SomaChi Yoga

Where contemparary meets traditional

SomaChi Yoga

Where contemparary meets traditional
Soma is the alive body and Chi is energy. SomaChi is a fluid and flowing style of yoga. It is about being in the movement rather than just merely doing it. It is contemporary in nature, but holds respect to tradition and lineage. We run certificate and advanced yoga teacher trainings, take people on sacred pilgrimages to India and the SomaChi Yoga style is featured in a number of yoga studios. More >

Yoga Teacher Training

We specialise in yoga trainings for those who want to become a teacher, and for teachers who want to further their study. Our yoga teacher training is an education in yoga.

SomaChi Yoga Classes in Carlton

The Carlton Yoga Collective is a passionate collective of yoga teachers overseen by Lianne Metcalf. 

SomaChi Yoga Classes

SomaChi yoga is now in a number of yoga studios across Melbourne. Explore a studio near you.

Certified SomaChi Yoga Teacher

Meet our highly educated and experienced teachers.

Break – Film trailer

BREAK is an extraordinary film written and directed by SomaChi yoga founder, Lianne Metcalf. It is about the lives of two athletes from different worlds. A dancer and a greyhound break under the hardship of their profession. More >

India Pilgrimage More >
About our yoga teacher training.
Why we flow with SomaChi.

Ksenia Stepanova

ksenia_sWhen I signed up for the 10 months course at SomaChi, I knew that there would be a significant amount of work involved and was under no illusions about the commitment needed.  The level of tuition was very high. Lianne Metcalf is a fantastic teacher and has a unique and highly effective way of imparting knowledge. Her teachings will stay with me for a very long time and I can’t express how grateful I am to be a part of SomaChi teaching team and having such a great mentor as Lianne.

I absolutely love SomaChi fluid vinyasa style and smooth transitions between postures, and I was delighted to learn more about Somatics, Chi and mindfulness during the course.  I felt a deep connection with the traditional teachings and these have infiltrated into my day to day life and are making me a happier, more balanced person.  My increased knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body after the course takes the awareness of the benefits of yoga to the next level, which again leads to an even greater appreciation that I hope to pass on to my students

Yoga Teacher, Steamline Body

Eddy Borg

EddyThe training at SomaChi is very indepth and will give you a solid foundation to be able to teach, break down progression of postures, do safe adjustments, and identify the differences between traditional and modern styles of yoga. The SomaChi school is not only teaching authentic/traditional yoga, but is also influenced by their dedicated practice of Tibetan Buddhism. This is not a short course that aims to churn out yoga teachers in 1-2 months, but a solid foundational education over 10 months that will challenge you and help you grow personally and professionally

Yoga Teacher

Maria Simeone

Early 2015 204My SomaChi journey with Lianne and Pete began 4 years ago, when I was looking for a good Yoga school in Melb upon returning from living overseas. My partner found SomaChi (he loved the name!) and the rest is history. Doing the TT with Lianne was the beginning of what I have called my 2nd life – realising that I only ever had 1 life to begin with and to finally really start loving myself and that life! The deep knowledge of Yoga as a Science and philosophy flows through each and every class and is passed on to students on both an individual level and a class level.Becoming a Yoga Teacher through SomaChi is not only an amazing experience, it is a gift. Lianne’s calm assurance and motivating teaching methods, bring out the best in each individual and teach that person how to do the same for others. I am fortunate enough to now be teaching Yoga Anatomy and Physiology to Lianne’s Teacher Trainees, and I love it! I am still learning.. hence the journey of Yoga. SomaChi is life changing and unique. It is an art, a love, a freedom of both movement and of soul. There is nothing else quite like it

Anatomist, SomaChi Teacher Training

Lani Kaplan

Lani Pic1The training was an incredible way to deepen a practice that I already knew I loved. It was spread out over approximately 8-9 months which gave me the opportunity to integrate the learnings and practice at the same time.

Throughout the course I trusted the continuous constructive feedback provided to me and used this information to find my self as a teacher. Upon completion I felt confident to begin my teaching journey without hesitation. I met lifelong best friends and continue to feel supported by the studio to this day.

Director/Social Worker/Yoga Teacher, Cultural Yoga Project

Linda Kosta

IMG_1507Deeply rooted in classical yoga tradition, blending aspects of other major energetic and philosophical systems studying SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training you will be challenged to dive deeply into the experience of yoga with authenticity and compassion. A life changing experience after completing my Teacher Training in 2009 and six months Mentoring Program with Lianne I have worked as a Freelance Yoga Teacher in Melbourne and love sharing the joys of movement through SomaChi Yoga with others. Much gratitude to my Teacher, Mentor & friend Lianne Metcalf, a most inspiring and creative Teacher, always challenging yet supportive. You will also have ongoing support of the growing SomaChi Yoga Community. Highly recommend SomaChi Teacher Training School an Yoga Alliance registered training school.

Yoga Teacher, Source 2 Soul

Kay Gries

kay-griesI completed the 200 hour SomaChi Teacher Training with Lianne in 2009. The course was exceptional, in its approach to the Yoga ethic and the many layers that surround the practice. Lianne is a brilliant communicator making the whole learning and participation in the course very alive and relevant. And we had so much fun! This was a real challenge for me as I had not done any formal instruction for many years, but I did want to know more about yoga. It had not been my intention to teach however Lianne encouraged me to do so.  That has further in enhanced my practice, my thoughts and my life. The journey continues.

Yoga Teacher

Nicky Davidson

nickyIn November 2004 I completed the 200 hour accredited SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training. I have been teaching SomaChi and Vinyasa Yoga since then in many establishments. These have included yoga Studio’s, the corporate sector, health and fitness organisations, schools and also private classes. I am happy to say that this is my full time career as an E-RYT200 yoga teacher.

This yoga training taught me to bring more of myself to the practices, to the study of movement and to teaching these practices. Here you will find a training that is grounded within lineage and yogic philosophies, where intelligence of mind and body is explored and developed and most importantly where the heart is embraced. Learning from Lianne Metcalf and her wealth of knowledge and experience I am very much thankful for and I very much appreciate the heart she brought to the course and continues to bring to SomaChi yoga.

Yoga Teacher, Soma Rae

Buddhist teachings with Jakob Leschly

Buddhist teachings with Jakob Leschly

Age of Me; Rebirth; Happiness & Suffering—August 23–25

Friday 23 August 6.30-8pm

  • Love in the Age of Me (Public talk)
    Love is noble, until captured by our insecure ego.

Saturday 24 August 10am-4pm

  • Consciousness and Rebirth (Seminar)
    The Buddha’s insight into the nature of consciousness is founded on experience and rational insight, it is not founded on cultural practices or belief. 

Sunday 25 August 10am-4pm

  •  Integrating Happiness and Suffering on the Path (Seminar)
    A short, yet profound and practical, instruction by the third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpey Nyima - Transforming Suffering and Happiness. 

Venue:  1014 Lygon Street Carlton North. 

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