The Shape of Awake (Alexander Technique)

with Hope Martin

April 20th—April 22nd (2018)

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  • This is a Dick North Memorial program - no program fee will be charged. Donations to pay it forward are encouraged.
Room: Meditation Hall

The Shape of Awake

With Hope Martin

April 20-22, 2018

To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state.
—Suzuki Roshi

Does maintaining an upright posture during meditation require a great deal of effort?
Do you experience tension that seems stuck in various parts of your body?
Would you like to deepen your sense of relaxation and ease in meditation—and in life?

Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape—it’s a perfect expression of the practice itself. The Shape of Awake is a perennial favorite of formal MRO students as well as Temple and Monastery residents. Hope offers practical guidance on how to be upright, supported, and relaxed on and off your cushion.

Hope, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will offer both verbal and hands-on instruction to gently guide you to a new internal awareness of a more natural posture. The day will include instruction on basic body mechanics, experiential anatomy, and alignment to help release unnecessary tension in your meditation sessions and in your life.

Through Hope’s hands-on work, making subtle adjustments to the relationship between the head, neck and back, you’ll learn to access effortless, balanced posture—light and grounded—and self-adjust whether you’re on the cushion or at work in front of the computer. Come discover the direct relationship between how you are in your body and the quality of your practice.

This is a Dick North Memorial program - no program fee will be charged. Donations to pay it forward are encouraged.

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 30 years in the United States and abroad. She maintains a lively private practice, is a Senior Teacher training Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio,, in New York City. She is a Meditation Instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Focusing Trainer. Her particular passion is in assisting her students to discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness.