Mastaneh Nazarian is a musician, certified teacher of Alexander technique and pilates. She has a black belt in aikido and is passionate about teaching movement education to musicians and the general public.
Teaching and learning form part of my creative practice
“As a graduate of Berklee college of music I am committed to excellence in musical making development and the authentic movement skills that are required for continual growth.
Movement Education is based on the science and practice of motor control, biomechanics and education. The method allows for an integrative approach that is akin to mindfulness for for the moving body.
I am passionate about teaching a work that is based on how the neruro-muscle-skeletal science of living systems can make a difference to day-to-day movement wellbeing.”
Learning integrative movement is a continuous journey
After my initial contact with Alexander technique in 1996, my passion for collaborative learning brought me to start learning aikido in 2000. After much travel, having 2 children and becoming certified as an Alexander technique teacher, I resumed aikido practice in 2013, gaining my first level black belt in 2018 (Segano Sensai Foundation/Aikikai Australia).
The fundamentals of the aikido form help develop a concise movement practice. I enjoy the breadth and depth that Aikido practice offers to how I think and how I do my everyday tasks.
The practical side of aikido and its blending with Alexander technique forms a tool that I use on a daily basis for supporting creative work, research and music making. So, it feels natural to share what I practice with others. I view my Pilates practice as being informed by both Alexander and Aikido and find new ways to grow with it as I share it with others.
Movement intelligence is a fundamental and practical
The biomechanics and real-time intelligence of aikido practice developed my desire to find practical and constructive tools for Alexander technique teaching. Tools that would allow the student to become their own teacher within a short course of study.
I have found the essence of what I was looking for in the psychology of learning (applied pedagogy) and the application of the art and science of motor control behaviour formation.
My study with Jeando Masoero and applying my curiosity allowed me to lay the seeds for the principles and practice that I share with movement education. I feel incredibly lucky to have met (and continue to meet) amazing teachers who have a gift and love for honest and authenticity.
I am thrilled to be able to share what I’ve been learning musicians and non-musicians and hope to work with you to find more ease, freedom and creativity. You can reach me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org