100-Hour Online Teacher Training Certification

Update, March 2018:

The GSY Certifications Levels 1, 2, & 3 are expected to begin launching by early Summer 2018. The tuition costs are as-yet to be determined.


Online GSY Teacher Training Certification

with James Knight, E-RYT, CHSE

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


Three certifications will be offered online:

32-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 1 (see course outline)

32-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 2 (see course outline)

36-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Teacher Level 3 (see course outline)


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 courses, 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 100-Hour GSY certification 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.

Information that is taught in the 100-Hour In-Person Teacher Trainings will be covered online in detail:

  • Gentle Somatic Yoga Principles – Learn, demonstrate and teach 72+ Somatic Movement Flows that can be incorporated into other therapeutic modalities (Yoga Therapy, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, 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  – GSY was synthesized by James Knight from the work of  Thomas Hanna, Eleanor Criswell-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.
  • Practicum: Individual Documented Practice – 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 assess the human body and how it illustrates The Three Reflexes: Green Light, Red Light, and Trauma.
  • Case Studies – Review of common bodily conditions and injuries that challenge people physically. Learn how to choose which Somatic Movement Flow(s) could help improve or reverse those 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, desk workers, pregnancy, 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: 
      • Final Exam: multiple choice and true/false questions
      • Teach-back Video: demonstrating proficiency; video recorded and submitted electronically for evaluation (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo)

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 72+ 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 such as Seniors, beginning yoga students, the desk worker, plus sizes, pregnancy, cancer survivors, etc., this is a terrific way to establish yourself as a specialist in the field of yoga therapy.
  • Body Workers, Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, and other health care practitioners are able to teach Somatic Movement Flows to their clients and patients. The new skill set you will learn from Gentle Somatic Yoga can often dramatically accelerate therapeutic and healing processes.


Follow this LINK to view student testimonials for the online 4-Hour GSY Introductory Teacher Training with James Knight. With this precursor to the forthcoming online Teacher Training course, you can begin preparing now to offer the practice of Gentle Somatic Yoga as created by James. Enrollees also receive a coupon code for $49 off the registration fee for the GSY in-person or online Practitioner Level 1 Teacher Certification courses.


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