Teacher Training

in Chicago

Daria is the director and founder of the ATTiC, a three-year AmSAT certified program in Chicago. The program began in 2012 and continues on today. Daria is assisted by faculty member Clay Schaub. Daria previously co-founded and directed a teacher’s certification program in Charlottesville, Virginia from 1987 through 2011.

This 1600-hour program follows all guidelines set forth by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Students are accepted into the program at the beginning of each term when space is available. Contact Daria for information or an application.

CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

• Creative approaches to the study of anatomy and physiology

• Development of awareness

• Understanding the psychological nature of change

• Cultivation of listening hands

• Learning to teach groups

• Individual projects

• Field trips

• Regular Private lessons

• Daily receiving and giving of hands-on work

• Study of developmental movement patterns

• Working with ordinary daily activity and performance

• Examination of Alexander's texts and other literature

• The profession: How to set up a practice

Yearly Tuition for 2022 is $8,100 ($675 monthly on a 12 month plan)

Weekly Calendar:

Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am to 11:30am

September through early June

If you are interested in Alexander Teacher Training and Certification in the Chicago area, please contact Daria at dariaokugawa@alexandertechniquecentre.com.

 

Private Lessons

Private lessons are the most common way to study the Alexander Technique. This gentle, effective hands /on method of learning is an enjoyable way to resolve many issues resulting from misuse of the body. In a just a few lessons you can begin to see and feel significant changes. A series of weekly lessons are most common and effective.

Single individual lesson: $90

Series of 10 or more, taken weekly: $85

Lessons often involve exploring everyday movements such as sitting, standing, bending, reaching, walking, speaking, performing, working at a desk, driving a car, playing an instrument, and examining ways to approach exercise, yoga postures, tai chi, martial arts, etc.

If you are a performer, your lessons may include playing your instrument, working with small phrases of choreography, singing or for an actor, speaking text.

Most lessons include time in the Constructive Rest position, which involves lying down on a table, so it is best to dress comfortably, without restriction.

Studying the Alexander Technique is much like studying the guitar, tai chi or tennis. It requires a certain number of lessons to begin to play and if playing exquisitely becomes a desired goal, more lessons will become of interest to you.

It is common for students to take 20 to 30 lessons to achieve the long lasting benefits they are seeking.

 
 

Workshops

Group classes and workshops are another valuable and economic way to study the Alexander Technique. In this setting the student can learn by watching the progress of other students, as well as receiving hands-on assistance themselves. The questions and dialogue that arise during group work can be very enlivening to the process of making changes in yourself. Workshops are offered regularly at the ATTiC studio space and in locations around the area. Please contact Daria for the current listing of available classes or workshops, fees and dates.

 

If you are interested in having Daria bring the Alexander Technique to a group, or have a small group of friends who might like to study together, please contact Daria, dariaokugawa@alexandertechniquecentre.com.

Here are some workshop examples:

The Art of Sitting

What is a good chair? How can I sit without pain? Let’s explore. There is a way, whether at the computer or the wheel of a car.

Learning to Bend with Ease

Bending is becoming a lost art. A hundred times a day we need to bend: to pick things up, to get into a chair, etc. You will save much energy and discomfort by taking the time to learn how to bend with efficiency.

Using Alexander Principles to Deal with Stress

Do you ever find your body tensing as you react to something someone said or did? This tension is part of the fight or flight mechanism. If allowed to get the best of us, we may suffer unnecessarily. Enjoy the satisfaction of being able to remain at ease under duress!

Improving Your Voice

For shy speakers, public speakers and singers. Our voice is like our signature; each has individual nuances that are part of our expression. Freeing unnecessary tension opens us and lets our true natural and supported voice emerge so everyone can hear it.

Hatha Yoga

Join me for an hour of peaceful conscious movement to release blockages, increase elasticity, uncover natural coordination and balance, and return to center. Start the day with an open mind and body. 

 

When : Ongoing in 2022, Fridays from 9am to 10am Central time 

Cost: $12 for drop in or $10 per class when paid monthly

Google Pay or Paypal accepted

Any level welcome. Get started this Friday.

Contact: dariaokugawa@alexandertechniquecentre.com for zoom link and enrollment details.