This term refers to how a person handles
themselves in response to what they encounter. Most
skiers stiffen or pull their heads back in response to
sliding downhill. Skiing with good use involves staying
flexible and curious enough about where you are going
not to do this.
Direction: Activity moves us in various
directions, and waste of effort often involves trying to move
in conflicting directions at the same time. Most skiers
are both trying to go downhill and fighting against
that. Clear direction in skiing requires deciding
which way to go and sticking with that decision.
Inhibition: In order to learn new
patterns of movement, you have to be able to stop
rehearsing your old ones. Alexander called this ability
to stop “inhibition”. Movement can always be improved by inhibiting unnecessary effort. Most skiers exhaust
themselves doing things that gravity will take care of
if they just calm down and let it.
This term means
striving for results without heeding the process of
getting there. Skiers often try to stay upright at all costs, which
stiffens them and actually makes them more prone to
fall. Real stability on skis is a dynamic process
of letting yourself lean or fall just the right amount, first this way, then that, like a