Alexander Technique Centre Ireland Newsletter, January 2012

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Welcome to the January 2012 edition of the newsletter! In this issue I am happy to announce a book launch, special guest teachers at the Centre, news from the Training College, Open Week, and an update on introductory courses.

A special welcome if you are new the Alexander Technique mailing list. You will be sent an e-newsletter about 3-4 times a year. I hope you find this newsletter helpful.

We can throw away the habit of a lifetime in a few minutes if we use our brains
F. M. Alexander

Featured in this newsletter:

  • Book Launch by Richard Brennan
  • Four new Alexander Teachers Graduate from the Centre
  • Three-day workshop with Alan Mars
  • Three-day workshop with Vivien Mackie
  • Weekend Workshop with Richard Brennan
  • Open week at the Alexander Technique training course in Galway 28th February – 2nd March
  • Training course enrolment news
  • Introductory Courses around Ireland with Richard Brennan

Book Launch: Change Your Posture, Change Your Life by Richard Brennan

Book cover of Change Your Posture, Change Your Life by Richard Brennan

You are welcome to attend the launch of Richard Brennan's new book, Change Your Posture, Change Your Life on Friday 3rd February at 6pm at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Cornstore Mall, Middle Street, Galway. Everyone welcome. Refreshments available. Download poster for details.

This book shows how the power of the Alexander Technique can combat back pain, tension and stress. It analyses what causes poor posture and sets out to help the reader regain a natural posture that is free rather than a forced way of being. He also shows how the Alexander Technique can help to bring about this freedom of body, mind and emotions. Chapters include 'The Secret Key to Good Posture', 'The Hidden Obstacle to Improving Posture', 'Your Inner Acrobat' and 'First Steps in Releasing Muscle Tension'. The author examines many aspect of the technique and how it can benefit everyone, young and old. To order a copy now please visit

Four new Alexander Teachers Graduate from the Training Centre in Galway

2012 Graduates from the Alexander Technique Training Centre, Galway, Ireland

Congratulations to Sauli Niemelä, Aisling Morgan, Anya Tomte and Teresa Turner who graduated on 2nd December. Due to the weather the graduation took place for the first time at the Centre itself. Outside it was a windy and wet day, but noone noticed during the celebrations by the fireside. The music, laughter and dance lasted for hours as the new teachers realised that they had all accomplished a great and worthy task. We hope they enjoy this very fulfilling career and wish them the very best. We hope they stay in touch!

Performance with Poise – with Alan Mars (Scotland), 31st January - 2nd February

Alan Mars, Alexander Technique Teacher, playing the harp

The three day course will focus on developing increasing confidence, assurance & poise.

  • Embody poise during presentations, auditions, social gatherings
  • Perform more convincingly under pressure
  • Build rapport with your audience
  • Structure your thoughts

Alan will be offering participants a powerful mix of techniques drawn from the theatre, voice-work, NLP, Aikido, meditation and... oh yes – the Alexander Technique! Teaching style will be informal with a mix of group work, individual coaching and working in pairs.

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players
William Shakespeare
All the world's a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed
Sean O'Casey

Alan Mars has taught Alexander Technique, voice-work and singing at many top London drama and music schools, including the Arts Educational Drama School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, since 1982. He has taught Alexander Technique and presentation skills within many top British and international companies since 1992.

Alan plays Celtic harp and sings solo and in a duo "Celtic Cadences" with flautist Harriet Anderson. See

Alan Mars, Alexander Technique Teacher

Course Details

Dates: Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 2nd February 2012
Times: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day
Venue: The Alexander Training College, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Cost: €195 for three days or €75 for one day
Suitable for: Alexander Teachers, trainees and those familiar with the Technique
To Book: Contact Richard Brennan, 091 555800 or email

Musicians' and singers' workshop with Vivien Mackie (Scotland) - Stillness in the Eye of the Storm, 13th-15th March

Vivien Mackie, Alexander Technique Teacher and cellist

Vivien is a cellist who had the rare good fortune to study extensively with the famous cellist and teacher-extraordinary Pablo Casals. The exciting parallels between his teaching and that of F.M. Alexander led her to train with Walter Carrington from 1970-73. Later on, singing lessons with Angela Caine, and collaboration with her in workshops, opened up a whole new field of discovery. She draws on her learning from these three remarkable teachers in her work today, and on what she learned from the three year Alexander Training Course she ran in Australia whose students were all musicians.

Course Details

Dates: Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th March
Times: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day
Venue: The Alexander Training College, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Cost: €195 for three days or €75 for one day
Suitable for: Any musicians who have been involved in the Alexander Technique.
To Book: Please contact Richard Brennan on 091 555800 or email

Change your Posture, Change your Life - Introductory Weekend Workshop with Richard Brennan, 11th-12th February

Richard Brennan, Alexander Technique Teacher

Millions of people today are very concerned about improving the way they look and as a result spend a great deal of money on their clothes, cosmetics and at hair salons. Yet, most people would agree that one of the most attractive qualities about a person is the way they sit, stand and move – or in other words their posture.

As children typically we all have beautiful posture, ease, flexibility and grace of movement, but as we grow older, it is an entirely different story. From an early age, we gradually start to lose our ease and of grace movement, as we start to tense our muscles in reaction to life's worries, fears and concerns. As a consequence our posture begins to deteriorate as our shoulders become hunched; our neck and back become stiff and inflexible, and many of us begin to either sit in a slumped or 'pulled down' fashion. This has very serious long term consequences to our health in adult life.

During this weekend we will have a look at what causes poor posture in the first place and use the Alexander Technique to improve posture which in turn can greatly improve our health, especially by eliminating neck and back pain.

For more information about Richard please see his biography page.

Course Details

Dates: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th February
Times: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm each day
Venue: The Alexander Training College, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Cost: €125 (non residential)
Suitable for: Everyone.
To Book: Please contact Richard Brennan on 091 555800 or email

Open week at the Training College in Galway, 28th February - 2nd March (Free)

Informal group at Alexander Technique Training Centre, Galway, Ireland

If you have ever considered doing further training in the Alexander Technique, either for you own personal interest, or with a view to becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique, then you may be interested in the open week at the college. During this week people can come to the college for a day or a week and join in on the sessions.

This week is completely free to those who have never been to the college before, and half price (€95) to those who have visited before.

It is open to all those who have already had some lessons or who have been to an introductory workshop. Please see for more information about the training.

Early booking advised as there are limited places for this week. To book a place please call 091 555800 or email

Training Course News


There is still one place available on the Alexander Technique Training Course, starting January 2012. There will be two places for those who wish to start at Easter. Anyone who is thinking of training to be a teacher is welcome to visit during the Open Week or any other week by arrangement. For further information see or contact the Centre.


Spring term 2012

Scottish/performance flavour!
Start and end of term: Tuesday 10th January – Thursday 22nd March
Mid-term break: 13th – 19th February
Visiting teachers: Alan Mars (Scotland), 31st Jan - 2nd Feb; Vivien Mackie (Scotland), 13th - 15th March

Summer term 2012

Start and end of term: Tuesday 17th April – Thursday 21st June
Mid-term break: 20th – 26th May
Visiting teachers: Rosa Luisa Rossi (Switzerland), 29th May - 1st June; Wolfgang Weiser (Sweden), 5th - 7th June
Residential week: Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co Dublin, 14th - 18th June

Autumn term 2012

Start and end of term: Tuesday 16th September – Thursday 6th December
Mid-term break: 28th October – 3rd November
Visiting teachers: Anne Rhodes (USA) and Anne Battye (UK), dates to be announced

Course hours: Tues 2.30–6.30pm, Weds 9.30am–4pm, Thurs 9.30am–1.30pm, Fri 9.30–11am
Please note: Visiting teacher weeks hours are 10am – 4pm.

For full details please visit:

Short Courses with Richard Brennan

Forthcoming Introductory and Intermediate short courses led by Richard Brennan are given below. Please note that you are also welcome to visit the college for intermediate training. For booking information and further details, please visit our short courses page.

Alexander Technique Centre, Moycullen, Co Galway
11th-12th Feb
Non-residential introductory weekend

Emmaus Centre, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin
18th-19th February
Residential weekend

Emmaus Centre, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin
14th-18th May
Residential five day course

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