GSY Events

upcoming events you don’t want to miss…

A MONTHLY ongoing 1.5-hr Livestream Workshop with optional .5-hr Q & A

  • Saturday, July 13 ~ Theme: Somatic Wellness. A fusion of GSY, Somatic Harmony™, Somatic Chair™, & therapeutic tremoring to reset your whole-self. Facilitated solely by James Knight, GSY Founder. 

10am PDT San Francisco & Vancouver | 1pm EDT New York & Ottawa | 6p GMT United Kingdom

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This monthly series of livestream Somatic Sanctuary workshops, are designed to bring balance and alignment to the whole-self (Mind/Body/Spirt). Through this journey of deep self-care, we learn how to self-regulate and make nourishing choices for our soma. 

Over time, we can temporarily lose our ability to self-regulate. In Gentle Somatic Yoga® we call this sensory motor amnesia (SMA). When we are in this state, movement becomes limited and everyday lifestyle is not as enjoyable.

With an attitude of exploration and discovery, we can learn how to listen to our inherent somatic intelligence and intuitively unwind from stressful life experiences stored in our tissues (muscles and fascia). We can initiate this process through finding creative safe body shapes through Somatic Movement Flows®. 

All are welcome! This method is designed and adaptable for most people and skill levels.  
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Fee: Sliding Scale ~ $15, $20 or $25

Each Somatic Sanctuary workshop is 1 & 1/2-hours of mindful movement with an optional 1/2-hour Q&A session following.
CEU’s available for yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

When you sign-up for this workshop, you will receive a Zoom invite via email.  For those that live in other time zones that make it difficult to join us, you can still sign up and you will receive replay videos of the sessions for future practice. You will have access to the recordings for 30 days after the event.  Beyond that timeframe, the videos will be available long-term in our ever expanding virtual video library: Somatic Wellness TV.

 Seasonal LIVESTREAM Deep Dive Workshop Series ~ Featuring newly created Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) inspired methods that combine the neuroscience of GSY and blend it with other complimentary self-care practices like: Qigong, Nada Yoga, Chair yoga, mat Pilates, TRE, and more. We presented these new GSY-inspired methods in 2023, and now, with your feedback and practice, we’ve evolved and made these methods more accessible.  These Deep Dive Workshops are for anyone that wants to learn and embody more of what each method has to offer. More emphasis is on Learning Laboratories where you can customize the movements for you and your students/clients.

 

  • August 24, 2024, 10 am – 1 pm (PDT) with THEME ~ Somatic Harmony. Combining sound (Nada Yoga) with Somatic Movement Flows®. Taught by James Knight and Rynn Burkett.

Fee: Sliding scale ~ Video recordings of all sessions available for 30 days – then they get moved over to our Somatic Wellness TV

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During these GSY livestream Deep Dive Workshops, you will go deeper into learning how to tap into your own somatic intelligence and make nourishing choices how to incorporate movement as a lifestyle. These events are designed with emphasis on the Learning Laboratories (enhancements, tips, and interactive Q & A), so participants can not only embody the practice, but also learn the method to share with others.

These Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) inspired workshops and discussions empower the Whole-Self (SOMA) for alignment, vitality, and an embodied sense of peace & wellbeing.  James Knight, Founder of GSY, invites experts from complimentary fields of somatic movement to join him to co-facilitate so we can learn, heal, and grow in conscious community.

These Workshops are designed for anyone wanting to learn tools for self-care. And, if you are a yoga teacher/therapist, bodyworker or health care professional these the skills that you learn can be immediately implemented into your classes and/or private sessions. Most people find immediate beneficial results that are long lasting.

Fee is offered at a sliding scale: $25 – $35 – $45 USD

In addition, we are offering a coupon to offset unfavorable exchange rates for participants from other countries where the US currency exchange rate is high. Please use this code for an additional 20% off listed price upon checkout: EXCHANGE20

Yoga Instructors may claim 2.50 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) hours for this event through Yoga Alliance, and Yoga Therapists can apply for IAYT CEUs. Email us after the session to obtain your CEU certificates.

RECORDINGS:

All sessions are livestreamed and recorded.* If you are unable to join us live for a portion of the sessions you will have access to the video recordings for 30 days after the program ends. Recordings are usually emailed within 3 days and are available to program participants only. After the 30 days, these workshop recordings get parked in our Somatic Wellness TV library.

HYBRID: In-Person and Livestream GSY Level 3 Training

Theme for GSY L3: Assisted Pandiculation, and modifying Somatic Movement Flows® for use with a chair as a prop ~ Facilitated by James Knight 

Prerequisite: Completion of GSY Levels 1 & 2 training

Dates: Summer 2024 ~ In Person Dates in Tucson, Arizona: Aug  16-19, 2024

Live on Zoom: On the following dates from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (PDT), 2024:

Saturday, July 27 ~ Sunday, July 28 & Saturday, August 3 ~ Sunday, August 4

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 Join James Knight, Founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY), for an unforgettable vacation getaway while you continue your educational journey with GSY. The venue we choose in Tucson is a world class retreat center.

Some highlights of this GSY L3 course. You will learn:

James Knight offers his tried-and-true, long-term solution-oriented results for many common (and complex) physical conditions. These are hands-on techniques from successful case studies from over 30+ years James has been in clinical practice. He has helped countless people come out of chronic pain, stiffness, and other health challenges. These assisted pandiculation techniques are sought after for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, bodyworkers, and other health care professionals that offer customized on-on-one sessions.

  • 12+ Assisted Pandiculation sequences that are designed for use with one-on-one student & client sessions to address common physical complaints and conditions.
  • 30+ Therapeutic Somatic Movement Flows® adapted for use in the chair.
  • How and why Somatic Movements get to the root cause of persistent pain, stiffness, and poor posture so you can unwind from these unconscious reflexes
  • Ways to practice nourishing movements that are suitable and effective for your body. Emphasis will be on finding your own inner teacher and relying less on “doing it right” according to instruction or demonstration

Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) is a simple, practical and effective form of brain-to-muscle re-education that goes to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain:  the way in which the brain senses, controls, and organizes muscles with movement. The result is living life with an embodied sense of ease and freedom through everyday movement and vibrant health.

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HYBRID MODEL FOR LEARNING: For the past couple of years, we at GSY, have been exploring different platforms to offer our training programs. A new one offers part livestream and part in-person experience. This not only cuts down on cost, but it also offers the best of both worlds: learning out of the comfort of your own home, and also the in-person experience where the direct transmission can come through hands-on exchange.

Another perk to the in-person training is that you are invited to bring a friend or family members as guests to join you as complimentary guests if they are not taking the training and the accommodation you are booking has the number of beds you want. There is plenty of time for your guests to be fully entertained at the retreat center we chose in Tucson if they don’t mind waiting until your breaks to spend time with you (trust us… they won’t be bored!).

Prerequisite for this course is the completion of GSY Levels 1 & 2. 

Somatic Wellness and Adventure Retreats AND GSY Somatic Summit

August 30 – September 2, 2024 in Tucson, Arizona

Come and enjoy this conscious community event held over a long American Holiday weekend. There is fun and adventure for everyone! If you are a GSY practitioner, this is also our very first GSY Somatic Summit. Breakout sessions for learning and sharing included in the weekend. CEU’s available.

Registration is OPEN! Please click on the link below for video, photos, and more information. 

Gentle Somatic Yoga Level 1 Hybrid Training with Cheryl Mason

October 5th – 20th, Online and In-Person at 3rd Street Yoga in Edmond, Oklahoma

By Zoom: October 5, 6, 12, & 13 from 9 AM to 11:15 AM (CDT). Virtual Sessions will be recorded and you do not need to be present – you can view these prior to the in-person training

In-Person: October 18, 19, 20, 2024 at:  3rd Street Yoga, Edmond, Oklahoma106 West 3rd Street, Edmond, OK 73003

Registration is OPEN! Please click on the link below for video, photos, and more information. 

2 In-Person Events happening in TANDEM:
  • October 11th – 13th: Spiritual Retreat Weekend. Theme: Awaken the Possible ~ Facilitated by James Knight
  • October 11th – 16th: GSY Level 2 Training. The theme is: Energy Body (aura & chakras), Emotions, and the Whole-Self ~ Facilitated by James Knight

Would you like to immerse yourself within a spiritual community experience, all the while practicing/learning GSY?  Enjoy taking part of the Ashram’s daily activities: complimentary yoga and meditation classes, spiritual talks, eat organic vegan food, and walking forest trails on their 800-acre property including along the James River.

The GSY Level 2 training is part of the Spiritual Retreat Weekend. The difference is that participants from the weekend retreat will stay a few days longer to complete the GSY training (certification add-on optional). Please email us if you have any questions.

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***There is a prerequisite for attending GSY Level 2 Training. You must have completed the modules of the method, nueroscience, history, and philosophy of  the GSY L1 Training. The recommended way to to do this is sign up for James’ self-paced online GSY L1 course. Please follow this LINK to find out more.***

These in-person events are hosted by Yogaville and the Satchidananda Ashram. Yogaville is a serene oasis in the heartland of Virginia. With a diverse community of heart-centered people and its world renowned Yoga Academy ~ Integral Yoga, Yogaville opens doors to spiritual growth and self mastery. Registration for these events can be found on Yogavillee’s website: GSY L2 Training or Spiritual Weekend Retreat

The nearest airports to Yogaville is Lynchburg (LYH) or Charlottesville (CHO). You can rent a car, or you can arrange and purchase transportation from Yogaville’s guest services.

James Knight has had the privilege of hosting Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) events at Yogaville for many years. He is honored for the opportunity to invite others into this thriving spiritual community and learning the science and lifestyle of all the limbs of yoga.

The schedule of the spiritual weekend retreat offers ample opportunity to explore all the variety of offerings at the Ashram. There will be four Gentle Somatic Yoga workshops where participants can learn up to 16 Somatic Movement Flows® (SMFs). These SMFs are also part of the GSY Level 2 training, so those that are interested in going deeper into embodying the GSY practice can stay on after the Retreat and continue learning the method, philosophy and neuroscience.

Although many participants drawn to this method are movement educators, you don’t need to be a yoga teacher/therapist or bodyworker to take this course. Anyone interested in learning new tools to take charge of their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health are welcome. 

Some highlights of the GSY Level 2 training course. You will learn:

  • 29+ Therapeutic Somatic Movement Flows® for self-care, resiliency, health, and wellbeing.
  • How and why Somatic Movements get to the root cause of persistent pain, stiffness, and poor posture so you can unwind from these unconscious reflexes
  • Ways to practice nourishing movements that are suitable and effective for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Emphasis will be on finding your own inner teacher and relying less on “doing it right” according to instruction or demonstration

As an ADDED BONUS, when you register for this In-Person & Livestream Training Course, we’ll also give you complimentary access to our self-paced GSY ONLINE Level 2 Course

This Online Course gives you access to the 29+ Somatic Movement Flow Videos and illustrated PDF step-by-step handouts. 

2nd Annual ~ Somatic Wellness and Adventure Retreat ~ at the secluded beachside village of Yelapa, Mexico

Dates: March 23- 29, 2025 

Join us for a week of combination of daily GSY classes, deep relaxation, self-care, ceremony, and fun! This venue has been hand-selected by James as it’s one of his favorite places to hold spiritual retreats. Immerse yourself into natural rhythms of the earth and cosmos. No cars or roads – only accessible by boat taxi (fly into Puerto Vallarta).

Facilitated by James Knight and local healers & artists. 

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In March 2024 our 1st annual Somatic Wellness and Adventure Retreat in Yelapa was so well received, and everyone had such a great time, we decided to rebook the entire Retreat Center of Pura Vida again next year! This will sell out, so reserve your preferred room accomondation now before it is taken (each room accommodation/palapa is unique with view and design). Some air conditioned rooms available – althought not needed this time of year. 

Join James Knight, founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY), for an unforgettable spiritual eco-vacation getaway for personal and collective transformation.

James is known for creating spiritual and eco-adventure retreats for many years that are off the beaten path. This retreat is special because you can only get here by boat (nearest international airport is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), and James has been visiting (and staying for extended times) in Yelapa for over 30 years. He knows this charming beach village well (no cars, roads, or large hotels), and cannot wait to share some of his favorite experiences with you.

Some highlights of this Retreat (more to be announced soon once our landing registration page is published):

  • Every morning starts off with a Gentle Somatic Yoga® class. Afternoons bring optional adventures like: taking a boat taxi to small nearby islands  for snorkeling and lunch on the beach; embark on a jungle hike upriver to waterfalls, specialty self-care practice sessions with local healers and movement educators, swimming in the warm Pacific Ocean, sweat lodge, sound healing, cacao ceremony, explore one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world… to highlight a few of the activities
  • Learn therapeutic Somatic Movement Flows® for self-care, resiliency, health, and wellbeing. Experiential classes are designed to activate the energy body (aura and chakras) as well as bring balance to the emotional body.

Not only will you be empowered with new skills for personal and/or professional development, be ready for some great surprises of local culture, secluded beaches, yummy food, and more…

Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) is a simple, practical and effective form of brain-to-muscle re-education that goes to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain:  the way in which the brain senses, controls, and organizes muscles with movement. The result is living life with an embodied sense of ease and freedom through everyday movement and vibrant health.

Due to popular demand – we are finalizing new USA and International venues for:
  • GSY Level 1 ~ Theme: Your Healing Journey Begins with a Supportive Foundation…
  • GSY Level 2 ~ Theme: Your Healing Journey continues through an increased awareness of the connection between your physical body, emotional body, and your energetic body (aura & chakras)

Sign up on these Interest Lists to the first to be notified for the dates, venues, and location when registration opens. 

Please email us if you have any questions.

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Although many participants drawn to this method are movement educators, you don’t need to be a yoga teacher/therapist or bodyworker to take this course. Anyone interested in learning new tools to take charge of their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health are welcome. 

Some highlights of the GSY Level 1 training course. You will learn:

  • 25+ Therapeutic Somatic Movement Flows® for self-care, resiliency, health, and wellbeing
  • How and why Somatic Movements get to the root cause of persistent pain, stiffness, and poor posture so you can unwind from these unconscious reflexes
  • Ways to practice nourishing movements that are suitable and effective for your body. Emphasis will be on finding your own inner teacher and relying less on “doing it right” according to instruction or demonstration

As an ADDED BONUS, when you register for an in-Person or livestream Training Course, we’ll also give you complimentary access to our self-paced GSY ONLINE Level 1 Course

Some highlights of the GSY Level 2 training course. You will learn:

  • 29+ Therapeutic Somatic Movement Flows® for self-care, resiliency, health, and wellbeing.
  • How and why Somatic Movements get to the root cause of persistent pain, stiffness, and poor posture so you can unwind from these unconscious reflexes
  • Ways to practice nourishing movements that are suitable and effective for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Emphasis will be on finding your own inner teacher and relying less on “doing it right” according to instruction or demonstration

As an ADDED BONUS, when you register for an in-Person or Livestream Training Course, we’ll also give you complimentary access to our self-paced GSY ONLINE Level 2 Course

SOMATIC WELLNESS AND ADVENTURE RETREATS

Join us for these unique, one-of-a-kind, off the beaten path, spritual retreat and healing vacations! 

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