SomaChi Yoga

Established 2000

Our yoga style

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 – ‘enjoyment in motion’. It is contemporary in nature, but holds respect to tradition and lineage.

As a body practice

SomaChi adopts the Ashtanga-Vinyasa yogic techniques for strength, including traditional down dog, chaturanga, and up dog transitions. We use circular and rolling motions to bring more presence to our movements. Energy techniques are also incorporated for sensory and kinaesthetic awareness of our bodies and the space around us.

As a mind practice

 We incorporate traditional mindfulness techniques, mantra, mudra and visualisations to help with constricted patterns of anxiety or distress. These are grounded in tradition, and have been tried, tested and proven as a means to everyday well being .

As a spiritual practice

We consider spiritual practice to be an art form and a science. Our contemporary methods can be found in the weaving of sequences and enjoyment in movement. Our traditional methods find its roots in Buddhism and Taoism examining what spirituality and mindfulness is through self-enquiry, and how it can be incorporated and useful to daily life.

SomaChi—the yoga specialists

We focus on small classes to provide individualised assistance and adjustments to participants. Regardless of whether you are new to yoga or experienced, Lianne’s classes will provide attention and support to further your yoga.

SomaChi Yoga Class: Monday evenings

SomaChi Yoga with Lianne

Current Term:
6-week term, Monday evenings 6-7 pm, 15 January to 19 February.

Melbourne Ashtanga Centre
Level 1/110-112 Argyle St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.

Casual drop-ins avaiable
$25 Casual


Purchases through Momo Yoga.
*Spaces limited.

Mindfulness and Buddhism as the Yoga path

Over thirty years of experience in educating and practicing yoga and mindfulness.

Foundations in mindfulness courses

We offer a two-module series of mindfulness education. Each module runs 16-weeks and is a comprehensive study of Buddhist mindfulness and meditation.

Next course:

Foundation Series One: The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

With Lianne and Peter

Next Term:
March to June 2024

Melbourne CBD or Online

The foundations of mindfulness offer a step-by-step journey into the transformative world of Buddhist meditation, practice, and principles. It is held over 16 weeks. With clarity and precision, you will be guided on a profound exploration, diving straight into the essence of meditation and mindfulness from the very outset. As your understanding deepens, you will be introduced to the bedrock principles that underpin Buddhist practice, allowing for a more profound and meaningful meditation experience.

General public: by Donation to Siddhartha’s Intent Australia.

Yoga Teachers with a current 200-hour certificate can join the course and receive a 50-hour accredited hours certificate. Certificate cost – $750.

Foundations one Enquiry

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SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training

200-hour and 300-hour internationally Yoga Alliance certified trainings. Become a yoga teacher, or further your teaching education. SomaChi Yoga has been running Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2004.

Elevate Your Teaching: SomaChi Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Embark on a transformative journey with our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program. Designed for certified 200-hour+ Yoga teachers, these immersive training offer accredited hours that deepen your teaching expertise and refine your understanding of the art of yoga.

‘Gain Accredited Hours and Expand Your Teaching Horizons

Our comprehensive modules, accredited by Yoga Alliance, focus on refining the quality of touch in adjustments, exploring the intricacies of internal and external space, mastering seamless transitions, and delving into advanced mindfulness techniques. Each certified module propels you closer to achieving the reputable 500-hour registered teacher status.

‘Requirements: 200-hour YTT certificate through Yoga Alliance or a similar qualification.

Ready to take your teaching to new heights? Enquire or register your interest here: 

Advanced training enquiry

Do you hold minimum, 200-hour registered training?

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About us

Over thirty years of experience in educating and practicing yoga and mindfulness.

Lianne Metcalf

Lianne Metcalf

Director, SomaChi Yoga

Lianne has over 30 years experience teaching and practicing yoga. She developed her first teacher training in 2004, the first SomaChi Yoga Teacher Training. By 2007, her school was accredited with the international body of Yoga Alliance. For the past 3 years her trainings have included 70 hours intensives in India.
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Peter Watts

Peter Watts

Co-Director, SomaChi Yoga

Peter is the Co-director of SomaChi, a meditation instructor, YA certified SomaChi yoga instructor and a philosophy teacher for the SomaChi Teacher Training with over 30 years of experience. Peter began his study of yoga in 1991 with ISKCON, studying Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Mantra and Bhakti Yoga.
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