I am a 1997 graduate of the Virginia School for Alexander Technique, a 3-year, 1600-hour teacher training course certified by the
American Society for the Alexander Technique and recognized by affiliated international societies. Since then, I have worked with many different kinds of students, including performing artists, athletes, equestrians, and people with pain or discomfort. In my teaching, I aim to incorporate careful analysis and subtle hands-on guidance with healthy doses of humor and compassion.
I received my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a minor in kinesiology, from Penn State University in 2008.
My postdoctoral research in the Balance Disorders Lab at Oregon Health & Science University focused on the relationships among cognition, posture, and gait in adults with Parkinson's disease.
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho, affiliated with the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies, the Graduate Program in Human Factors, and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. My research laboratory, the Mind in Movement Lab, is dedicated to exploring the inter-relationships among cognition, action, and posture. I enjoy mentoring highly qualified and motivated graduate and undergraduate students. My research is guided by a desire to bring insights from somatic practices (including the Alexander Technique) to the scientific study of movement.
Rajal is a calm, open person with a ready smile. She listens well - which enables her to solve the real problems. She has a wonderful sense of humor.
I liked all three of my Alexander teachers, but Rajal is my favorite.
- Allen Bachelder, Professor of Trumpet, Virginia Tech
Thank you so much, Rajal, for everything you have done for me. I truly believe that working with body awareness for the past year or two
has given me the framework within which to tackle some old emotional stuff. But much better than that, it's given me a quality of movement and a sense
of self that I love so much!!! What a gift.
- Sue Daniels, Wildlife Biologist and Equestrian
Rajal, I'd like to thank you again for the wonderful workshop. My students absolutely loved it; it was a wonderful educational opportunity for all of us. Your obvious thorough organization and planning helped to make the event even more interesting, especially for those who had had no prior connection with the concepts.
- Marianne Sandborg, Artist in Residence, Roanoke College
Some Workshops Presented
- Scientific Principles of the Alexander Technique, presented at the Annual Conference and General Meeting of the American Society of the Alexander Technique (Boston, MA) - June, 2015
- University of Idaho Dance Department (Moscow, ID) - spring semester, 2013
- Privately organized workshop for massage therapists (Beaverton, OR) - 2010
- The Pennsylvania State University Theatre Department (State College, PA) - fall semester, 2002
- Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga (Blacksburg, VA) - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
- Texas Tech University, Departments of Music, Theater & Dance (Lubbock, TX) - October-November, 2001
- Theater & Music Departments, University of the South (Sewanee, TN) - 2000, 2001
- Burrell Nursing Home Inservice (Roanoke, VA) - October, 2000
- Willow Ridge Horse Farm (Riner, VA)- October, 2000
- Virginia Nurses Association (Salem, VA) - July, 2000
- Simple Springs Horse Farm (Floyd, VA) - May, 2000
- Hollins University Dance Department (Roanoke, VA) - March, 2000
- The Yoga Center (Roanoke, VA) - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
- Roanoke College Fine Arts (Roanoke, VA) - November, 1999
- Hollins University Music Department (Roanoke, VA) - fall semester, 1999
- The Center of Dance - August, 1999 (Blacksburg, VA)
- Virginia Tech Student Health Services Inservice (Blacksburg, VA) - August, 1999
- Southwest Virginia Dressage Association (Floyd, VA) - February, 1999
- Virginia Tech Women's Center Staff Retreat (Blacksburg, VA) - December, 1998
- Radford University Music Department (Radford, VA) - October, 1998
- Montgomery County Health Department Inservice (Christiansburg, VA)- May, 1998
- Virginia Tech Theater Department (Blacksburg, VA) - January, 1998
- Optimal Health Associates (Blacksburg, VA) - 1997, 1998, 1999
Miscellaneous Things About Me
I have played clarinet, recorder, alto and tenor saxophone, oboe, trumpet, and guitar. I also like to sing.
My athletic endeavors have included swimming, hiking, soccer, skiing (downhill and cross-country), yoga, running, Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Aikido, and dance (ballroom and contact improvisation).
I have worked as a waitress, garbage truck driver, office worker, mover, construction worker, farmer, cook, and more.
I have experienced recurrent back injuries, chronic neck pain, fallen arches, sprained ankles, and stage fright. The Alexander Technique has made a tremendous difference in my life with respect to all of these issues.
I love to work with students who work or play at some activity I have never done myself. So far, the principles of the AT have always allowed me to provide valuable insight.
I have lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Whitefish, Montana; Middletown, Connecticut; Charlottesville, Virginia; Floyd, Virginia; State College, Pennsylvania, Beaverton, Oregon; and (now) Moscow, Idaho. I love to explore and learn about nature and the great outdoors.
I feel extremely lucky to have discovered the Alexander Technique. I find it fascinating that with the same principles of careful attention and non-overdoing I can help both people who are in so much pain they can barely move and high-level performers who are able to perform incredible feats of agility.
I love that this work educates and empowers people to take care of themselves, instead of remaining dependent on a healer to take care of them.
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