Sapientia Winter Series — 2023

Sapientia Winter Series — 2023

We hope you can stay warm and join us this Winter for a new series of In-Person and Hybrid classes!

The Dos And Don’ts Of Improving Posture

with Lindsay Newitter

Via Zoom

Learn to improve your posture and feel good while doing it using the principles of the Alexander Technique!
If you’ve been frustrated using the old approach of pulling your shoulders back and lifting your chest, join my class for a different strategy that works and is sustainable and comfortable.
In this class we’ll look at activities such as sitting, standing, using a computer/phone, speaking, walking, carrying a bag, and other things that you do everyday that affect your posture.
Classes are small to address individual needs. Notes and resources provided to help you practice.
Live attendance on Zoom required with video/sound on. If something comes up and you have to miss a class, a recording will be available. Zoom link will be provided in confirmation email.

Tuesdays: January 3, 10, 17, & 24
7 – 8pm ET
Enrollment Limited to 5
Sign up deadline January 2
Class fee: $160 for the series

Communicating the Alexander Technique: For Trainees and Teachers

with Allison Foley

In-Person Only

How many times have you said you study or teach the Alexander Technique and the person asks, “What is the Alexander Technique?” What do you say in response?

  • We will explore, experientially, how to communicate the Alexander Technique, using both verbal and written language.
  • We will experiment with the language of the Alexander Technique, the stories you tell and hear, and what jargon may or may not work.
  • We will develop a deeper appreciation of how particular words, phrases, and language influence our use and how we communicate the Alexander Technique.

Saturday: February 4
3 – 5pm
Enrollment Limited to 6
Sign up deadline January 31
Class fee: $60

Body Mind Body: A New Look at Mindfulness through the Alexander Technique

with Serena Venditto

In-Person Only

This 4-week class series offers beginners a new approach to mindfulness as they are introduced to the principles of the Alexander Technique. Participants will walk away with immediately applicable tools and practices to help them feel more connected to their body, present in their lives, and comfortable in their every day movement.

Tuesdays: February 21, 28, March 7, 14
7 – 8pm
Enrollment Limited to 10
Sign up deadline February 18
Class fee: $30 per class, $100 for the full series

Up with Downward Facing Dog

with Vanessa Justice

Via Zoom

Expand and refine your yoga practice with the Alexander Technique! This online series of four AT-based yoga classes is designed to build an easeful and connecting experience of one of the most appreciated and challenging of yoga poses: the downward facing dog. We will methodically prepare the hips, shoulders, ankles, torso, and diaphragms of the body toward an embodied integration of this foundational yoga pose. We will explore the application of Alexander Technique’s position of mechanical advantage and hands-on-the-back-of-the-chair to fully activate the dynamic support necessary for a balanced downward facing dog. Some familiarity with Alexander Technique and yoga is helpful but not necessary. 

Props needed for the classes include the following:

  • a yoga belt
  • bolster or pillows (at least one large yoga bolster or two pillows)
  • two hand towels
  • large bath towel
  • book(s) for constructive rest/semi-supine
  • a sturdy folding chair or similar chair with a back. (The chair will be an essential prop for the class.) 

Please email me ahead of time to provide information about injuries or conditions that may require additional, individualized attention or props during the classes. Also, please email me if you have questions about the chair needed for this class:

Wednesdays: January 18, 25, February 1, 9
12:30 – 1:30pm ET
Enrollment Limited to 10
Sign up deadline January 16
Class fee: $65 for the 4-class series

Introduction to Alexander Technique for Musicians

with Nadav Nazarathy

In-Person Only

Tension and inefficient technique is a common limitation that musicians face while performing and in their day to day lives. 
Throughout this workshop we will learn the basics of the Alexander technique and how it can apply to musical performance. Each participant will receive 10-15 minutes of individual hands on work.
The workshop will include teachings about:

  • Prioritizing one’s self before the musical instrument as a means to recalibrate technique in performance and daily living.
  • Learning to pause and redirect our attention from unnecessary tension towards physical and mental freedom.
  • Gathering necessary information through our senses through the refined tools of the Alexander Technique.
  • Embodied tools to face the challenge of stage fright.

Saturday: January 28
4 – 5:30pm
Enrollment Limited to 4
Sign up deadline January 21
Class fee: $30

Embodied Anatomy

with Peggy Florin and Karla Booth

Via Zoom

Welcome to RIAT Anatomy, where we offer an experiential approach to learning anatomy taught through the lens of the Alexander Technique. We offer a “flipped classroom” where we post diagrams, reading, videos and other material each week prior to class enabling students to process concepts and details before discussion. Class time is then used for review, movement, touch, and other explorations that help us integrate our understanding of anatomy into a living experience. This year our focus will be on considering the nature of muscle, connective tissue and muscles involved in the deep support and articulation of the spine. The learning is active – we bring attention to the elegant connectivity of our structure; we invite a deepened “knowing” of ourselves as responsive and responsible movers, Alexander students and practitioners.

Those who sign up for the full series of classes will have access to a Google Classroom containing reference material and class recordings.

Saturdays: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
Sign up deadline 12 hours before each class

Class fee: $20 per class

Beginning Tai Chi

with Tom Daly

In Person Only

Commitment to attendance is extremely important – please read the “learning” section of this web page. Each series is a continuation of the preceding series and classes are ongoing.

Regularly these are a 10 week series, Each series runs for 10 consecutive sessions and then continues with a new series of 10 sessions, and so on. It is no problem to miss a session within the series from time to time. However, if you miss a session in the designated time period, there is no make-up session available. The following series of 10 sessions continues the sequence of the tai chi form.

Private form, sword form or push hands classes available.

If you sign up, please show up!

Thursdays: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9, 16
6pm – 7pm
Sign up deadline January 3

Class fee: $130 for the full series

Tai Chi Principles through the Alexander Technique

with Caren Bayer

Via Zoom

On zoom, we will explore how to add volume to our movements, with an emphasis on the dynamic circularity shared by the Alexander Technique and Tai Chi. Students, teachers and trainees are invited, as we practice rotating around a stable axis, while maintaining the precise directions of the primary control . We will address questions for our own alignment, while strengthening the relationship of our backs to and from the ground, with three dimensionality.

Classes are on a sliding scale and I encourage you to drop in when your schedule allows.

Please contact Caren, to be placed on the mailing list for classes –