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About the school

Founded in 2003, there are currently six students at the school. There is the possibility of joining anytime after lesson(s) and an interview with the heads of training. Previous experience requirement: a course of Alexander Technique lessons (and some reading is advisable). The school is located in central York, twelve minutes from the rail station and city centre. A map is available from the 'contact' page.

Term dates: click here for a download-able copy of the term dates.



Training

The fees are £1,400 per term or £4,200 per year.



Individual lesson of Alexander Technique

Individual lessons form a big part of our work. Please get in touch for further information.



Course structure

YATS Training Course, started 2003, is accredited by Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and follows STAT guidelines. This is a three year full- time course.

Each year provides the opportunity to:

  • Understand and work on oneself and understand and work with others through developing
  • + Observational skills
  • + Practical knowledge of anatomy and experience of body mapping
  • + Exploration of the force of habit, of inhibition and of direction
  • Become familiar with the books of Alexander and other relevant literature
  • Get to know how to apply the Alexander Technique (AT) to possible and actual pupils, study case histories and explore possible routes of teaching in frequently occurring lesson themes
  • Learn about setting up a practice
  • Present aspects of the AT to the group and later to the public.


In the third year students teach three members of the public for 20 sessions each. This is fully supervised and students need to keep lesson notes and report back weekly to the group. Each student keeps a journal of their learning process. Every four weeks there is a sharing of insights and a sharing of learning and experience in the group.

The focus is on the whole being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Each student writes a thesis at the end of the third year about their personal understanding of the AT and about their process during the three years. This will be presented orally and each teacher and fellow student gets a copy.

The focus of the training is ‘an examined life’ (Socrates, also the title of a book by Marjory Barlow). Our habits can easily program us for the rest of our lives unless we examine them. If we consciously direct ourselves we can introduce more and more choice into our life. In this way we can chose to become freer human beings. While training at YATS the intensive practice of stopping our habitual response and directing/centering ourselves will have the following focuses.

Weekly/Monthly:

  • Voice work - speaking, projecting and being grounded, singing, embodying sound (no skill needed)
  • Eye work - based on Peter Grunwald’s book
  • Theory - working with Alexander’s books and vital related literature


Daily:
  • Living anatomy - exploring how our joints, limbs, head and torso function in themselves and in relation to each other;
  • Quality of touch - learning to look and listen with our eyes, hands and heart, with our own centeredness to the centeredness of others;
  • Movement - directing ourselves in everyday actions, from standing, walking, sitting, lying to more specific movement patterns of particular activities, for example running, playing instruments or riding;
  • Individual work - each student will have a daily time of individual work;