100 hour ONLINE Teacher Training Certification


32 Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 1 (Course outline

32 Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 2 (Course outline)

36 Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 3 (Course outline

Please note: (updated Jan. 2, 2017) Our 32 Hour GSY Practitioner Level 1 is expected to launch by late Spring 2017. The tuition cost for ONLINE Level 1 is $895, Level 2 is $895, and Level 3 is $995.  

Also, in the not-to-distant future (with strong intentions!), there will be 300, 500, and 1000 hour Gentle Somatic Yoga® Internationally recognized registered certifications. At that time, we may need to revise the above designations. Since you will have been “grandfathered” in as the first generation of GSY teachers, we will ensure that your previous hours will be factored into more advanced certifications.

Student Testimonials

Follow this LINK to view student testimonials from our 4-Hour GSY Introductory ONLINE Course. $49 Coupon offered towards 32 Hour GSY Teacher Training Level-1. Scroll to bottom of the page. 

Explore this Life-Changing Curriculum that you won’t find anywhere else!

Who would benefit taking this course?

This 100 Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga® certification program is designed for experienced yoga teachers, body-workers, health care professionals, and therapists who would like to expand their scope of practice to include a more of a therapeutic approach to mindful movement. Upon successful completion of the program you will be able to integrate Gentle Somatic Yoga® to enhance student/client outcomes and expand your specialty niche.

What will I receive?

After graduating from each of the Gentle Somatic Yoga® ONLINE Certification programs, you will receive a certificate of completion demonstrating your commitment to the art and science of Gentle Somatic Yoga®. As a Certified Practitioner you are qualified for working one-on-one or in groups as part of your professional practice. Once you have completed the entire 120 hour GSY Program, you are designated as a Certified Gentle Somatic Yoga Teacher


What will I learn?

During this self-paced blended learning program, you will discover an effective form of mind-body training that goes to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain:  the way in which the brain senses, controls, and organizes the muscles and movement.

Each individual program covers everything from the in-person GSY retreats and events AND ALSO INCLUDES: 

  • Electronic Training Manual consisting of references and additional reading materials
  • Detailed Instructor Guide containing over 52+ fully annotated yoga sequences, illustrated with 600+ color photos not available elsewhere
  • Narrated and Annotated Somatic Education Presentations
  • Extensive Video Library Learning Labs: Unlimited Access to the Gentle Somatic Yoga Video Library including “Learning Moment Vignettes” and full one-hour Gentle Somatic Yoga LIVE classes with James
  • Monthly Webinars
  • Skype sessions with James Knight and/or his Assistant Teachers

Information taught from the 100 hour in-person teacher certification will be covered ONLINE in detail:

  • Gentle Somatic Yoga Principles – Learn, demonstrate and teach 52+ Somatic Movement Flows® that can be incorporated into other therapeutic modalities (Yoga Therapy, Physical Therapy, Massage, etc…) or can be the basis for an entire group class.
  • Teaching Methodologies – Going deeper into the science and philosophy behind these innovative therapeutic modalities: Hanna Somatic Education; The Three Reflexes: Green Light, Red Light, and Trauma; Sensory Motor Amnesia; Techniques of Pandiculation; Tips and guidelines for a successful practice; Cueing; and Modifications to teach a wide variety of students safely.
  • The history behind Gentle Somatic Yoga  – Gentle Somatic Yoga is based off the work of Eleanor Criswell, Thomas Hanna, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Lawrence Gold. Learn the history and philosophy behind this cutting edge body technology and the basic neuromuscular effects of somatic exercises for body re-education and pain relief.
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology – Learning module on muscular integration, anatomy of movement, myofacial functions, the role of fascia, common injuries and conditions, and nervous system responses. Learn which Somatic Movement Flows were designed with specific anatomical focus.
  • Practicum: Individual Documented Practice – Log your hours in both written and video formats. Attention to teaching style, demonstration, cueing and correcting will be reinforced throughout the program to prepare you to teach Gentle Somatic Yoga.
  • Body Assessment – Learn to read the human body and how it illustrates The Three Reflexes: Green Light, Red Light, and Trauma.
  • Case Studies – Reviewing common bodily conditions and injuries that challenge people physically. Learn from how to choose which Somatic Movement Flows could help reverse these conditions.
  • Teaching for Special Populations – Learn how to modify Gentle Somatic Yoga to meet the needs of seniors, beginner yoga students, athletes, and individuals with special conditions: rehabilitation from injuries, pregnancy, desk workers, and others.
  • Assisted Pandiculation – Learn how to safely support your students with these highly effective hands-on assisted movements.
  • Modifications, Props, and Tips – Learn how to use innovative techniques that will enhance the needs of every student.
  • Building your Gentle Somatic Yoga Business – Marketing and client development for classes, workshops, and programs for individuals and groups.
  • Final Exam and Certification Requirements: 
      • Log and evaluation of a minimum of 60 hours of teaching Somatic Movement Flows outside of the course
      • Final Exams: Quizzes, multiple choice, and essay
      • Teach-back videos of full length Gentle Somatic Yoga classes. These classes must be video recorded and sent electronically for evaluation (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc…)

How can I apply my education and certification?

  • Expand your scope of practice by teaching customizable Gentle Somatic Yoga classes to your population. On average, one hour Gentle Somatic Yoga classes have 6 Somatic Movement Flows. In this 100 hour Instructor Certification course you will learn over 52+ Somatic Movement Flows, which gives you many options for designing targeted classes based on your student and client needs.
  • Experienced yoga teachers and movement educators can develop advanced classes and workshops to support the next step in movement as a healing art for your students. You will be able to apply the principles of Gentle Somatic Yoga and provide workshops and programs to help with typical conditions (neck and shoulder tension, common back pain, tight hips and hamstrings). If you are already working with specialty populations, the Gentle Somatic Yoga can augment your practice and differentiate your expertise in the field.
  • If you are a yoga teacher and looking to fulfill a specific niche population like the desk worker, senior, beginning yoga students, plus sizes, pregnancy, cancer survivors, etc… this could be a great way to establish yourself as an expert in this field.
  • Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, and other Health Care Practitioners can teach Somatic Movement Flows to their clients and patients. The new skill set you will learn from Gentle Somatic Yoga® will dramatically speed up all therapeutic and healing processes.

For more information and current schedule of programs offered please email us.

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