About James

James has been a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator,  Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance, E-RYT), and an Integrative Therapist for over 25 years.  His passion is to inspire others into the path of self-mastery.

With his combined experience as an intuitive bodyworker, psychotherapist, and movement educator James found a way to combine the most progressive life enhancing techniques into a seamless flow of breath and mindful movement. Gentle Somatic Yoga was born out of years of exploring ways to connect with deepest part of ourselves.

James is based out of San Diego, California, however spends much of his time traveling the world facilitating teacher training certifications, workshops, and spiritual retreats, He also enjoys connecting with healing communities, gardening, designing sacred spaces, photography, painting, spending time with friends, and being with his dog Leela. 

James Knight’s Formal Education and Bio:

  • Guest Lecturer at Maryland University of Integrative Health: Course Yoga 613, Theoretical Foundations for Using Yoga to Support the Mind and Spirit.
  • Instructor at Natural Healing Institute, Encinitas, CA. NHI offers Professional License and Certification Programs for Yoga, Natural Healing, Holistic Health, Naturopathy and Bodywork.
  • Instructor at Yoga Vista Academy, Vista, CA. YVA is an advanced yoga teacher training school specializing in Gentle, Senior, Chair and Yoga Therapy.
  • Instructor at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. Classes taught: Psychology of Yoga, Psychology of Meditation, Eco-psychology, Psychology of Wilderness, and Physical Education.
  • Instructor at Kwatlen College, Vancouver, B.C. Class taught: Health and wellness.
  • Founder and Director of Carlsbad Center for Awareness, Carlsbad, CA
  • Founder and Director of the Awareness Research and Training Institute, San Francisco, CA.
  • Receiving advanced certifications in Hanna Somatic Education, Core Energetics (Body-oriented psychotherapy), Biofeedback, Massage Therapy, Watsu, and Yoga.
  • Graduate Studies in Eco-Psychology, Sonoma State University, CA.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Environmental Studies and Planning with a minor in Psychology from Sonoma State University, CA.
  • Associate of Arts, High Honors, Cultural Anthropology, Santa Rosa Junior College, CA.
  • Certified Master Feng Shui Consultant: International Feng Shui School. Trained by Amanda Collins. 

James is also an Architectural and Interior Designer, Master Feng Shui Consultant, and Nature Photographer. Visit his photography website:  www.JamesKnightPhotography.com. 

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