Alexander said to his niece Marjory Barlow, 'If you want to meditate, this is how to do it.'
Ian learned to meditate from his brother Mike, in Tokyo, before and after studying at SOAS for his degree in Thai with Religious Studies.
Mike was a student of Gudo Nishijima and co translated Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo with him. Ian spent a few months in the late 80s living at the Hideo Ida Zazen Dojo, aged 19, practising Zazen at 5 am then eating coco pops for breakfast.
Mike started to make a connection back in the early 90s between Buddhism and the Alexander Technique and has been working to clarify that connection ever since, translating Buddhist patriarchs Nagarjuna and Ashvaghosha from Sanskrit. When Mike returned home from Japan in 1995 to train as an Alexander Technique teacher, he inspired Ian, then working as a careers adviser, to start learning the Alexander Technique.
Ian sits in half lotus every day thinking Alexander's directions, as advocated by Mike, finding it invaluable for head, neck, back integration, waking up the brain, opening up the breathing, and calming disturbed waters.
30 minutes sitting in half lotus with Alexander's directions is a great way to set yourself up for the day. Ian is happy to teach this without payment.
Ian sitting in half lotus thinking his directions