1. What is Somatics?

Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes physical perception and experience. It stems from the latin word, soma, meaning ‘the body as perceived from within’.  

2. What is yoga?

The word yoga means ‘to yolk or unite’ and is often described as felt wholeness or oneness of the physical body, mind and spirit. This state of yoga can be achieved in a large variety of ways, including and not limited to various yoga practices, somatic movement, meditation, art, dance or simply being deeply present in nature. There are many, many paths in.

3. Why are yoga classes all so different depending where you go?

There are many different branches of yoga including and not limited to  postures (asana), meditation, breath control (pranayama), withdrawal of senses, self-reflection, etc. Within these different branches, there are also many different methods or schools which have different philosophical underpinnings and emphasis.

4. What is somatic approach yoga?

At Joy Somatics, this means a guided combination of yoga postures and somatic techniques with an emphasis on mindfulness-in-motion. A balance of instruction and inquiry are used to provide both structure and freedom so you can find what works best for your body. In a nutshell, you have permission to explore what works best for your body (and I help with suggestions).

5. What should I consider when choosing a yoga studio or teacher?

Generally, you just have to try on a class with a teacher at a studio to see if it feels right for you. The following questions may help you decide if Joy Somatics is right for you.

– What size are classes and how much personal attention can I expect?
Joy Somatics has a limit of 12 people and offers personal guidance as needed.


– What are Joy's qualifications and continued education? A minimum 200 hr teaching program is recognized. Joy holds RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance with extensive continuing education in advance teacher training, yoga therapy, anatomy, myofascial release, somatics, and holding therapeutic space.

– Does Joy have years of experience and is she able to offer modifications for limitations or medical concerns? Joy has over 10 years experience working with a large variety of demographics, physical limitations, and workshops. See bio for more details.


– Is the space and instruction welcoming, will I feel safe in this space, and is it uncluttered and clean? The first and most important thing to me is people feeling comfortable. Please bring your own yoga mat. There is a washroom just off the studio. I continuously welcome feedback from my participants.


– Are you looking for a place to be seen or unseen? Joy’s studio is a place of community. We spend lots of time going within, finding quiet, and this is also a place to have a laugh and empathize with others. Participants often are heard chatting before and after class. 

6. What is fascia?

Myo means muscle and fascia is connective tissue. Fascia is a specialized, dense web that covers, interconnects and interpenetrates our entire body. It is a continuous structure, linking the entire body like the yarn of a sweater. Trauma, inflammation and surgery create myofascial restrictions creating pain, tension and/or lack of motion. 

7. What is the difference between somatic breathwork and SomaSensing somatic movement?

Both of these modalities are aimed at regulating the nervous system and providing opportunity for discharge of held emotions and energy in our tissues, reduce tension and access insights.


Somatic breathwork sessions are private and include somatic inquiry, movements, and mainly, a guided journey using a simple breathing method to escort you there.


SomaSensing somatic movement is offered privately or in group lessons. No particular breath pattern is required. You are guided and with inquiry, you find your own authentic movement patterns.

8. Where can I park?

Street parking or driveway is permitted.

9. Where is the entrance to the studio?

The home studio is in the lower level. Please enter via garage which opens 15 minutes prior to class start times.

10. Are there pets?

A cat is in the home but not in the studio during classes.

11. Is the studio accessible to everyone?

No. The home studio is NOT wheel chair accessible. Navigating stairs with a hand-held railing is required.

12. Do I need to register in advance for public classes?

Yes. Due to limited space, advanced registration with payment is required to confirm your seat.

13. How do I register for a public class? What forms of payment are accepted?

Book your class online to reserve your seat in a class. Payment is required 72 hrs prior to session start date to confirm your seat, otherwise the spot may be offered to others on the wait list. You can pay online using credit card,  manually via e-transfer (joy@joysomatics.ca) and in person with cheque or cash.

14. Can I drop in for a public class?

Yes, and due to limited space, you must contact Joy Somatics ahead to confirm availability.

Text 204-919-2929 for quick, same day response.

15. If classes are full, do you have a wait list?

Yes, email joy@joysomatics and request to be added to a specific class wait list.

16. How do I register for a private session?

Book online. Payment accepted on-line or in person at appointment.

17. What is your cancellation policy?

Group Classes: No refunds, exchanges, transfers or credit for missed classes.

Private Classes: 24 hour notice is required for cancellation and rescheduling. 50% fee for less than 24 hr notice for cancellation or rescheduling. 100% fee applied if less than 6 hrs notice.

18. Do you teach in schools or workplaces?

Yes. I often work with students and in workplaces. Please contact me to schedule.

19. Do you offer workshops?

Yes. Visit the home page of this site or bookings to see what’s on the calendar.



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