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Yoga and Somatics

What is Somatic Movement? How are somatics different from Yoga?

 

All our yoga retreats feature "somatic movement", as a way of experiencing the body as a body of wisdom. In somatics, we look at the body as the self. We look at the body as our teacher and friend and understand, that the body reacts, adapts and forms according to how the wind of our mind blows. 

 

"The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand."

- Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

 

When I guide a somatic yoga practice, we move a lot! I combine a soft or dynamic Hatha Yoga practice with implemented movement principles from the somatic schools of Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centering, Animal Movement, and Contemporary Dance into a full-on movement class of flowing, shaking, breathing, exploring, laughing, sweating, and surrendering. You will feel more alive, empowered and grounded. We allow all our emotions and sensations to be felt and experienced and become part of our movement practice and that way, we learn about outselves, the stories we write and how these influence our life choices and reality.

 

Somatics remind us that we are part of natural life, connect us with our intuition and primal life force. Traumatic events in our personal history can create a split and make us feel quite unsafe in our bodies. We may have adopted survival strategies that have saved our lives at one point but we later don't need anymore and they replay in our bodies as emotional habits that make us feel limited in our choice of how to be, especially when we’re under stress. Often our emotional responses can catch us by surprise or threaten us and we become reactive and less centered in ourselves, less integrated, less intentionally us.

 

Somatic movement engages all those elements through a combination of physical and mindful practices involving breath and movement to open into more range of motion and mood, more choice in emotional reaction, more life.

 

The aim is for us to actually embody what we truly long to be, to be who we, and to heal that split caused by traumatic events or what can be the trauma of living in a power-structure based society. Somatic movement is about transforming to be more alive and act more aligned with one’s values and purpose and acknowledging the impact of society in the shaping of self and relationship.

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