December 1, 2014

Your neck, the cell phone, and sitting posture

Hello my friends!

More and more, research shows that good posture is connected with well-being, both inside and out. The way you feel, your mood, and your health, are intrinsically linked.

It turns out that it's not so easy to unfold after sitting for hours, slumped and compressed. In today's Wall St. Journal - Your sitting posture carries over into your standing posture!

Similarly, recent news shows that the hours you spend texting creates forward head and neck posture.

Posture is a habit; it becomes ingrained in the body. Change your posture, change your destiny! If you are like most people real change takes conscious awareness and some help. Alexander Technique is a very good place to start.

In 2008, the British Medical Journal published results of a large scale study: 86% less back pain after 24 lessons in the Alexander Technique, alone. BMJ 2008;337:a884

And in the news: Alexander Technique is being investigated in a large scale clinical trial for neck pain

I'm a fully qualified Alexander Teacher in private practice in the Mt. View/ Palo Alto area of the South Bay since 2002 and a Member in good standing of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Contact me if you'd like to talk and see if this could be helpful for you.

Namaste,

Dana

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November 21, 2014

Heads Up! on Cell Phone Use!

Hello my friends,

If you use a cell phone, heads up - literally! If not, you may be creating damage that will be with you for your lifetime.

Imagine swinging a kettleball by the end of your neck. Tiring, right?

But spin a basketball on the end of your finger, and you won't feel the weight in the same way.

That's your head, 10 pounds or even more poised up on top of your spine. Balanced well, we don't even feel it. Let it fall forward and your entire system will suffer.

The study reports on damage to the spine that increases with the angle of your head and neck:
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/health/2014/11/19/texting-bad-spine/19248031/

"...the cumulative effect of years of that stress can lead to degeneration of the spine itself."

Dr. Kornel recommends the Alexander Technique as "a form of training that makes you aware of optimal body positioning."

I'm an AmSAT Certified Alexander teacher with well over a decade of experience. In the Mt. View/Palo Alto area, contact me for a no cost phone consultation and I'll gladly answer your questions.

Namaste,
Dana

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November 20, 2014

Cell phones and posture - "The rise of the smart phone...and the fall of our bodies..."

"The rise of the smart phone...and the fall of our bodies..."

"You are at risk for perpetuating these problems for the rest of your life if you don't address it now." ~Dr. Alton Barron

Dr. Alton Barron attributes an increase of postural problems to the increase in the use of smart phones. See his interview for an enlightening, informative talk on how the balance of our heavy heads influence posture.
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/posture-problems-linked-to-cell-phones/

The Alexander Technique is a world class method to gently undo poor habits and return to the upright posture that we're born with but sometimes lose along the way.

Find your way back to an upright posture! I'm an AmSAT Certified Alexander teacher with well over a decade of experience. In the Mt. View/Palo Alto area, contact me for a no cost phone consultation and I'll gladly answer your questions.

Namaste,
Dana


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November 12, 2014

Peace and Presence

Hello my friends,

Sometimes the work is so simple. What it is that we need, why we come to Alexander lessons.

One of my students told me what it is that keeps her coming back for more.

She was lying down, just pausing and letting her back unwind in its own good time.

And what she said, floored me.

She finds peace here, being in the Now, being in her body.

That’s why she comes.

For the Peace.

There’s the outer, visible portion of the work: Posture Happens.

And then there’s the inner. Humbling to sense the non-doing, the letting it be:

Peace.

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August 18, 2014

Posture and Pain - Musicians and the Alexander Technique

A musician is in pain and recently wrote to me for a lesson time. However, he's working so many hours he doesn't have time to come in. Catch 22...

Sound familiar?

I wrote to him, offering some times and suggested that it's a matter of priorities.

I told him this story (true!):

Last month, I taught a series of five workshops for Music at Menlo. I had a group of 44 young chamber musicians, ages 11 – 27.
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Many of them had tension problems or pain, in fact...

Even the 11 year old had pain...

I worked with them as much as possible in the time allotted, and many of them noticed a difference very quickly. Young people recover quickly when they unwind tension and undo poor posture.

I left them with this message.

If there is ONE thing you take away from this workshop it’s that:

It’s not supposed to hurt!
Apply what we’ve learned here.
But if you are in pain, Please Get Help.

Truly.

Not only isn’t it supposed to hurt, it doesn’t HAVE to hurt.

Many times, pain in playing is connected with posture. Alexander Technique has helped many musicians improve their posture and play without pain. Did you know, it is required study at Juilliard, in fact, you'll see FIVE Alexander teachers listed on their site.

Make the time...please...

If you're in the Peninsula/South Bay, call me. If you're elsewhere...call me! I'll connect you with someone in your local area.

Namaste,

Dana

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July 23, 2014

Can You Wear Your Posture to Work?

Hello Friends,

Have you seen the new posture shirt?

Wouldn't it be great if you could get dressed in the morning and wear your posture to work?

Whose responsibility is your posture, anyway?

Is it okay to take over your own back muscles with a shirt, so that your muscles can relax and not be used? What will happen to them if you never use them?

I agree that support is helpful as a reminder. However, it's not a substitute for the body we're born with and are supposed to be able to use, right out of the box, nothing added.

Here's an article in today's Wall St. Journal: Scientific Evidence on Posture Shirts

I agree with some of the ideas, and not others. I do think that such a shirt is a good reminder to be upright.

From the article – yes, to this: "While the shirts may help provide a boost for some,

Continue reading "Can You Wear Your Posture to Work?" »

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July 11, 2014

Bending over babies and backache

One of my students came in today saying the hardest thing is bending over the bathtub to bathe her two year old.

Watch this really cute video and pick up some tips on picking up babies. If you have trouble putting this into practice in real life, consider taking a series of Alexander lessons. It's like any other physical activity; hands-on guidance, as you see in this video, is the most effective way to learn.

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June 29, 2014

Posture and Poise, Walking in Heels!

We went walking in heels today!

Heard at the end of class: "When can we do this again?"

How much fun! I just love the way it feels to be tall and poised in heels. There's truly something to it...and it was fun working with the ladies this afternoon.

Posture was probably #1 or #2 on the list for reasons to come.

What concerns would you like to address in the next class?

If you didn't make it to class today for some UNBELIEVABLE reason, then come to the next one! Stay in touch and "Like" the Facebook page.

Let me know; why do you like heels and what keeps you from wearing them?

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June 29, 2014

Today! Posture and Poise, Walking in Heels!

What are you doing today?

Come to an amazing class for posture and poise, walking in heels!

Taught by Alexander Technique teacher and Ballroom Dancer, Dana Ben-Yehuda

Learn to walk more comfortably in heels of any height.
You can start small and grow tall - bring your shoes, even a 1" heel is good.

at Cheryl Burke Dance studio, Mt. View, 12:30 - 2 pm, Sunday June 29th

link for info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573611956198719/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Cheryl Burke Dance, 1400 No. Shoreline Ave. Mt. View 650-864-9150

90 minutes that will transform your relationship with shoes!

Learn to walk tall and be elegant in heels
$25 at the door

see you there!

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June 26, 2014

How I learned to walk in heels...my story

How I learned to walk in heels - sharing my story....and how Better in Stilettos® came to be. logo-facebook-cover.jpg
You'd never know it to look at me today, but I wasn’t always able to walk in heels. I had the wobbles and lacked confidence. I just never felt comfortable in heels.

Yet I loved them.

Have you ever looked into your closet and despaired at the unused racks of glorious, beautiful, but ever-so-lonely, heels?

Despair no more!

Don't leave your gorgeous shoes to die of loneliness in your closet!

Let me share how I've helped myself feel wonderful in heels.

Come learn how to be comfortable and elegant, sexy and beautiful in heels.

Come to class this Sunday at Cheryl Burke Dance in Mt. View.

90 minutes that will transform your relationship with shoes!

If I can do it, why not you? This is my story...

Continue reading "How I learned to walk in heels...my story" »

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May 19, 2014

FABULOUS IN HIGH HEELS - Better in Stilettos® REVIEW!

5583_shoes.jpg Friends! Fashionistas! Ladies who love heels!

If you missed Sunday's Better in Stilettos® class, stay tuned for another one in late June!

From a participant - thank you, Mercedes!

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May 16, 2014

FABULOUS IN HIGH HEELS - Better in Stilettos® class!

snakeshoes.jpgDo you have shoes left to die of loneliness in your closet?

Do you lie awake at night wondering where you’ll find heels you can actually walk in and enjoy that big event? That prom? Your daughter’s wedding?

High heels were made to be worn – by YOU!

Would you like it if you could feel pretty, have fun and wear heels, too?

I WILL SHOW YOU HOW!

If you EVER wear heels, remember these famous last words!

“If you’re going to wear them, wear them well!”®


Better in Stilettos® is a fun class to learn the secrets for walking in heels of any height.

- 90 minutes that will transform your relationship with SHOES
- Special introductory price, $25
- Space limited! Call for tickets: 650-864-9150

• Sunday, May 18th
• 1:00 – 2:30 pm
• @Cheryl Burke Dance Studio, 1400 No. Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View
Just off 101 and Shoreline Blvd in Mt. View

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WEAR HEELS TO COME TO THIS CLASS.
YOU JUST HAVE TO WANT TO LEARN AND BE WILLING TO TRY!


Bring a pair of low heels...and a pair of "hope" shoes. Start small and grow tall!

KEEP READING FOR A SECRET TIP ON HOW TO WALK IN HEELS
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Continue reading "FABULOUS IN HIGH HEELS - Better in Stilettos® class!" »

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