About Tanya

Tanya Shoop Profile ImageI love teaching the Alexander Technique. It has fascinated me over the past 20 years and I enjoy working with people to help them see how they can feel better. I’m calm and my practice room reflects this by facing onto the beautiful Brockwell Park.

My Alexander teaching is very practical. From the first lesson, I want people to have things to observe and try out. I believe it’s never too late to improve.

In the past few years, I’ve done a lot of yoga and circuit training. The latter was inspired by the London Olympics!  This is very enjoyable, particularly as I never enjoyed sports at school. Following lots of discussions with a local yoga teacher, Chris Holt, we have now developed a style called ‘Hands On Yoga’ which is an amalgamation of the Alexander Technique and Yoga and we run various workshops and retreats.

Another collaboration is with a group of local practitioners called NESTLondon who all specialise in pregnancy, birth and post-natal care. We meet monthly to share our experience and ideas and want to offer a rounded and holistic approach to parents and parents-to-be.

And I also work closely with my Alexander colleagues at HITE. As well as running occasional AT workshops, we also go into offices to carry out workstation assessments. Rather than the usual tick-box form that standard organisations offer, we like to provide a more specialised service. Here we give a presentation, carry out the desk assessment with our informed postural awareness, carry out some hands on Alexander work to improve posture standing and sitting and take before and after photos.

I originally started Alexander Technique lessons for back pain. I’d tried loads of treatments and the Alexander Technique was the one that worked.  But it’s been much more than that. My posture has improved immensely, I’m calmer and more confident than I’d ever been before and I can even sing better!

I was really lucky to do my teacher training with Walter and Dilys Carrington. They’d trained with FM Alexander himself in the 1930s and worked with him until he died in 1955. It was a fabulous place to learn, full of laughter. I later gave anatomy lectures to Alexander Technique students at their training school.

It’s a far cry from my office background, working in the NHS and Law Society, but those beginnings mean I’m familiar with the stresses and pressures of a different kind of working life. In recent years, I’ve developed a love of making things, particularly knitting and I’m in a local Stitch ‘N Bitch Group. I’m an avid reader and normally have at least three books on the go. I’ve lived in South London for a long time and love the community atmosphere there.

I really like jokes, especially puns – and I’d love to remember more than one joke at a time!