Somatic Principles for yoga

9 hours | Real-time Instruction

Are you looking to inject some inspiration into your yoga classes? Are you bored by basic alignment rules and doubt their effectiveness or even usefulness? Put the rote sequencing style behind you and fall in love with teaching yoga again.

Jules combines her influences in various somatic approaches with her graduate level education in motor control theory and motor learning to offer a variety of sequencing options, novel cueing ideas, and creative class themes. She combines her love of research and her top-notch teaching skills to validate and encourage your new approach.

Jules Mitchell offers an online workshop for yoga teacher on somatics and motor control theory, motor learning, and development.

Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27, 2024
 9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm Saturday
 9am-12pm Sunday
Pacfic Time

  $299 USD until October 5
  $350 USD after October 5

Livestreams & Webinars

Somatic Principles for Yoga: Livestream Objectives

This livestream course is for teachers who are passionate about human movement and motor control theory, are eager to know what the research says, and are open to accepting that common yoga sequencing rules aren’t always supported by exercise science principles.

This 9-hour streaming course includes 21 days of access to the livestream replay and slides with 9 CEUs upon completion. 

About the livestream course

 In Somatic Principles, you will learn about:

  • Mechanoreception, proprioception, and interoception
  • Emphasizing learning over achieving the poses
  • Variability and dynamical systems theory
  • UNeuroplasticity and bioplasticity
  • Developmental patterns
  • Coordination of the ribs, spine, and pelvis

Livestream Description

  • Have you been told there’s one right way to do the poses?
  • Are you skeptical of the claims about how to avoid pain in yoga?
  • Do you want to know when to offer internally focused cues versus externally focused cues?
  • Have you been taught yoga poses are individual joint actions instead of full-body coordinated experiences?
  • Do you want to learn why saying less as a yoga teacher could offer more to your students?
  • Are you curious about straying from the common alignment script?
  • Are you unsure of how to use open-ended cueing to complement instructional cueing?
  • Are you still sequencing your yoga classes the same way you learned in your 200hr YTT? 
  • Are you curious about what the research says about motor control theory?

If you are a movement nerd, eternal student, or simply eager to infuse your yoga classes with fresh inspiration, this course is for you!  Join Jules Mitchell for a 1.5-day intensive that weaves together asana with somatic mini-lessons (influenced by Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centering, and more) to level-up the experience you offer your yoga students. The latest research and foundational principles of motor learning are discussed in an easy-to-understand, practical way that emphasizes variability, promotes sensing and feeling, and will immediately impact the way you teach and practice yoga.

Yoga poses teach us even though we think we teach the poses. Quote by Jules Mitchell 300hr yoga teacher trainer
There is nothing to achieve. It's about what you learn from the pose. Quote by Jules Mitchell, 300hr yoga teacher trainer
Teaching yoga is more about learning than instructing quote by Jules Mitchell

Watch a sample from the course

Livestream Topics

  • Defining and describing what the term "somatics" means
  • Various schools and somatic methods
  • History of motor control and "the bliss of motor abundance"
  • Defining motor control, motor learning, and skill aquisition
  • Exploring "coordination" inside various components of fitness
  • Neuroanatomy basics: sensory pathways vs motor pathways
  • Classifying sensory receptors by morphology, location, and function
  • Somatic concepts like repetition, reversibility, reference moves, etc.
  • Dozens of mini-lessons to teach attention, intention, and action
  • Creative yoga sequencing to incorporate the themes of the course

This livestream Includes

  • 9 hours of video-based lecture
  • Downloadable PDF slides
  • 9 CEUs available upon completion
  • 21 days access to the replay
  • Live access via Zoom meeting (breakout rooms, cameras on)

About The Instructor

Jules Mitchell headshot

Jules Mitchell, MS, LMT, E-RYT 500

Jules Mitchell leads advanced continuing education programs in biomechanics for intellectually fearless yoga teachers. She helps them integrate principles of exercise science and applications of pain science into their classes. Jules is the author of Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, a unique, evidence-based exploration into the complexities of tissue mechanics and the human body’s resilience and adaptability.

She leads workshops and courses online and worldwide, runs a popular 300 hour yoga teacher training, frequently serves as guest faculty, and hosts a comprehensive mentoring program to support teachers in both education and business. Her passion is bringing the most useful and applicable research-based concepts into the yoga community, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of popular opinions.

Somatic Principles for Yoga: Enroll Now

Register for real-time access to Somatic Principles.

This is a livestreamed online course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I join the livestream?

When you sign up, you will be immediately registered to the livestream on Zoom and will be emailed a link to add it to your calendar. Be sure to save this email so you can reference it later.

How do I access the recording?

The livestream recordings will be emailed to you within 24 hours after the end of the course. You will have 21 days to watch the replays. No exceptions.

Do I have to turn my camera on?

We highly encourage you to turn on your camera the entire time so you can interact with Jules and other course participants. The more you participate, the more you will learn.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

There are no prerequisites. This course is open to yoga teachers, fitness professionals, and committed students who want to learn how to think about somatics and yoga.

Will I get a copy of the slides?

Yes, the slides are available as a downloadable PDF. We will include the link in the replay emails.

How many CEUs will I get for taking this course?

You will earn 9 CEUs upon completion.

What if I can't attend live?

You’ll get the most out of attending live so you can interact with Jules, her moderators, and other course participants. While you may miss some sessions, it is highly recommended you participate in real time and with your camera on.  You will have access to the recording for 21 days (no exceptions).

What is your refund policy?

All sales are final. No refunds. If you have concerns about whether this course is right for you, send us a message with your questions.

The Perfect Learning Path For You

My goal is to expand teachers' minds through a deep process of reflection so that they know exactly who they are and what they believe with clarity, confidence, and purpose.

You can start your education path with me anytime that fits into your schedule and on any topic that you’re drawn to.

Learning to Learn

The biomechanics content I provide is about more than just learning facts and getting things right. I teach you how to think about this knowledge, how to apply it in certain settings, and how to question when specific strategies might be successful or not. When I teach that “it depends” I insist on supporting you in discovering what it might depend on.

Learning in Layers

You learn in layers, which means wherever you start is the perfect place to start. You learn a new concept and then contextualize that information into a real-life setting, recognizing that biology is multidimensional and non-linear. You aren't just memorizing data and you aren't just jumping to large, sweeping conclusions. You are learning to make complex decisions based on appropriate considerations, which means there is no beginning or end. Just dive in and let the layering begin!

Learning Overlap

While all of my courses are unique, there is overlap in many major themes. This overlap reinforces major concepts within individual courses that fit into a the much larger narrative that I build within my program offerings as a whole.

Learning Just for You

My live courses reflect my fluid teaching style. While I always have an agenda and a general course outline, I’m also extremely encouraging of asking questions and chasing the pursuit of knowledge together. My goal is to help you refine your questions so you are clearer about what you know and what you don’t know. This means no two live courses are the same, even when the course has the same name!

The content is always driven by the topics that matter to the group and we use the major concepts outlined in the course syllabus to tease out powerful educational opportunities. You’ll see people repeating the same courses over and over because they are hungry for these interactions and discussions.