About James Knight

James Knight, founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga®, is one of the pioneers to bridge Somatics and yoga. He is a Yoga Teacher, Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, and Integrative Therapist. His passion is to inspire and encourage others to live a fulfilling life of physical, emotional and spiritual freedom.

From his combined experience as a lifelong yogi, intuitive bodyworker, body-oriented psychotherapist, movement educator and author, James created an easy and reliable method that reverses the cause and effects of muscular pain, stiffness, and other tension-based conditions. Often the results are immediate and long-lasting. 

In his free time James enjoys designing sacred spaces and other creative endeavors that reflect his spiritual aesthetic. He also enjoys spending quality time with loved ones while cultivating and energizing conscious community.


Recent interview with James by Lynn Crimando from YogaU Online



James Knight’s Education and Experience:

  • Guest Presenter for the International Association of Yoga Therapists annual SYTAR Conference (June 2021)
  • Guest Instructor at Maryland University of Integrative Health, Graduate Studies in Yoga Therapy Dept. & Professional and Continuing Education Dept.
  • Guest Presenter and Program Collaborator with YogaU Online
  • Curriculum Development and Instruction, JAI Yoga+Meditation, Seoul, South Korea
  • Guest Presenter at the Association of Hanna Somatic Education Annual Convention, Novato, California.
  • Instructor at Natural Healing Institute (NHI), 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.
  • Received Advanced Study Certifications in Hanna Somatic Education, Core Energetics (Body-oriented psychotherapy), Brainwave Biofeedback, Massage Therapy, Watsu (aquatic bodywork), and various methods of 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.
  • Certified Master Feng Shui Consultant: International Feng Shui School. Trained by Amanda Collins.


Join James as he guides you through his 20-minute Gentle Somatic Yoga Home Practice Session. You will also be subscribed to the GSY newsletter.

Make An Appointment with James

Do you have chronic pain and/or other physical limitations that are persistent and would like to have immediate relief with long-lasting results?

If so, make an appointment for a customized one-on-one virtual clinical session with James.