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The Training Program sessions are exclusively available at the Institute for the Alexander Technique in North Salem, NY.


Private Sessions can be scheduled in this location, as well as other locations, depending on individual circumstance.


The Training Program is designed to meet the needs of serious practitioners and future professionals. The program is approved by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).  Graduates are fully qualified to teach the Alexander Technique. 


The rolling admissions schedule, based on 4-week modules, will take into account the specific needs of all participants and course leaders.


For more details by phone or email, please click the Contact links below.

The goal of The Institute for the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program is to educate skilled practitioners in developing a solid foundation to launch careers as practitioners of the Technique. Students acquire the ability to recognize and alter deep habitual patterns, achieve responsibility over them, and master the ability to craft new patterns.


Training Courses and Private Sessions in the Alexander Technique are led by AmSAT and STAT Certified Trainers Thomas G. Lemens, Michael Ostrow, and Laurie Kline. Contact Thom directly HERE, and contact Michael and Laurie HERE.


An adaptation to post-pandemic circumstances, the Teacher Training Program will be led using an innovative rolling admissions model, allowing maximum flexibility both for teachers and trainees. Within each calendar year, there will be between ten and eleven 4-week sections.


The training is open to individuals who are considering training, and those who have graduated from a program and spent at least three years teaching. All class work for 2024 will be held at the Institute for the Alexander Technique in North Salem, NY. (See Map) 

The Institute for the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Patrick Macdonald, and also owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Macdonald's associate Shoshana Kaminitz. Ms. Kaminitz deepened Thomas Lemens' understanding of the Alexander Technique, especially the crucial role of thinking and reasoning as it applies to the Technique.


Thomas Lemens, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique
Thomas Lemens demonstrates the Alexander Technique with an equestrian
Thomas Lemens
Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique

Thom Lemens is Board Certified as a private teacher and a training teacher by the Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique in London (STAT) and by the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT). He was a founding board member of NASTAT and served as the first chairman of its Research and Education Committee and subsequently as director of its Training Course Coordination Committee.


As the founder and Director of The Institute for The Alexander Technique, Mr. Lemens provided a four–year training course from 1983 to 2002, leading to certification of its graduates as teachers of The Alexander Technique.

Mr. Lemens trained as a teacher of The Alexander Technique under Patrick MacDonald in London from 1973 to 1976. Mr. MacDonald was one of a select group of teachers trained by the founder of the Technique, F.M. Alexander.​

Since 1976, Thomas G Lemens has maintained a thriving private practice as a teacher of The Alexander Technique in both Manhattan and Westchester County, NY. Mr. Lemens has helped his many clients alleviate back pain and improve their overall sense of well-being and ease of motion, achieving optimal health for both body and mind. Mr. Lemens’ diverse clientele includes equestrians, musicians, frequent computer users, and those recovering from repetitive stress and other types of injuries.

He is also a Registered Movement Therapist with the International Movement Association.​

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Laurie Kline and Michael Ostrow
Certified Teachers of the Alexander Technique

Laurie Kline and Michael Ostrow are certified by both the American (AmSAT*) and English (STAT**) certifying organizations, and have been teaching the Technique since 1990. Laurie and Michael trained with Thomas Lemens, a graduate of Patrick MacDonald's training class. They have over 2,800 hours of training and have done extensive post-graduate work with many of the most experienced teachers of the Technique. They have taught workshops at several hospitals in New York such as the Hospital for Special Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as at corporations such as the New York Times and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As part of their training, they studied dressage, and have worked with horseback riders both in the United States and Germany.They have also studied with the renowned breathing and voice expert Carl Stough, and have both been authorized to teach his work. They incorporate his understanding of breathing coordination into their work.

Laurie Kline graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts, and worked as a professional dancer for 20 years. Wanting to further explore movement at a deeper and more fundamental level, she trained as a teacher in the Alexander Technique. Her previous experience as a professional dancer uniquely qualifies her to work with performing artists and athletes. But she has also worked with a wide variety of clients, from office workers with problems sitting at their computers, to people suffering from chronic pain, to people interested in self-improvement and self-exploration.

Laurie has been certified by the Open Focus biofeedback Center in Princeton New Jersey. By integrating the biofeedback open focus with the Alexander Technique teaching practice Laurie has been able to help speed up the practice of learning the Alexander Technique. She addressed the way people attend to themselves while learning to give themselves the directions necessary to changing habitual patterns.

In addition to her private practice she has also worked with musicians at Wilkes-Barre College and at Diller-Quaile Music School in Manhattan. She has studied extensively with Carl Stough, the renowned breathing and voice instructor, and has been authorized by him to teach his work.


Michael Ostrow graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in philosophy. His interest in philosophy and "mind-body" disciplines led him to study Zen Buddhism for a number of years, before finding what for him was "applied philosophy" or "Western Zen," namely the Alexander Technique. He found it to be the most practical and effective way to free himself from unconscious habits and rigidity, and to develop a much deeper level of self-awareness. He also spent his early years studying classical piano - unfortunately without the benefit of the Alexander Technique. Since completing his training in the Technique, he has investigated how to play with less tension and more awareness and sensitivity. This has helped him better understand the needs of musicians.

​He has assisted in the training of Alexander Technique teachers from 1995 to 2001. He has also studied with the renowned breathing and voice expert Carl Stough, and has been authorized to teach his work. He has worked with a wide variety of clients, from performing artists and athletes to people with chronic pain. He has recently helped clients with asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease improve their breathing to the point where they no longer needed inhalers, and has helped a client with spasmodic dysphonia, a condition in which speaking is strangled and labored, to recover her voice. 



Institute for the Alexander Technique

Institute for the Alexander Technique
North Salem Location:

2 Keeler Lane, North Salem NY 10560


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