& Dance! 
Jean Hindle

I founded and began developing Soma Yoga in 1994 and opened Soma Yoga & Dance Studio in 2003. I have been a yoga & meditation teacher, somatic movement educator and dancer in Seattle for over twenty seven years.  The integration of Somatic Movement Education including Hanna Somatics, the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing and developmental movement within Hatha Yoga sessions led to the beginning development of Soma Yoga.  New brain research encouraged my continual development of Soma Yoga. My studies and trainings include Classical Hatha Yoga, meditation practices and studies within the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, dance, Skinner Releasing, Somatic Unwinding, BioSomatics, Hanna Somatics, the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, developmental movement, Body Mind Centering, BrainDance, QiGong and classical voice training.   My dance background includes  Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Afro-Brazilian, Contemporary African, West African, Dance Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Low-flying Trapeze Dance, Bungee Dancing, WaterDance, Skinner Releasing and Open Source Forms.  In addition to Soma Yoga, I have developed Sounding the Body, Drawing/Writing Meditation, WaterSomatics & Dance, WaterSomaYoga, Move, Improvisational Somatics, Moving Medicine, Soma Yoga & Art, SomaYogaDance and Toolkit for Teens & Pre-Teens.  I sit in huge heartfelt thanks for the courage and teachings of my family, Muriel Brock, my students, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ani Pema Chodron, Lama Wangdor Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Moshe Feldenkrais, Thomas Hanna, Russell Delman, Thomasa Eckert, Bob Davidson, Stephanie Skura, Karen Clay, Carol Welch, Bob Smith, Ellen Ziegler, Barry Briggs, Kevin Spencer, Melissa Middlebrook, Dora Oliveira, Lara McIntosh, Etienne Cakpo, Daniel Nery Dos Santos Filho (Mestre Pitta), Aileen Panke, Manimou Camara, Ann Green-Gilbert and many more!
 I believe that nurturing compassion and allowance within ourselves changes our world.  



"I have found great nourishment in my years of studying with Jean. She is unique among teachers in her ability to infuse each class with both profundity and lightness. She simultaneously honors and challenges students with a highly attuned responsiveness to each individual and the whole group."
                                                                                                         - Dana Elkun


                      "Anything is possible....................if we play hard enough."   Jean