Hello! I’m Sarah Mayhan, an Alexander Technique teacher.
I certified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at Alexander Technique Training in Chicago (ATTiC) under master teacher Daria Okugawa. This certification process, recognized by the professional organization the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), is a rigorous, apprenticeship-based program requiring a minimum of 1600 hours of study.
I first learned of the technique while taking a summer conservatory course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and found it helped with the physical demands of performing onstage. I later returned to Alexander lessons in order to help recover from a repetitive strain injury due to a busy office job. With continued study of AT, I found freedom from long-standing tensions due to chronic neck pain, jaw pain, tension headaches, and scoliosis-related back pain. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Alexander Technique changed my life, not just providing relief from pain, but also a greater overall comfort in my body and a deeper understanding of myself.
I earned my BA in theater from Northwestern University, and have performed in professional productions throughout Chicago. I'm also the Literary Manager of Chicago theater company Something Marvelous. My performance background also includes modern, swing, and ballroom dance, and I love dancing socially and participating in dance competitions. I teach ballroom and world dance to young students aged 1st-8th grade as part of the arts outreach program Dancing with Class. I've also worked as a teaching assistant to Daria Okugawa, teaching Alexander Technique to performing artists at the School for Theatre Creators and Roosevelt University.