Explore your Self
Choose to explore yourself. When you take lessons in Alexander Technique (AT), you do a great deal of experiential learning. And this reveals many surprising facts about you, as you are, versus what you have assumed yourself to be.
Some of the new information you will gain through AT is purely practical. For instance, you may learn new things about basic anatomy and body mechanics. But you will likely have other unanticipated and valuable observations about the way your own mind-body system works. So this opens the way for further discovery.
Expand your Self
Expanding your knowledge about how you function can also give you a better understanding of who you are. And this can strongly influence how you relate to the world around you. Over time, you will also gain greater conscious control over your own responses and behavior, and this gives you greater freedom and influence over your circumstances.
All the skills you develop and the observations you make in the course of this experiential work can be put to good use. They will inform your choices about how to take care of yourself and how best to interact with your environment, in small ways and great.
The procedures of Alexander Technique require the practitioner to silently recite a sequence of Directions, which elicit particular neurological responses specific to AT. These Directions help to override the unconscious, habitual misdirections - to collapse or stiffen - that we give ourselves on a regular basis. Equippng the practitioner with reliable instructions is the full purpose of the Directions as F.M. Alexander conceived and described them. However, In the process of directing, we also start a warmer conversation with ourselves.
The regular practice of self-conversing in a well-meaning way encourages a better relationship with ourselves. When we speak to ourselves kindly, with intent to guide and protect ourselves, the message is innately self-supportive. This kindly messaging is a great habit to cultivate. And it adds value to the benefits of the AT Directions.
The non-judgmental attentiveness we adopt when we observe ourselves during the AT learning process is also innately helpful and caring. And although AT makes no claim whatever to being a spiritual practice, these ways of thinking and behaving toward ourselves happen to correspond closely with the Eastern practice of mindfulness, and effectively support a self-compassionate state of mind.