Madrid, Spain-  November-June 2024/2025

Utrecht, Netherlands- MARCH-NOVEMBER 2025

Understand your body-mind connection, transform the way you move and revolutionise the way you work

Deepen your knowledge, grow your confidence and refine your skills as a teacher’

This training is for you if...

You want to relieve pain, tension or stress in your body anywhere and anytime

You wish to increase stability, strength, balance and flexibility in any movement practice

You’d like to learn how to weave somatics into any practice or teaching

You wish to understand your nervous system and help others on their journey to freedom

You want to develop a practice of self-care, self-trust and self-empowerment

You’d like to develop natural confidence in yourself and your teaching

You want a sustainable way to continue to practice and teach movement at any age


Most movement, healthcare and therapy professionals continue to invest in their own learning. Newly fledged teachers soon realise they need additional training to become the knowledgeable, competent, authentic teacher they want to be. More experienced teachers look for inspiration and deeper understanding as they move through the stages of life; while others seek a supportive framework to continue to grow in their personal lives and professional careers.

No matter who we are, most of us hit a personal roadblock that presents as burn out, injury, pain, frustration, overwhelm, or a crisis of confidence at some point. It’s a dark night of the soul.

Whatever your needs, you’re not alone. Help is at hand.

Somatics is love at first sight for so many practitioners, educators and therapists. It combines the heart of ancient wisdom practices with the rigour and depth of modern anatomy, neuroscience and somatics. It’s all there in one timeless package delivered with compassion, depth, wisdom and professionalism. What a gift!

Learn to become an authentic, competent, and confident somatic movement educator no matter where you are on your teaching journey. 

This training invites you to...

Deepen your connection to your body-mind

Increase your energy and soothe your nervous system

Expand your embodied tool kit beyond what you can imagine

Cultivate awareness, resilience and presence

Understand your deepest patterns and how to change them

Find joy and pleasure in practice 

Meet yourself - and others - with curiosity, clarity and compassion

Refine your understanding of how to teach safe, effective, functional movement and how to adapt movement for each person

Learn how to make anatomy accessible and applicable to real life people – starting with yourself 

Discover how to take somatics off the mat and into your everyday life. 

Training Foundations

The Invisible Web: Understanding Teaching Methodology

The teaching methodology of shared inquiry is the invisible web that holds everything together. Understanding this methodology is a game changer for movement and therapy professionals. It is authentic, inspiring and liberating. It allows your practice and teaching to be sustainable over months, years and decades. Shared inquiry helps us to combat burn out and the everyday challenges of being a teacher in the modern world. We’d like to share it with you. 

Moving from the Inside Out: Experiential Anatomy

Learn how to make anatomy practical, accessible and applicable to real life people – starting with yourself. Embodied anatomy is the experiential study of your body and how it works from the inside out. We use modern anatomical knowledge and understanding, along with models, videos and images to help you, but the bulk of the work is grounded in your own felt sense rather than in theory. This makes it real. It also means that the changes you make last. The LYSTT training covers the functional anatomy of 60 fundamental somatic exercises as well as key body systems like muscles, bones, fascia and the nervous system. 

Me, Myself and I: Personal Practice

Modules 1 and 2 are dedicated to your personal practice. This is a key ingredient of this unique training. Our graduates repeatedly tell us that the emphasis on practice makes them feel authentic, confident and competent when they come to teach. They know their stuff and the proof is in the pudding! Somatics practices get woven into your daily life touching the mental, emotional and energetic parts of your being, and creating new patterns, habits and choices. As Thomas Hanna says, ‘if you can sense it and feel, you can change it.’

Staying on Track: Hands-on Training

How do you know that you’re on the right track when you study something new? Who is there to help? We accompany you on your somatic journey from start to finish. Lisa and her faculty offer you personalised feedback, guidance, individual mentoring, and tailored movement prescriptions for your unique needs and body structure. You learn to embody key practices and principles with the support and care of a hands-on team who are physically present in the room with you. 

Teaching Others: The Art of Teaching Somatics

Embodying the exercises is an important step. But how do you teach them? Learn how somatic exercises can be seamlessly incorporated into any movement class or therapeutic environment; We teach you how to prescribe somatic exercises for injury prevention, rehabilitation, pain, injury, tension and stress. We cover verbal language skills and hands-on touch. We address techniques, cues, class planning, sequencing, modifications, customising instructions, and tailoring exercises to individual needs like back pain, scoliosis, and poor posture. You will leave Module 3 with over 6 fully formed class plans that you can immediately teach, and teaching practice under your belt. 

Fundamental Ingredients: Principles of Practice

This course includes Lisa’s signature Somatic Principles and Practices distilled from over two decades of experience of working with clients and students. These are a set of practical tools that help you teach with clarity, compassion, competence and confidence. Think of them as key ingredients in a recipe book that contains all your favourite dishes. 

Support: Small Group Mentoring

It can be challenging to stay engaged in your own learning, even if you are very self-motivated. We offer you small group mentoring outside of class with our assistant faculty, and a system of study buddy and peer-to-peer circles to help you help yourself. Over the course of the training, you build a sense of safety, trust and relationship with each other as well as with our faculty. Our students make new friends, develop community and broaden their horizons in ways they can’t imagine before training starts. 

Moving On: Ongoing Support

There are monthly ongoing support sessions for Living Yoga trainees and graduates. These allow you to practice together, ask new questions, seek advice, connect with peers, imbibe new ideas and stay in touch with the latest in anatomy, neuroscience, embodiment and more. 

How It Works...

We accompany you on your 7 month somatic journey from start to finish, helping to keep you on track, engaged and present. 

This training consists of 4 modules. (86 contact hours)

It offers 10.5 days of in-person training spread out over seven months, + 6 hours of live online training, + 10 hours of pre-recorded material, + 3 hours of small group mentoring

  • Modules 1 (March 8th-11th) and 2 (June 7-10th) are four days each
  • Module 3 (July 20th- 21st) is two days 
  • Module 4 is a half a day (between September 27th and 30th)

The 10.5 days of live in-person training with Lisa and faculty consists of: 

  • 8 days of personal practice
  • 2 days of teaching methodology, teaching practice and class planning 
  • A half day of integration and competency
  • Detailed personalised feedback from Lisa after the last module
  • Dedicated online space for all training materials, group discussions and community connection


  • 10.5 Days in Person for the Utrecht Training and 9.5 Days for the Spanish training
  • 6 hours of live online training 
  • 10 hours of pre-recorded material
  •  3 hours of small group mentoring
  • Online Community Space via Sutra Platform
  • Live online support classes in between modules
  • 67 Contact Hours for the Utrecht training and 60 hours for the Madrid Training
  • Detailed personalised feedback 
  • live online support circles
  • Small group mentoring
  • Study Buddy and Small Group Learning
  • Community Connection
  • Reading List
  • Bonus Livestreams
  • 3 X Full Colour Manuals
  • Podcast Inspiration
  • 12 Months Of Content Access

Early Bird Pricing is available for both trainings

Course content


In Module 1 you’ll learn about the three whole-body movement patterns that contribute to pain, tension and stress. Discover how they influence posture and movement and learn 30 exercises to address these deep patterns. Discover the somatic alternative to passive stretching using direct brain-to-muscle re-education. This module focuses on the spine, neck, head and pelvis and relevant anatomy. 


In Module 2, you have the opportunity to recalibrate the learning from M.1 and get personalised hands-on feedback from Lisa and her team. You will learn thirty new exercises that relate to standing, sitting, breathing and walking. This module focuses on the feet, legs, hips, lower back, shoulder girdle and relevant anatomy with a focus on the iliopsoas complex. It progresses the postural and spine repatterning you learnt in Module 1. 

Both Module 1 and 2 are fully dedicated to your movement practice, with the result that you know these exercises from the inside out, and can create a personal practice prescription. 


In Module 3, you learn the art of teaching somatics and prescribing somatic exercises. Discover how somatic exercises can be seamlessly incorporated into any movement class, healthcare or therapeutic environment. We address teaching methodology, techniques, cues, class planning, sequencing, modifications, customising instructions and tailoring exercises to individual needs. You will leave this module with over 6 fully formed class plans that you can immediately teach, and actual teaching practice under your belt.

This follow-up material for this module also includes a bonus session on Seated Somatics.


In Module 4, you have an opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt in a small group practice and peer-to-peer teaching.

You’ll receive detailed personalised feedback from Lisa after Module 4 to help you continue to refine and progress your teaching and practice. 

A note on class times: Registration will start at 9.15 am on the first morning of each module and an assistant will be there to give you any handouts, sign you in and reply to queries. Class will start at 10.00 and run from 10.00-13.00 and 14.30-17.30 each day.

Why Us...

You want your investment of time, effort, energy and finances to pay off. This training that has been developed and refined over fifteen years to serve real life students, just like you. We consistently engage in feedback during and after each delivery and use it to develop the course materials and meet your needs.

We have retained an in-person, hands-on experience as our primary means of teaching, while adding additional online support materials so that you can study in your own time, and in your own way. This offers you the best of both worlds.  

Lisa is accompanied by 2 to 4 assistants on every module. They are experienced graduates of the training. Assistants provide extra eyes, ears, hands and hearts in the room. As one student said, ‘there is always someone to help nearby if you need it. All you need to do is put up your hand.’

Our teacher:student ratio offers unparalleled support that is simply not possible in online training whether live or pre-recorded. The presence of extra teachers make an enormous difference to the personalised feedback we can offer you and to the depth of your learning.  

This course has been running since 2015 in over five countries. We have graduates in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. 

what people say

’The SEC training has profoundly altered the way I move through the world, and the way I inhabit my being. Embarking on this journey in Somatics is teaching me the art of listening deeply, with tenderness, gentleness and understanding. I am finding my alignment is softer, my yoga postures more responsive to my needs and less goal oriented. How empowering it is to know I have the tools to address aches and pains in my body as they appear, and am able to share these skills with those coming to my classes.’

Jo Bolton, Yoga Teacher

’I will always be immensely grateful to Lisa, Gaby and their phenomenal assistants for delivering a course that allows a safe space to live, breathe, observe, embrace and learn to tease out patterns of tension and tightness cultivated over a lifetime.’

Pat Irving, Yoga teacher and acupuncturist

I can honestly say that of all the teacher trainings and CPD I have done in my career, I have never completed a course feeling so thoroughly prepared to go out and share the material. Lisa encourages you to inquire, to get curious, not to accept at face value any external direction without trying it on for size in your own soma. What I love about Lisa's teaching is the sense of cross-pollination, the obvious passion she has not only for movement but for all shapes of creativity, and how so many threads are artfully woven together to form a rich practice. And it must be said that the course wouldn't have been the same without the fabulous teaching assistants, who provided such care and attention throughout the training days. The Somatic Exercise Coach certificate is one I am truly proud to have received, because the rigour with which the course is designed required me to really earn it on a deep level.

Sadhbh O'Sullivan

Hi, I'm Lisa... It's nice to meet you!

Welcome to the world of somatics. I am here to serve you.

I have three passions: yoga, somatics and embodied anatomy.
For me they are inseparable waves in a larger ocean of learning and living.

I use these practices to find the sthira or steadiness and the sukha or ease within movement and within life.  

I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and training teachers for over a decade. I’ve worked closely with both Donna Farhi and Amy Matthews over this time. 

My experiences as both a student and a teacher have shown me that each person has an exquisite inner intelligence that unfolds through skilful education.
Learning happens when we feels safe. It blossoms through cultivating three superpowers: curiosity, exploration and self-inquiry.
Teaching students to sense and feel, trust the information they perceive and know what to do with it is at the heart of what I do.
I am a teacher-of-teachers. It’s what I was born to do. I specialise in teaching with clarity, depth, humour and compassion.
I teach this way because these are the skills I had to cultivate when meeting myself and attending to my own self-care.
Students often say, ‘I always knew I could feel like this. I just did n’t know how to get there.’

A new door opens. Step through and discover what somatics can do for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the course dates?

Madrid Training:
Module 1: November 21st-24th 2024
Module 2: February 28th-March 2nd 2025
Module 3: April 12th-13th 2025
Module 4: There's also a half a day in September between May 31st -June 1st.

Utrecht Training:
Modules 1: Friday thru Monday | March 14-15-16-17 (four days)
Module 2: Thursday to Sunday | June 12-13-14-15 (four days)
Module 3: Friday & Saturday | Sept 6 & 7 (two days)
Module 4: You will join for a half a day; for your practice evaluation and will be on Friday thru Saturday | November 5, 6 or 7

Module Times
Module times vary for each training, please check out the individual training booking pages. 
See all information for the Madrid training

See all the information for the Utrecht training

Is there a practical assessment and what is involved?

Yes. This is the last module of the training. It is divided into a short practice session and a short teaching session (conducted with your peers on pre-organised material). You receive detailed and personalised feedback from Lisa after this module.

Is there any written work to complete?

There are five written tasks which we ask you to complete at home. Two of them are self-reflection tasks. If you are dyslexic or have learning challenges, please don’t suffer in silence. We will work it out with you.

Is there a feedback process?

You will receive ongoing faculty and peer feedback during Module 1, 2 and 3 as well as personal detailed feedback from Lisa after Module 4.

Are there follow up courses to this one or ongoing CPD on offer?

CPD is offered online and in-person.  

I can’t make all the in person sessions? What can I do?

Students can make up 3 hours on any given module with a qualified representative of Living Yoga. The cost for this will be in addition to the course payments.  

What is your refund policy?

Please consult the individual training pages for more details on refund policies

See all information for the Madrid training

See all the information for the Utrecht training

What am I qualified to teach if I pass this course?

Somatic movement education classes, courses and workshops in a safe, professional and competent manner.

Am I qualified to teach private sessions?

If you consider your private sessions as a class of one person, then yes. You are not qualified to clinically assess or treat students.

What can I call myself when I am qualified?

You will be a Living Yoga Somatics Teacher

How many contact and non-contact hours are in this course?

The ‘Thinking Body’ training comprises 10.5 full days’ training which constitutes 67 contact hours (64 training hours + 3 hours of small group mentoring). Non-contact hours include 13 hours of professionally recorded and edited online support materials and 120 hours of home practice. Total: 200 hours 

PLUS additional study buddy sessions, small group practice, mentoring, class planning, reflection and home study.

What are the home study requirements of this course?

120 hours of home practice. 15 hours of this can be how you apply somatics to your daily life activities like walking, swimming, cycling or even doing the dishes. All will be revealed : )

Is there anything else I have to do at home?

We ask you to keep a diary/journal/learning log to help you monitor the number of practice hours you are doing and any self-reflections or observations you make as you learn. You use this journal to help you inform the written tasks as part of Module 4.

Does this course count as CE hours with Yoga Alliance?

Yes, this course is available for 200 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credit through the Subject Matter Expert pathway.

Need more information? Still have questions? 

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