How Can Somatics Influence Our Yoga Practice?
How Can Somatics Influence Our Yoga Practice?
…. A Journey to Our Inner Felt Sense – a British Wheel of Yoga Module.
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. The deep sense of embodiment that can be achieved through Somatics can provide a gateway to unlocking the deeper dimensions of yoga.
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.
- An exploration of relevant yoga philosophical models to see how the practice of Somatics within yoga can reinforce some aspects that are so often excluded from modern practice.
The course will have lots of practice but there will be plenty of time for rest!!
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2024
Saturday 16th and 17th November 2024
Timings: 10:00am-4.30pm each day
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 £25 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 14 students on the course to allow for plenty of space.
This course is suitable for Yoga Teachers from any background, Student Teachers, and experienced Yoga Practitioners who would like to take their yoga teaching/practice to a new level.
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!
“I am less concerned with the performance of yoga postures and more interested in guiding my students towards a greater sense of ease and ‘sensing’ in their bodies. I approach all movements and postures from a functional movement point of view, refining movement patterns that will continue to serve us as we age. My Yoga is ‘slow mindful somatic yoga’ where we have plenty of time to pay attention and to really feel something; time to discover a felt sense of who we are; to discover more natural and easeful ways of moving and to move freely in the practice of yoga without using strain or force. We listen to the body; listen to sensation. 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”.
David is an experienced Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist working in the classical Viniyoga tradition of Prof. J. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. He is trained in Somatics and uses the practice of Somatics extensively in both his class teaching and his Yoga Therapy work. He is an Anatomy and Physiology specialist and teaches the A&P elements of Teacher Training and Yoga Therapist Training courses for a number of training organisations. He also teaches yoga philosophy. He is a Founder Member of the Yoga Therapy Association and co-owner/director of White Horse Yoga Centre.
What do people say about the course
“I would absolutely recommend the yoga and somatics course, especially to anyone longing to find a soul to the practice of yoga, which unfortunately seems to be lacking in so many of today’s teachings. Debby is a most kind, compassionate and caring teacher, allowing you to find your own way into the practice without pressure or expectation. She has a wealth of knowledge of yoga and somatics and her passion shines through throughout the course. Covering many aspects from somatic movement and anatomy, through to pranayama and yoga philosophy, it brought an understanding of how somatics works and can enhance one’s personal yoga journey and teaching.” (Mari – Yoga Teacher)
“The 2022 4-day Somatics/Yoga course with Debby and David was an enormously enjoyable and valuable experience for me. Although I have attended yoga classes for many years, the Somatics way of working has brought an entirely different focus to my practice of yoga. Somatics is a slow, gradual practice which endeavours to eliminate effort. It is incredibly beneficial, both physically and mentally. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to deepen their yoga practice in a way that will bring greater flexibility, a deep sensory awareness and a more comprehensive understanding of the body’s pattern of movement.” (Dot – Yoga Student)
“Thank you for guiding such a wonderful course – it has left me feeling inspired, intrigued, and thirsty for more. (Sarah – Yoga Teacher)
Thank you for 4 wonderful days!! I loved it!” (Diana – Yoga Teacher)
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.
£400 plus £30 BWY Registration (non-BWY Members will be required to take out a Guest BWY Membership costing a further £20).
Terms of payment
£100 deposit + balance of fees paid by 26th July 2024.
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 an admin fee of £25 will be refunded. If you cancel after the course starts then no part of your payment will be refunded.