In the first part of this series on psychophysical education, we saw that psychophysical does not refer to the interaction between mental and physical factors, nor the overall effect a practice may have on one’s general attitude and outlook…Read More
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John Dewey wrote: “We cannot change habit directly: The notion is magic. But we can change it indirectly by modifying conditions…” Does this sound familiar?…Read More
This paper on Habit and the Means-Whereby Principle was edited by doctoral student, Tara Fenamore. It’s the first in a series of two thoughtful articles on habit, the means-whereby principle and John Dewey’s thoughts on conduct.Read More
Doctoral program to pioneer research in Psychophysical Education, a new and emerging field at Teachers College, Columbia University. Learn more about the program, the subject, and read through some frequently asked questions from the Alexander community.Read More
The most basic element of the whispered “ah” is the controlled exhalation, which as we read earlier is the true foundation for breath support. A simple way of understanding the controlled exhalation is to think of it in terms of not holding the breath. If you lift a heavy object or prepare to speak, you’ll notice that the initial response is to stiffen and hold the breath. If, at the moment you begin to hold the breath, you stop and let the breath out slowly through your lips or teeth, you are performing a controlled exhalation. Controlling the exhalation in this way allows us to shift our attention away from holding or taking breath (which is the universal tendency), and instead to focus on letting the breath out…Read More