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Yoga as Therapy -Somatic Stress Release with Dr Scott Lyons

  • All Saints Church 90 Hamilton Avenue hataitai Wellington (map)

Somatic Stress Release

Dates: 5th-9th February Wednesday-Sunday

6 hours per day. Wednesday 11:30 am-6:30 pm

Thursday 11:30am-6:30pm

Friday 11:30am-6:30pm

Saturday 11:30am-6:30pm

Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm

Location: All Saints Church, 90 Hamilton Ave, Hataitai, Wellington

Investment; Early bird $1185 After 1 December 2019 $1400

Somatic Stress Release™ addresses the underlying psycho-physical patterns associated with stress while promoting well-being through the lens of body-oriented therapies.  

Stress related health challenges are now a widespread global issue.  Chronic stress wreaks havoc on our health, impacts biological energy conservation, and makes us less attuned to the need for self-care.  When a person encounters stress they form neuromuscular patterns to manage and protect themselves from the situation. A person maintains this activation even after the stressor is eliminated.  This behavior prevents them from properly processing or mobilizing the stress. Similarly, individuals can get trapped in thought cycles which continually activate a physiological response, limiting their tolerance and capacity to manage additional stressors.

A physiological stress response happens throughout every system of the body, ultimately interacting with every cell. It’s no wonder that stress responses are interwoven with our emotions, immune function, thoughts, breath, and movements.  Somatic Stress Release is a holistic approach that recognizes the complex layering of each individual's relation to stress. Stress manifests itself in each person’s body differently. Understanding this unique body response allows each person to process and navigate the intricate layers of stress. One of the most effective pathways towards that awareness and negotiation is through feeling a deeper sense of and connection with the body-mind, an approach called somatics.

In this somatic approach there is a recognition that we engage with others and the world through sensations and movement. As stress is something experienced and expressed through the body, a somatic or body-focused approach can more quickly address habitual responses to internal and external stressors.   

This certification is open to anyone (i.e yoga teachers, therapists, parents, teachers, etc) who wishes to addresses stress from a multidisciplinary holistic approach.


In addition to utilizing body-based stress release techniques, these immersions will also integrate experiential anatomy and physiology, mind-body medicine techniques, elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programing, movement meditations, and yoga nidra.

The Somatic Stress Release™ program happens in three modules:  Foundations, Intermediate, and Advanced.

These modules prepare you to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the biological, social, and psychological aspects of stress.

  • Identify somatic symptoms and triggers for emotional and physical distress.

  • Learn to work with stress as it is reflected in facial expressions, posture, muscular patterns, or other forms of body language.

  • Learn cognitive reframing and stress tolerance techniques.

  • Explore self hypnosis for relaxation.

  • Learn neuromuscular repatterning procedures to release unconscious habituated stress cycles.  

  • Identify yours and other’s resources for negotiating stress.

  • Learn embodied mindfulness and resilience training techniques.

  • Engage in movement meditations and breath work to release trapped or stored arousal energy.

  • Stop burnout and rebuild depleted biological resources.

  • Learn to take control of your relationship to stress in order to live a life of greater well-being.

  • Apply manual-therapy techniques to guided meditation.   

Module 1:  Foundations

  • Introduction to Somatics and Somatic Therapy

  • Introduction to the History of Stress

  • Mind-Body Medicine for Stress      

  • Mobilization Practices of Stress

  • Embodied Resilience Work

  • Compassion and Acceptance Therapy

  • Experiential Anatomy of Stress 1

  • Integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Somatics for Stress

  • Introduction to Yoga Nidra

  • Startle Reflex Release Work

  • Muscular-Fascial Release work with Balls

*Two online support sessions will be offered after each module to help participants integrate the material.  

*Participants will receive a certificate of participation of Somatic Stress Release after each module and may receive 30 hours of CEU’s from the Yoga Alliance.

Level 2 of Somatic Stress Release will take place March 18-22nd in Byron Bay, AUS. Space is limited - please sign up at

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Certified Somatic Stress Release Practitioner

Upon completion of all 3 Somatic Stress Release™ modules and 4 private sessions with Dr. Scott Lyons, a Somatic Stress Release™ Practitioner, or an Embodied Flow™ Somatic Movement Therapist- you will receive the certification as a Somatic Stress Release™ Practitioner.


"The Somatic Stress Release training with Dr. Scott Lyons was a really powerful introduction to the way we experience stress in the body, uncovering our common patterns for responding to stress, and best of all a range of practices that help us move past stress and take more control of our lives. It gave me an incredibly helpful frame of how to better support myself and other with stressful events and responses in life. But what makes Scott's trainings so powerful is the immersive experience he creates, interweaving lecture with practice and embodied experiences that not only help you get a more complete conceptual understanding of the work, but an embodied one from real experience--so that you go home embodying and practicing the concepts right away. Can't recommend it enough, and can't wait to do the next one!"

Dr. Jennifer Groff

"Somatic Stress Release with Scott Lyons fundamentally re-oriented how I think about stress in just five days.  My personal background is varied and includes notoriously stressful environments such as military service, consulting and startup software engineering. Scott doesn't offer quick fix tricks to somehow make your stress magically go away.  Instead, he dives into a deep exploration of what stress is, and how its woven into the fabric of our lives. By expertly layering academic research, experiential exercises, and group discussions, Scott has a unique talent to facilitate the journey of helping us understand what makes us human.  Somatic Stress Release was a deep dive into the study how stress arises both within myself and others. Equipped with actionable techniques and tools, I left the training with a newfound capacity to create space between stressors and my response to them, as well as begin to facilitate others in doing the same."


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Dr Scott Lyons Bio

Dr. Scott Lyons is dedicated to teaching embodiment as a way of exploring human development, healing, growth and transformation. His deep passion is to integrate somatic practices, transpersonal inquiry and scholarly research into the creative and healing arts.

Scott is a Clinical Psychologist and Mind-Body Medicine practitioner who specializes in therapies for infants, youth, and adults. He is a Certified Body-Mind Centering Teacher and Practitioner, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Visceral Manipulation Therapist, Neuro-Developmental Therapist, Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Registered Movement Therapist and Educator, Trauma Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Thai Massage Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness-based Executive Coach, Focusing Practitioner,  Experiential Anatomy/ Developmental Movement and Yoga Practitioner, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher. Additionally he holds a BFA in Theater/Psychology,  MFA in Dance/Choreography, MS in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Mind-Body Medicine.

Scott is the co-creator of Embodied Flow™ and has had the privilege of teaching Embodied Flow™  and Body-Mind Centering™ workshops and trainings throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was adjunct at New York University from 2007-2010 where he co-taught the Viewpoints Studio with Mary Overlie. As an artist, Scott’s work has been performed at BAM, Symphony Space, Dance New Amsterdam as well as theaters throughout the United States and Europe.

Foundational to Scott’s teaching is the principle that we can, through intention, expand our capacity to meet and be met.  In this way, we can offer the profound gift to our self, others, and the environment of being heard, seen, and feeling felt at a cellular level.