About Alice Boyd

I am passionate about movement. From an active childhood in rural Maine, to dance, swimming, yoga, walking in the city, and hiking in the woods, I have always been drawn to movement as a means of creative expression, as well as a path to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.

I was born with my left leg turned in. When the prescribed braces failed, I was enrolled in dance lessons at the age of five. I loved ballet, and went on to study and perform regularly until age 17, when I was practicing daily.

After college and a graduate degree in French, I explored banking, restaurant work, academia, and high tech. I kept returning to movement and teaching, training as a yoga instructor in 2000, then–with my friend Jennifer (Preisler) Hayes–co-founding Yoga Pearl in 2002.

After more than ten years of athletic yoga practice and teaching, my left hip began to complain about the turnout I was trying to impose on it. I believed that hip replacement surgery was in my near future, that it would be the inevitable outcome given my genetic inheritance combined with the decades of activity I had enjoyed. At about that time, serendipitously, I dropped in on a Feldenkrais class while on retreat at Rancho la Puerta in Mexico. The group lesson made such an impression that I immediately signed up for an individual session, and after that hands-on lesson I knew that I would be studying The Feldenkrais Method®: I felt that my tight, aching body had been taken apart and put back together the way it was “supposed” to go. I experienced an ease and fluidity of movement that I hadn’t in a very long time – or only would temporarily after an intense yoga class or deep tissue massage, but that would eventually “rebound” into tightness and soreness – and the practitioner had handled me so gently! This was something I needed to learn for myself, and was eager to share with others.

After selling Yoga Pearl in 2012, I have studied and practiced The Feldenkrais Method® full time, completing my Feldenkrais Professional Training Program with Dr. Frank Wildman in June, 2014. I am grateful to be learning daily about the myriad benefits of the method, as well as to have the privilege of helping others learn to address and avoid injury, develop self-awareness, have more ease, and effort less.