Elizabeth Castagna is certified to teach The Alexander Technique by Alexander Technique International. and received her training with master teacher Chloe Wing in New York City. She became Chloe’s Teacher Training Assistant from 2006-2013.
Elizabeth dedicates her teaching to seeing and hearing her students clearly, supporting the unfolding of change in their body while respecting the natural pace of this movement which is unique to each individual. With an understanding that how we learn is essential to what we learn, Elizabeth integrates a variety of teaching tools into her sessions. Among them are Body Mapping, movement experiments, energy awareness and free drawing. In her visual art and teaching, she embraces the not knowing — exploring the possibilities we have to sense and connect to ourselves, each other, and our environment.
Elizabeth provides a safe, creative space for her students where they are invited to be themselves, cultivate self-awareness and embody their thoughts, gestures and sense of wonder.
Elizabeth is also a Craniosacral Balancing practitioner. She works with Somatic Experiencing and Body Mind Centering as methods to restore ease and integration for her students body, mind, spirit.
Elizabeth is Co-Founder of move + play. the science of body awareness. with her colleague, Sophia Jackson. Inspired by their own children, Elizabeth and Sophia came together to create Alexander Technique classes for children and their grownups. Through guided movement, stories and games, our classes teach children the importance of body awareness and the vital connection between thoughts and feelings. This connection can enhance creative, physical and social abilities. Along the way our classes dabble in anatomy, and dive head-on into the relaxing art of PLAY to help children find more comfort and ease in their bodies and in activities of everyday life.
Elizabeth and Sophia have brought move + play classes to schools in the Hudson Valley. Including The Randolph School and Manitou School.
Elizabeth works with student Alison Rich of Beacon in her studio. Photos: Darryl Bautista. Article by Stephanie Fagnani for the Poughkeepsie Journal