Nelson, United Kingdom
Gentle Somatic Yoga Certifications:
Practitioner ~ Level 1 and 2
My journey into Gentle Somatic Yoga® began in October 2008 when I trained as a Nia teacher. From that initial training I continued my development as a Nia teacher progressing through the various levels to complete my Black Belt training in August 2014. During this period I became especially interested in the somatic aspects of Nia, influenced by elements from Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method. My interest in Hanna Somatic Education and somatic movement was also enriched in 2010 when I also trained as a Nia 5 Stages teacher. Nia 5 Stages focuses on developmental movement patterns – flowing from embryonic into creeping, crawling, standing and walking. My explorations in awareness and movement also led to me becoming an Aerial Yoga Teacher in May 2012. Since July 2015 I have been furthering my growth in this areas as an Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer. More recently with a greater somatic focus.
As my interest in Somatics continued to grow I was fortunate to contact Martha Peterson at Essential Somatics and in March 2013, I hosted and attended Hanna Somatic Exercise Coach Training Level 1 with her. Since then I have hosted and/or assisted on SEC Level 1 training’s in the UK. I loved learning and working with Martha so much, I joined her Essential Somatics® Clinical Somatic Educator training and completed this 3 year training in December 2017.
My Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY) journey began in earnest when I got in contact with James Knight in 2015 and invited him to come and facilitate a GSY Teacher Training in the UK. In 2016 together with my partner Amanda Franklin I worked with James to organize the first United Kingdom GSY Practitioner Level 1 Certification and the following year worked with him to help organize and also assisted on the next UK GSY Practitioner Level 1 Certification. That same year I attended GSY Practitioner Level 2 Certification and this year I’ll attend the GSY Teacher Level 3 Certification as well as becoming a GSY Level 1 Trainer and Affiliate.
I currently live in Nelson, which is located north of Cardiff in Wales in the UK. I regularly travel and teach GSY workshops, Immersions, as well as offering Gentle Somatic Yoga and Aerial Yoga Certifications, I am also available for one-on-one customized Clinical Somatic sessions.
Feel free to contact me by email or phone.