What Is Somatic Yoga?

Somatic Yoga is a therapeutic form of embodied movement for everyone!  It integrates the science of neuromuscular retraining with body prayer consciousness. The natural state of the human body is to be in motion. First person experience of motion can have a positive impact on muscle coordination, emotional self-regulation and pranic life-force flow. Whether it be from injury or long held unconscious muscle patterns, we hold discomfort in the body in the form of contractive reflexes and emotions that compress our subtle life force. This playful practice uses meditative motions to investigate the body while moving to the breath. It can release old patterns and hidden tension by regaining control of the muscles, while you make friends with thoughts and emotions and vitalise the body.

If you experience chronic pain, illness, or fatigue, or if you want to improve your body-brain communication for healthy aging or to excel in your sport, Somatic Yoga is for you. The awareness is on the internal experience and re-educating muscles toward fluid body movement. Somatic Yoga also works with prana (life-force energy) to balance the subtle body.

Somatic Yoga Classes Online

Megan offers Somatic Yoga Classes Online on select Fridays from 4-5:15  pm Dublin GMT (11-12:15 am Eastern).  Classes take place on zoom. If you are unable to attend live, recordings of each class are available for 2 weeks after the live session. €15 per class

Upcoming Dates:  July 5 (a Proprioception Date With Your Feet) July 12 (The Spicy Core), July 19 (Neck and Shoulders),  August 2 (SI Joint & Low Back) August 9 (The Heart and Thoracic Spine)

Watch for more future dates!

Somatic Yoga Workshops @ Embody Studio, Ballydehob, West Cork

Should You Participate
No prior experience or training is required. The workshops are for anyone who wants to learn the therapeutic practice of Somatic Yoga. Each workshop is also functional for yoga teachers, therapists, and body workers to share with their clients. Course are certified through Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and can be submitted for continuing education for other therapy fields.

What You Will Learn
Explore self care tools to release tension, reduce persistent pain, heal trauma, improve sleep, enhance athletic performance, improve balance, maximise range of motion, increase mental focus and encourage healthy aging. We will also explore how Somatic Yoga can positively influence the subtle energy body and be the framework for deeper spiritual self inquiry.

The Somatic Yoga Workshops can be done individually or together and include handouts. Participation is limited to 10 students; pre-registration is required. Please call Megan at +353 87 409 7765 if you have any questions about your ability to benefit from the workshops. If signing up for both the Saturday and Sunday workshops, there are options for meals and to stay on site at the Embody Studio and B&B (private room and bath, double room en-suite, or camping).

Welcome to Somatic Yoga - The Space of Grace

Our society is taught to admire intellect over intuition – to respect doing more than being – to value the material above the natural – to focus on consumption instead of preservation – to expect expansion without contraction – and to pursue the scientific before the spiritual. What about finding a state that balances these seemingly opposing forces?  Somatic Yoga can bring you into the Space of Grace where you remember that you are neither one or the other of these complimentary opposites. You are simply resting in your natural state of being. The places of sticky resistance become the spaces of full body freedom. Emotional regulation comes in letting feelings surface. Somatic movement helps you to feel and release the tension of opposites and recognize that your body is here to support you in everything you do. The non-dualism of knowing you are a cosmic divine creation in human form.

The body as Soma

“Soma” is the Greek word meaning “living body”. Viewed from the outside, a human being is a body with a certain shape and size. However, when a human being looks at him/herself from the inside, he/she is aware of feelings, movements, sensations and intentions – a very different fuller being. What an individual sees from his/her first person, living, sensing, internalize view is a soma. To yourself you are a soma. To another, you are a body.

The somatic viewpoint is that humans are self-aware, self-sensing and self-moving and therefore, self responsible somas who can change themselves, as well as bodily beings who are subjected to physical and organic forces.

Why Somatic Yoga Works: Harmonizing Pandiculation and the Breath

You learn about yourself through movement; and movement is a result of the brain and nervous system communicating with the muscles. Your nervous system is also heavily influenced by the way you breathe.  Somatic Yoga beautifully entwines a type of movement called pandiculation with breath. Neurologically, pandiculation is when you contract into tension that is already present, slowly lengthen through it and completely release. It is a biological function in the body that resets muscle length at the sensory motor level. Like our pets, we pandiculate involuntarily every time we yawn. If you have animals, you have undoubtedly seen them pandiculate time and time again when they get up after any period of inactivity.

Listen To The Whisper Of Sensation In Your Body

In Somatic Yoga, the natural spaces of contraction, expansion and relaxation within the cycles of breath are appreciated as your most innate pandiculation. By synchronizing your instinctual necessity to breathe with physical pandiculation of the muscles, we learn to self-regulate the nervous system.  When you close your eyes and enter the somatic space, you find sensation. All you are asked to do is notice that sensation. The benefits of being mindfully aware of movement and breath are immediate in all of the systems of the body.

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If you are new to Somatic Yoga and want to see if it is for you, Megan has over 175 free classes to practice to. 

Contact Megan if you have specific questions about how you might benefit from Somatic Yoga in person or online. Some options:

I have been going to Megan's somatic yoga classes for over 5 years. I started with 1 class a week and now go to at least 2 and sometimes 3 or more. My health and outlook has improved substantially. I've gained flexibility and become more relaxed and comfortable. Megan is a treasure!
Wisconsin, USA
With an anxiety disorder in my genes and a thirty-year career in commercial office building management, by the time I retired I needed to RELAX! Add to that some arthritis and I was in search of relief! Somatic Yoga with Megan has shown me that I can move more gracefully, breathe more deeply, and connect my mind with my body in a very mindful way....and truly relax. This wonderful gift extends into all parts of my life.
Wisconsin, USA
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