Online Student Testimonials

Somatic Yoga Training - Live (Online) & Pre-recorded Hybrid Model, Level 1

Movement As Medicine

10

WEEKS

28 hours

PRE-RECORDED VIDEO content

23 hours

LIVE ZOOM practice and discussion

40+

Somatic Yoga Practices

130 page

downloadable course manual

50 hours

certification & continuing ed credits for IAYT & Yoga Alliance

This training has been a game changer for me. I feel called to facilitate a practice that teaches others how to regulate and heal themselves and find a deeper connection to self. I love the way the training was offered – a perfect blend of independent scheduling and live connection. The teachings are informed and supported from a science based perspective and a felt sense of Megan's personal experiences and the esoteric aspects of yoga woven throughout beautifully. I am bringing it into my classes with very positive feedback from students.
Kim Hunt, Ontario, Canada
CYT-500, Pain Care Aware Yoga Teacher
This was by far the best training I've ever been in - yoga or otherwise! The content was, rich, deep, and thoughtful. The structure of a pre-recorded lesson and then a live class which picked up on much of the lesson was brilliant especially because the live class explored variations of what was in the lesson. This made the learning deeper, richer, and also gave me time and space to embody the work. Megan's knowledge is in her bones, her breath, her muscles---and she brings deep respect and love for the practices and especially for her students to her teaching. This is rare. She is so deeply authentic and that authenticity makes and holds space for her students to be curious, explore, learn, and importantly heal. Michael's music takes the training to another level. It is professional in a way that few things in the yoga and even larger fitness/wellness world are. These two are guides to a deeper place in yourself.
Deborah McDermott, New York, USA
C-IAYT, E-RYT500
Having no former experience with Somatics I was open to see what it was about. I've taught several modalities of Yoga over 25 years. I was frustrated with the difficulty some of my students experienced in traditional vinyasa. Megan's course was far and away more than I could have expected. Her attention to detail as far as combining anatomy and purposeful movement was invaluable. Her sessions were filled with personal experience, thoughtful guidance and years of training. Her wisdom has already made a huge difference in how I conduct my classes. I can see the results of Somatic Yoga in my student's well being both physically and mentally.
Deb Mix, New Jersey, USA
Certified Yoga Instructor & Studio Owner

Next Opportunity: October 9-December 11, 2024

Somatic Yoga Training Online Level 1 Course Overview

The first week of pre-recorded content will be available on Thursday October 3, 2024.  It is in your best interest to review the pre-recorded Lesson 1 content before our first live session on October 9th. The option is available to do the course within 6 months at your own pace. However, the course is designed to be, and is most beneficial when completed weekly in community.  If staying on task and participating weekly, please allow for 6-8 hours of training per week. 

Props: a few blankets, pillows, 2 blocks, a strap that closes, assorted small balls (softer is better- wool dryer balls work) and an inflatable slo-mo ball, gertie ball or overball.

Is Somatic Yoga for you? If you are a yoga therapist, yoga teacher or body professional, this 50 hour certified training is designed to give you the confidence to use Somatic Yoga in private and group sessions. The training is for Yoga Therapists who want to include somatics in private therapy sessions, and teachers who want to offer Somatic Yoga classes, or make your current 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 content provides a deep but practical understanding of the principles of Somatic Yoga for common muscle imbalance patterns, chronic pain, trauma, disease, vibrant aging and well being. Learn the application of Somatic Yoga through neuromuscular communication, interoception and the subtle body (biofield) as it pertains to the Kosha Model in yoga therapy.

It is delivered in a hybrid weekly model with 2-4 hours of pre-recorded content per week. Each weekly pre-recorded lesson includes lecture, appropriately related practices and downloadable course material.  Additionally, we will meet live on zoom for 10 weeks every Wednesday from 5-7:15 pm Dublin time (that is 12-2:15 pm Eastern Standard Time). The live sessions will include relevant Somatic Yoga practices and discussion on the pre-recorded material presented that week. Attending the weekly live sessions is highly encouraged, but a downloadable Zoom recording is available if you cannot attend or would like to review the practice and information.

Pricing:
Full Payment Price: €790
3 Payment Option: 3 payments of €280 each due in full by December 4, 2024.
Repeat Student Discount €108
 
Payment may be made by credit card, Venmo, Revolut, cash or IBAN/BIC direct bank transfer. If using payment method other than credit card, please choose the “€0” payment amount and an invoice will be issued with IBAN, Venmo or Revolut information.
 

You will have six months to access the pre-recorded video content on the Offering Tree platform. The PDF course manual is downloadable and printable. There is also the option to download weekly zoom sessions for personal use only.

Certification & 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 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 online level 1 course will entitle you to:

Who is this course 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 Online 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
Pandiculation
Supine Full Body X

Online Model Lesson 1 Pre-recorded Video 2:35

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

Online Model  Lesson 2 Pre-recorded Video 3:00

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

Online Model Lesson 3  Pre-recorded Video 2:15

Lesson 4 Topics and Somatic Yoga Practices Include:

Cerebrum

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

Online Model Lesson 4 Pre-recorded Video 2:15

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

Online Model Lesson 5  Pre-recorded Video 2:15

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

Online Model Lesson 6 Pre-recorded Video 2:05

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

Online Model Lesson 7 Pre-recorded Video 3:03

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
Side Lying Hip Flexion
Standing Leg Pendulum To Balance Hip Extensors and Flexors
Z Sit Pelvic Stabilization
Chair Z Sit Pelvic Stabilization
Pelvic Reset

Online Model Lesson 8 Pre-recorded Video 2:43

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

Online Model Pre-recorded Video 2:30

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
Supine Neck Release
Myofascial For Posterior Fascial Chain With Marma Points
Find The Parts To Feel The Whole
The Roll of Physical Therapy And Manipulative Methods
Unfold Emotion Into Compassion
Concluding Observations

Online Model Lesson 10 Pre-recorded Video 4:30

Are You Ready To Explore Your Soma?

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