A Practical Hands-On Study
Alexander Technique helps people move through the world with more ease and less pain and struggle. Lyra uses touch, words, and direction to deepen awareness of existing patterns and suggest new possibilities of movement.
Unwind Your Unhelpful Patterns
We all have patterns around how we use our bodies, patterns we were taught or gleaned from the world around us. Sometimes these patterns aren't serving us anymore and are getting in our way. Lyra uses a deep understanding of body mechanics and her hands to give you the chance to make a different decision. By developing an awareness of the way you sit, stand, and move, you can identify and address the tension and unhelpful habits that are affecting your day-to-day experience.
Empower Yourself Though Education
Where massage can help ease symptoms, Alexander addresses the structural roots of the problems and empowers the student to relieve their own pain and tension, and rediscover ease, strength, flexibility, and joy in every activity of life.
I teach private lessons in Alexander Technique in Portland, Oregon. I am a certified Alexander Teacher and a faculty member at the Alexander Alliance International. I’ve been studying Alexander work for over a decade, first as a young dancer finding efficiency, strength, and presence, and later after a spine injury that me severely incapacitated. Alexander not only restored my health, function, and dance career after the injury, but it has also allowed me to awaken to a stronger and smarter body and a deeper understanding of myself. I studied at the Alexander Alliance SW/NW and the Alexander Alliance Germany and I am certified as an Alexander Technique teacher by Robyn Avalon (Alexander Alliance SW/NW, Contemporary Alexander School).
You are curious and determined to live fully, but you’ve hit some type of barrier in your life preventing you from unlocking that potential. You may be experiencing chronic pain, trauma, or stagnation. You are interested in…
Learning to take charge of your own physicality
Living life with less pain and more freedom
Deepening your art or craft as a musician, dancer, athlete, chef, or craftsperson
A deeper relationship with yourself and the dynamic experience of living in your body
What is Lyra’s teaching style?
“Her style is comfortable - she’s serious without being serious. She respects the work by showing up on time and focusing on the work. Finally, and perhaps most important, she is patient without judgement. She works from where I am, not where I “ought” to be." –Michale Matze
“She always finds creative ways to create exercises that allow me to experience a new way of wearing my body, a new way of relating to a belief system, a new way of engaging in activity.” –Jennifer Lovejoy
What is a pattern you have worked on with Lyra?
“Lyra worked with me on my lower back pain by showing me how my back muscles connect with the rest of my body and helping think about how my feet, hips, spine, and head align. We talked about my posture and the way I carry myself and why—both in logistical and psychological aspects. Not only do I feel better, but I also have a better understanding of why I felt the discomfort and how to address the issue if it crops up again.” –Will Fain
What is Lyra’s approach to addressing chronic pain?
“It’s clear that Lyra has herself been injured, and that this work and the way she teaches is informed by that truth. She really seems to fundamentally understand both the way bodies work in how they can get out of whack. She holds space both for care-taking and honesty about how we all can get in our own way.” –Andy Pfandler
What changes have you noticed since starting this work?
“My blood pressure is down, my overall health is up; my mood is up; and I live more attuned to the unique experience of living in my body. Over the last six months, the focus of the work has been getting ready for a 600 mile Camino walk across southern France, leaving in two weeks. I am almost 73 years old.” –Michale Matze
How do you describe Alexander to a friend?
“A process for me--tackling pain or physical challenge--of learning, growing and discovering my innate ease and strength through understanding, literally how we are put together--bones, soft tissues, nerves, etc.--and how much agency I have in healing myself when guided by a skilled teacher. The images and prompts Lyra employs are useful and compelling, giving me the ability to recreate the wonderful ease and comfort experienced during and immediately after a lesson, on my own.” –Katherine Deumling
Lyra offers private lessons in Portland, OR at reFORM Pilates and Movement.
Lyra offers private lessons in Portland, OR at reFORM Pilates and Movement. A Contemporary Alexander lesson is taught sitting or standing, with the instructor using gentle movements of their hands to suggest new ways of moving, resting, and breathing. It may remind you of a physical therapy session or a bodywork session. No special clothing is required. A session might involve walking around the studio, laying on a massage table, or demonstrating an activity from your daily life (playing an instrument, dancing, sitting at a desk, riding a bike, etc.) Lyra communicates in approachable language, using metaphors and analogies that allow you to visualize and internalize the subtle movement patterns that we are seeking to address. She will also use teaching aids like anatomical pictures and skeletons to help demonstrate the body mechanics at play in our movement patterns. The goal of a session is for a student to leave with practical, actionable awareness to help them move through the world with more ease, opening up new possibilities of action and motion.
Sometimes we ...
Lyra believes that just as ease, wholeness, and balance are inherent to the human body, so equity, justice, and liberation are inherent to the social body. Just as her work on the individual scale is devoted to bring awareness and choice to the habitual ways in which we interrupt the innate qualities of our bodies, decolonizing the habits and structures that interrupt our innate equity and liberation is critical to Lyra’s work.