The Act of Living - Talks on the Alexander Technique
by Walter Carrington
Published 1999 188 pages
This second volume of Walter Carrington's talks contains 29
talks given to trainees on the many aspects of teaching and living the
Technique. This may regarded as the second volume of Thinking Aloud. Some of
the 29 talks are titled: Thinking to do; General functioning; The primary wish;
Forward and up; Knees forward and away; The length and the width; Walking; Yin
and yang; Establishing a total pattern; Responsibility; Gravitation; and Saying
and meaning no.
Foreword by the 'postural physiologist' Tristan Roberts and
an introduction by Glynn Macdonald, and biographies.
About the Author
(1915 - 2005) was one of the world's foremost exponents of the Alexander
Technique who inspired generations of teachers. Carrington worked alongside F
M Alexander himself until he died in 1955 and developed own school - now the
Constructive Teaching Centre in London after his death. Instead of adopting a
pre-existing teaching approach Walter and his wife Dylis evolved a way of
teaching and training in accord with the principles of the Alexander technique
itself. Their methods have been taken up by training courses throughout the
world. Carrington was an inspirational teacher because he embodied the
principles of the technique in his own life and his observations in printed
form are essential reading for any serious student of the Alexander Technique.