100 hour Online Teacher Training Certification Program

Online Teacher Training Certification with James Knight, E-RYT, CHSE

The following three courses are being offered:

32-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 1

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32-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 2

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36-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner Level 3

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

Please Note: (updated July 2018): Our GSY Certification Levels 1 is expected to launch by early August, 2018; Level 2 by September 2018; Level 3 by November 2018. The tuition cost for Online Level 1 is $895, Level 2 is $895, and Level 3 is $995. All are available for PRE-purchase via the links above. 

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 online and in-person. The coupon code you use when registering is: YVA49.

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 100 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
  • 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
  • Private 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 50+ 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 Thomas Hanna,Eleanor Criswell-Hanna, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Lawrence Gold. Learn the history and philosophy behind this cutting edge movement technology and the basic neuromuscular effects of somatic exercises for brain-to-muscle re-education and pain relief.
  • 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: e.g. 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.
  • Promoting a Gentle Somatic Yoga Practice – Marketing and client development suggestions for classes, workshops, and programs for individuals and groups.
  • Certification Requirements: 
      • Exams: short multiple choice quizzes, written assignment, and final exam
      • Final teach-back video: minimum of five consecutive SMFs taught within a thirty minute timeframe; this short GSY “class” must be video recorded and submitted electronically for evaluation (video of average quality, may be recorded using mobile/cell phone; YouTube or Vimeo account required, with complete upload instructions provided to you)

How can I apply my education and certification?

  • Expand your scope of practice by teaching customizable Gentle Somatic Yoga classes to your population. Most one-hour Gentle Somatic Yoga classes have, on average, six Somatic Movement Flows. In this 100-hour Teacher Certification program you will learn 70+ Somatic Movement Flows, which provide you with many options for designing targeted classes based on your student/client population 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 (e.g. neck and shoulder tension, common back pain, tight hips and hamstrings). If you are already working with specialty populations, Gentle Somatic Yoga can augment your practice and differentiate your expertise in the field.
  • If you are a yoga teacher and looking to address a specific niche population (e.g. desk worker, beginning yoga students,Seniors, plus sizes, pregnancy, cancer survivors), this is a means of establishing yourself as an authority in the field.
  • Yoga Therapists, Movement Educators, Dance Teachers, Body Workers, Personal Trainers, Massage Therapists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, and other Health Care Practitioners can teach Somatic Movement Flows to their clients and patients. With the new skills you will learn through Gentle Somatic Yoga, you are able to provide long-lasting solutions for many common physical conditions (e.g. chronic neck/back pain, frozen shoulder, pelvic floor disorder, sciatica).

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