WHAT IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?
"The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through life. The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed. It’s a simple yet powerful approach that offers the opportunity to take charge of one’s own learning and healing process, because it’s not a series of passive treatments but an active exploration that changes the way one thinks and responds in activity. It produces a skill set that can be applied in every situation like sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities. Lessons leave one feeling lighter, freer, and more grounded."
Meet your Instructor: Tara Sullivan
Tara Sullivan started her professional life as a soprano, and after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a Music degree she sang sacred and secular music professionally in and around New York City. Her profound experiences as a student of the Alexander Technique led her to complete the rigorous three-year teacher certification program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in 1998. She then became a member of the Music faculty at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus for several years where she taught the Alexander Technique as an integrated part of the Music curriculum. Her nearly twenty years teaching the Alexander Technique include an extensive private practice as well as a host of settings including universities, retreats, and community centers.
Tara has lived and worked in New Zealand, Central America, Woodstock, NY, and most recently Berkeley, CA. She is a graduate of the yoga teacher training at Samadhi Yoga in Sydney (now Jivamukti Yoga Sydney) and the Jivamukti Yoga teacher training at the Omega Institute with Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari, and Ruth Lauer Manenti. Tara has studied natural vision improvement and the Eyebody Method extensively with Peter Grunwald, including organizing all his work in the United States for over a decade, as well as responsibility for his English language printed and recorded matter, and editing both editions of his book, Eyebody - the Art of Integrating Eye, Brain and Body (2008).
While the Alexander Technique has always been her touchstone, Tara taught yoga extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the yoga philosophy portion of Square One Yoga's teacher training program. She brings her love of Jivamukti's rigor, beauty, musicality and depth to not only her Jivamukti classes but also pre- and post-natal, corporate, and most recently gentle yoga classes. Nearly 10 years of daily home practice have yielded experiences that are her motivation to share the teachings with others.
Above all, Tara is grateful to have had amazing and generous teachers in her life, without whom she would be lost. Among these are Ruth Golden, Daniel Singer, Sandhi Ferreira, Sharon Gannon and David Life, as well as the work of Paul Watson and the music of Mark Deutsch. She is solo mother to a young feral boy, who she is raising vegan, anti-speciesist and punk rock.