What people say about the Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique testimonials
Voice coaching and Singing testimonials
What people say about the Alexander
John Cleese, comedian
"I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen
without you trying. They get you to be light and relaxed. You must get
an Alexander teacher to show it to you."
Joanne Woodward, actress
"I was dubious about the effects of the Alexander Technique when
I first went in to experience it, but found out almost immediately that
the benefits were total - both physically and mentally - and, happily,
have also been long-lasting."
British Medical Journal
"Alexander's work is of first class importance and investigation
by the medical profession is imperative."
Professor George E Coghill, Nobel
Prize Winning Anatomist and Physiologist
"Mr Alexander's method lays hold of the individual as a whole, as
a self-vitalising agent. He reconditions and re-educates the reflex mechanisms
and brings their habits into normal relation with the functioning of the
organism as a whole. I regard this method as thoroughly scientific and
Tony Buzan, author of 'Use
Your Head, The Evolving Brain'
"The Alexander Technique transformed my life. It is the result of
an acknowledged genius. I would recommend it to anyone."
Paul Newman, actor
"The Alexander Technique helped a long standing back problem and
to get a good night's sleep after many years of tossing and turning."
George Bernard Shaw, playwright
"Alexander established not only the beginnings of a far- reaching
science of the apparently involuntary movements we call reflexes, but
a technique of correction and self- control which forms a substantial
addition to our very slender resources in personal education."
Professor John Dewey, American philosopher
"'It is one thing to teach the need of a return to the individual
man as the ultimate agency in whatever mankind and society collectively
can accomplish. It is another thing to discover the concrete procedure
by which this greatest of all tasks can be executed. And this indispensable
thing is exactly what Mr Alexander has accomplished."
Aldous Huxley, author
"'The Alexander Technique gives us all things we have been looking
for in a system of physical education: relief from strain due to maladjustment,
and constant improvement in physical and mental health. We cannot ask
for more from any system; nor, if we seriously desire to alter human beings
in a desirable direction, can we ask for any less."
Roald Dahl, author
"The Alexander Technique really works"
Nikolaas Tinbergen, Nobel Prizewinner for Medicine
and Physiology, from his Nobel Prize acceptance speech:
"The Alexander Technique is based on exceptionally sophisticated
observation, not only by means of vision, but to a surprising extent by
using the sense of touch. I noticed with growing amazement, very striking
improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing,
depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness, mental alertness, resilience against
outside pressures, and also in such refined skills as the playing of a
stringed musical instrument."
How the Alexander
Technique has helped Suryagita's pupils
"I have worked with many holistic practitioners
and I am confident that Suryagita is in the top rank of practitioners,
both through her knowledge and her style, which is based on sensitivity
to the individual while building on the important teachings of F.M. Alexander.
Suryagita's approach is highly facilitative and adaptive, not only to
the individual's health needs, but also to their life circumstances. Each
lesson builds on the previous one, enabling the client/pupil to make sense
for themselves and to internalise and embed the important learning and
physiological adjustments. I am sure those who engage with her work will
Professor Bob Sang
Chair of Patient and Public Involvement in Health, London South Bank
University and Honorary Member of The Patients' Association, UK
"My first contact with Alexander Technique
came about almost by accident, when I substituted for my wife (who was
ill) at a pre-paid one day workshop held by Suryagita in November 02.
It seemed like a good idea for me to go as I was suffering from a repetitive
strain injury. The only help from the medical profession in respect of
the RSI had been for the doctor to recommend the use of painkillers. I
also suffer from lifelong asthma and an increasingly poor posture.
I enjoyed the workshop and felt some immediate benefits to my posture
so I started to have weekly lessons with Suryagita. The lessons seemed
like a bit of an anti-climax after the one-day workshop. Each lesson involved
pretty much the same procedures: standing up from a sitting position and
then sitting again while Suryagita physically guided my movements with
These 'physical instructions' were very subtle and difficult to comprehend.
I couldn't understand what was the right or wrong way of doing these movements.
Lying down on a table 'semi-supine' was the other part of each lesson,
where Suryagita stretched my arms, legs and neck a bit. I also dutifully
practised my 'semi-supine' at home for about 15 minutes on most other
days of the week. After about 3 months I was definitely standing straighter
but felt self-conscious and a bit stiff with this new posture. I was also
starting to wonder if there was any point in continuing as no further
benefits seemed to be forthcoming and I was still suffering with RSI.
Then one Friday evening, two days after a lesson I felt the most extraordinary
internal 'release' in my lower neck. Over the course of the evening it
felt as if I was dragging my neck ever upwards from within my upper torso,
where it had been sunken, and collapsed like a closed telescope for years.
The overall impact was very emotional and liberating.
I felt that I had been hiding inside my 6'3'' body for years, self-conscious
of my height. I was now growing up to my full and natural height.
At intermittent periods over the last few months, new areas of release
kept opening, both within my neck, my back, my shoulders, my legs and
arms. I still get these sensations - in fact their frequency increases
as they move to new parts of my body and then back to previous areas where
the process of further straightening and release of tension starts up
It's now a year since I went to my first lesson and now I see Suryagita
for an Alexander class once a fortnight. I can honestly say that having
Alexander Technique classes with Suryagita has changed my body and my
life around. I feel more confident, happy, my breathing is better. The
RSI has almost disappeared. I had thought the RSI had been purely down
to using a computer every day for about 14 years, but I now realise that
this was only one of the contributory factors. A lifetime of hunching,
slouching and increasing stress due to day to day living have also been
to blame. My asthma has vastly improved and my posture is a million times
better. And I feel good about myself and confident in my body when I move
And just when I start to think my body is finally sorted something else
starts improving. I don't go around broadcasting the benefits of Alexander
to all and sundry but it has become a central and vital part of my life,
that helps me cope with all the day to day stresses and I wouldn't do
without it. I would definitely recommend anyone to give it a go and to
stick at it. After all, how difficult is lying down flat on the floor
for 15 minutes a day?"
Town Planner, Brighton and Hove Council
6 November 2003
"A.T. lessons during pregnancy helped my baby move
into optimal foetal positioning. My back pain improved and during labour,
which was a natural delivery, I was more able to relax."
"I have been having Alexander Technique
lessons with Suryagita for over 3 years and have always found her very
patient, friendly, encouraging and also flexible as to what we focus on
in the lessons. Suryagita has even inspired me to do the Alexander Technique
teacher training, which I am planning to start this year. I am sure I
wouldn't be doing this without Juliet's encouragement and support."
"I'm walking taller, my stomach has flattened and my
breathing has improved."
"I am writing to you about my experiences
with the Alexander Technique, and how you have helped me in my life.
I first heard about the Alexander Technique at the Croydon Buddhist Centre
after reading their literature about alternative therapies. Before then,
I practised meditation and yoga to help me to overcome my mild cerebral
palsy. However, I felt that something was missing.
What was it? Well it was posture. It was bending like a banana. Because
of my partial sightedness I had to bend to the left and as a result my
posture was out of synch, and it caused bad habits which I was not aware
By frequent sessions with Suryagita, and by allowing my neck to be free,
slowly the bending became less, which meant that my posture improved,
and the quality of my life is slowly improving.
Thank you Suryagita for all your help over the years, and I hope that
great things will happen to gain my life back."
2 November 2003
“I have found my Alexander Technique lessons with
you to be an extremely valuable, nourishing and enjoyable learning experience.
I wanted to rejoice in the sensitive, creative and enthusiastic way you
taught me. I felt a lot of trust, confidence and respect for the way you
conveyed something quite subtle and intimate. I feel it has had a tremendously
beneficial impact on my meditation practice and how I relate to my body.
You inspired me to carry on long enough that much of what I learned feels
a part of me (though of course I know there is so much further one can
go with it). I greatly enjoyed our voice lessons as well and many things
you mentioned have stayed with me and have also enriched the way I hear
What people say about Suryagita's
voice coaching and singing lessons
"I teach voice to actors and it has
been hugely instructive to have a teacher such as Suryagita who carries
several disciplines of awareness within her practice. I have benefited
hugely from Alexander lessons with her, through my increasing postural
awareness but also in the way I could stretch and grow as a teacher myself.
I appreciated her sensitivity and her focused presence, as well as her
sharing her reflections on the work. Whoever is fortunate enough to be
her student in the future will be enriched by the wisdom and sensitivity
of her practice."
Head of Research and Development, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
I have rediscovered the joy of singing.
It was not until I was singing and enjoying the last song of the day,
that I realised that this one day workshop with Suryagita had reversed
completely the humliation received decades ago by a stupid remark by my
High School headmistress. To the whole high school choir she remarked
that I looked like a goldfish opening its mouth.
I actually came to the workshop to free my voice for clapping and singing
the music I am practising for performance, and so also for freedom for
my voice in my teaching. I had not expected to come home and be able to
apply the newly found freedom, energy and confidence to playing the viola.
Violin and viola teacher
Auckland, New Zealand
"I hadn't had a singing lesson since
my school days, but Suryagita made me feel very comfortable and able to
have a go. I so enjoyed it that I've booked lots more.
Suryagita's voice lessons are very profound. You live with what you consider
your normal voice all your life and then discover with Suryagita's excellent
coaching enough volume to rattle the windows. Her coaching comfortably
extended my vocal range considerably from what I had been able to reach
before. I can now consider songs I never thought I could tackle.
Suryagita's voice workshops were so much fun even if you had never sung
before. The songs were from all over the world but were easy to sing and
I would never have believed that I would be able to sing songs in counterpoint
at my first ever singing workshop but Suryagita managed to teach us in
The enthusiasm that Suryagita's voice workshop generated literally raised
the roof. I can't wait for the next one."
"At a weekend workshop (on Non-Violent Communication)
I attended recently no-one could hear me and people asked me to speak
more loudly. After some voice lessons with Suryagita I attended a second
workshop. I felt more confident and able to participate. I also felt reassured,
and when I spoke in the group no-one asked me to repeat myself!"
“Thank you Suryagita for the singing workshop on Sunday. I really
enjoyed the day, the group worked together well, and we sounded really
good! When I sang my solo to the group I felt much less nervous than
I have in the past.”
1 March 2005
Suryagita took me on because I wanted to develop my voice, mainly in
order to give talks and make presentations with confidence. More personally,
though, I also had a secret dream to be able to sing well enough to
join a choir. Suffice to say the results have been very gratifying.
I need little or no excuse to begin to sing, solo or with others, and
as a result regularly get invitations to join choirs. And yet the programme
extends into other facets of life: you will develop your self-confidence
and presence. Friends and acquaintances have commented on the transformation
in me after just a few short weeks: “you seem liberated”.
Suryagita is a fine musician and a very experienced and motivating teacher.
She takes her vocation seriously and treats each person as an individual.
She accurately senses what stage each person has reached in their development
and how much they can take on at each session. Add to that she is very
attractive and great company to be with. What more could you want?
“Thank you Suryagita for all the help you gave me over the last
couple of weeks. My duet and solo went really well. Having spent all
morning feeling absolutely terrified I decided to change my thoughts
to ‘I’m going to enjoy this’, and it worked. Despite
the fact that I was shaking all over when I got up on stage I somehow
managed to put into practice what you taught me and sang to what I felt
was about 90% of my best capability, and I even managed the higher notes
without any trouble. And the main thing is that I really enjoyed it
– so much so that as we neared the end I didn’t want to
stop! Everyone said that I looked so relaxed, they couldn’t believe
that I was really quaking inside. I’d never have done it without
your help, so thank you very, very much.”
15 December 2004