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"Your workshop was a delight, everyone including me floated out joyfully. I got some help from just that one session and would love more."

Annie W.

JAMAICA POND SUNDAYS (summer only)

For decades, Cecile has been walking around Jamaica Pond thinking how nice and helpful it would be for walkers and runners to know about the Alexander Technique. This summer she is offering free hands-on demonstrations by the Boat House on Sunday afternoons around 2pm .

At this same time and location, there is an impromptu jamming session by local musicians throughout the summer weather permitting of course!

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INTRODUCTION TO ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

When: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 11am to 1pm
Where: Brookline, MA
Cost: $50 per workshop
Registration required.

NECK, BACK OR JOINT PAIN? Come and explore this alternative way to handle these problems!

Whatever it is, how you do what you do is as crucial as doing it or not!

Learn how to trigger your postural reflexes to improve your posture effortlessly. It will allow your aches and pain due to poor posture to progressively and naturally fade away!

In this workshop, learn or review how to use the mind to improve body efficient functioning to insure improved posture, safe coordinated and pain-free movements.

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information or to register, please call
(617)359-7841

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THAI YOGA FOR PARTNERS & RESTORATIVE POSTURE

Based on her 20 years experience, Cecile will be offering these two new classes both including kinesthetic hands-on guidance. Classes start in February at Akasha Studio in Jamaica Plain.

Thai Yoga for Partners: Team up in pairs and learn to assist each other with floor supported yoga poses.  Effortlessly expand your motion range. Leave relaxed and energized. No yoga experience needed.

Restorative Posture: Enjoy a sequence of “Mindful Movements’ and ‘Constructive Resting’ to promote better posture and improved health. Learn to decrease excess tension during daily activities. Reclaim your own mind-body space. 

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When you receive Thai Yoga work, you enjoy the benefits of a yoga practice but the giver does all the work. It relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and balances the natural flow of energy of the body.

With The Alexander Technique, you learn to stop using your body in a way that creates excess tension as you go about your daily activities. As a result, discomfort and pain ease away naturally.

For more information about Thai Yoga, Alexander Technique or Cecile Raynor call Cecile at 617 359 7841. For class schedule or directions to Akasha Studio, go to www.akashastudiojp.com or call Anthe at 339 532 7500. It is located in Jamaica Plain walking distance to Forest Hills.

Cecile is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and a certified Thai Yoga Therapist. She has a private practice in Brookline. She taught at Lesley University in Cambridge and has been offering classes through the Brookline Adult Education program. She is now offering classes at Akasha Studio in Jamaica Plain.

For more information or to register, please call
(617)359-7841

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MIND & BODY STRESS MANAGEMENT
Come & learn techniques to handle stress gracefully!

When: To be announced
Where: Brookline
Cost: $50 per workshop and $80 for the two. Registration required

Alexander Technique Introduction:
(11am to 1pm)
With this mind/body approach, you can:

  • Free yourself from harmful habitual patterns of body & mind
  • Stop creating excess tension by activating your postural reflexes
  • Promote ease of movement
  • Experience good  posture effortlessly
  • Create space for deeper breathing
  • Speak or sing from your center
  • Feel and look self-confident!

Thai Yoga for Partners:
(3pm to 5pm)
Learn Thai Yoga basics to exchange with a partner and leave totally relaxed! Come alone or with another. No Yoga experience required.

  • Enjoy the benefit of Yoga while the therapist or giver does all the work
  • Feel nurtured from head to toes
  • Feel muscle tension melt away
  • Feel mind tension dissipate
  • Promote better circulation
  • Boost your immune system
  • Balance your energy

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Cécile has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years helping her students heal through prevention. Even those with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain.

Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her personal and professional experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has a unique approach as she offers Alexander Technique based Thai Yoga, which works deeply but gently. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University and gave presentations in many local institutions on Stress Management.

For more information or to register, please call
(617)359-7841

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THAI YOGA INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

When: To be announced
Time: 11:30am to 1pm
Where: Brookline, MA
Cost: $50 Registration required

In this workshop, Cecile demonstrates how a Thai Yoga session goes. Every participant will have a chance to experience the practitioner's hands as she demonstrates the different sequences of a basic Thai Yoga session. Thai Yoga is a form of partner yoga. For most yoga postures the receiver is being supported by the floor or by the giver's hands hence Thai Yoga being referred to as "Lazy men's Yoga". Instrumental music is usually played in the background to help calm the mind and center the body.

Palming and thumbing the energy lines of the body is one dimension of the work. Stretching muscles and releasing joints is another dimension. It helps receivers expand their comfort zone in a safe and relaxing environment if they are interested in this aspect of the work or it can be mainly a soothing experience where the whole self feels very nurtured!

Cecile Raynor has been training with Ariela Grodner, herself trained by Kam Thye Chow from the Lotus Palm School in Montreal (www.lotuspalm.com). She is currently teaching classes through the Brookline Adult Ed, including a class on Thai Yoga for Partners, and she offers private sessions at her office in Brookline.

For more information, call (617)359-7841

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Thai Yoga for Partners (Sec. 01)
(Through Brookline Adult & Community Education)

Course Code: W266-01
Meeting Days: Wednesday
Dates: To be announced
Meetings: 4
Time: 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM
Price: $85
Location: Brookline High School
Limited to: 16 attendees
To register online or by phone, go to www.brooklineadulted.org or call 617-730-2700.

Thai yoga, is an ancient healing art created by the Buddha's physician, in which a partner guides the other in stretching, joint mobilization, energy balancing, rhythmic deep tissue compression, soft tissue manipulation, and meditative breathing techniques. Yoga postures relieve muscular tension, improve circulation, boost the immune system, and balance the natural flow of energy in the body. Unlike doing yoga on your own, in this course your partner will learn how to help you go deeper into poses by gently aiding your movements, helping you make subtle adjustments, and tracking your progress. Both partners will get a chance to be the practitioner and the receiver. No experience is necessary. Students should be comfortable sitting or kneeling on the floor. Please bring a yoga mat to class.

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information, call (617)359-7841.

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The Alexander Technique (Sec. 01)
(Through Brookline Adult & Community Education)

Course Code: W232-01
Meeting Days: Wednesday
Dates: To be announced
Meetings: 4
Time: 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM
Price: $85
Location: Brookline High School
Limited to: 15 attendees
Register for this course NOW!--> Register for this course NOW!
Or call BA&CE at 617-730-2700 to register BY PHONE.

Most people accept excess tension or muscle strain as a natural outcome of their busy lives. But we don't need to accept it. The Alexander Technique is a gentle hands-on process, aimed at improving postural balance and body alignment. It is valuable for those in a wide range of professions, from dancers and athletes to musicians and computer operators. Alexander's principles will be discussed, observed, and practically applied to everyday activities such as walking, standing, sitting, and working out. You will practice releasing tension as you stretch, move, and tone while also avoiding common pitfalls like demanding the wrong set of muscles to perform a specific movement, using your joints incorrectly or not using them enough, holding instead of releasing into a pose or movement, and forcing a stretch instead of easing into it. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring an exercise mat to class.

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information, call (617)359-7841.

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THAI YOGA FOR PARTNERS CLASS

When: To be announced
Where: Brookline, MA
Cost: $120 Registration required

In this class, the first day is a review of a complete session as presented in the workshop. Otherwise and during other classes, we will review and perfect the practice of Thai Yoga for Partners material with a focus on different aspects every time so both partners can give and receive during each class and so we can enjoy each part of the sequence as we take our time to practice.

Palming and thumbing the energy lines of the body is one dimension of the work. Stretching muscles and releasing joints is another dimension. It helps receivers expand their comfort zone in a safe and relaxing environment if they are interested in this aspect of the work or it can be mainly a soothing experience where the whole self feels very nurtured!

Instrumental music will be played in the background to help calm the mind and center the body

Cecile Raynor has been training with Ariela Grodner, herself trained by Kam Thye Chow from the Lotus Palm School in Montreal (www.lotuspalm.com). She is currently teaching classes through the Brookline Adult Ed, including a class on Thai Yoga for Partners, and she offers private session at her office in Brookline.

For more information, call (617)359-7841

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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE PRESENTATION
at Benefitness Health Club for Women

Location: Brookline, MA
Free for members! Registration required

In this class, you will practice a relaxing and insightful series of mindful movements to promote effortless posture and fluid motion throughout your everyday activities. You will be given many tools including "active resting", a way to regenerate your back and your body alignment. As a result, you will feel empowered as you learn the art of tension release and pain prevention by "thinking your movements", a skill that can enhance the performance of any human activity.

If you have experienced back, neck or joint discomfort or even pain, you may be relieved to realize that your body is not necessarily defective, weak or worn out but simply complaining about the way it is handled!

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy.

For more information, call (617)359-7841.

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MEDITATION CLASS WITH ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE SUPPORT

Date: Call to find out about the next session
Location:To be announced
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Fee: Drop ins $20,  $75 for 4 Tuesdays Registration required

This class gives you the opportunity to practice meditation while learning how to sit comfortably and handle meditation challenges using the Alexander Technique. The Introductory Workshop to the Alexander Technique is a requirement for this class.

Meditation is one of the hardest activities to do for most people and yet it is the most beneficial one because it affects the quality of performance of any other activity we perform. It teaches us to respond to life rather than react to it by developing mindfulness, the art of being present to what we do while we do it instead of being caught in the whirlwind of the monkey mind!

This class can equally help beginning and experienced practitioners. It is an opportunity to experience "beginners' mind" and gain a fresh look at the meditation experience.

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information, call (617)359-7841.

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YOGA & THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP FOR PRACTITIONERS OF ALL LEVELS

Learn about Postural Reflexes for Effortless Posture and Fluid Movement on and off the yoga mat!

Date: To be announced
Location: Brookline, MA
Time: 12 PM to 2 PM
Fee: $50 Registration required.

The Alexander Technique improves your posture and the quality of your movements by engaging both your mind and body through a gentle hands-on and verbal process of kinesthetic reeducation. It has proved significantly helpful to yoga practitioners of all levels in avoiding the regular pitfalls of all form of exercises such as:

  • Demanding the wrong set of muscles to perform a specific movement
  • Using the joints incorrectly or not using them enough in a released manner
  • Holding instead of releasing through a pose or a movement
  • Forcing a stretch instead of softening through it
  • Overusing the muscles instead of using the skeletal frame
  • Fighting gravity instead of using it for integrated motion and poise
  • Overworking the whole body by not letting the postural reflexes do their job

I teach the Alexander Technique with a unique style developed by my enthusiasm for my work, my compassion for my students, and my ability to communicate with clarity both through verbal and hands-on guidance.

This insightful and fun workshop will help you understand the art of merging with gravity instead of fighting it! You will experience being gracefully poised without working at it!

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information, call (617) 359-7841.

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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE FOR PERFORMERS

Date: To be announced
Location: Brookline, MA
Time: 12 PM to 2 PM
Fee: $50 Registration required.

  • Tired or sore while or after you practice?
  • Want to get the most out of your practice time?
  • Want to be the best performer you can be?
  • Want to avoid repetitive stress injuries often experienced by performers?

Come and Discover Effortless Posture &Thrive into Your Best Performing Ever!

The Alexander Technique improves your posture and the quality of your movements by engaging both your mind and body through a gentle hands-on and verbal process of kinesthetic reeducation. Practice of your art form along with daily activities becomes easy; pain decreases or disappears. As a result, your energy level increases and your overall health improves.

I teach the Alexander Technique with a unique style developed by my enthusiasm for my work, my compassion for my students, and my ability to communicate with clarity both through verbal and hands-on guidance.

This insightful and fun workshop will help you understand the art of merging with gravity instead of fighting it! You will look more poised and feel better as well!

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information, call (617) 359-7841.

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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE HANDS-ON WORKSHOP FOR TEENAGERS
Discover Effortless Posture and Fluid Movement in all your activities!

Date: To be announced
Location: Brookline, MA
Time: 12 PM to 2 PM
Fee: $50 Registration required.

This Alexander Technique workshop has been offered exclusively to Honors Seniors at Brookline High and it stimulated quite an interest as it is not academic in nature but experiential so you leave with some new practical experience that can change your life right there and then!

How can the Alexander Technique change your life?

It can promote your academic skills to blossom out of you, it will empower you as you learn to stand upright effortlessly building self-confidence to a new level, it will enhance your athletic and performance skills and give you a sense of control coming from the inside to help you deal with teenager issues!

This insightful and fun workshop will help you understand the art of merging with gravity instead of fighting it! You will look more poised and feel better as well!

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information, call (617) 359-7841.

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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Healthy and Tasty Cooking For Mind and Body Balance

Date: To be announced
Location: South Brookline
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee: $50 (includes printed recipes of the day). Registration required.

This New Offering is mostly designed for those who are interested in discovering how some basic eating principles can support our mind and body balance. The material presented is influenced by my lifelong interest and experience with nutrition and health. However, the specific principles offered here are inspired by my exposure to macrobiotic cooking and way of life. Interestingly enough, many of them totally blend with the Alexander way of thinking !

This workshop offers instruction as to how to cook healthy and tasty meals in a snap...something lots of adults in my practice have been expressing an interest in! The workshop ends with delicious food for the participants to enjoy!

This insightful and fun workshop will help you to feel healthy from the inside out!

Cécile Raynor is a certified practitioner with a 3 year professional training in Paris, France. She has been practicing in Brookline for over 20 years to students ranging in age from 7 to 77. This work is mainly design to work as a preventive and is sought after by those who want to function at their highest potential and age gracefully. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile complements her practice by drawing on her experience with exercise, nutrition, meditation and homeopathy. She has taught the Alexander Technique at Lesley University, and she also offers Thai Yoga Therapy.

For more information, call (617) 359-7841.