This long-awaited online course is now open for registration!

Find Your Inner Yes

This 32-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga® Certification Course is designed for yoga teachers, body workers, health care professionals, and therapists who would like to expand their scope of practice to include a more therapeutic approach to mindful movement. This course is also beneficial for the lay person who would like to develop a home practice and learn skills for aging gracefully.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to integrate Gentle Somatic Yoga in order to enhance student/client outcomes and to expand your specialty niche. As a Certified Practitioner you are qualified to work one-on-one or in groups as part of your professional practice.


Course Details

What will I learn?

During this self-paced course, you will discover an 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 the muscles with movement. This state-of-the-art and user-friendly online education is offered in a format of tailor-made videos produced by James Knight, E-RYT, CHSE, along with downloadable detailed handouts. Information that will be covered in detail (see Course Outline):

  • Gentle Somatic Yoga Method – Learn and teach 25 Somatic Movement Flows with the latest cutting-edge enhancements that can be incorporated into therapeutic modalities (Yoga Therapy, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, etc.) or can be the basis for an entire group class; tips and guidelines for a successful practice; cueing and sequencing.
  • Neuroscience – The science behind these innovative therapeutic modalities: Hanna Somatic Education; The Three Reflexes: Green Light, Red Light, and Trauma; Sensory Motor Amnesia; Techniques of Pandiculation; Somatic Movement Flows® for brain-to-muscle re-education.
  • The History and Philosophy behind Gentle Somatic Yoga – GSY was synthesized and inspired by James Knight from the work of Thomas Hanna, Eleanor Criswell Hanna, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Lawrence Gold among others. Discover what “True North” and "Finding the Inner Yes” are all about, i.e. the more choices we have physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, the freer we are.
  • Modifications, Props, and Tips – Learn how to modify Gentle Somatic Yoga to meet the needs of specialty populations: Seniors, beginner yoga students, athletes, individuals with special conditions (e.g. rehabilitation from injuries, desk workers, pregnancy) as well as others.
  • Building a Gentle Somatic Yoga Business – Strategies for marketing and client development for classes, workshops, and programs. 


How can I apply my education and certification?

Expand your scope of practice by teaching customizable Gentle Somatic Yoga classes. On average, a one-hour Gentle Somatic Yoga class has six Somatic Movement Flows. In this 32-Hour Practitioner Certification course you will learn 25 Somatic Movement Flows plus enhancements, which will provide you with many options for designing targeted classes based on your student/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 their students. You will be able to apply the principles of Gentle Somatic Yoga and provide workshops and programs to help with common conditions (neck and shoulder tension, common back pain, tight hips and hamstrings). If you are already working with specialty populations, then Gentle Somatic Yoga can augment your practice and distinguish your expertise in the field. If you are a yoga teacher and looking to address a specific niche population such as seniors, beginning yoga students, the desk worker, plus sizes, pregnancy, cancer survivors, etc., then 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 will be able to teach individual Somatic Movement Flows to their clients and patients. The new skill set you learn through Gentle Somatic Yoga can often dramatically accelerate therapeutic and healing processes.




Students who register under a payment plan can qualify for certification by successfully completing their final teachback, however they will not receive their certificate nor be officially recognized as certified until all scheduled payments have been received.*



No refunds are granted once a student has begun their coursework.

If a student has registered under a payment plan and there is a cancellation in the installment payments without our prior approval, then access to the course will immediately be terminated and there will not be a course completion or certification issued.

* Also, if there were a subscription cancellation of remaining payments due, certification eligibility would be rescinded.

$300.00 / month for 3 months
$155.00 / month for 6 months


From: $155.00

$300.00 / month for 3 months
$155.00 / month for 6 months



Duration: 32 hours

Lectures: Video

Video: Yoga Classes


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.