of STAT [Society of Teachers of Alexander Technique], London,
since 1982; and AUSTAT [Australian Society of Teachers of
Alexander Technique] since 1985)
(member of FRYOG (Friends of Yoga), London, since 1977;
member of IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association),
Sydney, since 1979; trained at London Iyengar Institute,
Chapman has spent her whole life involved in body movement-classical
ballet from the age of five and as a student of yoga from
her early teens. At 20, back problems forced her to stop her
yoga and dance, and surgery was recommended to correct the
moved to London and was introduced to the Alexander Technique
(AT) by a man who was trained both as a teacher of the AT
as well as of yoga. This was a turning point and made her
realise that her back problems were mostly caused by what
she had been doing. She also realised she could still continue
with her yoga if the principles she had learnt from the AT
then went on to complete three yoga teacher-training courses
with FRYOG (Friends of Yoga) in London, 1977; IYTA (International
Yoga Teachers Association) in Sydney, 1979; and the London
Iyengar Institute in 1985.
started her three years of training to become an AT teacher
in 1982 in London. Back in Sydney in 1985 she worked at the
ATA (Alexander Teaching Associates) Teacher Training School.
She continued working at training schools for a further eight
pioneered the combination of yoga and the AT in Australia.
During her 16 years of teaching in Sydney, her time was spent
between yoga classes and private AT lessons. She holds regular
workshops and residentials throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Karyn and Tara started The Back School in Brisbane in 2002