Somatic Yoga Therapy Trainings

 janice-orangeSomatic Yoga Therapy Training 

February – August, 2018

at Harmonia Marin, Sausalito, CA

with Janice Gates, Prashanti de Jager, Kate Holcombe & Jill Satterfield

This is a Yoga Alliance accredited 300-hour program and an IAYT member school. RYT-200’s are eligible to be certified at the 500-hour level upon completion.

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Yoga Therapy is an emerging field that is taking root in our culture as an integrative health care practice. The need for professionals trained in yoga therapy is on the rise and there is an increasing interest in bringing the tools of yoga into a wide variety of settings. This program has been refined to serve the evolving needs of individuals and organizations and serves as a vehicle for deepening your understanding of the healing aspects of yoga. Janice has been a pioneering leader in the field of yoga therapy, having served as past president of and current advisor to IAYT, she helped develop the first conferences on yoga therapy, has presented at those conferences as well as at many yoga centers and programs around the world.

This program is both educational and transformational. It is an in-depth, comprehensive training in Somatic Yoga Therapy with a curriculum that is both challenging and personally enriching.  Includes training in classical yoga therapy and mindfulness  as well as leading edge material from somatic psychology and neuroscience. You will learn tools and techniques for working with people with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional health challenges, and, more importantly, you will come away with a deeper understanding of the healing power of yoga from personal experience.

One of the unique aspects of this training is the mentoring component. Each student will have monthly mentoring sessions with Janice. This is to support you in your personal practice, your integration of the material, as well as to give you direction and guidance on your project/practicum, which will be the main focus of your time outside of the class time so that when you complete the training you have a clear direction and focus for how you will utilize what you learned in a practical way moving forward.

The Somatic Yoga Therapy training is a balance of practice, lecture and group interaction with an emphasis on personal experience. Each section builds on the next as we move from gross to subtle, outer to inner, layering the teachings in a systematic and integrated way. The program includes a residential immersion retreat and an opportunity to dive deeply into the psycho-spiritual dimension of yoga for healing from both a personal and professional perspective.

Includes in-depth teachings that integrate asana, pranayama, meditation, self-reflection, visualization, mantra, affirmation and prayer. You will learn practical tools for managing anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, structural issues (low back, etc.) working with trauma and how to bring balance on the psycho-emotional level through yoga.

Leading edge topics, including the dynamics of the student teacher relationship, psychopathology and scope of practice will be covered, as well as how to work with some of the undigested, unintegrated psychological material that arises along the path of awakening. This training is highly experiential in nature for a deeper integration and understanding of the internal yoga experience.

To further tailor the program to those participating, each student will also have 10 additional hours to complete outside of the hours, below, in their area of interest with approved faculty.

This program is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your understanding of the healing aspects of yoga. Great for Yoga Professionals as well as Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Physical Therapists, OT’s and those interested in deepening their understanding and practice of yoga. If you would like more information contact Janice directly at

Dates: February – August, 2018 at Harmonia Marin, Sausalito, CA

February 8-11 Four full days, 8am – 5pm
March 16-18 Friday 6-9, Sat & Sun 8am – 5pm
April 13-15 Friday 6-9, Sat & Sun 8am – 5pm
May 25- June 1st Residential Retreat at Land of Medicine Buddha
June 15-17 Friday 6-9, Sat & Sun 8am – 5pm
July 20-22 Friday 6-9, Sat & Sun 8am – 5pm
August 17-19 Three full days, 8am – 5pm
Tuition $3750 early registration, by 12/1/2017, $3950 thereafter
Retreat fees – for room and food at Land of Medicine Buddha paid separately
$500 deposit saves your space
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somatic-JaniceJanice Gates, ERYT 500, C-IAYT, Director
Janice brings her pioneering spirit to the field of Yoga Therapy as well as her deep roots and long experience within the Yoga Tradition. She has worked as a yoga therapist in both private practice and clinical settings for over 25 years. Janice initiated the Yoga Therapy practice at the office of renowned chiropractor, Dr. Steven Katz back in 1997, is past president of and current advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists, has served on the faculty of the Yoga Research and Education Center and has presented at numerous conferences, teacher trainings and retreats. Janice is passionate about supporting yoga teachers  and health care practitioners to integrate the incredibly sophisticated tools of yoga and mindfulness into their work with others. Her work has been featured in the International Journal of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Journal Magazine, Oprah Magazine and and Yoga International and she is author of Yogini, The Power of Women in Yoga. Janice teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center as well as The Yoga Garden and leads retreats locally and internationally.


Prashanti de Jager is a wealth of knowledge with degrees in the fields of Math, Physics, Biophysics, Emergency Medicine and Ayurveda, as well as spending 10 years immersed with incredible Saints and Vedic Science Sages in India. His experience includes traveling all over India training as an Ethnopharmacologist. While living in North India he started to treat hundreds of sick locals and foreigners that came to him with a vast number of health issues, eventually leading him to start an Ayurvedic herb company,  Organic India. A teacher and Author, he is also one of the founders of the Dunagiri Foundation, and the Veda Mandala. He constantly edits and writes articles for numerous magazines and his own books, teaches classes on herbs and Ayurvedic Medicine around the world from the Mayo Clinic to Children in local school and creates an Ayurvedic Center in San Francisco.


Kate Holcombe
Kate is founder and director of Commonweal’s Healing Yoga Foundation, located in San Francisco, California. HYF is a non-profit project of Commonweal dedicated to supporting and empowering individuals in their own health, healing,and personal development through Yoga, regardless of ability, background, experience, or financial means. Kate began her Yoga education in 1991 as a student of T.K.V. Desikachar in Chennai, India, returning many times for extended periods of intensive one-on-one study. In conjunction with her Yoga studies, Kate has studied Sanskrit at UC Berkeley, and the Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute (Madras Sanskrit College) in Chennai, India. She has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals facing a broad range of health concerns and illnesses and has taught yoga with an emphasis on individual health and healing for many Bay Area organizations including the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Inner Circle HIV Support Group, and the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, among others. Kate is a KHYF certified Yoga Teacher Trainer and a contributing editor for Yoga Journal magazine.
emkbenaronEmily K. Benaron is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and brings over 20 years of study in the field of mind-body wellness to her teaching. After completing a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Emily dove deep into her yoga practice, completing multiple yoga therapy training programs including Integrative Yoga Therapy as well as traveling to Chennai, India to study with Master Yoga Teachers and Therapists in the Krishnamacharya tradition at Yoga Raksanam.  She is also a graduate of  the Therapeutic Yoga training with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. Emily has a deep appreciation of anatomy, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, is certified in Thai Massage and Barefoot deep tissue massage, cranio-sacral therapy, and is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine). She lives and teaches in Santa Barbara, California.


Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, wellness program director, speaker and coach. Jill’s integration of mindfulness and embodiment practices include yoga, yoga therapy and contemplative psychology. She has been in the field of integrative healthcare for over 35 years. This dedication to health and wellness was born from having lived through (and thrived from) multiple surgeries and years of chronic pain. Jill’s direct and hard won experiences have come from knowing illness and pain, sitting over 150 silent meditation retreats and having worked on the front lines of at risk and in need communities for decades. Jill is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA trains nurses, physicians, substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, meditation, yoga and school teachers how mindfulness may best apply to: people in chronic pain and illness, those suffering from PTSD, addictions of all kinds, and at- risk youth.