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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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.

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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

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.

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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_

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. 

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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.

Alexander Technique for Queer Youth
taught by Tyler Stinziani

Tuesday, June 11, 6:00-7:30pm, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn Community Pride Center (1360 Fulton Street, Ground Floor; Brooklyn, NY 11216)
$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. For ages 18-25.

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_


RIAT Continuing Education Classes

Support Your Success: The Business of Teaching the Alexander Technique
with Lori Schiff, m.AmSAT

April 14, 2–4pm

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