Gokhale Method


Friederike said: Feb 25, 2016
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Plano, TX
71 posts

Has anybody ever heard of the Gokhale method for posture correction? I find it really hard to help my students to correct their posture. Any thoughts? Thanks http://gokhalemethod.com/

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Feb 26, 2016
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
94 posts

Posture makes all the difference in set up, sound, and comfort for young students as well as adult learners and players, and is especially crucial for hard working professional orchestral players, if they’re not to burn out from pain and fatigue. I’ve put a lifetime of thought and observation into this crucial topic. Glad you brought it up!

I studied classical dance as a young girl, and took modern dance classes throughout college. Beauty in posture, fluidity in motion, and elegance were goals for which I strove no matter what I was doing, including being a violinist. It even concerned me during my pregnancies; how to move easily, gracefully and in balance on and off stage, navigating stairs, not getting tired, holding the violin and bow so that my extended shape didn’t bog me down, and keeping that feeling of buoyancy despite the body going through temporary “asymmetry”. (After seeing so many of my expectant colleagues waddling effortfully about, I vowed to myself I’d try to make it look and feel easy!) Now those years have passed but the lessons learned still apply.

I am lucky to have worked with wonderful violin teachers over my lifetime, who helped point out many ways to find balance in the body while practicing and performing.

I studied the Alexander Technique and started the process of learning to be a teacher of AT. I benefited from, and studied the Feldenkrais method and ‘Awareness in Movement’. I attended many workshops such as the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop for Violists. Over time, with such valuable input, I have developed a way of teaching balance and form in movement that enables freedom of sound and comfort in playing violin and viola. I impart it to all my students during lessons as part of playing, right from the start.

I don’t know what this Gokhale course is about, as the website doesn’t show substantive content, but from the pictures it appears it may resemble AT. I wonder whether it makes some changes in approach to what has already been done? If you’re interested to know what I do in teaching posture (and many more aspects of body awareness and use) and you’d like to have a consult, please contact me and set up a Skype session.

Wendy Zohar

Wendy Caron Zohar

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