Using the Principles of the Alexander Technique

These videos provide basic information about some of the basic Alexander Technique directions I teach online, and how you can use them to sit, stand and go through life with greater ease and efficiency. They represent an experiment on my part to test the usefulness these kinds of videos. I suggest setting things up so you can pause and rewind the videos from time to time in order to give you more time to experiment with the processes covered. (Based on the feedback I’ve received, at some point I hope to create more, and even shorter, versions of this material. I’ll be sans glasses!)

Fantastic videos – especially, for me, the last one.  I use these ideas all the time and they’ve made a huge impact on my life.  Thank you Robert! – Matt Harris-Jones, Sydney, Australia

They have proven useful for anyone prepared to engage in a bit of self-experimentation, and they can they can be used to supplement Alexander Technique lessons or classes, either on-line or in person. Your comments and questions are most welcome – please send them to me here:

Very useful shows, thank you. I found the recent Freedom Direction ‘I am free’ helpful at all times – even in the dentist’s chair whilst undergoing surgery. I appreciate too your emphasis on applying directions with a light touch. Your hints in this regard, such as how you might notice a piece of furniture, are great. – Ian Stone, London England

My inspiration for this project comes from the Kahn Academy’s goal of “flipping the classroom” by posting free online courses in just about any topic imaginable, thereby freeing up classroom time for questions, discussion and more in-depth and interactive learning. Audio versions or these instructional videos, from the Alexander Technique Podcast, are available for listening or downloading here.

Thank you for the “Kahn Academy style” series of 6 videos. I love them. I am a very new student, one lesson, some reading, coming from tango dancing as my entry point and I’m captivated. Just want to encourage further video series. Rebecca Stauffer, Bayside, California

If these videos have been helpful to you, please consider making a donation by using the button below.  This will allow me to create additional instructional videos, with higher quality audio and video, and to purchase the equipment necessary to make more dynamic videos that demonstrate Alexander Technique principles and teaching procedures.

These videos are great! I spent about an hour experimenting with the directions and I can sense already that they’re working.  I wish I had learned about how to use directions from my Alexander Technique teacher. Lori Burker, Los Angeles, California

It will be very helpful if you can easily pause these videos in order for you to do the short experiments being described.

Thank you Robert! It took me a few tries before I really understood the process you’re describing, but once I did I noticed a new sense of lightness in my body that I had never experienced before.  Even more importantly, I now have tools I can use to improve my functioning in any situation.  As an ER nurse, this has made a huge difference for me in a very stressful environment. Jackie Burns, Brooklyn, New York


Lesson 1: Exploring and Testing a Freedom Direction

Lesson 2: The Power of Lightness

Lesson 3: The Challenge of Success

Lesson 4: Two New Freedom Directions

Lesson 5: When and how often to use Directions

Lesson 6: Using Paradoxical Directions