BA Dance & Medical Anthropology, New College of CA - 1992, MA Physiological Psychology, SFSU - 2003, Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, Alexander Technique Training Institute of San Francisco (1600hr) - 2003, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Practicum, El Camino Hospital, CA, (60hr) - 2012, RYT 200 Vinyasa Yoga - 2014, RCA-20 (2017)
Elyse Shafarman teaches Alexander Technique as a faculty member at American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program, as well as Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and San Francisco State University’s Institute for Holistic Health Studies.
Elyse maintains a private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley CA, teaching Alexander Technique, Yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She enjoys helping performing artists, academics, youth, elders and everyone else escape pain, reduce stress and uncover forgotten pleasure in movement.
Elyse grew up in Berkeley, CA; when her nose wasn’t buried in a book, she was making clay dragons at the neighborhood pottery studio. She studied Modern Dance at SUNY Purchase and discovered that the Alexander Technique was the best way to improve her dancing. Unlearning tension habits was the key to supple hips, high jumps and stage presence.
Elyse combines her 1600 hours of Alexander Technique training with a Master’s degree in Physiological Psychology. She studied the scientific underpinnings of the mind-body connection, and conducted research on the benefits of Alexander Technique for computer users. Elyse is endlessly inspired by the myriad ways that mind-body integration can be accessed for healing, mobility and artistic performance. She blogs regularly on these topics on her website below.
"The Alexander Technique excels at teaching people the mysterious art of non-doing," she says. "The Reembody method teaches people what they can do, right now, to help themselves. Together, the two methods provide a powerful synthesis."
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