3-Hr Online Introductory GSY Workshop Co-Produced with YogaUOnline – Published 2019


Developing Interoception:

Creating Embodiment Through Somatic Awakening


James Knight, E-RYT, CHSE

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In this robust 5-part course consisting of both lecture and practice sessions, James Knight introduces the key principles of Gentle Somatic Yoga — a practice he designed to create a more integrated experience of body and mind.


YogaU Online interviews James Knight - Founder of GSY from Gentle Somatic Yoga on Vimeo.



James Knight introduces the key principles of Gentle Somatic Yoga, a style of yoga that has been designed to create an integrated experience of body and mind. There is high value in this 5-part online introductory course, for both those who are new to Gentle Somatic Yoga, as well as the seasoned practitioner. We strongly encourage everyone to experience this new presentation and discover for them self why this corrective and therapeutic movement practice has gained worldwide attention!


I N T E R O C E P T I O N — is contemporarily defined as the sense of the internal state of the body, i.e. internal felt perception. It encompasses the brain's process of integrating signals relayed from the body into specific subregions, allowing for a nuanced representation of the physiological state of the body. This is important for maintaining homeostasis within the body and supporting self-awareness and self-correction. (from the wiki)

In traditional Hatha yoga, asanas (postures) are often practiced with the intent to reach a “full expression” of any given pose. This approach, however, often interferes with developing a more intuitive relationship with our body, bypassing important internal messages for self-correction that would lead to more nourishing and generative choices for everyday lifestyle.

Gentle Somatic Yoga was designed to address this issue, and to create an approach to practice that fosters greater interoception and embodiment. A synthesis of traditional yoga postures, Hanna Somatic Education, breathing techniques, and healing visualizations, Gentle Somatic Yoga provides a deep and profound experience of one’s own anatomy.


What This Course Contains

•   Two-part PowerPoint lecture in which James guides you through an understanding of the principles behind Gentle Somatic Yoga.
•   Two half-hour practices that take you on a deep dive into an embodied experience of the benefits of this approach. One half-hour practice focuses on the upper extremities, and the other on the lower extremities. The Somatic Movement Flows which James has chosen for these practice videos highlight his latest enhancements and modifications to the Flows. During the practices he includes detailed explanations regarding the neuroscience, method, and philosophy of Gentle Somatic Yoga.
•    A third, hour-long practice that integrates the upper and lower body and addresses the Soma from head to toe, taking your experience of Gentle Somatic Yoga to the next level.


Listen to the recordings no matter where you are in the world!

You will benefit from taking this online course at a time that works best for you. Listen to it as many times as you like.

This course qualifies for 3 non-contact hour CEUs through Yoga Alliance.


Based on James’ bestselling DVDs and Encyclopedia.

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