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Whatever You're Doing Now You Can Do it Better: Your Guide to Enhanced Mental and Physical Performance Inspired by the Alexander Technique [Paperback]

Anthony J. Taylor
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Book Description

1 Jan 2004
Inspired by the teachings of Frederick Matthias Alexander, this book will take you on an amazing journey towards fulfilling all of our potentialities.

Read it through once as a complete introduction to the Alexander Technique, or work through the chapters and accompanying 'homework' activities at a slower pace on your own, or as an accompaniment to lessons.


Product details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Gil Books (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952632047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952632047
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 17.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,341,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Anthony J Taylor is a critically acclaimed author with special expertise in the fields of mind body spirit and spiritual philosophy. Anthony also writes children's fiction and screenplays. He is represented by the Susan Mears Literary Agency (London, UK).

Author's Bio

Anthony graduated from Bristol University (UK) with an Honours degree in Philosophy in 1984. After working as a counselor for the Youth Service, he set up his own business, running personal and professional development courses in the public sector. He specialised in sex and drugs education training, publishing several highly successful books on the subject, including Drugs Education - a practical guide for Primary School Teachers.

In 1997, Anthony re-trained as an Alexander Technique teacher, and he shifted the focus of his work to creative self-realization. He developed particular expertise in working with actors, and he taught movement and voice for several years as part of the actor training program at The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in California. He has been a guest teacher at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Bristol University Drama Department, Interact Theater Company, etc. In 2004, he published the critically acclaimed Alexander Technique book, Whatever You're Doing Now You Can Do It Better!

In 2003, Anthony began actively collaborating with best-selling philosophy and spirituality author, Tim Freke (The Jesus Mysteries), subsequently publishing Tim's highly acclaimed, Lucid Living (since sold to Hay House). In 2007, Anthony became the Director of The Alliance for Lucid Living (www.theall.org), a global organization founded to promote our collective awakening. In 2008, Anthony co-authored (with Tim Freke) the chapters on spirituality for The Encyclopedia of Mind Body Spirit (Godsfield, 2009).

Anthony has recently published The Sacred Sites Bible - the definitive guide to spiritual places, Godsfield, UK, Sterling, USA (2010). He is currently working on a children's novel, Alyosha's Dreams, and a history of Paganism and Christianity, entitled Christ and the White Goddess.

Anthony lives with his partner, Chloe - an accomplished artist and sculptor (www.chloeadelinewhite.com), and their son, Leif, a passionate golfer.

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A clarity and vitality to the writing. -- STAT News

Clear, boyuant, non-technical. A way in for newcomers. -- Direction Magazine

Clear, buoyant and non-technical. A way in for newcomers. -- Direction Magazine - Professional Journal of the Alexander Technique

Here, finally, might just be a book that delivers what it promises. -- New Times

Witty and inspiring. -- The Spark

From the Publisher

This critically acclaimed book is one of the best and most complete introductions to the Alexander Technique you will ever find.

Anthony J (Tony) Taylor is a writer and Alexander teacher specializing in creativity and performance enhancement. In this extraordinary book, he uses simple explanations, amusing anecdotes, beautiful photographs and entertaining stories to illustrate ten key principles for on-going and lasting improvement in everything you do.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As a teacher of the Alexander Technique, I found this book to be very clear and free from jargon. The author makes very good use of examples to clarify points which he is making. In addition, he offers anecdotes based upon his own experience which are presented with considerable humility and this, for me, is one of the marks of a good teacher.

Knowing how difficult it can be to explain the Alexander Technique I feel the author has done a remarkably good job and doesn't shy away from issues which some readers may find unpalatable.

One of my reservations about this book would be that it is rather general and, at times, it does get a little close to being in the self-help field. A quick glance at the books which are quoted reveals examples which would neatly fit into this pigeon hole. It would be a shame if it got associated with a rather superficial, New Age approach.

Contrary to what it says on the back cover, the photographs leave a lot to be desired. Some are very small and placed in the margins. Many lack a caption and left me mystified as to what was intended by their inclusion. Some were very dark and indistinct.

My final criticism would be that the book does not establish a wider context for itself within the Alexander world. Reading this book, one could be forgiven for thinking that Dr. Donald Weed and the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) represent the mainstream of Alexander Teaching. My quick check of the ITM website showed just 37 teaching members in the UK. I would assume that when the book was written there were fewer, rather than more, ITM teachers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Accessible Content! Great examples! 1 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
This book outlines some of the foundation principles of the Alexander Technique. The author shows the benefits to applying them to the choices of everyday life.

Alexander Technique has been described as an effective posture improvement method. But after reading this book, you'll discover that the Technique's potential to improve your life has many more applications than just the physical forum of learning how to move easier. Alexander Technique also teaches the ability to determine and make new choices that work better for your own life goals. That's what this book is about: constructive self-observation & reasoning, prevention & determining effectiveness; psycho-physical unity & how that can work for you, how to avoid extremes, uncovering fixed assumptions, why the sense of feeling is unreliable & what to do about it.

This book outlines its ideas within an analogy of setting sail in a boat. I found that this made some of the principles easier to remember and to use together. (Have to admit that I'm also sitting here with it in my hand, that's how I remembered all the points in the list above.) It's got some charming stories & pics that illustrate the examples. It can also be used as a study workbook by doing the included writing exercises at the end of chapters that will help you put the principles into practice. Or it can be enjoyably read as a fun, skillful introduction to some transformative ideas that have improved the lives of a lot of people.

You can tell that I really enjoyed it!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Taylor's writing style is very easy to read. He introduces the concepts of Alexander's work in a way that is easy to grasp and with good examples to illustrate his ideas. Taylor brings Alexander's work to today's audience and makes it relevant and understandable to them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best introductory text for the Alexander Technique 12 Mar 2004
By jacky morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In my opinion there are only two books worth reading about Alexander's work other than those written by the man himself, and Anthony Taylor's book is one of them.
It has helped my students understand the principles of this work and enabled them to make changes in the way that they think and therefore the way that they move.
Jacky Morgan
Alexander Technique teacher
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very impressed 24 Aug 2004
By Simon Saunders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I liked this book. I had thought the Alexander technique was all about posture, when in fact it's all about performance - the way that we do what we do. There are some great stories in this book which I have enjoyed reading again and again.

The author clearly knows his stuff and how to write. Having read many books about change and the Alexander Technique this has to go down as one my favourites. I recommend it to anyone looking to change deep-seated patterns of behaviour that are undermining their performance in any field.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introductory book 24 Aug 2004
By A teacher from Cardiff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Taylor succeeds in giving you a handle on some complex ideas. Deals with tricky but key concepts in an accessible but not simplistic way. Particularly liked the chapters on reasoning and working to principle. There are no physical exercizes to do, but there are activities which are helpful towards your understanding.

The only truly accessible but not-oversimplified book on AT I've found.

An AT teacher from Cardiff.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction 17 Mar 2004
By Kev Lehane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Taylor's writing style is very easy to read. He introduces the concepts of Alexander's work in a way that is easy to grasp and with good examples to illustrate his ideas. Taylor brings Alexander's work to today's audience and makes it relevant and understandable to them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 2 Sep 2004
By Mary C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A brilliant book! The narrative is innovative and encouraging, bringing Alexander's work into the present day. As a teacher of the Alexander Technique, I found this book a very helpful and enjoyable read and would thoroughly recommend it
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