Active Rest

I was first shown how to do Active Rest (also known as Constructive Rest) in about 1986 when I lived in Adelaide, Australia. I had gone to a little workshop in the Alexander Technique and came away with an efficient, simple and beautiful way to chill out and give an opportunity for my spine to rest in its natural shape/alignment.

My memory is this: the bloke (Australian for guy) said, lie down in the same way as if you were going to look at the stars or gaze into the blue sky. It worked for me and I did it often. It was so natural and I loved doing it in parks. In Adelaide there were are lots of parks full of eucalyptus trees and plentiful blue sky days. I remember it relaxed me. It was a magical and simple tool I used to help deal with my crazy life. After all, I was 21.

Thirty years on I’ve created this video and I hope you get inspired to get down on the floor, the grass or on the beach and give yourself a 5, 10, 15 or 20 minute time for Alexander meditation. It can function even better than a 2-hour nap. And you never know what you’ll discover.

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wendy cook

I was born in the beautiful Australian highlands and have lived in Boston twenty-three years. I am grateful for this precious life. Even and especially when life sucks and is really hard. We are interdependent with all beings and I believe, in essence, everyone wishes to happy. * Practicing yoga since 1987 and teaching since 2000. * Trained four years in the Alexander Technique and teaching since 2014 . * Have completed a three-month solo meditation retreat while staying in a hermitage in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. * Passionately grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. * Co-habitat with three cats: Loli Pops, Bella Bodhicitta and Gonpo Maxx. * Night owl. * Love to chant. * I wish to benefit others while staying true to myself.

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