What is The Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is practical, embodied mindfulness for your daily life. Through study of the Alexander Technique, you learn skills for improved posture, more freedom of movement, and reduced tension and strain. You learn practices to bring calm, centered attention to each activity, fostering emotional resilience and personal growth. You learn about your habitual responses — from the way you sit in a chair (which could contribute to pain) to how you deal with difficult news (which could lead to stress) — and discover processes that allow you to stop the cycle of habit from governing your life. You make connections within yourself, between yourself and your environment, and with the world around you. You open to the possibility of lasting transformation at all levels.
Schedule a Lesson
Individual lessons (in-person or online) provide an opportunity for focused attention that leads to deep and lasting change. Since each of us has our own habits, which are unique to us (our bodies, our work, and our personalities), the safe and supportive environment of an individual Alexander Technique lesson with Meagan gives you support to learn about yourself with expert guidance. Both lesson formats utilize, simple, everyday activities as a real-life laboratory to learn about our habits. During in-person lessons, Meagan provides gentle, hands-on and verbal instruction, to help you learn new ways of moving and being. During online lessons, verbal instruction gives you the opportunity to learn concretely how your mind and body work together in movement, and how changes in thinking and attention have a direct impact on your body. Whatever the format, Alexander Technique lessons are a way to discover more about yourself, to make connections, to open the door to your own transformation.
Group classes, offered from time to time, provide a fun and collaborative space for self-discovery. Check out the current schedule of public classes below, or contact Meagan to organize a class for your community.
Current Schedule of Classes
The Reopen from Center group class series will introduce you to the basic principles and tools of the Alexander Technique, including simple but powerful processes for centering, awareness, and ease in stressful moments. By the end of the series, you will have begun to craft your own Reopening Plan, incorporating your own choices about how you want to move into the next phase of life with tools learned in the class. This group offering — online or in-person! — allows you to learn in supportive community, whether this is your first experience with the Alexander Technique, or want to refresh and deepen your understanding.
Want to learn more? Read the class series description and details here.
What People Are Saying
Plagued by a combination of artistic frustration and back pain, and with the endorsement of Alexander Technique from some of the country’s most respected musicians, I decided to reach out to Meagan Johnson for help. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I realize now that I had forgotten what progress looks like. I have been making steady and pronounced improvement. My back pain improved quickly and I am particularly excited about my musical growth. I have gained skills of self-awareness of the habits which get in my way. If you have a problem and you think you understand it, but you still have the problem, you do not understand it. Investigate differently. I am 40 years old now, and I only wish I had done this earlier in life.”
violinist, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Founder, Total Vocal Freedom
Meagan can meet you wherever your technology can take you, and gives helpful advice and cues in any and all situations. She has watched me play at the keyboard, pick up books, wash dishes, and we even made pie dough and pasta with my tablet against the end of the kitchen wall. Doing these ‘mundane’ kitchen activities really helped me to bring Alexander Technique into my daily life.
I haven’t altered all my habits in my twenty lessons with Meagan. I have, however, created an incredibly strong base to continue to move with freedom and ease no matter the circumstance, and am incredibly thankful for the intensive lessons and experience.
DMA, August 2020
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Further Reading on
The Alexander Technique
In my professional life, I’ve been privileged to work in a number of different fields. I teach the Alexander Technique to individuals and groups, I direct a choir, I teach voice, and I’ve done all of those in a range of settings. However, in every one of those...
Earlier this year, I had the wonderful privilege of presenting at the Midwest American Choral Directors Association conference, with “Process, Poise, Presence: Tools from the Alexander Technique for Wellbeing in Music and Daily Life.” Teaching Alexander Technique to...
The perfect is the enemy of the good. - Voltaire I was re-introduced to this phrase, paraphrased from a quote of Voltaire, near the end of 2020. In a discussion on social media about process-oriented ways to approach exercise, I was exploring the idea that, while I...