning on the spot, audio download

    • 1.3: eyes lead to sit in a chair

    • 1.3: eyes lead to sit in a chair, audio download

    • 1.4: eyes track standing up from a chair

    • 1.4: eyes track standing up from a chair, audio download

  • 2

    Month 2. Breathing in activity.

    • Introduction to month 2

    • 2.1: breathing as you open a door

    • 2.1: breathing as you open a door, audio download

    • 2.2: breathing as you walk

    • 2.2: breathing as you walk, audio download

    • 2.3: breathing as you turn on the spot

    • 2.3: breathing as you turn on the spot, audio download

    • 2.4: breathing as you sit / stand

    • 2.4: breathing as you sit / stand, audio download

  • 3

    Month 3: morphing into movement using spatial directions, and beginning to vocalise

    • Introduction to month 3

    • 3.1: rolling out of bed

    • 3.1: rolling out of bed

    • 3.2: walking to and then bending to pick up something small off your kitchen table

    • 3.2: walking to and then bending to pick up something small off your kitchen table, audio

    • 3.3: walking to and then bending to pick up something small off a low table

    • 3.3: walking to and then bending to pick up something small off a low table, audio

    • 3.4: bending to something in a low cupboard

    • 3.4: bending to something in a low cupboard, audio

    • 3.5: bending to shoes or bag on floor – and coming up

    • 3.5: bending to shoes or bag on floor – and coming up, audio

  • 4

    Month 4. upper and lower body integration, with Initial AT spoken directions and pulls

    • Introduction to month 4

    • 4.1: walking corridor adding 1-2-3 on one breath

    • 4.1: walking corridor adding 1-2-3 on one breath - audio download

    • 4.2: Bending to something on a table / low table – stabilising upper body and breathing

    • 4.2: Bending to something on a table / low table – stabilising upper body and breathing - audio

    • 4.3: lunge to low cupboard

    • 4.3: lunge to low cupboard - audio

    • 4.4: Stabilising a leg lift to put on pants / trousers

    • 4.4: Stabilising a leg lift to put on pants / trousers - audio

  • 5

    Month 5: Standing without loss of tone, and building presence (with vocalising games)

    • Introduction to month 5

    • 5.1: Walking then stopping without loss of tone

    • 5.1: Walking then stopping without loss of tone - audio

    • 5.2: waiting in a queue and feet alignment

    • 5.2: waiting in a queue and feet alignment - audio

    • 5.3: feet alignment and walking your corridor

    • 5.3: feet alignment and walking your corridor - audio

    • 5.4: stability while putting on trousers

    • 5.4: stability while putting on trousers - audio

  • 6

    Month 6: adding directions to the arms.

    • Introduction to Month 6. Spatial relationships and use of the arms

    • 6.1: Reaching to a light switch

    • 6.1: Reaching to a light switch - audio

    • 6.2: Opening a high cupboard

    • 6.2: Opening a high cupboard - audio

    • 6.3: taking an item from a high shelf

    • 6.4: Drinking from a mug

    • 6.4: Drinking from a mug - audio

    • 6.5. Using a computer mouse

    • 6.5. Using a computer mouse - audio

    • 6.3: taking an item from a high shelf - audio

  • 7

    Month 7. Tone and stability while sitting - leg pulls and spoas

    • Introduction to Month 7

    • 7.1: Refreshing tone while sitting at a computer

    • 7.1: Refreshing tone while sitting at a computer - audio

    • 7.2: Sit to stand with new foot alignment

    • 7.2: Sit to stand with new foot alignment - audio

    • 7.3: Putting on socks while sitting

    • 7.3: Putting on socks while sitting - audio

    • 7.4: Maintaining tone in psoas as we roll out of semi supine or out of bed

    • 7.4: Maintaining tone in psoas as we roll out of semi supine or out of bed - audio

  • 8

    Month 8: Noticing your reactivity, making clear choices.

    • Introduction to month 8

    • 8.1: Coming conscious of decisions – whether they are clear or unclear?

    • 8.1: Coming conscious of decisions – whether they are clear or unclear? - audio

    • 8.2: Come conscious of decisions as you tidy the bedroom - audio

    • 8.2: Come conscious of decisions as you tidy the bedroom.

    • 8.3: Come conscious of decisions as you sort the kitchen.

    • 8.3: Come conscious of decisions as you sort the kitchen - audio

    • 8.4: Come conscious of decisions as you leave the house.

    • 8.4: Come conscious of decisions as you leave the house - audio

  • 9

    Month 9. More complex tasks – clothing and responsive action:

    • 9.1: pulling on socks| 9.2: pulling on trousers| 9.3: putting on cardigans or coats| 9.4: fastening zips / buttons / hooks

  • 10

    Month 10. Staying back and wide in upper body.

    • 10.1: Turning a tap; 10.2: opening a door; 10.3: typing; 10.4: eating

  • 11

    Month 11. More complex tasks – eating and drinking with responsive action

    • 11.1: Using a fork. 11.2: Drinking from a mug. 11.3: Eating with fingers . 11.4: Eating fruit.

  • 12

    Month 12. Integrating feet and leg pulls.

    • 12.1: Crossing room 12.2: Driving / cycling; 12.3:Stairs and hills 12.4:Refreshing tone while at computer

  • 13

    Month 13. Force matching

    • 13.1: Lifting kettle 13.2: Turning tap 13.3: Opening door 13.4: Lifting shopping

  • 14

    Month 14. Kitchen care - tasks in ‘monkey’

    • Washing up; The dishwasher meditation; Reaching down into drawers; Reaching into low cupboards

  • 15

    Month 14. Cooking; using oppositions in arms and hands to find strength and coordination together

    • Chopping veg; Stirring saucepans; Pouring / serving; Wiping surfaces

  • 16

    Month 15: Housework; staying with your back

    • Vacuuming; Sweeping; Washing floor; cleaning toilet

  • 17

    Month 16: Gardening; finding strength from the back and legs

    • Digging ; Weeding; Brushing drive; Wheeling wheelbarrow

  • 18

    Month 17: laundry; finding whole body strength through into arms

    • Carrying basket; Loading machine; Hanging clothes; Folding and storing

  • 19

    Month 18: hands on back of chair: strength through antagonistic lengthening relationships of limbs and torso

    • Moving a chair; Lifting chairs and walking with them; Inverting chairs on a table; opening ziplock bags

  • 20

    Month 19: self care; delicate movements of hands

    • Hair-brushing; applying moisturiser to face; other

  • 21

    month 20: Teeth cleaning: maintaining oppositional lengthening for coordination

    • leaning over basin; opening and applying toothpaste, cleaning teeth; flossing

  • 22

    Month 21: stretching up on toes

    • Dusting; Changing lightbulb; Wiping windows/shower panels; Lifting from high shelf

  • 23

    Month 22: The bathroom; whole body coordination

    • Sitting on the loo Twisting for the paper Tearing the paper Wiping your bum

  • 24

    Month 23: in the shower; more whole body coordination and sensory awareness

    • soaping your back; washing your feet; washing your hair; drying yourself

  • 25

    Month 24: what else?

    • open to suggestions as to what else we cover!

Facilitator

Penelope Easten

Penelope’s story. I initially read zoology at Cambridge university. I took my first lessons in 1983 and qualified in 1989 from the North London Alexander School (Misha Magidov). After training, my use fell apart, as no-one had taught me to work on myself. This took me to Miss Goldie, who stripped away everything I had learnt, and rebuilt it as she saw the technique should be - a scary process! I worked with her for four years, and that began a thirty-year journey to understand the differences and power of Miss Goldie’s amazing work. It has taken me to many other teachers – including Erika Whittaker, John Hunter, and Jeando Masoero, and to many avenues of exploration and understanding – both scientific and alternative. From age seventeen, I also battled with another 30-year journey - with chronic fatigue syndrome. This is now sorted, but after it I needed to rebuild tone and strength, and increased calm and resilience, which this work has enabled. I have been teaching workshops on Miss Goldie’s work since the Oxford Congress in 2004, in UK, Ireland (including the Limerick Congress), Germany and America. My book: The Alexander technique. The twelve fundamentals of integrated movement was published by Handspring Publishing in March 2021. I live and work in County Clare in the West of Ireland with my husband, cat, two dogs, and a beautiful view. I am passionate to share this work that can bring us such renewed vigour, sense of youthful springiness and calm presence.

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