Yoga & Somatics Weekend Workshops 2017

Sue Brantley is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and a certified E-RYT Yoga Instructor. She has been trained in all Pilates equipment, has taken many specialized therapeutic courses in both yoga and Pilates. In addition, she is a certified Yoga for Scoliosis teacher, certified Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach, and has extensive training in myofascial release techniques.

Sue has also produced a yoga & Pilates DVD to help people manage back pain. Click here to learn more about it and to purchase.

Join Sue Brantley for somatics and yoga special focus workshops in 2017.


$40 advance payment for single workshop, or $45 day of event
In December, take both workshops for $75 advance payment, or $80 day of event

Somatics for the Whole Body
Sunday, September 17, 2017
noon – 2 p.m.

Do you or someone you know have chronic pain or tightness? Are you having trouble getting long term relief from traditional approaches? In my experience, Hanna Somatics is the best way to reduce tension, unwind held patterns, and reduce pain. This workshop teaches you how to replace tight areas with suppleness and increased range of motion through your spine, hips, legs, thorax and shoulders. We’ll open up the whole body from your head to your feet. You’ll leave feeling light as a feather!

Somatics for the Hips
Sunday, October 8, 2017
noon – 2 p.m.

Do your hips give you problems? This workshop will focus on traditional Hanna Somatics with a special emphasis on opening and freeing up the hips. Whether it’s sacroiliac joint pain, low back discomfort, pain in the hip socket, sciatica or other lower body ailments, the workshop will provide tools to manage the pain. Somatics is gentle and extremely pleasant to do and is easy to incorporate into your other movement practices. In somatics, you learn how to pandiculate and feather your movements to provide much more ease and comfort in your body. You will be amazed at how efficient and effective this work is!

Somatic Yoga: Improve your Flexibility
Sunday, November 12
noon – 2 p.m.

This is a new workshop combining Hanna Somatics with traditional hatha yoga. We will do somatics to prepare the body to move more efficiently. Then, during our yoga practice, we will apply somatic elements to the asana by pandiculating and feathering the yoga poses to find more freedom and comfort in each pose. You will be able to tell, on the spot, how much freedom you can achieve by applying somatics to your yoga practice. Your body will open up more effortlessly, increasing your flexibility and comfort.


Somatics: Full Body Practice
Sunday, December 10, 2017
noon – 2 p.m.

There are few things more soothing than doing a really nice, overall somatics practice. We will do a little of everything: shoulders and neck, mid-back, low back and hips. We will work with how the legs, knees and feet interact with the hips. If you have any stiffness, soreness, or pain, somatics is a highly effective remedy. Come find out why people are loving this work!

Restorative Yoga
Sunday, December 10, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join Sue for her traditional December Restorative Yoga workshop. It’s exactly what we need in December–a few blissful hours in which to relax deeply and decompress. Restorative yoga triggers the parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and digest system”), which is responsible for balancing the body. By stimulating the parasympathetic nerves, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, and your immune and endocrine systems are stimulated in a healthy way. Restorative Yoga is one of the best things you can do for yourself when you experience stress or feel overwhelmed.

Restorative poses are an important part of any long-term yoga practice: they recharge your energy reserves, heal the effects of stress, and bring your nervous system into a more balanced state. As you lay over a series of blanket supports, your muscles and organs gently stretch and soften, and your nervous system becomes soothed. The workshop will begin with a few hatha yoga postures to warm up, and move to a series of restorative poses, which are essentially variations on savasana. You will leave feeling calm, refreshed, and with a deep sense of renewal. Dress in layers for warmth, and bring a blanket with you.


To register contact Sue Brantley directly at (503) 407-9677 or