James Knight teaches Gentle Somatic Yoga.

Gentle Somatic Yoga® Level 1 Training with James Knight, E-RYT 200, CHSE will be held November 3 – 8, 2023 at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville. Dive deeply into Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY), a method of movement reeducation that strengthens the brain-to-muscle neural pathways. In this 6-day Level 1 course, you will learn practical and easy to implement skills that will address the root cause of most chronic muscular pain and reverse persistent stress holding patterns in the body. Experience more than 25 Somatic Movement Flows® that can be incorporated into therapeutic modalities such as Hatha Yoga, Yoga therapy, physical therapy, massage therapy, and dance.

Begin your journey to:

  • Relieve or dissolve persistent pain conditions
  • Significantly improve flexibility and posture
  • Reduce or eliminate muscle stiffness and cramping
  • Boost health, vitality, and wellbeing
  • Develop a loving, compassionate and trusting relationship with your body

Learn somatic movements that are science and heart-based. This is a whole-body approach for self-healing and most people experience immediate and long-lasting results. Enjoy your body and feel good now.

The science behind this method comes from Hanna Somatic Education. Learn about the green light, red light, and trauma reflex; sensory-motor amnesia; the stretch reflex; and the important technique of pandiculation. In Gentle Somatic Yoga, we do not focus on stretching muscles. Instead, we reprogram muscles to their most optimal length in a resting position.

Learn how to modify the Gentle Somatic Yoga practice to meet the needs of special populations including seniors, beginner Yoga students, athletes, and individuals with special conditions such as rehabilitation from injuries, desk workers, and pregnancy.

Integrate GSY into immediate application in your everyday life. Enjoy the benefits for yourself and share this knowledge with people that you care about that are living with physical discomfort. If you are an experienced Yoga teacher, therapist, bodyworker, or movement educator, you will be able to develop one-on-one sessions and classes that address common conditions such as neck and shoulder tension, chronic back pain, tight hips, and/or hamstrings. If you are already working with special populations, then Gentle Somatic Yoga can augment your practice and continue to distinguish yourself as an expert in the field. This new skill set can dramatically accelerate all therapeutic and healing processes.

The weekend workshop, Gentle Somatic Yoga® Weekend: Find Your Inner Yes on Nov. 3–5, 2023, is a part of this training. Participants in this 6-day Level 1 course will have additional times to meet throughout the week and dive deeper into neuroscience, philosophy, and GSY method. If you are unable to stay for the full 6-day program, consider signing up for the Gentle Somatic Yoga® Weekend: Find Your Inner Yes, Fri.–Sun., to experience a weekend of complete restoration and a natural state of peace and well-being.

Learn more about James and Gentle Somatic Yoga on the Integral Yoga Podcast, Episode 80 | James Knight | Gentle Somatic Yoga.

Training Information


Upon Level 1 registration, you will receive a complementary GSY Level 1 Online Training which you are highly encouraged to take before the in-person training at Yogaville. It is a fantastic way to supplement your education and, most importantly, it gives you a chance to study and prepare for the in-person experience.

This intensive is designed for anyone wanting to learn a home practice for easy and reliable self-care and healing. This program is also designed for Yoga teachers, Yoga Therapists, and health care professionals that want to learn new skills to teach group classes and/or individualized sessions.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

At the completion of this 6-day program, you qualify to become a GSY Practitioner Level 1 with a Certification add-on option.

More info and registration here.