How Can Somatics Influence Our Yoga Practice?
How Can Somatics Influence Our Yoga Practice?
…. A Journey to Our Inner Felt Sense.
A 4 day course with Debby exploring the symbiotic relationship between these 2 disciplines.
There’s an increasing interest in the practice of Somatics, quite simply because it is a beautiful practice that works! A deep mind-body system that supports the practice of ‘mindful yoga’, Somatics can bring about significant change to the functioning of the body and is utterly transformative. Through it we can develop a deep ‘inner felt sense’ that changes the way we mover our body in all that we do, including our yoga practice.
There’s an increasing interest in the practice of Somatics, quite simply because it is a beautiful practice that works! A deep mind-body system that supports the practice of ‘mindful yoga’, Somatics can bring about significant change to the functioning of the body and is utterly transformative. Through it we can develop a deep ‘inner felt sense’ that changes the way we move our body in all that we do, including our yoga practice.
So, what is Somatics?
Somatics is a practice where we learn to re-programme our muscles (neuromuscular re-programming); where we discover what is tight and learn through guided movement how to release it. Our bodies react unconsciously to habitual movement and daily stresses, often becoming tight and painful. Following an injury or illness, or due to repetitive use, muscles can get ‘stuck’ in a certain pattern of holding. Somatics can help you learn how to release and recalibrate your muscles allowing the body to re-find an ease in movement that may have been ‘long gone’. In Somatics you use your brain to change your body and so the effects are faster and longer lasting. At the same time, you rebalance your muscular-skeletal system and you learn to perceive your body from within. This internal awareness can transform the way we practice Yoga making postures more easeful and graceful and reducing the amount of effort required to do them.
This 4 day course will explore in depth the relationship between Somatics and Yoga and will include:
- A review of relevant aspects of anatomy and physiology to allow for greater ‘embodiment’ of practices
- A look at the theory behind Somatics
- Guided practices of a range of Somatics movements
- An exploration of the relationship between Somatics and Yoga asana, leading to guided practices where we will explore how the awareness gained through Somatics can fundamentally change the way we practice and feel in our Yoga
- An exploration of how the awareness gained can go beyond the practice of asana and can inform other yoga practices including pranayama.
The course will have lots of practice but there will be plenty of time for rest!!
Saturday 5th March
Saturday 2nd April
Saturday 7th May
Saturday 18th June
Timings: 10:00am-4.30pm each day Cost: £400
How to book: Please contact Debby directly to either book a place or to ask any questions. Places can be secured with a £100 deposit. Deposit refunds will only be offered (less a £15 admin fee) if the place is resold. If we have to cancel the course for any reason then deposits/fees will be fully repayable.
There will be a maximum of 12 students on the course to allow for plenty of space.
This course is suitable for experienced Yoga practitioners who would like to take their yoga practice to a new level, Student Teachers and Teachers.
Teachers can claim 20 hours of CPD for this course.
About the tutor:
Debby is an experienced Yoga and Somatics teacher and has been a BWY Diploma Course Tutor and assessor for the last 12 years. She is the owner/director of White Horse Yoga Centre
Debby doesn’t align herself to any ‘style’ of yoga. Coming from a creative background she prefers to explore meaningful influences and paint her own pictures!
“From these influences I perform ‘alchemy’ and produce what can only be called ‘Debby’s Yoga’! The principle behind my style of work is discovering a deeply felt sense of who we are; to discover more natural and easeful ways of moving and to move freely in the practice of yoga and Somatics without using strain or force. We learn to integrate the whole body and postures unfold rather than being forced or imposed. It is meditation in movement. I encourage my students to slow down and notice what they notice. It is a synthesis of mind, body and breath.”
For more information, to have a chat about this course or to book a place please contact Debby either by email or call on 01380 825524 or 07505 142285.
Terms of payment
£100 deposit + £300 paid in early January 2022
If you cancel before the course starts then no part of your deposit will be refunded unless your place is resold in which case your deposit minus £15 will be refunded. If you cancel after the course starts then no part of your payment will be refunded.