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Introduction to Alexander Technique

  • Studio 909 @ Musicians' Association of Hawaii 949 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI, 96814 United States (map)

Developed in the 1890s by Frederick Matthias Alexander, the Alexander Technique is a process that was created to retrain habitual patterns of movement and posture. Jill Guillermo-Togawa (Alexander Technique Honolulu) will lead an exploratory course that introduces the philosophy and basic principles of the Alexander Technique and how they relate to flute playing.

Although anyone may audit this workshop, Ms. Guillermo-Togawa will be offering hands-on instruction to a limited number of participants on a first-come-first-served basis. Online registration is required to be a participant.

Presented as a part of our 3rd Annual Flute Festival: Around the World.

Workshop Participants:

  • Free for HFS members and included with Festival Pass purchases. No additional fee.

  • Open only to flutists

  • Must register online (first-come-first-served; registration does not guarantee a spot)

  • Please bring your flute and a yoga mat (optional)

Workshop auditors:

  • Free for HFS members and included with Festival Pass purchases

  • FREE+1 for Supporting Members and above
    FREE+2 for Event Sponsors

  • Open to the general public with an auditor ticket

  • Non-flutists may audit

  • Registration is appreciated, but not required

  • Please bring your instrument


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About Jill Guillermo-Togawa

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Jill Guillermo-Togawa has been teaching the Alexander Technique for almost 30 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and on Oahu. She trained at the Alexander Training Institute in San Francisco, under the direction of Frank Ottiwell and Rome Roberts Earle. A choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Purple Moon Dance Project, she originally began her study of the Technique through a knee injury while dancing.

As a dancer, Ms. Guillermo-Togawa enjoys working with performing artists, and her students have included members of the Honolulu Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, ACT (Actor’s Conservatory Theatre), Hawaii State Theatre Council and many independent dance companies. Since 2014, she has taught at the University of Hawai‘i, Mid-Pacific Institute and worked regularly with actors of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth.

Practicing the Alexander Technique is becoming more aware of the habits that contribute to stress, injury, chronic pain, fatigue and general discomfort for you. The Alexander Technique is not only learning different ways of moving, but is also about unlearning what is no longer useful to us and relearning ways of moving and thinking that were once our nature, but have been replaced by our stress habits over the years.
— Alexander Technique Honolulu
The most valuable lesson in my first year of practicing the Alexander Technique, was learning that i had a ‘choice’. That when my knee hurt, it was not ‘a done deal’. That i could choose to respond differently and through that choice the pain might diminish or even disappear! This gave me such an unexpected sense of FREEDOM!
— Jill Guillermo-Togawa


Entrance is through the ground-floor glass doors facing Kapiolani Blvd. Limited parking is available in the Musicians' Association parking lot. You may park in any open stall after 6pm weekdays, and all day weekends. Enter near 909 Kapiolani, or from the rear of the building on Waimanu (Google 952 Waimanu Street). Follow signs for Musicians' Hall Parking.

Street parking on Kapiolani is free Monday-Saturday after 6:30pm and all day on Sunday. Please consult posted signs.

Paid parking is also available across the street at the Blaisdell Center.

Earlier Event: March 27
Festival Flute Choir (Rehearsal)
Later Event: March 29
Junior Flute Ensemble (Rehearsal)