Elyse Shafarman, M.A., AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher

Elyse teaches Alexander Technique at American Conservatory Theater’s acclaimed Masters of Fine Arts Program, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and San Francisco State University’s Institute for Holistic Health Studies. She maintains a private teaching practice in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Education and Training

Elyse combines her 1600 hours of Alexander Technique training with a Master’s degree in Physiological Psychology. She studied the scientific underpinnings of the mind-body connection, and conducted research on the benefits of Alexander Technique for computer users.

Elyse trained with Frank Ottiwell at the Alexander Training Institute in San Francisco. After graduating in 2003, Elyse assisted Frank’s classes for actors at American Conservatory Theater for seven years.


Elyse’s background includes a 10-year career in modern dance and training in a wide array of somatic and mindfulness disciplines, including:

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (60 hr Teacher Training Practicum)
  • Reembody Method Apprentice (20 hr)
  • Vinyasa Yoga (200 hr RYT) & Svaroopa Yoga (50 hr)
  • Body-Mind Centering
  • Feldenkrais
  • Gyrotonics
  • Pilates

She has taught Alexander Technique throughout the Bay Area at diverse venues including Elephant Pharmacy, The French American International High School, Jeffrey Bihr Studio, The Osher Center, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and The San Francisco Public Library.

For Fun

Elyse is an ardent student of Argentine Tango, and can be found joyfully dancing at many of the local Milongas. In 2009 she was awarded the Tango Califia Scholarship to study with Master teachers from Argentina at Nora’s Tango Week.


Elyse is honored to help people of all ages and vocations find ease and comfort in their bodies.