is an approach to renewed control of the muscles
through use of the voluntary motor system. Somatic Exercises™ will help
develop greater flexibility and ease body movements over time. The
effects of the exercises are cumulative, meaning the more often you do
them the easier it gets and the more flexibility is achieved. Dr.
Eleanor Criswell will guide you through exercises with patience and
intuition given you a truly body and mind experience.
Whole person development and the actualization of personal potential
within the societal context are the goals of Somatic Yoga. Somatic Yoga
blends somatics (mind-body integration), hatha yoga, and raja yoga (Patanjali’s
yoga) with understandings from neuroscience, applied psychophysiology,
and psychology. It is a complete system that provides experiences for
the whole person (mind, body, and spirit). Somatic Yoga is a
first-person-centered practice. It follows the principle that the more
you know and experience neurophysiologically and anatomically/kinesiologically
what you are doing, the more integrated your practice will be.
Exercise with Dr. Eleanor Criswell:
*an excerpt from the
90-min DVD, 'Thinking Allowed'
About Eleanor Criswell, Ed.D.
Doctor in Educational Psychology
Certified in Biofeedback
Dr. Eleanor Criswell is emeritus professor of psychology
and former chair of the psychology department at Sonoma State
University. Dr. Criswell was a founding director of the
Humanistic Psychology Institute, now Saybrook University, San
Eleanor Criswell, EdD
currently a Distinguished Consulting Faculty member for Saybrook
Her books include:
Biofeedback and Somatics: Toward Personal Evolution
How Yoga Works: An Introduction to Somatic Yoga,
and she is the editor of Cram’s Introduction to Surface
Editor of Somatics Magazine, the magazine-journal of the
mind-body arts and sciences.
Director, Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training;
President: · International Association of Yoga Therapists;
· Somatics Society;
· Division 32 Humanistic Psychology of the American
· Association for Humanistic Psychology;
· Biofeedback Society of California.
Originator of Somatic Yoga and Equine Hanna Somatics.
Criswell is a board member of the Association for Hanna