One-on-one, personalized Alexander Technique instruction
Whether you're new to the Alexander Technique, or an experienced student who wants to refresh, your first lesson with Mark get you started with the Alexander Technique in a clear and helpful way.
What will my first lesson look like?
We'll first review what brought you to the lesson and answer any initial questions you might have.
We'll then get you introduced to the Alexander Technique by exploring and learning about key movements that you do in everyday life.
You'll receive clear, personalized instruction and hands-on guidance to help you experience your movements with enhanced ease and awareness; and you'll begin to learn to recognize and understand your own patterns of unnecessary tension in your postures, movements, and activities in the process.
To finish, you'll take home at least one simple practice to start developing your own personal Alexander Technique practice to enhance your health and well-being.
Following a first lesson, two options are currently available for students:
A First Lesson
Helpful, action oriented, personalized instruction in a 50 min lesson to introduce you to the Alexander Technique and get you started. $55
Personalized 45 min lesson(s); best for those with uncertain schedules and frequent work or family travel.
*Available to practicing students
Four Pack - Lessons
Series of 4, 45 min private lessons paid in advance to boost your learning over the month.
*Available to practicing students
Frequently asked questions:
Where are lessons located?
Private lessons are in Mark’s home studio, near Vancouver Community College (Broadway). There is free, accessible parking in the area and the studio is safely and easily accessible by public transportation.
What is the current lesson availability?
Please contact Mark for current availability.
Are there any special learning requirements?
No special skills or background are required. If you decide to continue lessons after your first one, then you can expect to focus on daily self-application, and to do about 15-20 minutes of specific practice each day dependent on how motivated you are to develop your own practice and integrate the Alexander Technique into your life.
Words from students:
"I, like many people I believe, carried the notion that good posture was something that could be attained by simply repeatedly jerking oneself into a rigid up right spinal position over and over until the habit stuck. How gloriously wrong I was! Mark notices habits in myself that I have never noticed before. The Alexander technique is a rare and wonderful thing. It is rare inasmuch as that it is a skill which, unlike many others, has truly life altering consequences. It has helped me, and continues to help me, in many facets of my life."
- Joshua K. (Actor)
“I wholeheartedly recommend Mark Vasak and Alexander Technique to anyone interested in improving their relationship with their body. My Alexander Technique lessons have been invaluable for helping me learn to stay balanced and poised in many different settings. While I originally came to Alexander technique for help with “posture”, I soon learned how much deeper the work is and have come to find it benefits many areas of my life. Mark is an excellent teacher – helping his students to integrate the material at a profound level while creating a safe and effective learning environment.”
– Owen T. (Occupational Therapist and Ergonomist)
"Years of progressively deteriorating joint health and chronic pain left me feeling very demoralized and dis-empowered to pursue any of the physical exercise that I had always depended on for health and mental balance... thankfully, I stumbled across Mark & the Alexander Technique and started lessons. I keep hoping the lessons will make me younger or reverse some poor life choices in my past, which hasn’t happened yet, but in the meantime they have eliminated a lot of pain and left me feeling like a have the tools and freedom to pursue whatever activities may inspire me. My doctor also tells me I am a half inch taller than I was a year ago!"
“I originally went in to work with breath technique, what also came up was the recurring pain of an old hip injury, and knee problems as a jogger. Working with fundamental concepts gradually addressed it all...Mark is a very patient and thorough teacher, and is always able to describe a concept in a way that any individual can understand...He is always encouraging and is confident in everyone’s potential....”
– Shannon S. (Professional Musician)
“I worked with Mark while training for a summer of two Ultra-marathons. I was experiencing knee pain after long training runs and was becoming very concerned I would not be able to compete. After observing my mechanics and technique Mark got me working on adjustments that were clear, concise and truthfully game-changing for me. Simple visualization exercises, examples, adjustments and calm, confident instruction made making the changes straightforward. Within a very short period, I was running not only pain free, but more efficiently than I ever had, finishing in the top 10% of both races. I highly recommend working with Mark.”
– Kevin W. (Project Manager and Ultra Endurance Athlete)
Some workshop testimonials
"Hi Mark, I was in your Alexander Technique workshop... and just wanted to say thank you! What I learned is making a huge impact. What I'm noticing the most is that my lower back pain is practically non-existent now. Usually when I walk around the city long enough, for example, it starts to hurt, but I've recently gone on multi-hour treks, and it's been totally fine! I also feel lighter, and more aware of my body alignment. It's incredible. I'm really happy with the things you taught us. :) All the best, and thanks again."
-Giovanna. L (Actor and Musician)
"It was a fantastic workshop. I've been struggling with a tight neck and hip issue, the lying down exercise helped me feel release and train my shoulders to relax back."
- Lorraine C. (Workshop Participant, 2018)
"This technique helped me to isolate and re-align myself. I felt freer when engaging and definitely will strive to incorporate into my daily life and work. Thank-you!"
- Pepper P. (Workshop Participant, 2018)