Intro To Somatic Yoga with John Sander

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As yoga teachers, we understand the mind/body connection. 

We all probably have personal experience with stress affecting our autonomic nervous system and physical health. 

According to somatic therapy theory, sensations or memories associated with past trauma or other stressful events may become trapped within the body.

Today, we are chatting with John Sander about Somatic Yoga.

👉 What is somatic yoga?

👉 How somatic yoga works.

👉 How is it different than yoga therapy and regular therapy?

👉 Certifications and requirements for somatic yoga?

About John Sander

John became a therapist and a coach to help people navigate the struggles inherent in being human. Given his training and personal experience, he is uniquely qualified to guide and empower you to lead the life that you desire and deserve.

He has been in the business of helping people for 10 years. His training and experience is diverse, with an emphasis on neurobiology, neuroscience, attachment, mindfulness and somatic psychotherapy. He believes in the importance of an integrative approach and supporting you as a whole person. 

In addition to his training as a psychotherapist, he holds two certifications in yoga and one as a personal trainer. He has extensive knowledge of nutrition and understands its importance in emotional and physical wellbeing.

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Key Takeaways

[00:01] Intro to John Sander

[01:21] What is Somatic Yoga?

[03:52] The job of somatic psychotherapy

[06:50] Somatic movements vs. somatic psychotherapy

[07:56] The difference between Yoga Therapy and Somatic Yoga

[09:11] How somatic yoga made John a better yoga teacher

[09:29] Teaching yoga using the guns, the koshas, and becoming more sattvic

[14:25] The subtle body and somatic yoga

[16:28] Music in our yoga classes- distracting or helpful?

[22:58] How to get started working with somatic yoga

[24:10] John’s book recommendations

John’s Book Recommendations:

Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy by Mariana Caplan

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation by Stephen Porges

Getting Our Bodies Back by Christine Caldwell

Quotes from this episode

Somatic yoga basically emphasizes the practice of internal physical perception or the body as perceived from within. 

The way that we understand ourselves, honestly on a spiritual level, on a personal level, and mostly subconscious level comes out through our bodies.

So the job of somatic psychotherapy is to seek out through the body those pathways that have become either blocked or disconnected, to bring them up, to work with them and to put them back in a more optimal way. 

We’re trying to work to let the body inform the mind instead of the mind inform the body.

We believe that the memories, or the mental state, actually exists in the body first and then it imprints on the mind. 

When we become more embodied, or when we understand how we are from the inside out, we become better teachers. We are more connected to ourselves, more connected to the process, and more compassionate in the way that we put together classes.

The idea in yoga is to become united or free from those things that impede your freedom and walk more freely through the world. 

As a yoga teacher, you have students that encounter the same physical challenges again and again and again. It’s like butting your head up against a wall. And often times it’s not the physical body. There’s so many different layers of emotions and mental states.

As yoga teachers, the words we use, the tones we use, the tone of their voice affects the physical experience of our students and it’s literally processed in the lens of safe or not safe. Right? So we’re actually creating an experience for people that we don’t have a ton of control over, but we can be more conscious of what our impact can be on people simply by opening our mouth. 

I have a vision for what the human race can be and what I would love people to feel in their lives. And I think that in order to get there, it has to start moving beyond the distraction and beyond the outer layers and into the inner stuff. And that takes slowing down and less intensity. 

Yoga and Grief with Lis Griffin

Yoga and Grief: How to Pause and Transform with Lis Griffin

Yoga and Grief will help us plan for grief and grieving. How-to guides for life events are abundant: how to plan a wedding, for instance, or how to throw a party. We even hire experts to help us plan. But “grief planners,” there aren’t. Using yoga and meditation, we will bring up our losses into the flow of everyday life. This prepares us for own grief, as well as teaches us how to help others grieve. We will use the the original artwork Inside the Belly of the Whale, which is a right-brained approach to processing grief, loss and trauma to help us learn to sit with our grief. It is important to physically sit with grief. This entails several key yoga poses that I will demonstrate. If we learn how to sit with our small losses on a regular basis using yoga and meditation, when a big loss happens, we will a practiced sitting with those difficult emotions that happen to all of us. Then, I will guide a meditation. Finally, we will pair up and practice how to tell – and to listen to – stories of grief, loss, or trauma. All these exercises prepare us for own grief, as well as guide us to help others who grieve or will grieve. Grieving can bring the soul to stillness, thus readying it for profound spiritual change. We will explore yoga poses adapted to the individual with the use of props. Lis will encourage attendees to pause and sit with your own truth.

Lis Griffin is the owner and director at Catspaw Studio Keeper of the Treasure is about bringing to light the pain of loss that happens on a daily basis. Griffin uses her art Inside the Belly of the Whale which is a visual narrative of the spiritual transformation in the form of a journal to help prompt us to sit with our losses, yoga, and Catspaw cushions to create a space that supports. She is committed to helping people find the support they need. Griffin has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She is a certified Structural Yoga teacher and teaches Structural YogaTM. Yoga and hiking are very grounding for her. As she has gotten older, and busier with a wider variety of tasks, her practice keeps her centered.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 3-5pm Damselfly Yoga

12500 W. 58th Ave #102 Arvada, CO 80002

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