the alexander walking technique
We generally don’t think about our walking style. As toddlers, we learned and imitated those around us. We took on their postures and gait styles. Our environment, activities and footwear also influenced our gait. Everything is generally fine until we head out on the trail. Repetitive strain injuries creep up and we are hobbled by shin splints (pain at the front of the shin), plantar fasciitis (tendonitis of the foot) or chondromalacia patella (pain and uneven wearing of the knee cap).
Long distance walking can be physically challenging. To maximise efficiency and minimise injuries, it is wise to re-learn good walking habits. This document describes the Alexander Technique of walking.
Many of us have tried meditation at some point in our lives. Sitting and focussing on our breathing, stilling the mind. It can be challenging. But meditation can also include movement. Try walking while meditating. By focusing on altering your walking style, your mind will become focused naturally. We have found that this perfect combination of walking and meditation has offered us a sense of Flow or Bliss that opens us up to creativity. In this state, we believe, lies a creative space which is called the Liminal space.