📣 Announcing AT for All $5 Mondays: for BIPOC & Queer folks, musicians, meditators, and more!

We’re excited to launch our Winter/Spring AT for All catalog. Follow us on Instagram or bookmark our website for our most timely updates.

AT for All Offerings at a Glance

All classes are on Monday evenings, and all are $5 suggested. No one will be turned away. And if you can pay more, that will pave the way for others. All levels welcome.

Monday, March 4, 6:30p–8p
Lane Kwederis
Settling the Nervous System When Performing

Monday, March 11, 6:30p–8p
Nadav Nazarathy
Effortless Awareness: Integrating Alexander Technique with Meditation

Monday, March 18, 5p–6:30pm
(please note different times)
Fanny Wyrick-Flax
AT for Musicians Series

Monday, March 25, 5p–6:30pm
(please note different times)
Fanny Wyrick-Flax
AT for Musicians Series

Monday, April 8, 6:30p–8p
Ariel Carson
AT for Resilience

Monday, April 15, 6:30p–8p
Emily Rodriguez & Stephen McLean
The Collective: a BIPOC Meeting Space for Learning AT

Monday, May 6, 6:30p–8p
Emily Rodriguez & Stephen McLean
The Collective: a BIPOC Meeting Space for Learning AT

Monday, May 13, 6:30p-8p
Tyler Stinziani
Poise Playground: Tapping into your Gravitational Groove

Off-site, time & place TBA
Tyler Stinziani
AT for Queer Youth

Monday, June 3, 6:30p–8p
Gayl Forman
AT for Seniors

AT for All Full Catalog

Monday, March 4, 6:30p–8p
Lane Kwederis

Settling the Nervous System When Performing

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Do your nerves get the best of you when you need to give a speech, presentation, or performance? We all are called on to perform in some way but many of us haven’t been taught the tools on how to work through the natural activation that happens when we have to “be on” in our nervous systems. This class will cover how to help settle our systems and be able to be able to perform with more ease and presence. Even if you just want to learn how to destress, this class is for you.

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.

This class adapts Alexander Technique principles to enhance seated meditation practices. By increasing our awareness of habitual tendencies, we can undo some of the physical constraints that frequently obstruct our ability to sit quietly and engage fully in our meditation practice. Throughout this course, participants will develop skills to identify and alleviate undue strain, fostering conditions that allow for a more focused and stable meditative state. This newfound awareness encourages a deeper exploration of the unknown, unlocking greater possibilities in both meditation and everyday activities.

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.

Monday, March 18, 5p–6:30pm
and Monday, March 25, 5p–6:30pm
Fanny Wyrick-Flax

AT for Musicians Series

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Most musicians learn that “practice makes perfect” – that they need to practice many repetitions for several hours a day to get to the next level. But what if there was another way? In this class, led by Juilliard faculty member Fanny Wyrick-Flax, we will uncover habitual patterns and explore new ways of doing things using the Alexander Technique. Bring your instrument to experiment in class, or just bring your primary instrument – yourself! Each class will conclude with a masterclass-style format with 2-3 participants performing a familiar piece of music or a warm-up with hands-on support from the teacher. Open to musicians of all levels.

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.

Monday, April 8, 6:30p–8p
Ariel Carson

AT for Resilience

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Resilience is required to thrive in today’s world, and it is cultivated through conscious embodiment. Learn how to work with your intentions, musculoskeletal system, breath, and nervous system regulation to cultivate greater psycho-physical bouncebackability. Let’s get springy together!

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

Monday, April 15, 6:30p–8p
and Monday, May 6, 6:30p–8p
Emily Rodriguez & Stephen McLean

The Collective:
a BIPOC Meeting Space for Learning AT

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In this session, open to all levels, we’ll create a safe and empowering space exclusively for people of color. Led by BIPOC instructors who understand the nuances of our lived experiences, our classes blend the principles of the Alexander Technique with cultural understanding and inclusivity. Through gentle guidance and exploration, we empower individuals to cultivate awareness, balance, and freedom of movement in a supportive community. Following the session, join us for a short meet and greet to build connections and strengthen our community bond. Together, we’ll explore the transformative potential of the Alexander Technique within the context of our diverse identities and experiences.

About The Collective, and Emily & Stephen

Emily Rodriguez & Stephen McLean

The Collective, led by Emily Rodriguez and Stephen McLean, is a group dedicated towards centering the thoughts and experiences of non-white students and practitioners in order to re-envision AT and find new ways of making it truly more inclusive and accessible. It is our hope that the BIPOC community within AT will continue to grow and flourish. We aim to support this effort through connecting within the community, sharing resources, and creating accessible content. Instagram: @thecollectivetechnique

In this class we will explore, through authentic movement, how we are continuously in a dance with gravity. Participants are encouraged (not required) to bring an activity to explore (writing, singing, playing an instrument, sewing, reading, using a laptop, a yoga pose) truly any activity you are curious about and we’ll explore how your gravitational groove shifts as you interact with your activity. Come ready to play, explore and groove into the unknown!

Tyler Stinziani

Tyler Stinziani is an embodied mindfulness practitioner certified by AmSAT in the Alexander Technique. As a queer, non-binary person they are deeply dedicated to cultivating spaces that are brave enough for you to explore and play within. Synthesizing their experience as a professional actor (they hold a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Wright State University), Tyler works with performing artists to foster a sense of curiosity, openness, and fluidity in the practice room / rehearsal space so that you may tap into a more poised, embodied, and present state of being that is fully YOU.

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They are passionate about helping all of their students find ease in their daily lives and exploring with them to uncover their most authentic selves.

Tyler has been an assistant teacher of the Alexander Technique for Actors at Fordham University. They also teach private lessons and group classes in Midtown Manhattan.

| connect | explore | stay curious |

www.TylerStinziani.com

instagram: @tylerstinziani_

Tyler Stinziani

AT for Queer Youth

Coming in June, exact time and place TBA.
Check back for details.

Explore the transformative power of the Alexander Technique and uncover your most authentic self. In a supportive and brave environment where you can connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges we will cultivate a space that is affirming, validating, and free from judgment. We will explore practical ways you can foster confidence, self-acceptance, support, resilience, and consciously break down barriers (both mental and physical) that have been acquired for means of safety. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, ask questions, and engage in exploration related to queer identity, body image, self-expression, and self-acceptance.

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