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Going Deeper: Introduction to Somatic Awareness

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

With Carly Ko

Every cell in our body has memory. These memories are like an encyclopedia of our whole life, inscribed through each movement. Bodily tensions or contractions are related to subconscious memory: often, our body can tell us things that our conscious mind is not yet able to articulate.

When we engage in movement practices such as yoga, our bodies are flooded with information from both past and present. Certain movements may evoke long-forgotten events or metaphorical meaning. When we move consciously and with deep awareness, we can begin to recognize the flow of imagery and emotions that arise during movement, and use that knowledge to heal in body, mind and spirit.

Bringing somatic awareness into our yoga practice allows us to connect the physical movement with our own personal story. It reminds us that our bodies are not just machines with different pieces to be reinforced or stretched. Rather, they are alive in every inch with feelings and memories. Through somatic awareness, we learn to listen and communicate with our bodies, giving ourselves space and time to hear what they have to tell us.

In this 3-hour workshop, Carly will cover:

1) The 4 levels of awareness: physical, emotional, imaginary, and spiritual; how to discern the 4 levels and develop further awareness through the practice.

2) Movement metaphors in yoga: opening/closing, contracting/releasing, reaching/holding, and others; how the movement speaks, awakens subconscious memory and relates to our life stories.

All levels are welcome.

Carly Ko is a hatha yoga certified teacher, professional actress and model, trained in corporeal consciousness, voice and intuitive dance. She has studied somatic movement, expressive arts therapy and non-violent communication with Tamalpa Life Art Process and is a proud mother! Carly is originally from Arizona but began traveling 17 years ago in Europe and other areas of the world. She now lives in the Bordeaux region of France where she teaches yoga, dance, expressive arts, and somatic movement healing. She also gives massages, organizes bilingual retreats and workshops, and both writes and acts in theater shows. She is in love with San Francisco and tries to come to the city often.

This course provides 3 Elective Contact Hours for YGSF’s 300 Hour Program [3 Yoga AllianceĀ® CEUs].

For more about our 300 Hour Teacher Training CLICK HERE.

Tuition is $60, or $50 if you enroll on or before 2/1.

YGSF Members receive 10% off the regular price of this workshop. Alumni receive 15% off the regular price of this workshop.

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