York Alexander Technique School

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United Kingdom

Co- Heads of Training: Lena Schibel-Mason (Yehuda Kuperman 1982)
Pamela Mason ( Margaret Rakusen 1994)

Teacher Training Address: 
5 Thorpe Street, York, YO23 1NJ
Contact Details: 

Telephone: 01904 651367
Email: yats@thorpestreet.org


Previous individual lessons, interview with head of training; visit to school advised.

Three 12 week terms per year
Weekly Hours: 
Monday 12.00 to 16.00, Tuesday, Wednesday ,Thursday 09.00 to 13.00
Course Fees: 
£1400 per term
Year Founded: 
Current Trainees: 

The course follows STAT guidelines. About 80 per cent of the teaching time is devoted to practical work. Practical work is regarded as the main tool for absorbing the principles of the Alexander Technique:

    awareness of self, others and the world around,
    inhibition: stopping the going down of the same road and into the same "holes" over and over again,
    directing: a way of newly aligning and tuning ourselves with freer and more flowing ways of responding to stimuli,
    faulty sensory appreciation: the realisation that what we think we do is not necessarily what we are doing,
    force of habit: the acknowledgement of how strongly we are pulled into the ways of thinking, feeling and acting that feel familiar.

Theory: we read the books of FM Alexander and related relevant literature, learn about anatomy in a hands on, practical way. The interests of application of the Technique of the students are included as much as possible. Currently work with eyes, drumming, singing and juggling figure amongst the areas of application.

Private study is expected of every student in the form of a training diary, presentations on AT related topics of their interest and a final year essay on the student's understanding of the Alexander Technique and their process through the course of three years.


I'm a 40 year old man who works as a support worker. I was suffering from sciatic pain for a few years. I had tried many methods to alleviate the pain, including various exercises, but these only brought short-term relief. One day when I was looking for some natural medicine to ease the pain, I came across the Alexander Technique. I initially booked a course, which relieved my sciatic pain, and I now have regular sessions. I recommend the Alexander Technique, especially to anyone who has suffered from sciatica or posture difficulties. It has helped me to be more mindful how I move around, and how I sit and stand. I see a big difference with pain relief since I’ve started lessons in the Alexander Technique.

Pawel Kluzowski, Support Worker
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