- Integration // Somatic Yoga
training module 5 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.
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 for 2024.
The Somatic Yoga Basic Training (280 training hours) is part of our somatic education concept. It is spread over approx. 1 year in 5 modules of 7 days each.
The content structure of the yoga practice in the basic training moves along the human movement development. In modules 1 - 4, basic yoga practices (asanas, flows, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, etc.) as well as basic philosophical knowledge from East & West are taught and combined with principles from Feldenkrais Methode, breath according to Prof. Ilse Middendorf (collection, sensation, breath), Continuum & Fluid Body as well as experiential anatomy.
15 - 21 February 2024 | Ground - Beginning - Starting Point
13 - 19 April 2024 | Off the ground - Transitions 1 - Between animal and human
21 - 27 June 2024 | To standing - Uprightness - Sincery
07 - 13 October 2024 | Connecting – Transition 2 – Room and Group
07 - 13 December 2024 | Integration
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, Theatre, French Language & Political Scientist M.A., Author, Somatic Movement Educator (RSME), Breath Therapist according to Prof. Ilse Middendorf, Breath & Voice Teacher, Yoga Teacher BDY/EYU, Somatic Yoga, Somatic Voice
Theater, Linguistics & Political Science M.A., founder of the Somatic Academy Berlin and the Center for Yoga and Voice, many years of work in the field of directing & dramaturgy, author. Since 2004 yoga teacher and facilitator of the BDY/EYU, Somatic Yoga trainer. Breath therapist according to Prof. Ilse Middendorf, breath & voice instructor. Besides the encounter of eastern and western philosophical concepts of the body, her main interest is the theory & practice of somatic practices as well as the questions of social and political relevance of "somatics" today.
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.
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