Quieting the noise between horse and rider…
The Alexander Technique is the most valuable tool a rider can possess.’ – Carl Hester, Olympic Dressage Rider
The Alexander Technique is an educational method for anyone who wants to learn how to move with better coordination, freedom and use of self. Because it is an educational approach, the rider learns awareness of his or her body through a series of movement lessons. This is traditionally taught with a hands-on approach. The teacher uses his or her hands to guide the student through a variety of activities to help the student discover long-held habits of tension that interfere with the ease and flow of movement, and works to eliminate these.
Sally Swift’s Centered Riding was heavily influenced by her work in The Alexander Technique. I began studying the Technique in 2012 and immediately noticed results in my riding. After 6 years of study, I began working toward my AmSAT (American Society for The Alexander Technique) certification. The Teacher Training program is an intense four year program, totaling 1600 hours of hands-on training and 160 hours of independent study in an area of interest. Studying a body modality in such detail has given me a large advantage in riding and instructing.
Working with Alexander Teacher, Michael Mazur, to find better contact with the seat bones.
F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) founded The Alexander Technique to identify and overcome habitual limitations in posture and movement,
Articles on Dressage and the Alexander Technique:
The Alexander Technique as a Path to Harmony Between Horse and Rider https://www.alexandertechnique.com/articles2/constance/
The Alexander Technique: How it Helps Horseback Riders https://www.alexandertechnique.com/articles/riding/
Horseback riding, Dressage and The Alexander Technique https://bodylearning.buzzsprout.com/382/3350-horseback-riding-dressage-and-the-alexander-technique