- To stand - uprightness - sincerity // Somatic Yoga
training module 3 with Marion Evers, Katja Münker and Kai Erhardt
What does the Somatic Yoga Advanced Training focus on?
The somatic deepening in yoga focuses on the differentiation and shaping of body perception. Consciously addressing the senses of skin and touch as well as the kinesthetic-proprioceptive dimensions of our bodily experience enables a refinement of bodily, spatial and temporal perception in the long term and leads to deep embodiment. On this path, orientation develops in the yoga practice, as well as as an ethically-socially embedded human being. Fineness and depth in dealing with oneself, with yoga as well as in its mediation emerge.
Consciousness between shaping and self-organization
By means of somatic practices we fundamentally train the access to complex, inner processes and create trust in our own resources. Together we learn to integrate traditional yoga and breathing techniques through a high degree of body connection. We take into account our individual circumstances and needs in order to find an individual approach to our own yoga practice and thus to our own teaching style. In this way, all physical postures - asanas - are formed from the inside out.
After the basic principles have been taught in the first 280 training hours, in the second part of the Somatic Yoga training the somatic method knowledge from the Feldenkrais Method, breath work according to Prof. Ilse Middendorf and Continuum will be related to the yoga repertoire in a more concrete and in-depth way in individual modules. This allows a deepening of the experiential anatomy and makes it possible for bodily relations to be embodied in a more plastic and pleasurable way and to be understood in connection with feeling. The deeper 'knowing oneself' that emerges opens up greater freedom. The design and composition of the yoga sequences in this further encounter with freedom is supported by the rhythms and decision criteria of the Somatic Methods and by improvisational strategies.
What does the Somatic Yoga Training includes?
traditional yoga practices basic & fundamentals within the framework of the BDY Standards
- Asanas (yoga postures)
- Kriyas (asana sequences & flows)
- Bandhas (Closures)
- Mudras (hand gestures)
- Pranayama (guided breathing)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
- Nada Yoga (sound yoga)
- Dhyana (Meditation)
Principles of the Somatic Methods
- Experiential Breath according to Prof. Ilse Middendorf
- Feldenkrais Pedagogy
- Experiential Anatomy
All teachers are fully certified practitioners in the methods with many years of teaching experience as well as cross-method research practice.
- Pedagogy, the further development of somatic teaching language, somatic-didactic principles of lesson design, structure & choreography
- Philosophy, individual as well as group examination of yoga philosophy and western phenomenological philosophical approaches
- History and traditions of yoga
- Psychology & Yoga
- Meditation, source texts
- Yoga & socio-political relevance
- Values & ethics
- Professional Studies
- Teaching internship
Which certification does the Somatic Yoga Basic Training offer?
The completion of the Somatic Yoga Basic Training offers general BDY Yoga Standards Basic corresponding knowledge combined with a strong somatic focus. The basic training is certified by the Somatic Academy and entitles to teach Somatic Yoga. Membership in the Professional Association of Yoga Teachers BDY is possible.
The Basic Training forms the first part of the whole Somatic Yoga Training and can be completed by the second part, the Advanced Training.
With the completion of the Somatic Yoga Basic & Advanced Training (500 hours) and an additional qualification (+140 hours), the graduate is entitled to be certified for health insurance approval at the ZPP (Zentrale Prüfstelle für Prävention). The required modules for the additional +140 hours are currently being planned.
1st year of Somatic Yoga Training - Basic Training 280h
Apr 10th, 2024 - May 18th, 2025
Apr 10-14, 2024 | Ground - Beginning - Starting Point
Jun 19-23, 2024 | Off the ground - Transitions 1 - Between animal and human
Oct 09-13, 2024 | To standing - Uprightness - Sincery
Dec 11-15, 2024 | Connecting – Transition 2 – Room and Group
Mar 01-05, 2025 | Integration
May 12-18, 2025 | Intensive week - Graduation
Founder of the Somatic Academy Berlin, Breath Therapist/based on the work developed by Prof. Ilse Middendorf, Continuum Teacher and Heilpraktiker (Psychotherapy)
"I had the honor and privilege to learn from the two founders Prof. Ilse Middendorf (Perceptible Breath / Erfahrbarer Atem) and Emilie Conrad (Continuum) and I am pleased to be able to pass on this work." Since 2012, Kai has been developing professional trainings at the Somatic Academy as well as programs dedicated to the application of Somatics in everyday life. He has been a co-curator of the Body IQ festival since 2015. Since 2003, he has developed the approach "Authentic Eros", which integrates - as a somatic application - bodywork, relationship communication and group-dynamic processes in the area of personal and interpersonal development. He is a member of the professional associations Atem, Continuum and ISMETA.
Founder of the Somatic Academy Berlin, studied Theatre, French Linguistics & Political Science Cologne, Berlin, Marseille, M.A. "From Actor to Performer "1998, studies in Performance Arts, work in the field of directing/dramaturgy, speaker, moderator. The interest in a stronger integration of theory and practice leads to the foundation of the Somatic Academy, Embodiment Research, Body Phenomenological Foundations, Critical Somatics, Social Body & Body Politics in relation to somatic practices in their social and political relevance of "somatics" today.
Somatic Movement Educator (RSME/ISMETA), Somatic Yoga & Somatic Voice Trainer, Breath Therapist according to Prof. Ilse Middendorf, Yoga Teacher (BDY/EYU)
Dance | Choreography | Performance | Somatics | Artistic Research | Walking Art | Mountain Hiking Guiding
Continuing education lecturer and director of Environmental Somatics and EMERGE/ Somatic in Dance at the Somatische Akademie Berlin. Member of the German Feldenkrais Association & ISMETA-registered RSME/RSMT/RSDE.
Trained as a physical therapist, Feldenkrais teacher, and mountain hiking guide, as well as in contemporary dance, (contact) improvisation, instant composition.
Conscious and embodied learning, the potential between individual freedom and collective inclusion in the environment, as well as joy, ease, and consciousness in the movement are the focus of her teaching. Her research-oriented practice is informed by deep-sensing investigation and reflecting evaluation. Beyond teaching her work includes performance projects, conference papers, and publications focusing on somatics and choreography, as well as on walking. Regular teaching at universities including FU Berlin, UdK Berlin, and HZT Berlin. Artistic research collaboration with AREAL_artistic research lab Berlin.
Workshops with Katja Münker at the SAB:
Dec 01st-03rd, 2023 // Friday-Sunday
3-day-workshop Time to move - Time to be still // Feldenkrais Method in Dance, Choreography & Performance
Dec 15th-17th, 2023
BerlinSomatische Akademie Berlin