Yoga term of the week: Somatics

Welcome to our weekly series dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing lingo of yoga. Beginner or not, this ‘yoga dictionary’ will be here every Tuesday to quench your curiosity about a new, bizarre yogi word.

This week’s term:


Somatics isn’t a style of yoga but rather a movement therapy. It is a system for teaching us about how our brain senses and moves the muscles. In a somatics class, you will focus in-depth on very subtle movements, for an incredibly effective and concentrated way of working your body.

Once you feel like taking your yoga practice and learning beyond the studio (say, to a beach), check out some yoga holidays and retreats and indulge your inner yogini/yogi.

What yoga lingo confuses you? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll feature it in this series! For a full list, head to our yoga dictionary.