Beginning April 26 and April 28: Authentic Expression for Actors Level 1, "Removing the Physical Mask," with Jeremy Cohn

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The training I was able to do with Jeremy in the Alexander Technique has inspired new confidence, ease, and creativity in my acting. Whether you want to ignite a deeper sense of mind-body connection or refine your philosophy on storytelling, Jeremy’s classes are transformational and will help you expand your sense of self. I think I even grew taller!
— Harsh J. Gagoomal, theatre artist

Even with the most fully fleshed out internal work possible, an actor’s body and voice still act as the medium for expressing that work to the audience. Most of us carry around an effortful mask of habitual movement and vocal patterns that keep the full potential of our talent and skill from coming through. The goal of this class is to investigate and strip back these habits of thinking, being, and doing and to forge a connection to the body that can allow the actor to communicate with presence, subtly, spontaneity, and above all truth. With the lifting of these physical blocks, the actor also gains deeper access to their emotional life and the ability to make stronger choices and craft stronger performances.

Class size is limited to ensure attention to the development of the individual. An indispensable companion to Green Shirt Studio’s Meisner training or any acting method.

Dates:  Thursdays (4/26 – 6/14), 7pm-9pm or  Saturdays (4/28 – 6/16), 1pm-3pm

Location: Green Shirt Studio, 4407 N. Clark St. Chicago IL 60640

Cost: $275 for 8 Week Session

How to sign Up: http://www.greenshirtstudio.com/classes/other-classes/alexander-technique/

Feb 11 and 25: Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Andrew McCann at the Andersonville String Academy

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This class will show how the Alexander Technique brings our attention to the unconscious patterns of mind and body that shape our everyday behavior and slowly chip away at our sense of well-being. We will begin with a brief talk on the main ideas informing Alexander lessons, look at some of the scientific research behind the Alexander Technique, and then demonstrate how Alexander lessons help raise awareness and give you helpful, constructive strategies for change.

Why the Alexander Technique?

Whatever its other benefits, the modern world is hard on our bodies. And while our activities are often stimulating to point of overstimulation, there's a repetitiveness that drills in poor habits of posture and movement. We consider it natural to develop discomfort as we age—though the age at which people complain of back, neck, arm, or wrist pain seems to get younger and younger.

The body doesn't change without the mind changing as well. When we sit all day, the body is neglected. The mind is on other things. Postures that are objectively terrible become familiar and strangely comfortable. Then when we try to change, even objective improvements feel weird. How do you change if you know what you're doing is bad for you, but everything else feels worse?

Come to this introductory class to find out!

Class is intended for ages 16 and older.

February 11: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. or February 25: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

10 participant limit. Classes are $25 online/$30 at the door

Andersonville String Academy: 4636 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 205

Sign Up: https://www.alexanderand.com/classes/

April 7: Whole Body Breathing for Stress and Anxiety with Jeremy Cohn

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Do you get stressed sometimes? Sames. You know that taking a couple of deep breaths will help, but what does that mean?

Optimal breathing is not as simple as it sounds—it is a full body process. In this experiential workshop with certified Alexander Technique expert, Jeremy Cohn, we will explore how to take full, free, natural breaths that will serve you in calming down, fueling your body, and living your best life.

Comfy Fitness is thrilled to once again parter with Chicago practitioner, Jeremy Cohn to introduce you to somatic techniques for improved overall health and wellbeing.

Date(s): Saturday, April 7th, 2018 2-4pm

Location: Comfy Fitness, 2115 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Cost: $25 early bird, $30 week of price

How to sign up: https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/comfyfitness?k_class=57961&k_class_tab=5702

 

Feb 17: Work Better Feel Better! Office Chair, Computer, and Cell Phone Comfort Workshop with Jeremy Cohn

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Lets face it, sitting on your office chair staring at your computer monitor for 8 hours a day can suck. This workshop can help it suck less! This experiential presentation from functional movement expert, Jeremy Cohn, will help you put more variety, ease, and poise into your workday as well as teach you to set up your work space for optimum comfort, so you can avoid some of the aches, pains, and fatigue that come from the daily grind. 

Ago range of participants: 18+

Date(s): Saturday, February 17, 2018 2-3:30pm

Location: Spring Yoga and Fitness, 3940 N Lincoln Ave Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60613

Cost: $25

How to sign up:  http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=6317&stype=43&prodid=405

Jan 14 & 28: Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Andrew McCann at the Andersonville String Academy

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This class will show how the Alexander Technique brings our attention to the unconscious patterns of mind and body that shape our everyday behavior and slowly chip away at our sense of well-being. We will begin with a brief talk on the main ideas informing Alexander lessons, look at some of the scientific research behind the Alexander Technique, and then demonstrate how Alexander lessons help raise awareness and give you helpful, constructive strategies for change.

Why the Alexander Technique?

Whatever its other benefits, the modern world is hard on our bodies. And while our activities are often stimulating to point of overstimulation, there's a repetitiveness that drills in poor habits of posture and movement. We consider it natural to develop discomfort as we age—though the age at which people complain of back, neck, arm, or wrist pain seems to get younger and younger.

The body doesn't change without the mind changing as well. When we sit all day, the body is neglected. The mind is on other things. Postures that are objectively terrible become familiar and strangely comfortable. Then when we try to change, even objective improvements feel weird. How do you change if you know what you're doing is bad for you, but everything else feels worse?

Come to this introductory class to find out!

Class is intended for ages 16 and older.

January 14: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. or January 28: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

10 participant limit. Classes are $25 online/$30 at the door

Andersonville String Academy: 4636 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 205

Sign Up: https://www.alexanderand.com/classes/

Jan 21 and Mar 25: The Embodied Musician, An Intro to the Alexander Technique with Jeremy Cohn at the Old Town School

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Do you want to get out of your head and into your body? 

The Alexander Technique has helped people connect to their body and breath, to relieve stress, and to reduce unnecessary tension for over a century. It has been used by musicians as diverse as Sir Paul McCartney, Julie Andrews, Barbara Bonney, and Joni Mitchell. In this introductory workshop, taught by certified teacher Jeremy Cohn, you will learn simple strategies for becoming aware and letting go of habitual tensions which distort your posture, constrict your breathing, and block your expression. You will also learn restorative exercises to help you develop your body connection continually in everyday life. Besides group exploration, this workshop will feature the ‘hands-on’ bodywork which is the hallmark of the Alexander Technique. Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level! 

Ago range of participants: Teenage on Up

Date(s): Sunday 1/21 1:30-3:30pm or Sunday 3/25 2:45-4:45

Cost: $30 ($28 Old Town School members)

Location: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago IL

How to sign up:http://www.oldtownschool.org/classes/detail/?courseid=5456

Beginning Jan 24 & 27: The Embodied Actor, An Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Jeremy Cohn at Green Shirt Studio

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Is your body an asset to your performance or does it stand in your way?

This introductory class will teach you how to get out of your head and into your body, increasing physical connection, breath, and ease in performance while helping you to let go of habits that might be holding you back from your full potential.

An excellent companion to any acting method. Come learn this profoundly transformative technique usually only available at the conservatory level and used by actors such as Kevin Kline, Lupita Nyong’o, Annette Benning, John Cleese, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, and many others.

Ago range of participants: High School and Up

Date(s): Wednesdays (1/24 – 3/14), 10:30am-12:30pm

Saturdays (1/27 – 3/17), 10:30am-12:30pm 

Location: Green Shirt Studio 4407 N. Clark Street Chicago IL

Cost: $275 for 8 Week Session

How to sign up: http://www.greenshirtstudio.com/classes/other-classes/alexander-technique/

December 9: Back Pain Relief for Pregnancy and Postpartum with Sarah Mayhan at Prenatal Fit

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Aches and pains during pregnancy? Get some help with tips from the Alexander Technique! Alexander Technique is a method of postural awareness so that women can keep moving through pregnancy adjusting their alignment to the changes in their bodies, as well as helping to relieve the discomforts of back-pain, neck pain, and sciatica. It's also very useful at relieving stress and allowing for easier breathing (an excellent tool during labor).

Workshop will involve some movement that you can apply to your daily life as well as guided relaxation work, and you will come away with some new tools for your self-care practice. Taught by certified AT teachers Sarah Mayhan and Sarah Mauney, who also bring their own experiences applying Alexander work to pregnancy and postpartum self-care. Class is taught with verbal instruction and gentle, hands-on guidance through movement.

Saturday, December 9, 1:00 - 2:30pm 

Location: Prenatal Fit, 1937 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

Fee: $30

To sign up: see http://www.prenatalfit.com/workshopsevents-2/

November 11: Body Bliss: Computers, Text Neck, and Poise with Jeremy Cohn at Comfy Fitness

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Does sitting at your computer all day make you stiff and sore? Have you fallen prey to the text neck epidemic? Come and learn strategies from the Alexander Technique--a clinically-effective functional movement discipline-- and learn to work in a more relaxed, centered, and efficient way to avoid fatigue and back pain.

Comfy Fitness is thrilled to partner with Chicago practitioner, Jeremy Cohn to introduce you to the work of F. Matthias Alexander, grandfather of Somatic Movement! Class size is limited to 10 participants to ensure time for individual attention.

 Ago range of participants: High School and Up

Date: Nov 11, 2017, 2-3:45pm

Location: Comfy Fitness, 2115 N Damen Ave

Chicago , IL , 60647

Cost: $30 ($25 Early Bird Registration!)

How to sign up: https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/comfyfitness?k_class=49670&k_class_tab=5702

Tune UP at the 2017 Parkinson Foundation's Moving Day

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On Sunday morning, October 15, Chicago Alexander Technique teachers Lisa DeAngelisJeremy CohnAndrew McCann, and Daria Okugawa will be providing Alexander Technique (AT)  mini-lessons at Moving Day® Chicago as part of The Poise Project®'s "AT for Parkinson's" initiative.

Moving Day® Chicago is the Parkinson Foundation’s signature fundraising event, celebrating the importance of movement in a united fight to beat Parkinson’s disease. The event features a family-friendly 2-mile walk, kids’ area and the unique Movement Pavilion where instructors demonstrate Parkinson’s-friendly exercises, all of which have been proven to help manage the symptoms of the disease. 

Our team of Alexander teachers, including trainees from Alexander Teacher Training in Chicago (ATTiC), will offer brief lessons at the pavilion table and at two Poise Tune UP! stations on the walking course, as well as sharing handouts, fielding questions, and collecting contact information for The Poise Project's future programming with participants with Parkinson's and their families and friends.

Executive Director Monika Gross launched The Poise Project® in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to promote and bring greater accessibility to AT for new populations at all socio-economic levels. The first initiative, "AT for Parkinson's" was awarded a $25,000 regional grant from the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grant program to deliver AT-based classes for care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease at six sites in Gross's state of North Carolina. The Poise Project is collaborating with AT teacher Dr. Rajal G. Cohen at her University of Idaho Mind in Movement Laboratory to measure outcomes of their AT and Parkinson's projects.

In the past year, The Poise Project brought a team of 18 people to the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016, including people with Parkinson's and their care partners who had benefited from AT training, and AT teachers with expertise in the field or with science or allied health background. The Poise Project exhibited at the October 2016 Michael J Fox Foundation Partners in Parkinson's event at the Javits Center in NYC. The Project also fielded teams to give AT mini-lessons at "Poise Tune UP!" stations at San Francisco, San Jose, NC Triangle and Boston Moving Day® walkathons, and led numerous presentations for Parkinson's support groups across North Carolina.

The Poise Project has also led specialized AT for PD teacher trainings in London, Portland, San Francisco and San Jose, delivered a plenary at the April 2017 International Alexander Teacher's Convention in Dublin, delivered presentations to AT teacher training programs, and continues to make vital connections with decision makers and forward thinking advocates in the PD field in both the US and the UK.

To donate to the Parkinson Foundation's Moving Day, visit their Moving Day Donations page. To donate to the Poise Project, visit: http://www.thepoiseproject.org/donations/