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Erik Bendix and Ease on Skis
USA, Germany, Czech Republic
Ease on Skis: try it out indoors without snow or ski equipment
Indoor movement explorations have become an essential part of Ease on Skis, our application of the Alexander Technique to alpine skiing. We use these indoor explorations every day at our winter workshops to familiarize students with the movements they will need the next day out on the ski slopes. By learning the movements in safety indoors, students at winter workshops have a more secure base from which to inhibit their reactions to sliding downhill once they get outside.
At a summer workshop, students trying these explorations can get a taste of what skiing with dynamic ease feels like. Expect plenty of hands-on guidance of movement, leaning this way and that as we stand or walk, even some rolling on the floor. Bring your mask! Let’s stay safe so we can really enjoy this. It is such fun.
About Erik Bendix and Ease on Skis
I started skiing at age 10 while attending school at the Ecole d’Humanité in Switzerland. Skiing scared me stiff at the time. I managed to reach moderate skiing competence by my 20’s, but was stuck at a plateau of skill until I began studying the Alexander Technique. Then, suddenly, my skiing began opening up and has been opening since. Every day on the slopes now brings further improvement. I have been experimenting with applying Alexander Technique to skiing for over 25 years now. In 2004, I was encouraged to go public with this work by Steven Shaw (of The Art of Swimming), and began teaching and writing about it. Movement touches all aspects of my life. I am known as a teacher of world folk dance traditions, I practice Tai Chi, I swim and I have a private practice teaching Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering®. I also write and translate poetry, a movement form in words. Although I have now written a book on skiing, my experience of skiing goes far beyond words, often into bliss. I teach it because I want to share that.“
I practically grew up with skiing. I stood on skis for the first time at the age of two and as a child I only wanted one thing, to become a racer. The mountains became our playground and we spent every free minute there. Then came racing and suddenly skiing wasn\’t so nice anymore. The excitement and fear of failing often paralysed me. So I stopped racing and wasn\’t on skis for 15 years. It wasn\’t until I did the Alexander Technique training that I found joy in skiing again. Luckily, I met Erik Bendix and our passion for this beautiful sport quickly bonded us. I love the ease on skis.
I first learned to ski when I was about eight. I loved it and was reasonably good at it. However, in my early twenties I felt I had reached a plateau – my skiing technique was not getting any better, I worked way too hard and didn\’t have as much fun anymore. I gave up skiing and took to snowboarding instead.
Years late, at the Melbourne Alexander Technique school I came across Erik\’s article on the Art of Alpine Skiing. I was delighted to find someone applying the Technique to skiing and felt really inspired by Erik’s insights. I knew immediately this was something I wanted to explore further. Thanks to Ease on Skis my technique has improved tremendously and I fell in love with skiing again.
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h (2.30pm-3.45pm)
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3004
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