Alexander Technique Studio Leura.
The Alexander Technique Studio Leura is a purpose built space that allows for a harmonious Alexander experience set in stunning Blue Mountains gardens.
Michael and Jane have created a beautiful mountains garden setting for their Alexander Technique Studio practice.
Meandering paths lined with gabion rock walls lead one past fern rock pools, flowering shrubs and tall gum trees.
Lawn areas provide for an outdoor break out area, with a special Zoyzia style grass that has none of the itch or irritation of rye grasses.
At the bottom of the gardens Chris Vassallos’ Blade sculpture in corden steel provides a dramatic vertical note to immaculate lawns fringed by Blueberry Ash and Lilac trees.
Towards the studio a dramatic grove of silver birch trees are contrasted with the red stems of minature dogwood bushes.
Woodland gardens are planted with witchahzel, daphne, pyrrhus flowers and rhododendron bushes.
The studio was fashioned in Finland from 45mm sustainable pine which has great insulating properties. Windows and doors are double glazed for creating a quiet and well insulated studio. Over the floor is a foil insulation covered by a floating wooden floor in turn covered by handmade Afghan rugs. The effect is a warm and inviting space that is a joyful celebration of colour, warmth and natural materials.
Getting our Alexander Technique Studio ready
Jane and I planned with our landscapers to create a truly unique teaching space. We want to reflect the inspiration, joy and transformation that happens with Alexander learning into our teaching environment.
In the studio, Jane and I sealed, primed and painted. Each paint stroke was carefully applied with Alexander direction and thought. Our process of “thinking in activity” has been embodied in a space of design, light, colour, form and natural beauty. Clearing my mind and letting go of negative self-talk, I undertook the challenge of laying the studio floor. For three days, on hands and knees I had to remember myself while at the same time carefully bringing the pieces of floor into alignment. I learned so much. The end result is a beautiful, insulated warm floor that changes with the sun’s light and reflects onto the antique white finish of the interior walls. It’s a beautiful space in which to work.
Hand made colour and texture
We wanted to find floor coverings for the studio that would be soft underfoot and reflect the colours of our garden. The idea of bringing the outside in and having awareness of the inside on the outside reflects our Alexander Technique work. A “unified field of awareness” where you are aware of your self, while maintaining an awareness of your activity, is an important benefit of Alexander learning. The woollen hand knotted rugs from Afghanistan are dyed with vegetable dyes and stone washed to set the colour. They’ll bring a softness in look and feel and also ensure that sound is managed within the studio. We hope that you will enjoy their warmth and inspiration learning Alexander Technique with us.
The gabion rock walls in our garden were made entirely from Blue Mountains iron stone dug up from our property. We chose gabions because they allowed us to use rubble and fill behind the bookleafed ironstone. It meant that we didn’t have to grab stone that wasn’t ours to grab. The work from Tom Buchanan and Hugh Lloyd of Bespoke Backyards in bringing our design to life is stunning craftsmanship. You can see that we have recycled old railway sleepers, crushed granite and ironstone gabions to create an easy and beautiful pathway to the studio.
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If you live in the Blue Mountains, you don’t have to travel far to see experienced teachers. We’re in Leura. We have years of Alexander practice. We can help.
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