Poise, Posture, Presence
mind body alignment


Deena Odelle Hyatt

In 2008 while at The University of Texas, I was in chronic pain for three years and finally lost functioning of my right hand and arm.

I went to countless doctors, physical therapists, healers and it wasn’t getting any better. After three years, I finally accepted their suggestion of surgery for “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.” They doctors took my first rib out and scalene muscle to “create space.” And after three months of healing, I was still in pain and they had no answers aside from more pain killers! Then I came upon The Alexander Technique and somehow found my way back to normalcy and now, vibrancy. Learning this embodied mindfulness technique helped me let go of out of layers and layers of tension and get back to a place of freedom and vitality.

When I came to my first Alexander teacher, Marian Goldberg in 2009, I was completely unaware that I had fallen into such bad habits, but we just started working and things started changing. No doctor could explain what was wrong but it turns out, it was tension patterns that had created it. And there was something I could do about it, which actually had a lot to do with undoing.

In order to change we had to address my habits in movement.

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.

That’s when I decided I wanted to integrate this work into what I was doing and bring it to the world.

2008 / 2014:  Note the dramatic shift in my shoulder slope and where my jaw line sits.

2008 / 2014: Note the dramatic shift in my shoulder slope and where my jaw line sits.

Read this article to learn more about Deena:

Changing Habits that Hurt Us:

An interview with Deena Hyatt ▸



I'm an AmSAT™ certified teacher. AmSAT™ Teachers train hands-on for a minimum of three years (1600 hours). I have also done advanced studies totaling over 1900 hours of training.

The American Society for the Alexander Technique


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