Where roads are made I lose my way.

In the wide water, in the blue sky there is no line of a track.

The pathway is hidden by the birds’ wings, by the star-fires, by the flowers of the wayfaring seasons.

And I ask my heart if its blood carries the wisdom of the unseen way.

-- Rabindranath Tagore


Somatic Coaching

for Personal and Leadership Transformation

Is this you?

➢ Your work is calling for new skills or a higher capacity or endurance. Some examples of such work situations include: a new job, a new team and/or a new boss; a promotion with higher responsibilities; an important and sizable project that requires a lot to get started, stay focused on, or finish.

➢ You are at a transition point in your life - for example, relocation to a new city / country / culture; retirement; finding your way back to employment; a career change - and you find yourself disoriented, not recognizing who you are. 

➢ You are feeling the impetus to change how you show up in your relationships - people are changing too fast or too slow, and somehow those “old tricks” that kept things smooth aren’t effective any more.

➢ You know you’re not fulfilling your potential, but not sure where to start; in fact you may even have trouble identifying what your potential is. 

➢ You keep getting in your own way of doing the things you love.

And, does the following strike a chord with you?

✧ You are open to trying new practices in order to embody a new way of being;

✧ You are interested in exploring and deepening your awareness of self and others by working through the body;

✧ You have a desire to connect deeply with your purpose, and unlock your wisdom and strengths from within;

✧ You regard change and adaptation as part of life, and know what courage and trepidation both feel like;

✧ You feel energized in the company of a fellow traveler on a challenging and rewarding journey.  

If any of the above sounds resonant, or brought up a tingling sense of curiosity, I believe you can benefit from somatic coaching, and it's very likely that I can help you.

What is somatic coaching?

Coaching is a powerful relational and life-affirming process where the coach and client tune in to the interests and goals that matter to the client, and co-creative more choices and more effective actions. 

Somatic coaching is uniquely effective in facilitating transformation -- that is, consistently taking new actions aligned with your values and vision, even under the same old pressures. In somatic coaching, we work through the body to engage your thinking, emotions, commitments, vision, and action to move towards your true self and highest desires. This means including all aspects of your intelligence - the physical world of sensations, movement, as well as images, thoughts, attitudes, and language - to create new neural pathways and new actions, leading to lasting and sustainable change.

The somatic coaching methodology I trained in includes somatic bodywork, an direct and effective way to promotes relaxation, clarity, increased energy flow and aliveness in the body and spirit. Somatic bodywork facilitates awareness and opening, allowing for new possibilities to be seen and felt.

Want to know more?

Simply click below to book a free info call with me. I'd love to learn about what you would like to work on and answer your questions about me, the coaching process and fees, and mutually assess our fit. We can then work out an agreement to get started, or if we turn out not to be a good match, I can refer you to other resources.

What Clients Say...

"transformational ... an openness towards the future"

My experience with somatic coach Yan Li has been transformational. We just concluded a 12-session coaching engagement that was simply extraordinary. I am an executive coach myself, and sought out Yan in order to overcome some longstanding eating habits related to stress. She led me on a path that uncovered deeper roots of these habits. This new awareness was profound. I felt safe and centered. The unhealthy habits I couldn't shed for many years are now history, and I feel an openness towards the future. The tools and affirmations I gained from this experience continue to nurture a higher quality of life and my inner peace. I am grateful to Yan's brilliant talent as a coach.  

-- RS, Executive Coach

"a magical and rewarding journey"

Yan’s 10 sessions of somatic coaching has been a magical and rewarding journey. It helped me with my career shift, which had troubled me for the past ten years. I am passionate about French pastry, but somehow, many things held me back from pursuing my dream. Yan helped me identify the obstacles and overcome the fears, through talking, somatic exercises and bodywork. During the five months of coaching, I started my home bakery business from scratch, and I am now confident to continue my career and life pursuit. Yan is a great listener. She is also very compassionate, creative and an excellent communicator.

-- Shushu X., French Pastry Chef