This course is an experiential journey into Somatic practice, with about 10 hours of practice within 15 Somatics videos. This creates a full immersion as a journey around the body – to differentiate to feel and explore deeply, in order to integrate back to the whole.
The course is designed to help you foster the embodied awareness and personal practice that helps you to teach others. These mostly lying, held, fluid and responsive practices include rocking, rolling, twisting and pulsing, but also lead up through different levels up through gravity to experience the human evolution from the ground up to standing – with lying, seated, all-fours, lunging, uncurling and standing motions through many different primal movements.
The movements can be practised as moving meditation or fed into a stronger asana practice to support the body’s ease in supporting itself up from gravity. There are over 100 practices included, giving you full scope to intersperse into yoga teaching or base classes around a full Somatic practice.
- A 60 page Course Manual (pdf) – with detailed contents explaining the anatomical, nervous system, sensory and other considerations for Somatic practice and teaching (such What is Somatics?, Somatics within yoga teaching, fascial sheaths, practice related to the koshas, unravelling, Sensory Motor Amnesia), as well as pictures and descriptions of all of the practices within the videos.
- Course intro video – Charlotte explains the nature of the course and how to use the content and manual.
- 5 practice sections, each released in fortnightly intervals for you to fully experience the practices and complete the enquiry questions:
1. Central axis and skull-sacrum polarity
2. Shoulders, neck and jaw
3. Hips, sacrum and belly
4. Diaphragm, ribs, lungs and heart
5. Arms, legs and eyes
Each of the above comprises of:
- Intro video explaining the theme
- 3 practice videos, each about 30-45 minutes – can be used as a longer sequence as they flow into each other, as standalone shorter practice or entry into your own asana sequence.
- 7 Teaching & Practice Enquiry Questions – to be used for your own self-enquiry to guide curiosity and exploration in your practice; also feed into teaching as deeper understanding into the student’s experience, responses and needs.
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at yoga teachers who want to free up a more rigid practice or are ready to slow down and truly feel a refined and subtle practice. Also for those who recognise that doing more – and doing that faster – can wear down tissues and keep us in stress patterns that ultimately damage the body and keep our mind attached to goals and ideals.
It is for those who want to feel joy in a more fluid, explorative and easeful practice; within a natural range of motion and primal, evolutionary patterns. It is also for those who recognise that movement is emotional expression and when we tune into our body as a guide, we can gain much insight into our needs in the moment, our boundaries and our relationship with the world and beings around us.
It is designed for those with a basic level understood for ‘holding space’, professionalism and a respect for others’ boundaries, differing needs, individualism and the right to move in ways that they need, when they need them. It is intended to bring Somatics practice within the yoga canon (philosophically) and within the context of a yoga teaching environment.
It is also appropriate for those who teach other forms of movement and bodywork, who have an established yoga practice.
The course is also designed for yoga and movement teachers who are fascinated by what is to move as a human being; what it is to occupy space and feel movement as an expression of embodiment – our sense of self. It is also for those who believe we have a right to move as we feel, to treat our bodies and whole self with compassion. It is for those who believe that we are only truly alive when we are able to be present with embodied awareness.
This course can be completed as part of Charlotte's 170 hour Therapeutic Somatics further training for full certification. See more details here.
Also included are x5 60 minute live discussions to review the material:
Tuesdays 10am UK time 2020 – September 15, October 13, November 10, December 15, January 12 2021
Wednesdays 7pm UK time 2020 – September 16, October 14, November 11, December 16, January 13 2021