Somatic Yoga Training In Person Immersive, West Cork, Ireland

Movement As Medicine


Nights Embody Studio and B & B, or non-residential Option

50 hours

certification & continuing ed credits for IAYT & Yoga Alliance


Somatic Yoga Practices

120 Page

course manual


total number of students

Megan is such a great teacher who has a big heart and abundant knowledge and experiences. Not only about Somatics, but also so many precious things as a teacher and a person. The site is so beautiful, full of good energy. The room was very clean and comfortable. The meals were amazing! Incredibly delicious everyday. The music and sound healing was very relaxing and I love the music Michael and Megan created. I am so blessed to have taken this in-person training course.
Eri Hirao, Osaka, Japan
RYT 200, 250 Hr TTC, Yin Yoga Asia TTC
I've had the most insightful, transformative and inspiring time during the 50-hour Somatic Yoga teacher training with Megan and Michael. The training was very professional and comprehensive and the stay at their B&B was amazing. The accommodation, the food, the location, the atmosphere far surpassed my expectations.
Kalyani Hauswirth-Jain, Netherlands
E-RYT 500, co-author 'Hatha Yoga for Teachers & Practitioners'

May 11-18, 2024 Ballydehob, Ireland

Somatic Yoga Training Level 1 Immersive Retreat Overview

This in person training takes place at Embody Studio and B&B in Ballydehob, Ireland. It is designed to give yoga therapists, yoga teachers  and body workers the confidence to use Somatic Yoga in private therapy sessions, to offer Somatic Yoga classes, and make your current yoga classes more interesting, embodied and accessible by weaving in somatic movement. The training will also inspire your personal practice by giving you lifelong self-care tools for vibrant aging.

The training provides a deep but practical understanding of the principles of Somatic Yoga for common muscle imbalance patterns, chronic pain, trauma, disease, and mental well being.  Learn the application of Somatic Yoga through neuromuscular communication, interoception, proprioception and the subtle body (biofield) as it pertains to the Kosha Model in yoga therapy.

The daily schedule will include 6-8 hours of training and practice, with a break to allow for self reflection, hikes and an optional off premise meal.  Schedule is based on the conditions to make the most of the Irish weather.

Training begins at 1 pm Saturday May 11 with greetings, practice and dinner. Training concludes at 2 pm Saturday May 18.  Please plan your travels accordingly and consider giving yourself and extra day at each end to ground and assimilate.

In Residence Cost:
€2,100 per person for private room and bath
€1,500 per person for double occupancy with private bath 
Non-Residental Cost: €1,000. If you would like to attend the training and have your own accommodations, this option includes the cost for full training with 2 meals and no lodging.
Payment Options: Non-refundable deposit of €300 to register, balance due on arrival.
To suite your travel schedule, there is an option to stay an extra night before or after the training for €80 with two meals.
Payment may be made by credit card, Venmo, Revolut, cash or IBAN/BIC direct bank transfer. Final payment of the full balance is due on arrival. Please be aware that  5% will be added to all foreign non-euro credit cards.
Pricing Includes:
50 hour training with 120 page manual, Somatic Yoga Teacher 50 Hour Certification,
accommodations for 7 nights
2 meals per day and snacks: breakfast each morning and lunch or dinner
Not included in pricing: transportation to Bantry or Skibbereen (where we will pick you up) and any off premise meals.

Please visit our general Retreat Page for Retreat Info & Policies, travel information and to read more about the Embody Studio and Ballydehob.

Certification and Continued Support

Certification: On completion of the course, you will be issued a certification of completion for the Somatic Yoga Level 1, 50 Hour Training. This course is listed on both International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance for approved professional development and continuing education credits.

Teacher Directory: If you are a professional sharing Somatic Yoga in one-on-one appointments or group classes, please submit your contact information and recent photo to be listed on the Embody with MM Website Certified Teacher Directory. 

Ongoing Support: Upon registration, students are invited to join the Somatic Yoga Facebook Page and/or WhatsApp group. These groups are spaces for professional discussion, information sharing and more personal community connection. After completion of Level 1, you can attend the ongoing monthly zoom Somatic Yoga Training Kula where we discuss practical implementation of material, professional experiences and mentoring.

Completing the level 1 course will entitle you to:

Who Are these courses for?

This course is thoughtfully designed for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, and Somatic Educators.  It is also a functional practice for body workers and health care professionals to share with their clients. Additionally, you will benefit from this training if you are a yoga or somatic movement student and would like a self-healing, life-long body therapy practice.  You will gain intellectual and practical knowledge of how to blend the traditions of yoga and somatics in your own existing practice.

What is Somatic Yoga?

Somatic Yoga integrates the science of neuromuscular retraining with body consciousness through the breath. It is mainly done lying down or seated (chair or floor), making it extremely adaptable. When you slow down and experience yourself through movement and breath, you learn to self-regulate the nervous system and keep your internal state steady and balanced. It is beneficial to all the systems of the body and can reduce pain, heal trauma, improve sleep, increase vitality and balance the subtle body.

Visit Megan’s YouTube channel or our web page on Somatic Yoga for more information.

Learning Path Outline for In Person Somatic Yoga Teacher Training, Level 1

Lesson 1 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Body Scan for Embodiment
Constructive Rest and Fetal Curl
Inhalation as Levity. Exhalation as Gravity
Land and Locate in Your GPS
The Pioneers of Somatics
Clam Shell, Skier and Mermaid Tail
Body Based Therapy
Sensation Scale
Finding Support and Feedback Using the Ground and Wall
Somatic Yoga Definition
Supine Full Body X

Lesson 2 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Kinesthetic Awareness/Annamaya Kosha
Somatic Bridge Pose
Interoception and The Three Gunas
Embodiment, Interoception and Self-Regulation
Space of Grace
Qualities of the Felt Sense
Body Prayer Practice For Lower Body
Imagery Quiz
Active Imagery Practice
Imagery of Anatomy
Arch and Curl
Planes of The Pelvis
Moving From the Organs
Psoas Release with Inflatable Ball
Increase Interoception

Lesson 3 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Interoception – What It Is and What It Isn’t
Body Prayer for Upper Body
Proprioception: Another Perception of Body Related Stimuli
Proprioception: Open The Feet To Feel The Whole Body
Standing Side Stretch and Cross Body Reach for Proprioception
Body Mapping: Grow Your Hand Experiment
Body Tune Play And Body Mapping

Lesson 4 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:


Frontal Lobes
Somatic Backbend – Prone Cross Body Lift
Temporal Lobes
Chanting The Bija Seed Sounds
Parietal Lobes
Occipital Lobes
Somatic Yoga Eye Movements
Limbic  System
Spinal Chord
Nervous System: Central and Peripheral
Enteric Nervous System
Pelvic Rocking Into Full Body Arch & Curl

Lesson 5 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Muscle Memory
Somatic Cat Cow
Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA)
Cactus Arms and Angel Wings
Trauma In The Body
Neuromuscular Reflexes
Hanna’s Somatic Reflexes
Green Light Reflex – Action Using Muscles of Extension
Red Light Reflex – Withdrawl Using Muscles of Flexion
Trauma Reflex
The Role of Somatic Yoga In The Myth of Aging
Psychological And Emotional Benefits Of Somatic Yoga
Emotional Style Questionnaire
Why Stretching Doesn’t Change Muscle Length

Lesson 6 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Body Position and Breath
Breath Awareness Observation
Gentrify The Breath
Abdominal Breath to Relax
Muscles of Respiration
Diaphragmatic Breath for Activation of Deep Core Muscles
Introduction of Movement with the Breath
Breath Ratios and Mantra

Lesson 7 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

The Four Deep Core Muscles and Structural Pranayama With Mr. Bones
Diaphragmatic Breath for Activation of Deep Core Muscles
Arch and Curl to Explore Diaphragm and TVA
Pelvic Floor Muscles with Mr. Bones
Four Deep Core Rhythm
Arch/Curl Bridge to Explore TVA & Pelvic Floor
March In Place
Somatic TVA and Oblique Strengthening
Bracing to Awaken TVA and Pelvic Floor
Intuitive Core Slo-Mo Ball Play
Find & Feel Multifidus: Somatic Bird Dog
Somatic Boat Pose
Side Lying Multifidus & Core Stability
Psoas – GPS Of The Internal Body
Psoas Slide
Supine Psoas Release

Lesson 8 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Bones and Muscles of the Pelvis with Mr. Bones
Movements to Awaken, Balance and Stabilize The Pelvis
Seated Internal/External Hip Rotation
Walk In Place
Reclining Somatic Hip Internal Rotation
Moving The Girdles With Wiper Arms and Legs
Somatic Hip External Rotation
Prone Somatics for Muscles of Hip Extension
Standing Leg Pendulum To Balance Hip Extensors and Flexors
Z Sit Pelvic Stabilization
Chair Z Sit Pelvic Stabilization
Pelvic Reset

Lesson 9 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Pancha Maya Koshas: The Vital Doorways
Meditation Through The Pancha Maya Koshas
Somatic Yoga Subtle Body Self Care
Activating the Back Chakras
The Subtle Body In Medicine
The Spiral Meditation
The Subtle Body: Everything You Need To Know But Were Afraid To Ask
5 Prana Vayus in Moving Meditation

Lesson 10 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Halo And Aura Sweep
Nerve Flossing
Sliding Side Rotation Into Full Body Spiral
Myofascial For Embodiment and Play
Find The Parts To Feel The Whole
The Roll of Physical Therapy And Manipulative Methods
Unfold Emotion Into Compassion
Concluding Observations

Are You Ready To Explore Your Soma?

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