Alexander Technique principles

Awareness – Being conscious of yourself and what you’re doing right now, in the present moment.

Primary Control – The relationship of the head, neck, and back and how the quality of that relationship affects movement and overall functioning.

Inhibition – Refusing to immediately react to a stimulus, and using the space between stimulus and response to make a choice about how to respond, so that we are not always reacting out of habit.

Unreliable Sensory Appreciation – Recognizing that what we feel we are doing may not be what we are actually doing.

Direction – Sending messages from the brain to the muscles to improve the functioning of the muscular system.

The Whole Person – The Alexander Technique recognizes that mind and body are not separate entities, and any influence on a specific part must be considered in relation to the whole.

Means Whereby vs. End Gaining – When attaining a goal, the emphasis is on the process (the means), rather than a narrow focus on the goal itself (the end).

Alexander Technique and Zen
There are many similarities between the Alexander Technique and Zen. Learning to let go, being conscious, not trying too hard, unity of body and mind, learning to see things as they are, and being in the present moment are just some of the ideas that both have in common.