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Inside Yourself (Mouritz 2010 edition)

A new way to health based on the Alexander Technique
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Alexander Technique
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Mouritz 2010 edition
205 x 134 mm.
ISBN 0954352203 / 978-0954352202
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Second edition, revised and reset.

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Louise Morgan did not have lessons but was fascinated by the Technique and having read his books she set out to discover the Technique for herself. Her book provides an account of her discoveries. There is no denying her enthusiasm and her story relates many of the typical issues beginners face and which beginners have to find answers to when not having assistance of a teacher. Sometimes the result comes across as a series of check-list (do this, don't do that) for specific activities (sit, bend, lift, walk) and it is dated in some of its concerns (and written for women). As she met and interviewed Alexander she had the opportunity to put on record some extraordinary stories from his experience of living and teaching the Technique, and so it continues to be an important historical document.

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Louise Morgan was a remarkable and unique woman. She did not have lessons, instead she decided to discover the Technique for herself, following in Alexander's footsteps. In this book she provides an account of her discoveries.

Louise Morgan describes the key principles of the Technique through examples of everyday activities, such as how to sit, how to bend, lifting, walking, achieving sound sleep, and speaking clearly and without fear. She is concerend with the fundamentals of the practice: how not to waste your energy, and how to move with less effort.

The fundamentals of the Alexander Technique - the 'forward and up' of the primary control, conscious control, the principle of 'stopping' as the basis for changing any habit - are described in straightforward and jargon-free language.

As mind-body is a unity, posture and movement are not isolated from psychological factors, and Louise Morgan asks the reader to examine his or her attitude in different situations.

As Louise Morgan met and interviewed Alexander she had the opportunity to put on record some extraordinary stories from his experience of living and teaching the Technique. Alexander read her manuscript for the book shortly before his death in 1955.

The book also contains the inspiring case history of Miss 'G.R.' whose lessons in the Technique turned her life around.


Foreword by Aldous Huxley

1 A Prophet Unsung
2 Recording a Miracle
3 The Bedside Book
4 Tasmanian Boy
5 Alexander in England
6 Don't Waste Your Energy
7 Perfect Shoulders
8 Air Starvation
9 Forward and Up
10 Sit with Ease and Grace
11 Bend Right to Keep Young
12 Walking on Air
13 The Importance of Posture
14 How to Change a Habit
15 Man's Supreme Inheritance
16 Body and Brain
17 Sound Sleep
18 Good Speech
19 Regeneration
Appendix A: Review of Inside Yourself by David Wainwright 1954
Appendix B: Review of Inside Yourself by Dr Mungo Douglas 1954
Appendix C: "The Illusion of Beauty" by Louise Morgan, 1955
Appendix D: Extract from Inside Your Kitchen by Louise Morgan, 1956