Larry Ball - Lessons in the Alexander Technique
A primal & vital journey to Self knowledge and expression
|Address:||San Rafael, CA 94901|
THE EXPLORATION AND PRACTICE OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
AS TAUGHT BY LARRY BALL
"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive...." - Joseph Campell
Alexander's work offers you a primal and vital journey to Self knowledge and expression. Through this exploration of your body, heart and psyche you can learn to recognize, experience, and untie the hold of physical and psychological misconceptions, stresses and anxieties that prevent many of us from becoming our truer selves (warts and all) and expressing our individual nature. This allows us to experience the rapture of being alive.
I began studying the Alexander Technique in 1976. I graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in San Francisco in 1979. At that time the school was under the direction of Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. I was a member of the school’s teaching faculty assisting Frank Otttiwell from 1981 to its closing in 2004. While a student in the school I worked with Patrick McDonald during his yearly visits to the school, as well as with Walter and Dilys Carrington during their visits and workshops. While a student and teacher in the school I worked extensively for over 10 years with Marjorie Barstow, both in San Francisco during her yearly visits to the school, and in Lincoln, Nebraska. Marjorie Barstow and Frank Ottiwell are my mentors.
I teach in San Rafael.
I am happy to answer any questions and discuss this work with you.
Office: (415) 491-1178
Cell: (415) 377-0449
Some Thoughts on the Alexander Technique
Historically Western civilization has failed to recognize the ability of our human body to help us know ourselves and live a truer, healthier life on earth. Instead, it generally limits such knowledge to our mind, to our ego. In a few places within our culture our heart is allowed to participate in the adventure of knowing ourselves.
However, there are very few places in our culture that even consider, much less allow, our body to have a role in this adventure. It is my experience that my body is capable of as much love, thought, wisdom and desire as my mind and heart. I believe the discoveries of the Alexander Technique provide each of us with a powerful and joyful means of allowing our body to reveal its gifts to us.
In my lessons with you a new body emerges from behind the habitual misconceptions, stresses and anxieties your ego and culture impose upon you. During those moments your body receives new experiences that also awaken your "innermost being and reality" as your body rediscovers its innate way of being and expression.
In lessons your body's immense energies are expressed and shared with your psyche (consciousness and unconsciousness) and your heart. Once experienced and explored with pointed attention you are able to begin to learn to allow these energies to express themselves in your choices, actions and movements.
Through this process of working with our body, psyche and heart, we are able to recognize, experience and untie the hold of habitual physical and psychological stresses, tensions and anxieties that prevent many of us from becoming our truer selves and expressiong our unique nature in the world. In doing so we also become stronger, healthier, happier and wiser human beings.
I believe we each were born with this primal and vital knowledge. However, I also believe most of us lost a great deal of this knowedge in the course of adapting ourselves to the family, culture and society we grew up in. These forces are very powerful and cause most of us to forget so much of this knowledge. Without the help of the energies and knowledge within our body, we live without the presence of a vital part of our whole being
Alexander's discoveries provide a primal and vital approach to allowing our bodies' energies to help us regain this knowledge. These discoveries enable us to better know and express our real nature in both our inner and outer worlds.
Your experiences in each lesson give you a powerful motivation to explore and practice this work on your own each day. In doing so, the strength and knowedge provided by your body grow and evolve. You learn to allow your whole body to participate equally with your mind and heart in teaching yourself how to live a truer and healthier life in the world of others and with the earth. The only thing asked of you is a willingess to experiment with a new way of listening to your body, heart and psyche..
COMMENTS ABOUT MY TEACHING
“As a student of movement for over 25 years, I have accumulated countless concepts, tips, and exercises that are meant to help me move and function better. But all of those things go out the window when working with Larry. He cuts through the fog and helps me see and experience that I already have everything I need to be free and whole right here, right now.
-- Matt Stevens, Linguist and Alexander Technique Teacher, AmSat
“Larry was one of my teachers at the Alexander Training Institute - SF. After graduating in 2003, I went to him for continued training for two intensive periods of study. Larry offers a very unique philosophical perspective on the Alexander Technique, which I believe guides his teaching. But I didn’t go to him for philosophy; I went to him for the experience of his touch. Under his hands, I felt harmony, the mystery of my body’s own potential to heal itself, and a sense of intrinsic movement and vitality. It would be an exaggeration to say that I could feel cellular movement, but that’s the type of metaphor that rises to mind when working with Larry. His quiet touch provides deep wells of space that were particularly important to me during times of distress. Studying with Larry will not give you simple answers. You will instead experience the mystery of life in the body. As a teacher, I often reference his work.
Elyse Shafarman, Alexander Technique teacher, MA. M.AmSat teacher
" As I write this I feel the echo of working with Larry just a few hours ago. And I feel re-opened in a new way - to my self and to my surroundings. Better not to say too much. Only to know that the direct experience is what matters and the quality of the vibration is much subtler than my ordinary materialistic experience. Right now I feel l like a buoy in calm gentle waters. This is in large part of just having worked with Larry."
David Page, Alexander Technique Teacher, AmSat
“ I can’t thank Larry enough for the inspiration his lessons have given me. I have been trying to resolve the contradiction between doing and non-doing for years, ever since my earliest workshop with Marjorie Barstow more than 30 years ago. The shift of verbal emphasis Larry teaches in the words “let the universe do it” just dissolves the problem. A miracle really. And what is even more fantastic is that in lessons Larry stays with the sensitivity of touch that allows ‘it’ to do itself. Wow.”
Marion Miller, Alexander Technique Teacher
“13 years ago Larry was my teacher at Alexander teacher's training school. Today he is my mentor. Larry's work opens a corridor of enlightenment that can only be found when one truly surrenders to the energy and balance of natural things.”
Alan Bolton, Alexander Technique teacher AmSAT.
“My lessons with Larry have been deeply healing and revealing for me and I've appreciated them enormously.”