Group Classes

Group Classes

Explore our latest group classes.

AT for All Classes

Whether you’re new to the Alexander Technique, or you’re just hungry for more, our specialized group classes offer an abundance of ways to apply AT to your life and help you feel better. Taught by graduates of RIAT, RIAT teachers or Affiliates, these pay-what-you-can offerings currently range from AT for Musicians, to AT for Seniors, to using the Technique to practice resilience, to spaces specifically designed for BIPOC or Queer folks to explore the Technique.

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.

for all levels
led by RIAT Graduates

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Settling the Nervous System When Performing
taught by Lane Kwederis

Monday, March 4
6:30-8pm
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

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.

About Lane

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.

Full bio

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.

Effortless Awareness: Integrating Alexander Technique with Meditation
taught by Nadav Nazarathy

Monday, March 11
6:30-8pm
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

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.

About Nadav

Nadav Nazarathy

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

Full bio

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.

Alexander Technique for Musicians
taught by Fanny Wyrick-Flax

Monday, March 18 &
Monday, March 25
5-6:30pm (please note different times;
note: come to one session or both!)
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

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.

About Fanny

Fanny Wyrick-Flax

Fanny Wyrick-Flax, m.AmSAT, is an Alexander Technique teacher and flutist in New York City. 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.

Full bio

Fanny will join The Juilliard School’s Alexander Technique Faculty in the Music Division in Fall 2023. She has been an Assistant Faculty member in Alexander Technique at Manhattan School of Music and at The Fordham Theatre Program. Fanny teaches private lessons at her studios in Manhattan’s Flatiron District and on the Upper West Side.

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 Nanette Walsh, Lori Schiff, and Caren Bayer. Fanny also holds bachelor’s degrees in flute performance and mathematics from Bard College, and a master’s degree in flute performance from New England Conservatory.

For more information, visit www.fannywyrickflax.com.

Alexander Technique for Resilience
taught by Ariel Carson

Monday, April 8
6:30pm–8:00pm
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

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!

About Ariel

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 Nanette Walsh and John Nicholls.

Full bio

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

The Collective: a BIPOC Meeting Space for Learning AT
taught by Emily Rodriguez & Stephen McLean

Monday, April 15, 6:30p–8p
and Monday, May 6, 6:30p–8p
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

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

Poise Playground: Tapping into your Gravitational Groove
taught by Tyler Stinziani

Monday, May 13, 6:30pm–8:00pm
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

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!

About Tyler

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.

Full bio

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_

Alexander Technique for Queer Youth
taught by Tyler Stinziani

Coming in June, exact time and place TBA.
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

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.

About Tyler

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.

Full bio

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_

Alexander Technique for Seniors
taught by Gayl Forman

Monday, June 3
6:30pm–8:00pm
$5 suggested, pay-what-you-can
no one will be turned away

We will look at changing habits in ourselves for more composure and energy. We will explore mechanically advantageous approaches to daily movement and stillness (sitting, standing, bending/lifting, walking) that offer more choice in how we react, more inner space (breath and breadth) and how we can safely navigate the world around us (big view).

About Gayl

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. 

Full bio

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.


RIAT Continuing Education Classes

Integrative Anatomy

with Peggy Florin, m.AmSAT

January 24, February 24, & March 16
Saturdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Open to All

We are creatures of the earth and as such are alive and continuously at play in the field of gravity. What forces support us in the ongoing task of upright posture and movement? Concepts in this series of classes, to be explored experientially, will include the ground reactive force, pathway of weight through the bones, the extensor system of the back body, the suspension of the “voluminous body”… And crucially, how energy/vitality, linked to thought/intention make for optimal use of ourselves – and our own anatomy.

The Anatomy of Suspension
January 27th

A look at the “back and up muscles” – psoas, sternocleidomastoid- that connect front to back, moving upward to support the balance of the skull.  We will visually and experientially map these muscles (and a few others) that are key to our suspension system.

Domes of Resilience and Support
February 24th 

Can bringing attention to the domes of the feet, the respiratory diaphragm and the soft palette change our sense of three-dimensional support and wholeness? The class will explore these three diaphragm-like structures that cross through the human body as transfers of energy & direction.

The Feet: Windows to the Pelvis
March 16th 

A look at the bony pathway of weight, from the bottom up and the bony articulation that grounds and powers us.