How To Learn:
Introductory Courses

If one-to-one lessons are not for you, PAAT teachers regularly run short introductory courses.

These vary in format and duration. Some take place in the evening; some are offered as daytime courses. Such courses are perfect for beginners.

Each session includes practical work and a talk; some may have hands-on input from a qualified teacher.

Completing an introductory course can give you enough insight to enable you to consider how to continue learning the Technique and beginning to apply it to your life.

The cost of PAAT Introductory Courses varies according to length.

Online Alexander Technique Introductory Courses are also available, and you can find details about PAAT’s online teaching provision here.

PAAT teachers also staff adult education classes run by other agencies, though the fees for these courses are set by the operating agencies rather than PAAT.

All PAAT teachers have completed a four-year training course, and those working online have done CPD in virtual teaching. They are fully insured to work with individuals or groups and are bound by PAAT’s Code of Conduct.

Self-Compassion and The Alexander Technique — Starts Spring 2022

This course is a gentle introduction to Alexander Technique as a resource for resilience, calm and wellbeing which helps us to tap into our natural capacities for regeneration.

The aim of the course is to support us to gain insight into how we deplete ourselves in caring for others, or for a cause in the wider world, and to learn how we can give proper care and kindness to our own mind-body.  

Who is this course for?

If you would like

  • to learn to be kinder to yourself
  • if you care for family at home
  • if caring is your profession, or
  • you have a passion for a cause such as climate activism or social justice,

this course may be for you.

The approach is suitable whether the Technique is new to you, or whether you already have an Alexander practice. It does not require previous mindfulness experience.

How does it work?

In the midst of caring, we can inadvertently be causing ourselves harm as we try to juggle responsibilities to meet the various demands on our time and energy, as well as what may seem like our limited or depleted reserves of kindness and patience.

We may be yearning to connect with compassion to those in difficulty but in opening to suffering, we are drained, frozen, or find ourselves turning away. How can we stay sensitive yet strong and resilient when faced with suffering? Can we be more resilient without becoming numb or hardened?

F.M. Alexander’s insight was that we learn to use too much muscular effort (tension) simply to stay upright.  The ‘too-much’ pulls us out of shape, limiting and hurting us. The Technique is explored in this course to

  • develop compassionate awareness of the deep interrelation of thought, emotions and muscular contraction
  • learn how to let go of habitual mind-body reactions (including tension patterns)
  • provide very practical ways to bring about positive mind-body conditions so we can engage ourselves for good, enabling us to care for those around us without hurting ourselves.

In summary:

Learning the Alexander Technique is a powerful resource for wellbeing. This course blends self-compassion with a deeply practical means of cultivating genuine kindness to our own body-mind-heart and through that, to those we care for and the wider world.

Jo and Victoria are very experienced Alexander Technique teachers, who also work with AT teacher training and development.

In addition, Victoria teaches MBSR, MBCT and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living.

This course is being run through Intercultural Roots.

It starts on May 12th 6- 7.30 pm BST and runs for 8 weeks.

More info will be available soon but to register your interest, please contact the PAAT secretary.

All PAAT teachers have completed a four-year training course, and those working online have done CPD in virtual teaching. They are fully insured to work with individuals or groups and are bound by PAAT’s Code of Conduct.

alexander technique introductory course

PAAT Alexander Technique Introductory Courses