Individual & Group Courses

Introductory Workshop

Back on Track conducts introductory workshops for groups of about 8-10 people.

These are periodically announced and conducted by the centre, They can also be organised for specific groups on demand, at this venue or elsewhere.

Duration: 3 hours.
 


Taster

This is for people who don’t know anything about AT and who would like a one-to-one session. A Taster session gives you some information about The Alexander Technique as well as an experience of an AT lesson.

Duration: 1 hour
 


Basic Course (Getting Started) – Individual

The Basic course, taught one-on one, consists of 15 lessons which

  • introduces you to the main ideas of The Alexander Technique
  • gives you an awareness of the tensions you are holding within yourself
  • teaches you to release them, in stillness and in action
  • starts you off on the process of applying these skills to your life, in your unique situation

You will feel confident enough to explore the Alexander Technique on your own after this course.  As with any skill, however, an occasional refresher helps keep the learning fresh

Duration:  40-45 min per lesson. Lessons may be scheduled daily, twice, or thrice a week depending on convenience. Usually, towards the latter part of the course, the gap between lessons is increased to give the student a chance to work independently for a longer period of time.
This course is usually taught one-to-one.
However, if you have a group of people who are interested in learning the Alexander Technique, you can explore the possibility of taking a group course.


Basic Course (Getting Started) - Group

The group course consists of 25 lessons. It

  • Is a mix of individual work and group activities  
  • introduces you to the main ideas of The Alexander Technique
  • gives you an awareness of the tensions you are holding within yourself
  • teaches you to release them, in stillness and in action
  • starts you off on the process of applying these skills to your life, in your unique situation

Group learning has the advantage of social interaction. Members can learn by watching the other participants, and comparing notes and experiences.

Ideal group size:  4 - 6 people, with a minimum of 4.
Duration: 1 hour
 

Scheduling of lessons will be according to the convenience of the group but it is advisable to follow the same pattern as for the Individual Course.

Advanced course

The Alexander Technique advanced course is developed for people who would like to explore, in greater depth, how the Technique can help them in their chosen area of skill. It can be done individually or as a group, and the number of lessons and fees is worked out on an individual basis. Lessons are scheduled according to convenience, but because students are already familiar with the basic concepts and practices of the Technique, it is possible to have fairly long gaps between them.


What does the teacher do?

During the lesson the teacher will be observing your posture and movement patterns. She will also supplement the visual information in a very important way by using her hands, gently placing them on your neck, shoulders, back and so on. The teacher is using her hands in order to get more refined information about your patterns of breathing and moving.

To help her with this, she will probably ask you to perform some simple movements - perhaps walking, or standing up or sitting down in a chair - while her hands are kept in easy contact with your body.

At the same time that the teacher's hands are gathering information, they will also be conveying information to you. The teacher's hands will gently guide your body to encourage a release of restrictive muscular tension. Members of group classes will not have one to one attention from the teacher, but the session will include activities which will help participants explore and work with their own tension patterns. You will also have the advantage of being able to observe and learn from the other members of the group.
 


What to expect

Alexander lessons are not painful. There is nothing physically aggressive about the work. On the contrary, it is a process of allowing the student to release tension and the harmful habits that were responsible for it - at the pace that suits him or her, individually.

No special clothing is required. Loose, comfortable clothes that allow you to breathe and move freely are best - and because table work is an integral part of the lesson, women often find that salwars, or track suits are better than skirts or sarees.