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

Find Your Inner Yes

This 32-Hour Gentle Somatic Yoga® Practitioner Level 1 Advanced Study course is designed for anyone who would like to develop a home practice and learn skills for aging gracefully. Additionally, the Add-on Certification option provides a credential to 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. Upon certification 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.


NOTE TO CUSTOMER: The payment choices on this page reflect: $645 paid in full; $237 three month payment plan; $124 six month payment plan. Once you click on the number of courses you want to purchase, click "Add to Cart" and you will see the summary of your choice before entering the rest of your information.  The cost for the add-on Certification option is an extra $250. Please see info below. 

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 and Props 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. 

Add-on Certification Option

After you have successfully completed a GSY Advanced Study Training Course (GSY Practitioner Levels 1, 2, & 3) you receive a GSY Certificate Of Completion demonstrating your commitment to the art and science of Gentle Somatic Yoga®. Additionally, you have the opportunity to go the extra mile and become a Certified Practitioner of Gentle Somatic Yoga by purchasing the Certification Option and passing the certification’s Final Teachback requirement.* This is done by submitting a Final Teachback video (full instructions HERE). Your teachback video will then be evaluated by our Certification Staff, after which you will receive a detailed report card with personal feedback. Once certified, you will be acknowledged with a GSY Practitioner Certificate as having demonstrated your competence and skill for providing Gentle Somatic Yoga in an official capacity, either one-on-one or in a group setting, as part of your professional instruction service(s). The cost for Certification is $250. Click HERE to purchase and for more info. 

*Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Advanced Study training for its certification level is required. For example, you must have successfully completed GSY Practitioner Level 1 Advanced Study in order to be eligible for GSY Practitioner Level 1 certification. The certification option must be purchased separately for each Level completed and you can choose this option at a later date. 

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 Level 1 Advanced Study 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.  



 PAYMENT PLANS 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.* Please note: at this time our computer software has been restricting access to the course once the student is finished with their payment plan. If this happens to you please contact us and we will immediately reinstate you so that you can continue with your course where you left off. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience. We are working to correct this problem.   

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY 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.

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$237.00 / month
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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.