Yasuyo Sugimoto has been studying the Alexander Technique taught by Eriko Matsumoto since 1999. She trained as an Alexander Technique teacher with Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick at the Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdam from 2014 to 2016. She is a certified teacher of the NeVLAT (De Nederlandse Vereniging van Leraren in de Alexander Techniek). *Extended Biography
Born and brought up in Tokyo as a first child of two girls under safe and comfortable circumstances. When she was in a primary school, she often went to pick her sister up at a dance studio. Watching her sister dancing with other children made her charmed with body movements, but she did not tell her parents that she wanted to go to a dance class too.
admiration for physical activities
When she entered a high school, she decided to join her school’s swimming team. There was inexplicable admiration for physical activities. Since she had not been trained but suddenly started, she would not be an accomplished swimmer. Therefore, all she had to do was to win herself, to break her previous best time in a competition. However, when it came to a formal condition, she failed most of the time. She got very nervous and could not perform the same as she could do in everyday practice.
beginning of journey to explore mind-body unity
While she was studying psychology at Toyo university in Tokyo, she finally began taking various styles of dance classes. Her admiration for physical activities especially for dancing remained the same. But soon after some trials, she realised that she could not make her body move as she wanted. This reminded her of what she experienced in the swimming competitions. She felt that her physical being was separated from her other being. Since then ‘mind-body unity’ has been her interest to explore, which led her to several psychosomatic methods including the Alexander Technique.
working in an office
After having received the undergraduate degree in 1992, she started working for an office in a private university. She did not think to combine her interest with her job. Dancing and learning psychosomatic methods were kept as her after work and weekend activities.
following interest and curiosity
In 1995, she went to the U.K. to visit a community dance group in London, which included people with special needs. She wanted to know about how to realise one’s full potential in movement and art. Her curiosity toward living in a different country was another motivation to go abroad. Throughout her stay, she had opportunity to study the dance of Isadora Duncan with Barbara Kane (IDDG) who has taught her the beauty of art.
working in an office and maintaining mind-body unity
In 1997, she returned to Japan and went back to office work.
In 1999, she met an Alexander Technique teacher Eriko Matsumoto, with whom she started having private lessons. About half a year later, she noticed that her back got much more strength than before. It used to be like a thin paper and was not connected with her limbs. Since the learning process went gradually in her case, when she realised the change, she was already with a basic foundation to be able to do various activities with more ease and fun.
From 2001 to 2013, she worked for a faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo as a part-time staff at the beginning and as an administrative assistant in later years.
During her working days at the university, she continued having Eriko’s Alexander Technique lessons. She also enjoyed yoga practice, in which she was able to apply the technique. Being in an office whole day tends to neglect one’s physical side. Giving attention to her physical side helped her keep union of her body and the rest.
teacher training of the Alexander Technique
Thinking about the length of time that she had had the lessons from Eriko made her decide to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique. In 2014, she came to Holland to start the training with Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick at the Alexander Technique Centre Amsterdam.
teaching the Alexander Technique
In 2016, she qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher and started teaching with pleasure. She has continued to go to the training school for assisting. For a long time, her interest was separated from her job. To unite the both means, for her, to unite her mind and body in more peace and harmony. Her journey has been ongoing process.
2014年、アレクサンダー・テクニークの教師養成トレーニングを受けるため渡蘭。Alexander Technique Centre AmsterdamのPaul Versteeg、Tessa Marwick両氏の元、国籍も職業も年齢も様々な人々で構成された環境の中で、心地良く幸せな学びをしました。