Somatic yoga is a practice that allows us to deepen and cultivate a sense of self-awareness. It teaches us how to be in awareness of the sensations in our body, moving gently through the postures.
What’s it all about?
The practice of somatic awareness is a journey into the body and mind to find peace, joy, and balance at the core of who you are.
How can somatic yoga help?
Somatic yoga has many subtle benefits, including:
· Increasing strength and flexibility.
Somatic yoga is gentle and slow-paced, but the poses are held longer than in Hatha yoga. The benefit is more time for you to breathe into and fully inhabit your body’s natural state of flexibility.
· Manifested material abundance through loving awareness of self.
This is a very subtle aspect called “the Law of Dharma.” It recognizes that when you are connected in an awareness of your true self, that naturally brings forth abundance in all aspects of your life.
· Alleviates chronic pains and discomforts.
Somatic yoga allows the body to heal itself of any discomfort through the breath, as well as by allowing us to move in ways that open us up to deep, connecting with our body and mind.
· Develops a deep connection with your physicality.
Somatic yoga uses movement to cultivate a deep understanding of your body and its habits. You learn to see what moves you and what doesn’t. You discover a great deal about how you move, why you move and how your body responds to each movement.
· Develops more savvy movement in everyday life.
We know that physical activity is important for well-being. Somatic yoga teaches us how to move in ways that honor our bodies as living beings. It’s an excellent way to strengthen our connection with the world around us when we’re on a daily basis.
What are the key practices in somatic yoga?
The key element of somatic yoga is the use of awareness to move your body. One of the five essential elements of yoga is paying attention – in this case, paying attention to what happens when you move your body in a particular way. The other four essential elements are physical practice, breathwork, meditation, and self-study.
A key practice in somatic yoga is Mindful Movement. This means being aware of your movement as it happens, rather than just moving from habit or on autopilot. Being present when you step up onto a curb, for instance, allows you to move more precisely and carefully. This can help you avoid injuries and mishaps, as well as deepen your relationships with people around you. You’ll also be more present in your life outside of yoga class.
In addition to mindful movement, the other essential practices are breathing, meditation, self-study, and self-care.
By practicing somatic yoga regularly, you can cultivate a sense of self-awareness, learn to pay attention, and be in the moment. You’ll be able to cultivate a deeper understanding of your body and mind. In turn, this may lead to better health.
In the end, somatic yoga allows us to live more fully in the moment with our bodies, ourselves, and others.