• The Act of Living

For almost 50 years, Walter Carrington has walked into the teaching room at 18 Lansdowne Road in London, sat down in a chair, picked up one of F.M. Alexander's books and begun to read aloud. The point at which he stops reading and begins sharing his thoughts, observations and experiences of the Alexander Technique with the assembled audience is the point at which this book begins.

The 29 talks in The Act of Living range widely in subject, from breathing and the balance of the head on the neck to the pain of sciatica and the effect of gravity on our lives. Whether he is speaking about the bones of the pelvis, or the man who wants to change without changing, Walter Carrington gives the reader an inside look at this educational technique for changing habitual behaviour. The Act of Living helps us quicken our understanding of the fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique.


This may regarded as the second volume of Thinking Aloud. It contains talks given to trainees on the many aspects of teaching and living the Technique. 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.

Book Specifications
Author/Editor Walter Carrington. Edited by Jerry Sontag
Subtitle Talks on the Alexander Technique
Binding. Pages. Year. Hardback. 188 pages. 1999.
ISBN 0964435233/978-0964435230.
Size 223 x 148 mm.

The Act of Living

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