Ground and Courage Series Level 1 SomaChi Yoga Training

Basis of Potency – Synchronising mind and body

Often we negate our existence and live how we think we ought to.

It takes courage to be grounded this courage is sprinkled with compassion and wisdom so we learn to delight in our existence. Using Somatic and Buddhist techniques we restore our potent intelligence, and we begin our journey into being yoga.

Saturday
Introduction to Shamata Vipashyana
Somatic exercises for Self-regulation, Self-responsibility, Grounding Integration into SomaChi Yoga practice

Sunday
Shamata Vipashyana
Somatic exercises for Breath, Sound & Movement, Alignment, Pulsation
Integration into SomaChi Yoga practice
Total 10 hours

Dance of Adjustments – sacred touch
Here we look at the depth of adjustments. It's breath on breath, touching bone, muscle, fluids. Adjustments is like sculpting, you have to know your intention before physical touch happens otherwise you end up trying to do something that is insistent rather than integrative.

We will look at particular postures and explore how to touch fluids, bone, and muscle. We will also examine responses of being a body, and how we recognise the qualities of being touched. We will also examine the qualities of relationship in touch, learning to read the individual and look at our applied responses.

Qualities of Touch:
Pulsing – working rhythmically
Supportive – developing confidence
Tone – bringing to the surface
Enhancement – increasing awareness
Intensifying – deepening

Methods
Shamata Vipashyana
Surrendering to spiral and waves
Identifying responses
Applying to postures

This module can be done as a singular subject or as part of the phase 1 50 hour SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training.

Pre requisite Must know how to do Sun Salutation (surya a & b), Warrior 1 and Warrior 2, Warrior 3, Exhaulted Warrior, Trikonasana,

We will work with restorative postures, warriors, salutations.

After this 20 hours module you will be able to work more clearly and confidently with adjustments.

You will be able to apply this to one on one and group classes. You will be inspired by the art form of adjustments and know the deeper intention of what touch is.

Typical outline
Friday 6-9pm
Introduction to Shamata Vipashyana and Somatic awareness.

Saturday 8am-1pm 3-6.30pm
Shamata Vipashyana and surrendering to spiral and waves
Examining what letting go means and its antithesis for structure
Contraction and expansion of postures
Group work in exploration of qualities of touch, phase one

Sunday 8am-1pm 3-6.30pm
Shamata Vipashyana
Group work in exploring touch phase two
Applying Somachi sequence with the dance of adjustments
The mind and touch, recognising intention to bring consciousness to life force and for alignment.
Group practice in adjusting.
Total 20 hours

Invisible Lines
There’s the space that seems to be out there, like the sky and the ocean and the wind, and there’s the space that seems to be inside. We could let the whole thing mix up. We could let the whole thing just dissolve into each other and into one big space. Practice is about allowing a lot of space. It’s about learning how to connect with that spaciousness that’s inside, and the spaciousness that’s outside. It’s about learning to relax, soften, and open—to connect with the sense that there’s actually a lot of room.” – Pema chodrun

Invisible lines are the recognition of mixing of internal and external space. It is the deeper process of relationship and interconnectedness. It is allowing our minds to expand into feeling and sensations so we are more precise and alive with transitions. It also provides us with a greater set of awareness tools. Eg. Wave of inner and outer connection we can work with mind expanse and in asana we can work through different phrases. Tonglen practice can come into play here.

Qualities of transitions

Here we are looking at the embodied process of transitions

Transitions are the ability to enter into states of mind that is relaxed yet alert, it is the ability to move from a solid form into a fluid form and back. It is one of the great Union aspects to yoga. This is entering the tantric path of Mahayoga.

Friday 6-9pm
Shamata Vipashyana
Visualisation appearance and disappearance

Saturday
Working with our imagination in movement.
Giving form to our imagination through Somachi yoga practice
90 minute yoga class
Qualities of mind and great imaginings – Group practice to discover how to embody yoga.

Introduction to Tonglen

Sunday
Shamata Vipashyana
Creating form through space
Letting go into trance states for sensory applications into internal and external waves and spirals.
90 min Somachi class

Methods for teaching how to feel and embody chi
Group practice for implementation of first phase SomaChi Yoga
Total 20 hours


 
Ground and Courage Series Level 1 SomaChi Yoga Training

Basis of Potency – Synchronising mind and body

Often we negate our existence and live how we think we ought to.

It takes courage to be grounded this courage is sprinkled with compassion and wisdom so we learn to delight in our existence. Using Somatic and Buddhist techniques we restore our potent intelligence, and we begin our journey into being yoga.

Saturday
Introduction to Shamata Vipashyana
Somatic exercises for Self-regulation, Self-responsibility, Grounding Integration into SomaChi Yoga practice

Sunday
Shamata Vipashyana
Somatic exercises for Breath, Sound & Movement, Alignment, Pulsation
Integration into SomaChi Yoga practice
Total 10 hours

Dance of Adjustments – sacred touch
Here we look at the depth of adjustments. It's breath on breath, touching bone, muscle, fluids. Adjustments is like sculpting, you have to know your intention before physical touch happens otherwise you end up trying to do something that is insistent rather than integrative.

We will look at particular postures and explore how to touch fluids, bone, and muscle. We will also examine responses of being a body, and how we recognise the qualities of being touched. We will also examine the qualities of relationship in touch, learning to read the individual and look at our applied responses.

Qualities of Touch:
Pulsing – working rhythmically
Supportive – developing confidence
Tone – bringing to the surface
Enhancement – increasing awareness
Intensifying – deepening

Methods
Shamata Vipashyana
Surrendering to spiral and waves
Identifying responses
Applying to postures

This module can be done as a singular subject or as part of the phase 1 50 hour SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training.

Pre requisite Must know how to do Sun Salutation (surya a & b), Warrior 1 and Warrior 2, Warrior 3, Exhaulted Warrior, Trikonasana,

We will work with restorative postures, warriors, salutations.

After this 20 hours module you will be able to work more clearly and confidently with adjustments.

You will be able to apply this to one on one and group classes. You will be inspired by the art form of adjustments and know the deeper intention of what touch is.

Typical outline
Friday 6-9pm
Introduction to Shamata Vipashyana and Somatic awareness.

Saturday 8am-1pm 3-6.30pm
Shamata Vipashyana and surrendering to spiral and waves
Examining what letting go means and its antithesis for structure
Contraction and expansion of postures
Group work in exploration of qualities of touch, phase one

Sunday 8am-1pm 3-6.30pm
Shamata Vipashyana
Group work in exploring touch phase two
Applying Somachi sequence with the dance of adjustments
The mind and touch, recognising intention to bring consciousness to life force and for alignment.
Group practice in adjusting.
Total 20 hours

Invisible Lines
There’s the space that seems to be out there, like the sky and the ocean and the wind, and there’s the space that seems to be inside. We could let the whole thing mix up. We could let the whole thing just dissolve into each other and into one big space. Practice is about allowing a lot of space. It’s about learning how to connect with that spaciousness that’s inside, and the spaciousness that’s outside. It’s about learning to relax, soften, and open—to connect with the sense that there’s actually a lot of room.” – Pema chodrun

Invisible lines are the recognition of mixing of internal and external space. It is the deeper process of relationship and interconnectedness. It is allowing our minds to expand into feeling and sensations so we are more precise and alive with transitions. It also provides us with a greater set of awareness tools. Eg. Wave of inner and outer connection we can work with mind expanse and in asana we can work through different phrases. Tonglen practice can come into play here.

Qualities of transitions

Here we are looking at the embodied process of transitions

Transitions are the ability to enter into states of mind that is relaxed yet alert, it is the ability to move from a solid form into a fluid form and back. It is one of the great Union aspects to yoga. This is entering the tantric path of Mahayoga.

Friday 6-9pm
Shamata Vipashyana
Visualisation appearance and disappearance

Saturday
Working with our imagination in movement.
Giving form to our imagination through Somachi yoga practice
90 minute yoga class
Qualities of mind and great imaginings – Group practice to discover how to embody yoga.

Introduction to Tonglen

Sunday
Shamata Vipashyana
Creating form through space
Letting go into trance states for sensory applications into internal and external waves and spirals.
90 min Somachi class

Methods for teaching how to feel and embody chi
Group practice for implementation of first phase SomaChi Yoga
Total 20 hours

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TESTIMONIALS

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

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