Somatic Yoga Training

- Somatic Yoga Training

Somatic Yoga with Continuum, Feldenkrais Method and Experiential Breath

Unique encounters

Somatic Yoga is a synergy of traditional flowing yoga practices & the somatic core knowledge from Feldenkrais Method, Continuum & Breathwork according to Prof. Ilse Middendorf in connection with experiential anatomy & embodied meditation strategies. 

By transforming the strategies of physical-formal yoga into a bodily-sensing unfolding within the form, Somatic Yoga has a self-determined and limit-expanding effect and thus becomes a self-responsible and joyful practice. The result is a present, creative synthesis of the collection in a form that moves deeply and intensifies the experience of yoga on all levels.

In all modules of the first year of training, the entire team of teachers is present in order to achieve a synergy of methods in the specific approach to yoga practice.

Info event Q&A

This evening opens up the space for content-related and practical questions about the professional training in Somatic Yoga.

Feb 5th, 2024 // 6:30 - 7:30pm // online in DE
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Mar 11th, 2024 // 6:30 - 7:30pm // online in DE
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Ausführliche Seminarinformationen

500 training hours (+140 hours for the health insurance certification of the ZPP in planning)
12 modules / 4 somatic methods / 3 lecturers & guest lecturers

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 part, 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 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
  • Continuum
  • 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.

Cross-method content

  • 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

How is the Somatic Yoga professional training structured?

The Somatic Yoga training 500 hours (+140 for health insurance certification) is part of our somatic education concept. It is spread over approx. 2 years in 2 phases over 11 modules and 2 introductory weekends.
The completion of the Somatic Yoga Training offers general BDY Yoga standards basic corresponding knowledge combined with a strong somatic focus. With the completion of the Somatic Yoga Training (640 hours), the graduate is entitled to be certified for health insurance approval by the Zentrale Prüfstelle für Prävention (ZPP).


1st year of Somatic Yoga Training (Basic Training 280h)

Apr 10th, 2024 - May 18th, 2025

Module 1

Apr 10-14, 2024 | Ground - Beginning - Starting Point

  • Body focus: Cells / Spine
  • Yoga: basics of the wave movement of the WS - lying asanas /
  • lying basic positions - breath perception - breath and movement
  • Somatics: Feldenkrais Methode, Continuum, Experiential Anatomy, Experiential Breath

Module 2

Jun 19-23, 2024 | Off the ground - Transitions 1 - Between animal and human

  • Body focus: Skeleton / Muscles - Fascia - synergy 1
  • Yoga: Pranayama - Vierfüßler / halbhohe Asanas - Fließen und Halten – Yoga Nidra
  • Somatics: Feldenkrais Methode, Continuum, Experiential Anatomy, Experiential Breath

Module 3

Oct 09-13, 2024 | To standing - Uprightness - Sincery

  • Body focus: Diaphragma-levels / Muscles - Fascia - synergy 2
  • Yoga: Pranayama – Standing position + series – Alignement – Balancing asanas
  • Somatics: Feldenkrais Methode, Continuum, Experiential Anatomy, Experiential Breath

Module 4

Dec 11-15, 2024 | Connecting – Transition 2 – Room and Group

  • Body focus: Nervous system / sense organs
  • Yoga: complex asana connections - movement transitions + connections of the sequences learned so far
  • learned sequences among each other - inversion postures - Meditation
  • Nada Yoga
  • Somatics: Feldenkrais Methode, Continuum, Experiential Anatomy, Experiential Breath

Module 5

Mar 01-05, 2025 | Integration

  • body focus: Organs
  • Yoga: Pranayama - Philosophy - Didaktic
  • Somatics: Feldenkrais Methode, Continuum, Experiential Anatomy, Experiential Breath

Module 6

May 12-18, 2025 | Intensive week - Graduation

  • Methods: Yoga & Hands on
  • Principals of Somatic Alignement
  • Graduation and teaching session

2nd year of Somatic Yoga Training (Advanced Training 500h | Modules 7-11 are bookable individually)

Aug 01st, 2025 - Mar 27th, 2026

Module 7

Aug 01-03, 2025 | Elasticity

  • Methods: Yoga & Feldenkrais method
  • Principals: Dynamics / Power / Dosierung / Richtung
  • Experiential Anatomy: Faszia

Module 8

Aug 29-31, 2025 | Confidence

  • Methods: Yoga & Experiential Breath
  • Principals: Breathing spaces / breathing rhythm / breathing power / narrowing and widening / multidimensionality / Pranayama
  • Breath & meditation
  • Experiential Anatomy: Breathing

Module 9

Oct 10-12, 2025 | Depth

  • Methods: Yoga & Continuum
  • Principals: Deep Tissue / Space & Time Experience
  • Philosophy

Module 10

Dec 12-14, 2025 | Resonance

  • Methods: Yoga & sound
  • Principals: Nada Yoga / Listening / Stillness / Sound meditation / Sound improvisation
  • Psychology
  • Experiential Anatomy: Heart / Larynx / Ear

Module 11

Feb 13-15, 2026 | Compositions

  • Methods: Yoga & Sequencing
  • Principals: Choreography / Improvisational strategies
  • Didactic – Prinzipals of somatic pedagogy

Module 12

Mar 20-27, 2026 | Intensive week - Graduation

  • Methods: Yoga & Hands on
  • Principals of Somatic Alignement / Working experience
  • Graduation and teaching session
Vorstellungswochenenden in April/May 2026

For whom is the Somatic Yoga continuing education recommended?

  • Yoga teachers who are looking for inspiration and reflection for their own work
  • Yoga practitioners who would like to find a new, perceptive approach and deepen their practice.
  • Yoga beginners, who want an open, school- and style-independent approach
  • Researchers and people interested in all somatic methods who appreciate an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Pedagogues, therapists, doctors, etc., who are looking for a well-founded body and movement training.


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Kai Ehrhardt

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.

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Marion Evers 

Founder of the Somatic Academy Berlin, M.A. in Theatre, Linguistics & Political Science, Embodiment Research, Social Body & Body Politics, Breath Therapist, Somatic Voice Work, Somatic Yoga

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)
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Katja Münker

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:

3-day-workshop Elasticity, connection & awareness // Somatic Yoga & Feldenkrais

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


Somatische Akademie Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30
  • Full Price: 6300.00 EUR
Zahlung Banküberweisung, PayPal


Kai Ehrhardt
Marion Evers
Katja Münker

Daten & Kosten

  • Full Price 6300.00 EUR
ZahlungBanküberweisung, PayPal
Somatische Akademie Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30