Somatics Training

10.5-day professional in person training

Manchester Training
starting January 2023

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Dublin Training
starting February 2023

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Somatics offers the gift of empowerment, awareness and freedom. For many Yoga teachers and students it is quite simply love at first sight! Cultivating somatics within Yoga asana leads to flexibility, strength and long-term change. Beyond the basics, this practice will teach you how to change your nervous system and repattern ease into your body, mind and life. Whether you are a teacher or a student, come experience for yourself how somatics can help you bud, grow and THRIVE.

Somatic Movement Education (SME) offers a safe, fast and profound way to release and recalibrate tight muscles by retraining the nervous system and re-patterning the soma (body-mind). This training unites modern neuroscience and ancient yogic wisdom within the practice of somatics. Learn how to make the unconscious conscious and feel how everything becomes easier and pain free from your head to your toes. For many movement teachers and students, it is quite simply love at first sight!

MANCHESTER TRAINING at Space at the Mill

Module One: Friday 13 to Monday 16 January 2023 (4 days)

Module Two: Friday 3 March to Monday 6 March 2023 (4 days)

Module Three: Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 June 2023 (2 days)

Assessment and Competency: Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 July 2023 (half day presence required over this time)

This is a 10.5 day training (ncluding one more day than previous trainings). 

Investment: In order to support our UK friends we have decided to continue to offer the Early Bird rate of £1,400 STG with £150 payable on application, and the balance of £1250 when we have confirmed your place on the course. Payment plan is available.
Contact our UK host Gaby Porter for a flyer and full details at: [email protected]

Enquire about the Manchester Training now

DUBLIN TRAINING

Module One: Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 February 2023 (4 days)

Module Two: Thursday 13 April to Sunday 16 April 2023 (4 days)

Module Three: Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 July 2023 (2 days)

Assessment and Competency: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September 2023 (half day presence required over this time)

This is a 10.5 day training (one more day than previous trainings).

Investment: €1,700. Early bird €1,450 until January 7th, 2023. €150 payable with your application form and €1,300 payable when your place is confirmed on the course.

Payment plan available.

Contact Lisa for a flyer and full details at: [email protected]

Apply for the Dublin Training now

What To Do Next

  1. Get Your Application Form & further details
    Dublin Training:
    To get an application form, payment details, T&C’s and FAQ document, please click here
    Manchester Training: To get an application form, payment details, T&C’s, logistics and FAQ document please email [email protected]abyporter.co.uk
  2. Submit the application form with your deposit of €150 for the Dublin Training / £150 for the Manchester Training. We will confirm your acceptance within a week.
  3. Confirmation of your place: Once your place is confirmed, we will send you the rest of the payment details. We will refund the deposit fee minus administration charges of (€5/£5) if you are not offered a place.
  4. Invitation to Private Online Training Resource Space: You will receive an invitation to the private membership area (Sutra.co) where all the course material including logistics, manuals, sign- in sheets, feedback forms and any other documents will be stored.
    NEED MORE HELP?

    1. We are happy to organise a phone call to answer any individual queries and help you plan your training and optimise your learning.
    Dublin Training: [email protected]
    Manchester Training: [email protected]
    2. Check out Lisa’s online somatics classes at ekhartyoga.com. There is a 30-day trial available for €1
    3. See our website www.living-yoga.ie for upcoming workshops in your area.

‘I am not the same body, mind or spirit that came to the mat at the start of the training. The somatic teachings seem simple but are profound and have added so much to the way I practice, teach and perhaps most importantly live my life.’

Paul Oakley, England

‘The somatics training exceeded all my expectations and has been immensely supportive and nourishing. Lisa’s teaching is generous, deeply insightful, clear, and concise. She teaches with authenticity, integrity and huge compassion.’

Cheryl Jenkins, UK

‘Lisa Petersen is one of the most inspiring teachers I have met in the area of movement education. She creates an all inclusive, kind and gentle environment for students to be at ease, and imparts her clear, intelligent knowledge to awaiting bodies.’

Clare O’Dea, Yoga Teacher, Ireland
Read All of SEC Training Testimonials

Somatic Exercise Coach (SEC) Training

A certified SEC is qualified to teach a wide range of somatic exercises confidently and professionally, has displayed competency in diagnosing somatic patterns, and is capable of prescribing exercise programs to groups or individuals. SEC Training is suitable for students and teachers of yoga and pilates, athletes, dancers, bodyworkers, physio and massage therapists, psychotherapists, GP’s, mindfulness teachers and anyone interested in functional movement.

SEC certification is gained with the successful completion of three modules and attendance at a half day practice of Integration and Competency which includes group practice, small group teaching and peer review.

Module 1

This module guides you through the three basic stress responses, how they influence posture and movement patterns, and the somatic movement approach to re-patterning the bodymind. This module is a deep dive into embodying somatics and learning how to do thirty fundamental exercises yourself.

  • Learn about the three primary neuromuscular reflexes in the body – what they are – and how they influence your entire soma (body-mind)
  • Explore, refine, and break-down over thirty somatic exercises with a focus on posture and repatterning the central torso (somatic centre)
  • Refine awareness of your own posture and become competent in analysing posture in others
  • Learn how to set a kinaesthetic baseline for self-enquiry
  • Investigate the functional/embodied anatomy of your muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and myofascias
  • Discover new found ease, flexibility, balance, co-ordination and muscle function
  • Enhance kinesthetic awareness and proprioceptive feedback
  • Learn to pandiculate instead of stretch
  • Investigate sensory-motor amnesia: the nervous system response to injury, trauma, and repetitive strain
  • Find freedom from pain, tension and muscular contraction
  • Create natural and impeccable alignment
  • Learn to become your own somatic educator: self-sensing, self-correcting and self-healing

Module 2:

This module guides you towards deeper understanding, embodiment and refinement. Re-pattern and re-calibrate your learning from module 1. Learn thirty new exercises and discover profound ease in walking and breathing.

  • Dive deeper into somatics as an art, science and practice
  • Recalibrate and refine your understanding and embodiment of the exercises learnt in Module 1
  • Explore, refine, and break-down over fourty new somatic movements with a focus on upper and lower limbs, breathing and functional walking
  • Continue to enhance your awareness, muscle function, control, posture, alignment, flexibility, balance and strength

Module 3:

This module teaches you how to be a safe, competent and professional somatics coach. This module includes sequencing, class planning, instruction and modifications.

  • Learn the art of teaching somatics and how it is different from other teaching modalities like Yoga or Pilates
  • Explore how somatic movements can be seamlessly incorporated into a public class or private session, exercise routine, or other training program
  • Learn how to sequence a somatic class or session
  • Refine your instruction, touch, and ability to teach self-enquiry
  • Practice using somatic exercises for common conditions such as neck pain, shoulder pain, hyper-kyphosis, functional scoliosis, lower back pain, hip/knee pain, and arthritis
  • Learn how to educate others to be self-sensing, self-correcting and self-healing

Module 4: Integration and Comptenency

A half day of group practice, small group teaching, and peer review. This is followed by indepth and personalised feedback from our faculty.

  • Learn the art of teaching somatics and how it is different from other teaching modalities like Yoga or Pilates
  • Explore how somatic movements can be seamlessly incorporated into a public class or private session, exercise routine, or other training program
  • Learn how to sequence a somatic class or session
  • Refine your instruction, touch, and ability to teach self-enquiry
  • Practice using somatic exercises for common conditions such as neck pain, shoulder pain, hyper-kyphosis, functional scoliosis, lower back pain, hip/knee pain, and arthritis
  • Learn how to educate others to be self-sensing, self-correcting and self-healing

The body has three primary stress responses that hijack our posture and movement patterns. These responses are hardwired into unconscious neuromuscular reflexes. This training will teach you to recognise these reflexes, understand how they affect you and what to do to create lasting change.

This training includes:

  • Guided practice sessions each morning to both embody and calibrate the exercises
  • Short lectures, visual content, guided somatic enquiry, movement re-patterning, postural analysis, dyad and group work, restorative practices
  • A comprehensive program to use in your classes or private sessions
  • A clear understanding of the methodology behind Somatic Movement Education as an art as well as science
  • Instructions on teaching techniques, cueing, modifications, customising instructions, language, and imagery
  • A colour manual detailing history, philosophy, anatomy, teaching and practice fundamentals, full instructions and photographs of each exercise.

What am I qualified to do?

You are qualified as a Somatic Exercise Coach (SEC) which means you can safely, competently, and professionally teach somatic exercises to groups or individuals

TRAINING TIMES

10:00am – 1:00pm and 2.30pm – 5:30pm each day
Registration is open from 9.15am, and the workshop will start promptly at 10am

INVESTMENT

Manchester Training starting January 13th, 2023: In order to support our UK friends we have decided to continue to offer the Early Bird rate of £1,400 STG with £150 payable on application, and the balance of £1250 when we have confirmed your place on the course.

Contact [email protected] for full details.

Please be aware that your booking is for the entire course.

Dublin Training starting February 13th, 2023 is €1,700. Early bird €1,450 until January 7th, 2023. €150 payable with your application form and €1,300 payable when your place is confirmed on the course. Payment plan available.

Contact [email protected]

SCHOLARSHIPS

We accounced two full scholarships (one for Manchester and one for Dublin) in our October 31st Samhain newsletter. Sign up to the newsletter for full details here

CANCELLATION POLICY

Your payment can only be refunded (minus a EUR €46.76/£50 administration fee) if your place can be filled from the wait-list.

PARTICIPATION NUMBERS

Early booking is highly recommended as there are a limited number of places at the workshop. There will be a high ratio of participants to assistants to ensure clear and detailed personal attention.

WHAT TO BRING

We’re quite prop light in somatics, but comfort and support are key to nervous system releasing and repattering. We are happy to provide equipment for international students by prior arrangement.

1- 2 x yoga mats

2-3 x wool blankets (Iyengar style preferred)

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