Somatic Yoga Educator Training

Welcome to Dallas Yoga Center’s 300 Hour Somatic Yoga Educator (SYE) Teacher Training Program – a dynamic, enriching, and interactive learning space that is designed to deepen not only your yoga practice but also you as a person. We are honored to join together the best international and local DYC instructors to support you on a somatic based yoga journey that brings greater meaning, understanding, inspiration and embodiment to not only your practice and your teaching but also to your way of life. Students will crystallize these somatic principles through practice, study, discussion, and teaching.

This hands-on, collaborative, laboratory training explores the Body-Mind connection through the lens of a yoga practice that is rooted in somatic embodiment principles. The School for Body-Mind Centering® was founded in 1973 by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.  Her work in Somatic studies is the inspiration for the Dallas Yoga Center’s 300 Hour SYE teacher training program. We are indebted to her dedication in developing this somatic path.

  • Learn to listen, observe and connect with students in a deeply felt embodied way so that you can help your students discover their own movement potential and resources for support.
  • Develop your own sense of embodiment and understanding of somatic principles through in class somatization, observations and presentations. These will also allow you to engage with yourself and students from compassion and deep listening.
  • Explore the somatic psychology of the chakra system and how to apply embodiment principles to Body-Mind Integration during two weekend immersions with Senior DYC instructor Paula Weithman. In a supportive group environment, Paula will guide a deeply enriching investigation of the chakra system from the perspective of somatic psychotherapy that includes journaling, mirroring, and body reading.
  • Experience somatic exercises which will allow students to observe cellular memory patterns and experience being connected to oneself and others in new ways.  By witnessing thoughts/feelings together and allowing them to be acknowledged without judgment, students will learn to release the tension of old holding patterns and to relax into a deeper connectivity.
  • Teachers are always faced with all sorts of bodies and situations, and to be a skillful teacher we are practicing choice. DYC 300 Hour advanced training strengthens your ability to choose what is applicable in the moment as opposed to aligning the moment with a system, or by prescribing or fixing through a particular technique.

Enrollment in the Foundations of EAY program is required in order to be a student in the DYC 300 Hour Somatic Yoga Educator Advanced Teacher Training.

The core of this program is based on the Foundations in Embodied Anatomy (EAY) Immersion Series taught at DYC by international BMC senior instructors Lisa Clark and Amy Mathews.

All 200 Hour trained yoga teachers from various backgrounds are welcome on this journey of questioning and discovery. DYC 300 Hour Somatic Yoga Educators Teacher Training is a space to come for heartfelt exploration, deep inquiry, and exciting ‘aha moments’ grounded in the joys and challenges of daily living. In addition to the EAY program requirements, students are required to take 7 separate weekend workshops on somatic yoga led by senior DYC instructors Carla Rudiger Weaver, Jessica O’Keefe and Paula Weithman. Our faculty are highly trained guides that are committed to providing you an in-depth experience, an authentic relationship to teaching and a profound connection to the wisdom and practice of somatic yoga.

Combining the BMC / EAY program with the DYC 300 hour training gives students an incredible opportunity to take an advanced training that is profoundly transformative. Students will develop a stronger ability to see with and teach from more depth of understanding and awareness. The experience of creating and articulating the information for a student’s body will deepen your understanding and take you further into the process of your own embodiment. And you will come away with a better more sophisticated and subtler understanding of the body’s natural intelligence along with a greater precision in language and confidence to teach the body’s inherent evolutionary developmental movement patterns.