Poise, Posture, Presence
It's not what you do, it's how you do it. Undo patterns of tension and learn to move with less effort and more ease.

Alexander technique teacher

Deena Hyatt

What I do:

As a movement detective, I’m passionate about helping you find a sustainable way to work, create, and be with awareness that frees you from harmful habits. To move gracefully no matter what life throws at you.

To become consciously aware of ways to unlock and move through the world with efficient elegance and confidence. 

As a chronic pain and trauma survivor, I found how resilient humans can be with the right kind of tools, support, and gentle guidance. With the help of my teachers, I was able to get myself out of what I thought was unsolvable pain.

The self-learning is a process, and I am a facilitator and support in your movement journey. 

Why I do it:

I started studying Alexander Technique in 2008. At the time I thought I'd be stuck in chronic pain for the rest of my life and never be able to use my right arm/hand again. Now not only can I use my right arm/hand again, but so many other things have improved as well.

As a vocalist (music and voice acting), the new-found breath support made my voice that much more powerful and enhanced my ability to control it. As a dancer, I found ways to move outside my learned patterns and explore new muscles. As a emotional person, I found I was better able to pause, contain, and compose myself before responding. And as a speaker, I found I could collect my thoughts calmly and address a room confidently. As an artist, I found I could find my flow and trust the process more. Not to mention the drastic difference in the way I carried myself (and what people refer to as posture).

After getting myself out of a mess with the help of my teachers and practitioners, I'm passionate about facilating lasting solutions to the tension problems many of us are suffering from. At the desk, on stage, recovering from an injury, or preparing for a birth, I'm here to be on your team.

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CERTIFICATION

I'm an AmSAT™ certified teacher. AmSAT™ Teachers train hands-on for a minimum of three years (1600 hours).

The American Society for the Alexander Technique

Changing Habits that Hurt Us: An interview with Deena Hyatt

 

My Story

When I started studying The Alexander Technique I had been in chronic pain for three years and lost functioning of my right hand. (And I'm right handed!). The pain permeated from my neck down my arms. I had no idea why and the plethora of doctors and healers I saw had no explanation. Now I look at this image of me and I can't understand how any trained professional couldn't see why I was in pain. Before, sitting like that seemed comfortable. Now, my musculature and attitude has changed so much that I couldn't even try to do that if I wanted.

This photo was taken on my first lesson with Marian Goldberg in 2009. When I came to Marian, I was completely unaware that I had fallen into such bad habits, but we just started working and things started changing. It's difficult to put the work into words, it really is experiential.The work is difficult to articulate, as it is so experiential. It's like trying to describe a song without listening to it.

By learning to stop doing what I was doing wrong, it allowed the right things to start happening. As I learned to not overuse certain muscles, my back and core strengthened. My movements became smoother as my coordination improved, as did my breathing and vocal control! The windows of pain became smaller and smaller, and six months later I was finally pain free. I realized the impact of the tools that I learned through Alexander and knew I wanted others to learn about this incredible self-improvement and stress management resource.


   2009 / 2014:  Note the dramatic shift in my shoulder slope and where my jaw line sits. 

 2009 / 2014: Note the dramatic shift in my shoulder slope and where my jaw line sits.