Individual Lessons

Individual Lessons

Individual Lessons

There’s no substitute for direct experience when it comes to the Alexander Technique, and no substitute to private lessons when it comes to helping change individual habits.

Looking to start lessons with a particular teacher, or new to the technique and need help finding the right teacher for you? Get in touch to let us help match you with a teacher in our network.

Or, look through our roster of independent AmSAT-certified teachers affiliated with our training course. Our network of teachers draws from different levels of experience, lineages, and unique specialties; we can help find the right fit for you.

Interested in discounted individual lessons for low cost or donation? AT For All offers discounted lessons with participating third-year trainees and AmSAT-certified teachers from our community.

Nan Walsh

Nan Walsh, m.AmSAT, M.F.A., M.A. is the founder and director of RIAT (Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique) Teacher Certification Program (2014-present). Prior to directing RIAT, she co-directed Alexander Technique New York City; she has graduated over sixty AmSAT certified teachers. Nan is also the founder and Executive Director of RIAT’s umbrella nonprofit organization, Sapientia Initiative, Inc. (2020). She is author of Unsmudged: An Encounter with Peggy Williams, a First Generation Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She received her teacher certification in 1995 after training at ACAT; and subsequently undertook extensive post-graduate work in London with first generation teachers Peggy Williams and Walter Carrington.

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Nan holds a M.A in Psychology and Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary (2021), and a M.F.A in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University (1982).

She served on AmSAT’s Board of Directors in 2009-2011, and served an extended tenure as AmSAT’s Chair (2010-2011); she served on AmSAT’s Leadership Advisory Council (2012-2014); and the Professional Conduct Committee (2008). Nan was awarded AmSAT’s Certificate of Merit in 2012.

Nan is also a long standing practitioner of tai chi, western style boxing, contemplative meditation, and depth psychology.

Lori Schiff

Lori Schiff, m.AmSAT, is an associate director  and senior faculty member of RIAT .She is a full time faculty member of The Juilliard School, and Guest Teaching Artist at the New World Symphony.  She has served as the Alexander Technique Teacher on the faculty at The Aspen Music Festival and School, The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist’s Program, the 92nd Street Y, The Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, and The American Center for The Alexander Technique.

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Ms. Schiff qualified at ACAT in 1987. She did post graduate work with the Carringtons and the teachers at The Constructive Teaching Centre in London.She has introduced the Alexander Technique to groups and institutions across the country including Master Classes at The Metropolitan Opera, West Point Military Academy, The San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, National Youth Orchestra of China, The New York Youth Symphony, and Aspen Sports Medicine.She has presented classes to Teachers of the Alexander Technique at AmSAT Meetings in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Las Vegas, New York City, Boston and Minneapolis. She was a guest speaker at The International Congress for the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland. Ms. Schiff is the founding Director of Flight Feather Productions, LLC.She maintains her private practice in New York City. More information and a link to her video, The Alexander Technique: Musician’s Method for Improvement can be found at www.lorischiff.com
www.flightfeatherproductions.com

Ariel Carson

Ariel Carsonm.AmSAT, SEP, is an associate director and faculty member at RIAT.  She received  her AmSAT teaching certification through Alexander Technique New York City (ATNYC), headed by teachers Nan Walsh and John Nicholls.

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Ariel is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and SE training assistant. She has assisted at The Juilliard School, and guest taught at Boston University where she earned her BFA. She has also been a guest teacher at The Colburn School, and Saint Ann’s School. Ariel previously worked as a teaching artist for the Leadership Program, teaching leadership skills through the arts to under-served students in New York City public schools. She is the organizer of the Healing for Activists NYC chapter. From her work with U.S. veterans, to performers, to activists, to the LGBTQ+ community, Ariel is most interested in teaching the Alexander Technique as part of a holistic and multifaceted approach to cultivating greater sustainability, vitality, and freedom in the body-minds of her current and future clients. www.wavesomatics.com

Bill Connington

Bill Connington, m.AmSAT, is the former Chairman of the Board of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and author of three books on the Alexander Technique, one co-authored with Judith Leibowitz. Bill is a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and has taught at the Juilliard School, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the Actors Studio MFA Program.

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He is an actor and filmmaker; his next feature film is currently in editing. Bill is a graduate of ACAT and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. https://www.bloomsbury.com/author/bill-connington

Caren Bayer

Caren Bayer, m.AmSAT, received her certification from Patrick MacDonald in London in 1984. Since then, she has maintained a private practice in New York City as well as leading workshops in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, England, and Canada. 

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After inheriting Rivka Cohen’s training program, Caren opened Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique, certifying teachers from 2001-2014. She has been on the faculty of Pacific College for Oriental Medicine and the New School for Social Research. As a former dancer and longtime student of the martial arts, Caren brings 40 years of movement research to her teaching.

Diane Bruce

Diane Bruce m.AmSat, is a professional violinist and Alexander Teacher in Metuchen, NJ and Manhattan, and in Chautauqua, NY. during the summer.
She trained at ACAT and RIAT, receiving certification in 2019.

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Diane holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Juilliard and in her 40 year music career has toured Europe and Asia, played regularly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City and on Broadway.
See dianebruce-alexandertechnique.com for more information

Emily Rodriguez

Emily Rodriguez, m. AmSAT was certified at RIAT. She is a conservatory-trained actor and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also co-founder of The Collective, a group dedicated to centering BIPOC voices within the Technique.

Fanny Wyrick-Flax

Fanny Wyrick-Flax, m.AmSAT, began studying the Alexander Technique in 2011 and completed her certification in 2022. Fanny is a member of The Juilliard School’s Alexander Technique Faculty in the Music Division and serves as Assistant Faculty at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. She has been a guest teacher at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, The Juilliard Preparatory Division, Orchestrating Dreams, and Sapientia Initiative’s AT for All. Fanny has also been an Assistant Faculty member in Alexander Technique at Manhattan School of Music and at The Fordham Theatre Program.

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In private lessons and group classes, Fanny helps people to access efficiency, coordination, and confidence in their daily lives. Drawing from her background as a professional flutist, Fanny works with performing artists to address and prevent performance-related injuries, cultivate openness and curiosity in the practice room, and tap into balanced fluidity and resonance on stage.

Fanny attended the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique, a three-year training course certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). She trained with second-generation teachers Nan Walsh, Lori Schiff, and Caren Bayer.

Fanny teaches private lessons in Manhattan’s Flatiron District and on the Upper West Side. For more information, visit www.fannywyrickflax.com or follow her on IG @fawylax.

Gayl Forman

Gayl Forman, m.AmSAT.  Introduced the technique to members at Gilda’s Club, NYC. Completed the Alexander Technique Teacher Training program at RIAT, her training having begun at Balance Arts Center, before it was interrupted by stage 4 colon cancer. Early study of the Alexander Technique began with Kitty Wielopolska and Missy Vineyard and continued with Lydia Yohay over many decades. 

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Dance background: 2005, attained the Simonson Jazz Dance Teacher certification and substitute taught beginners at Dance New Amsterdam. 1999, taught dance at the Columbus Park West Nursery. 1998, Assistant to Ellen Robbins, choreography class for 9 year olds. 1986, became a member of the Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theatre company. Worked with Anna Sokolow, Nancy Topf and Simone Forti. Dance major at SUNY, Purchase. As a child, studied Ballet, Modern, Duncan and Folk with performances in television and outdoor settings. Private practice, lessons scheduled by appointment: 917-952-9125; gaylforman54@gmail.com.

Lane Kwederis

Lane Kwederis is AmSAT certified (1600 hours) and trained at the RIAT Center. She is a certified Reiki healer and has a BFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory. She is passionate about helping others become more mindful and embodied in a more connected and empowering way.

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Lane is an accomplished performer, singer, writer, director, and has been involved in many projects on the stage and screen including the national tour of Dirty Dancing, house teams at UCB, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Broad City, and Master of None. She has a BFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory and is trained in voice, movement, and dance so she is specially equipped to help any performers when they find themselves dealing with issues in these areas.

She is passionate about helping others become more mindful and embodied in a more connected and empowering way.

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown is a graduate of the American Center for the Alexander Technique. She worked as a civil rights attorney for many years; however, her experience studying the Alexander Technique was so meaningful that she changed careers and became an AT teacher.

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Melissa enjoys teaching a wide range of students from actors to people dealing with stress, pain, or other physical issues. She teaches group classes and private lessons in her studio in NYC and conducts a weekly group class at the Manhattan JCC. She has also taught classes and presented workshops to actors at Seton Hall University, Iona State College, Jon Shear’s Studio, the Actors Connection, Marissa Lynn Studios, and Jaime Lozano’s international program that brings musical theatre students to NYC from Monterrey, Mexico. Before the pandemic, she taught residents at Haven House, a residential facility in East Harlem that provides assistance to HIV positive clients with substance use issues. Given her background as a civil rights attorney and commitment to advocacy work, it has been very important to her to be able to continue to work with people from underserved communities. Melissabrownnyc.com

Nadav Nazarathy

Nadav Nazarathy, m.AmSAT, completed his AmSAT certified training (1600 hours) at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique headed by Nan Walsh and associate directors Lori Schiff & Ariel Carson.

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Nadav is also a jazz pianist in training and holds a degree in jazz performance (BFA, 2017) from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he first began to study the Alexander Technique with Caren Bayer, Rebecca Tuffey and Cynthia Reynolds. Upon graduating the New School, he immediately began his Alexander Technique teacher training and graduated as a certified teacher in 2020. Nadav maintains a private practice of teaching the Technique alongside performances with jazz ensembles in New York and abroad, while also teaching piano in ways which are influenced by the principles of the Technique. Currently residing in Chelsea, New York, Nadav is faculty at the teacher’s training course at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique, while also teaching people from diverse backgrounds individually and in groups.

Robin Schiff

Robin Schiff has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years, Pilates for almost 20. Her teaching experience includes 16 years teaching faculty and students at Brooklyn College, both Pilates and Alexander. She was on the faculty at Mannes Conservatory and RIAT, regularly subbed at the Actor’s Studio, gave workshops at the AmSAT meetings in San Francisco, Boston and New York, and has presented and led numerous and ongoing workshops throughout NYC and at several NY Alexander teacher trainings.

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Her previous work experience includes music therapist, youth orchestra conductor, programmer/analyst and supervising physical education student teachers. Robin teaches privately in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Roughly half her students take Alexander lessons and half combine Pilates and/or functional movement with the Alexander Technique.

Serena Venditto

Serena Venditto, m.AmSAT, completed her 1600 hours of AmSAT training at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) headed by Nan Walsh and associate directors Lori Schiff & Ariel Carson.

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As a recovering perfectionist and chronic over-thinker, Serena learned how to be more present and move with more freedom through the Alexander Technique. Now, she wants to share this work with others who want to connect more fully to themselves and the world around them.

Silas Harris

Silas Harris, m.AmSAT, was one of the youngest people ever to be certified by the AmSAT board at his time of certification. His teaching focuses on playfulness, curiosity, and taking the stress out of self exploration.

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Currently, he teaches individual private lessons, and is available for group workshops or specialized classes. Silas is a stage and voice actor, and is passionate about helping people express themselves and find their voices. For more information about his teaching, go to silasemersonharris.com/alexandertechnique.

Stephen McLean

Stephen McLean is a RIAT graduate.

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Sue Wong

Susan Wong, m.AmSAT is a small batch producer of specialty baked goods, an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, a business transformation leader, a road cycler and a student of Pilates and QiGong.

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After years of searching for answers to unexplainable health challenges limiting her ability to do the most basic things like opening a jar not to mention all the things she’s most passionate about. It was through injuries and pain she developed a program built on a foundation that integrates her expertise into simple concepts for us to move with less effort doing the things that give us the greatest joy.

RIAT has a colorful array of skilled teachers with varying levels of experience (some with 40+ years of teaching). All our teachers have strong connections to the fundamental practices and principles of the Technique. Each teacher has additional experience in complementary and/or supportive practices that both enrich their work with the Alexander Technique, and place it within a contemporary context.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for a thriving community. RIAT’s Community Outreach Program (AT For All) provides the opportunity for underserved communities to experience the Technique. Learn more

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