This week, we spoke with Michelle Thielen, a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), keynote speaker, and author who’s been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for the past 25 years.
Michelle talks us through the practice of somatic therapy and somatic yoga, as well as how body-mind integration can help us move through emotional, restrictive, and even habitual patterns.
These slow and gentle movements can be used to help reinvigorate and re-educate the brain, allowing us to relax and move muscles more functionality as well as work through emotions that we might have been trapping inside of our bodies.
Why Somatic Yoga and Somatic Therapy?
Whether in our personal practice or while teaching a class, emotions can be felt–tangibly–in the body, either bubbling up to the surface or feeling intensely in an isolated area. Often, this embodies itself in behaviors like shaking, tears, or even the urge to yell and scream.
Why is this happening?
Because when we are ‘into the body’ (soma), we are noticing and paying attention to our interior landscapes–and that means we are quite literally stirring and shaking things up from the inside out.
It’s important that we continue to release and allow things like trauma, offense, anger, rejections, and more to continue to move through our bodies. If we don’t, these things can be trapped within muscles, bones, fascia, and our deep connective tissue. Trapped emotions–things we don’t allow to process through–can cause physical harm, ailments, disease, depression, and a host of other issues.
It’s so crucial to find a daily release that works for you. In this webinar, Michelle shares how to practice and implement easy techniques in your life so that you can move into each day with joy, lightness, and freedom.
About Michelle Thielen
Michelle Thielen is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), keynote speaker, and author.
She has been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for over 25 years, and has led over 200 teacher trainings. She is passionate about helping the world live a life of purpose.
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