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17 hours online / 70 hours total with workshops and retreat – CPD Further Yoga Teacher Training *with optional extra guided study at home as 26 hours in addition to the 17 hours https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/teaching-somatics-course-for-yoga-teachers/ This 70 hour course is an … Continued
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17 hours online / 70 hours total with workshops and retreat – CPD Further Yoga Teacher Training *with optional extra guided study at home as 26 hours in addition to the 17 hours https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/teaching-somatics-course-for-yoga-teachers/ This 70 hour course is an … Continued
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Yoga & Mindfulness Week, Grenadine Lodge, Turkey @ Grenadine Lodge
Sep 21 – Sep 28 all-day
Yoga & Mindfulness Week, Grenadine Lodge, Turkey @ Grenadine Lodge | Muğla | Turkey

This week will be dedicated to guiding you to feel calm, connected, restored, rejuvenated and content. Mixing mindfulness within yoga practice and through meditation space and personal exploration is a profound and enjoyable way to let go off the stresses of day-to-day life.

This yoga hotel is really lovely, with great service and truly lovely staff. The swimming pool is big enough to properly swim with a small bar beside the pool, which also serves snacks and amazing fresh pomegranate frozen juice ‘slushies’. It also has two yoga shalas which overlook a pomegranate field, which is where the yoga sessions will take place and a Turkish tree house where students can relax.

Dalyan village is situated on the small river that joins the lake to the sea and the yoga hotel is situated in the conservation area between the village and the beach. There are hotel bikes you can use for a lovely (and flat!) 10 minute cycle into town. This means you can either completely escape or enjoy this lovely town with beautiful river, cafes and great shopping if you want…. The beach is a 15 minute bus ride or you get get there by river taxi from town – there is turtle sanctuary at one end.

There is a mid-week break (with no yoga) which you could use to either relax by the pool, explore the surrounding areas or even go on one of the amazing excursions – a boat trip, waterfall, amber forests, the ancient temple site of Kaunos and many more!

Further details here.

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Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom – Tuesdays @ Online via Zoom
Sep 29 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom - Tuesdays @ Online via Zoom

Somatic & Mindful Yoga:

A yoga journey to open up the body and soothe the brain and nervous system. Beginning with a meditative, somatic practice, we arrive into the body and meet ourselves where we are. From this grounding, awareness and attunement into our inner landscape, we can then move from the centre in a more integrated way, feeling out what we need moment to moment. So whether the journey through different postures involves floorwork, standing, dynamic or restorative, there is the space and kind attention for each person to move in ways that feel safe, supportive and opening. In this way we can ease open muscles, fascia and posture in a safe and body intelligent way, with an emphasis on the breath and kind, mindful attention.

Tuesdays 6-7.30pm – a more restorative evening class; low to the ground somatic movement (may be both laying and seated) down to full rest and a long, guided savasana. 

As these are online classes, you will be able to see me on screen and hear my instructions, however I will have limited observation available as also leading and showing the practices. This means you will be more ‘left to yourself’ than you would be in an in-person class environment, but the nature of my teaching hopefully allows you to respect your own natural range of motion, personal boundaries and when to back out or modify as you need. Please do email me on info@charlottewattshealth.com with any injuries, specific needs or queries at all, so I can advise how to look after yourself.

Online (Zoom) Classes with Charlotte

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Healing Yoga via Zoom – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 1 @ 11:30 – 12:30
Healing Yoga via Zoom - Thursdays @ Online via Zoom

Class organised via Brighton Natural Health Centre: use this link for more details and to book (not including in Charlotte’s monthly pass, but will be in BNHC class passes).

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Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom – Saturdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 3 @ 10:00 – 11:30
Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom - Saturdays @ Online via Zoom

Somatic & Mindful Yoga:

A yoga journey to open up the body and soothe the brain and nervous system. Beginning with a meditative, somatic practice, we arrive into the body and meet ourselves where we are. From this grounding, awareness and attunement into our inner landscape, we can then move from the centre in a more integrated way, feeling out what we need moment to moment. So whether the journey through different postures involves floorwork, standing, dynamic or restorative, there is the space and kind attention for each person to move in ways that feel safe, supportive and opening. In this way we can ease open muscles, fascia and posture in a safe and body intelligent way, with an emphasis on the breath and kind, mindful attention.

Saturdays 10-11.30am – a more energising morning class; starting seated to move towards standing and down to the ground for full rest, still with plenty of space, time to feel and the integration of the pause.

As these are online classes, you will be able to see me on screen and hear my instructions, however I will have limited observation available as also leading and showing the practices. This means you will be more ‘left to yourself’ than you would be in an in-person class environment, but the nature of my teaching hopefully allows you to respect your own natural range of motion, personal boundaries and when to back out or modify as you need. Please do email me on info@charlottewattshealth.com with any injuries, specific needs or queries at all, so I can advise how to look after yourself.

Online (Zoom) Classes with Charlotte

Oct
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Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness – online/hybrid course @ Online
Oct 6 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness – online/hybrid course.
https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/

Course for yoga teachers, teacher trainees (and wellness professionals with yoga experience) with Charlotte Watts SYT

This course was moved online during the coronavirus crisis and as this format worked so well to enable home study and distance learning, is being offered this way moving forward as a hybrid between remote exploration and in-person workshops to complete.

Having much of the course online has the advantage of providing you with the notes, presentations and practice videos for lifelong access, alongside live weekly discussion for each theme – online (Tuesdays 2pm or Thursdays 7.30pm in Zoom) or in Brighton and London when easing of lockdown restrictions allow. The in-person practical aspects are then offered as four day-long workshops which can be spread over time and in different UK locations to make the course more accessible to those who need to travel; again when restrictions allow.

– The online course is 76 hours study, practice and home exploration – next intake October 2020: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/

– For full certification of the course, an additional four, day-long workshops in person to make entire course 100 hours (see details here: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/, these can be done at any time and in any order).

– The full 100 hour course is also one of two parts that make up the complete 170 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers training (https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/therapeutic-somatics-for-yoga-teachers/) – see details of the other part Teaching Somatics course – for Yoga Teachers: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/teaching-somatics-course-for-yoga-teachers/, which you can do either alongside, before or after this course. If you want to do alongside for a full immersion, the live discussions are on different weeks to this course (but only 5 so are interspersed) so you can do both together. There is a retreat included in that course, next date March 2021.

Course description:

This course has been designed as an explorative journey for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and others to delve into how a compassionate and subtly attentive relationship with their bodies, practice and teaching can help address these commonly seen dis-ease states. This may be as a route to unravelling their own states and/or supporting those in students. There will be inclusion of Somatics practices – from the work of Thomas Hanna that emphasises internal physical perception and experience – and sits well within yoga to support modern body needs.

Other movement teachers and wellness practitioners are welcome to apply if they have at least a year’s yoga practice.

A large part of this exploration will be modern stress and trauma, and what this means for our bodies, minds, yoga teaching and practice; on and off the mat. Charlotte Watts gathers together strands of her courses on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, and for ME/Chronic Fatigue (for Yogacampus) and her recent books Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018) and The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015), for an experiential dive into how we can view symptoms of 21st century living through the lens of the Yoga Model of Wellness.

“As a Yoga Teacher with experience of and an interest in working with trauma, I have long been searching for a dedicated space for reflective practice, community and sharing that is underpinned by a balance of thorough, intellectual, knowledge-based input alongside a skilfully held space for somatic exploration.

What a treat this course has been in ticking all of these boxes! It has also stimulated, inspired, rejuvenated and invigorated my passion for my work, given me confidence to continue in the direction that calls to me, and filled in my gaps in knowledge.

Charlotte is an extraordinary Teacher with a wealth of experience & sensitivity as well as significant depth and insight. She is a fountain of knowledge and I am extremely grateful for this invaluable and exceptional offering that she has shared with those of us on the course. I would recommend it to all Yoga Teachers.”

– Emma Cole, yoga teacher and teacher trainer, Forest Row

Throughout the course there will be accompanying directed home exploration to enquire through practice, self-reflection, reading and viewing, the themes taught and discussed each session. This will build up knowledge and experience of the aspects covered, as well as providing a supportive framework for self-healing and observing our deeper needs within a busy world of high expectations and goal orientation. Subjects such as fascia, the vagus nerve, trauma, posture, interoception and proprioception, the enteric nervous system, body psychotherapy and language will be woven into a longer story of somatic self-enquiry that can feed into teaching skills.

“At last! A yoga training that encompasses the true breadth of the practise. This brilliantly crafted course reminds us of the potential yoga has to awaken, safely support and gently (and sometimes powerfully) heal the most hidden of our experiences.

What Charlotte does so well, and with more acuity than any yoga practitioner I’ve known, is to help us to listen to our body’s communication so we might feel more proximity to our truth. Her courage to stand out from the usual suspects, venture beyond the obvious to explore, and share her findings with intellect, wit and a playfulness that grounds this emotive learning, is what sets her apart.”

– Sam McCarthy, Counselling Therapist and co-founder UMEUS foundation, Brighton

Each of the 10 themes (released weekly and listed below) includes the following:

Two 25-40 minute video presentations with illustrated slides covering the content
PDF documents of the presentation slides to refer to as you watch or makes notes on as you need
Extensive notes covering parts of the presentations in more depth, including self-enquiry exercises and the home exploration to guide deeper experience of the practice; suggested reading/self-enquiry/practice
60 minute practice video – this will bring in asana, somatic practices (eg from Thomas Hanna, Feldenkrais and Tias Little’s SATYA training), breath consciousness, sounding/mantra and meditation
either 60 minute live session – weekly online with two time slots to choose
or 2 hours meetup in person every 4 weeks (as Covid restrictions allow in the future) Brighton or London
The course will support the needs of teachers to foster their own resources and self-protection from burnout and compassion fatigue as they help and hold space for others. Yoga philosophy will be brought in as relevant to the course material, to also explore what aspects such as the yamas, gunas, koshas and chakras bring to new understandings of stress, trauma, fascia, movement patterns and self-regulation.

“Charlotte entwines her in-depth knowledge, wisdom and experience and delivers the course with humility. The knowledge shared within a safe and supportive space gives time to explore and nurture your own personal development and practice as well as giving the tools to support others.

Charlotte’s enthusiasm is contagious and I eagerly awaited each weekly session. Words alone cannot truly express how wonderful this course is, as it is very much a journey of healing as well as learning.”

– Charlie Nash, yoga teacher, Brighton

Who is the course aimed at?

Qualified yoga teachers who have either recognised their own need for self-care, self-support, stress coping, trauma recovery and health practices; and/or who want to guide others they teach – either in specifically tailored class, workshops etc or to recognise the more subtle needs of those within more general classes. Also those looking for an introduction to Somatics and included this practice within yoga teaching.

Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to relevant experience, including trainee yoga teachers, yoga therapists and other health professionals.

“Charlotte is very passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and puts her heart and soul into teaching the course. Her course materials are well organised and structured. I would highly recommend this course to add to your knowledge and teaching, it provides very useful additional and varied tools to your tool kit and a different perspective.”

– Zophanie Vazquez-Howard, yoga teacher, Guildford

How is the course assessed?

At the end of the course, an assessment will be set. This will be a written exploration of a personal chosen and related topic, designed teaching practice and reflections when both taught to a group or individual student and as a self-practice. Completion of course is granted on submitting the assessment within a month of the last date of the taught course. If the assessment is not up to pass standard, then constructive feedback will be given and one more submission (within one week) will be allowed. Those who do not pass will then have the option to redo the course at 20% discount.

Breakdown of the 76 hours course CPD hours:

Each of the 10 themes:

2 presentations – c.1.5 hours
Practice – 1 hour
Live discussion – 1 hour (dates available below)
Reading – 1.5 hours
Home exploration – 1.5 hours
= 6.5 hours per week
+ 11 hours assessment

Course details:

The online course content is housed within the platform Teachable; you will be able to sign-in whenever you want and have lifetime access to the material
You sign up for the timing to receive the course within the different available live discussion slots – dates below
Each new theme will become available to you a week before its live discussion, giving you time to explore the material before, bring relevant questions along and apply after
The material is designed for you to explore in whatever way best suits your needs
There will be a student forum for you to connect with Charlotte and other students throughout the course and beyond
Pre-reading of Charlotte’s book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health a prerequisite – passages from the book may be recommended for weekly reading or preparation
See below info on the themes for the extra 4 days workshops to make up the whole certification

COURSE CONTENT – 10 themes:

Each of the themes below will be explored within the above format and released weekly:

  1. Arriving – Setting our community healing space. Where we find ourselves in modern life and what it means to be a ‘modern yogi’ in a world of goal orientation, high expectation and physical ideals. How these considerations can be supported by the yoga model of healing and recovery, as distinct from the reductionist model of disease.

2: Context of the Modern World – The stress response and what it means for the modern yogi – the effects of modern life and psychosocial stress on the nervous system, noticing polarities, somatic practices, survival over growth. Bringing in the yamas and the gunas as guides for practice and life.

3: Vagal Connection – Trauma & polyvagal theory – the freeze response, grounding, orientation and what this means within practice on and off the mat. The importance of the vagus nerve and old/new vagal tones.

4: Belly Connection – The enteric nervous system aka ‘second brain’ and listening to ‘what is true right now’, as well as sense of safety, intuitively responding and embodied awareness. Observing separation of head and body in reductionist culture; coming back to ‘head, heart and hara’ as whole.

5: The Fascial Web – Fascia as a sensory organ and how everything is connected to everything else. Communication via the psoas and fascia for kinaesthesia; interoception and proprioception, and how tightness, lesions and distortions in this matrix can ripple through the nervous system and affect how we move and feel.

6: Posture & Self – Modern postural habits from stress, sitting on chairs and trauma patterns. Including exploration of the primary and secondary spinal curves, the ventral and dorsal aspects (front and back body) and expressions of these via breath tones, and the Deep Front Line (Anatomy Trains) and sense of self.

7: Body Psychotherapy – Modern chakra theory & developmental trauma models for body psychotherapy – relationships with survival, trust, attunement, attachment and autonomy and how they affect our expressions through responses, gestures and movement.

8: Mindful Language – Stress, trauma & hypervigilance language – the modern habits of goal-oriented and self-critical language; how this affects yoga practice and teaching. The language of modern mindfulness as a helpful guide; inviting movement rather than imposing our will and the support of sound during physical practice.

9: Health as Whole – The yoga model of wellness (as opposed to the medical model of disease) and approaching health as coming back to whole, the root of the word ‘healing’. Discussing the kleshas (hindrances) as obstacles to wellness and sources of dis-ease within yoga philosophy. Identification with illness as a state and finding our essence nature.

10: Bringing it all together – Bringing it all together – gathering together the threads of the course to review aspects of whole health covered – in the context of moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness.

UPCOMING COURSE DATES – online live discussions:

Here are dates for two intakes to be offered for the autumn (fall) term. The ten live discussion sessions for each theme (60 mins) will be choice of either:

Tuesdays 2pm UK time 2020 – October 6, 13, 20, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15

Thursdays 7.30pm UK time 2020 – October 8, 15, 22, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17

You will need to sign up to a specific group, but there may be the option to attend the other occasionally if you cannot make a session.

WORKSHOPS IN-PERSON – in addition to the online course for the full 100 hours certification:

These workshops will bring together key threads of the online course themes to bring into the reality of teaching therapeutically:

  1. Grounding, Orientation and Agency
    2. Observing and Responding to Needs
    3. The Language of Embodied Awareness
    4. Resourcing Yourself to Support Others

Full details: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/

Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom – Tuesdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 6 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom - Tuesdays @ Online via Zoom

Somatic & Mindful Yoga:

A yoga journey to open up the body and soothe the brain and nervous system. Beginning with a meditative, somatic practice, we arrive into the body and meet ourselves where we are. From this grounding, awareness and attunement into our inner landscape, we can then move from the centre in a more integrated way, feeling out what we need moment to moment. So whether the journey through different postures involves floorwork, standing, dynamic or restorative, there is the space and kind attention for each person to move in ways that feel safe, supportive and opening. In this way we can ease open muscles, fascia and posture in a safe and body intelligent way, with an emphasis on the breath and kind, mindful attention.

Tuesdays 6-7.30pm – a more restorative evening class; low to the ground somatic movement (may be both laying and seated) down to full rest and a long, guided savasana. 

As these are online classes, you will be able to see me on screen and hear my instructions, however I will have limited observation available as also leading and showing the practices. This means you will be more ‘left to yourself’ than you would be in an in-person class environment, but the nature of my teaching hopefully allows you to respect your own natural range of motion, personal boundaries and when to back out or modify as you need. Please do email me on info@charlottewattshealth.com with any injuries, specific needs or queries at all, so I can advise how to look after yourself.

Online (Zoom) Classes with Charlotte

Oct
8
Thu
Healing Yoga via Zoom – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 8 @ 11:30 – 12:30
Healing Yoga via Zoom - Thursdays @ Online via Zoom

Class organised via Brighton Natural Health Centre: use this link for more details and to book (not including in Charlotte’s monthly pass, but will be in BNHC class passes).

Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness – online/hybrid course @ Online
Oct 8 @ 19:30 – 20:30

Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness – online/hybrid course.
https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/

Course for yoga teachers, teacher trainees (and wellness professionals with yoga experience) with Charlotte Watts SYT

This course was moved online during the coronavirus crisis and as this format worked so well to enable home study and distance learning, is being offered this way moving forward as a hybrid between remote exploration and in-person workshops to complete.

Having much of the course online has the advantage of providing you with the notes, presentations and practice videos for lifelong access, alongside live weekly discussion for each theme – online (Tuesdays 2pm or Thursdays 7.30pm in Zoom) or in Brighton and London when easing of lockdown restrictions allow. The in-person practical aspects are then offered as four day-long workshops which can be spread over time and in different UK locations to make the course more accessible to those who need to travel; again when restrictions allow.

– The online course is 76 hours study, practice and home exploration – next intake October 2020: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/

– For full certification of the course, an additional four, day-long workshops in person to make entire course 100 hours (see details here: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/, these can be done at any time and in any order).

– The full 100 hour course is also one of two parts that make up the complete 170 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers training (https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/therapeutic-somatics-for-yoga-teachers/) – see details of the other part Teaching Somatics course – for Yoga Teachers: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/teaching-somatics-course-for-yoga-teachers/, which you can do either alongside, before or after this course. If you want to do alongside for a full immersion, the live discussions are on different weeks to this course (but only 5 so are interspersed) so you can do both together. There is a retreat included in that course, next date March 2021.

Course description:

This course has been designed as an explorative journey for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and others to delve into how a compassionate and subtly attentive relationship with their bodies, practice and teaching can help address these commonly seen dis-ease states. This may be as a route to unravelling their own states and/or supporting those in students. There will be inclusion of Somatics practices – from the work of Thomas Hanna that emphasises internal physical perception and experience – and sits well within yoga to support modern body needs.

Other movement teachers and wellness practitioners are welcome to apply if they have at least a year’s yoga practice.

A large part of this exploration will be modern stress and trauma, and what this means for our bodies, minds, yoga teaching and practice; on and off the mat. Charlotte Watts gathers together strands of her courses on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, and for ME/Chronic Fatigue (for Yogacampus) and her recent books Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018) and The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015), for an experiential dive into how we can view symptoms of 21st century living through the lens of the Yoga Model of Wellness.

“As a Yoga Teacher with experience of and an interest in working with trauma, I have long been searching for a dedicated space for reflective practice, community and sharing that is underpinned by a balance of thorough, intellectual, knowledge-based input alongside a skilfully held space for somatic exploration.

What a treat this course has been in ticking all of these boxes! It has also stimulated, inspired, rejuvenated and invigorated my passion for my work, given me confidence to continue in the direction that calls to me, and filled in my gaps in knowledge.

Charlotte is an extraordinary Teacher with a wealth of experience & sensitivity as well as significant depth and insight. She is a fountain of knowledge and I am extremely grateful for this invaluable and exceptional offering that she has shared with those of us on the course. I would recommend it to all Yoga Teachers.”

– Emma Cole, yoga teacher and teacher trainer, Forest Row

Throughout the course there will be accompanying directed home exploration to enquire through practice, self-reflection, reading and viewing, the themes taught and discussed each session. This will build up knowledge and experience of the aspects covered, as well as providing a supportive framework for self-healing and observing our deeper needs within a busy world of high expectations and goal orientation. Subjects such as fascia, the vagus nerve, trauma, posture, interoception and proprioception, the enteric nervous system, body psychotherapy and language will be woven into a longer story of somatic self-enquiry that can feed into teaching skills.

“At last! A yoga training that encompasses the true breadth of the practise. This brilliantly crafted course reminds us of the potential yoga has to awaken, safely support and gently (and sometimes powerfully) heal the most hidden of our experiences.

What Charlotte does so well, and with more acuity than any yoga practitioner I’ve known, is to help us to listen to our body’s communication so we might feel more proximity to our truth. Her courage to stand out from the usual suspects, venture beyond the obvious to explore, and share her findings with intellect, wit and a playfulness that grounds this emotive learning, is what sets her apart.”

– Sam McCarthy, Counselling Therapist and co-founder UMEUS foundation, Brighton

Each of the 10 themes (released weekly and listed below) includes the following:

Two 25-40 minute video presentations with illustrated slides covering the content
PDF documents of the presentation slides to refer to as you watch or makes notes on as you need
Extensive notes covering parts of the presentations in more depth, including self-enquiry exercises and the home exploration to guide deeper experience of the practice; suggested reading/self-enquiry/practice
60 minute practice video – this will bring in asana, somatic practices (eg from Thomas Hanna, Feldenkrais and Tias Little’s SATYA training), breath consciousness, sounding/mantra and meditation
either 60 minute live session – weekly online with two time slots to choose
or 2 hours meetup in person every 4 weeks (as Covid restrictions allow in the future) Brighton or London
The course will support the needs of teachers to foster their own resources and self-protection from burnout and compassion fatigue as they help and hold space for others. Yoga philosophy will be brought in as relevant to the course material, to also explore what aspects such as the yamas, gunas, koshas and chakras bring to new understandings of stress, trauma, fascia, movement patterns and self-regulation.

“Charlotte entwines her in-depth knowledge, wisdom and experience and delivers the course with humility. The knowledge shared within a safe and supportive space gives time to explore and nurture your own personal development and practice as well as giving the tools to support others.

Charlotte’s enthusiasm is contagious and I eagerly awaited each weekly session. Words alone cannot truly express how wonderful this course is, as it is very much a journey of healing as well as learning.”

– Charlie Nash, yoga teacher, Brighton

Who is the course aimed at?

Qualified yoga teachers who have either recognised their own need for self-care, self-support, stress coping, trauma recovery and health practices; and/or who want to guide others they teach – either in specifically tailored class, workshops etc or to recognise the more subtle needs of those within more general classes. Also those looking for an introduction to Somatics and included this practice within yoga teaching.

Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to relevant experience, including trainee yoga teachers, yoga therapists and other health professionals.

“Charlotte is very passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and puts her heart and soul into teaching the course. Her course materials are well organised and structured. I would highly recommend this course to add to your knowledge and teaching, it provides very useful additional and varied tools to your tool kit and a different perspective.”

– Zophanie Vazquez-Howard, yoga teacher, Guildford

How is the course assessed?

At the end of the course, an assessment will be set. This will be a written exploration of a personal chosen and related topic, designed teaching practice and reflections when both taught to a group or individual student and as a self-practice. Completion of course is granted on submitting the assessment within a month of the last date of the taught course. If the assessment is not up to pass standard, then constructive feedback will be given and one more submission (within one week) will be allowed. Those who do not pass will then have the option to redo the course at 20% discount.

Breakdown of the 76 hours course CPD hours:

Each of the 10 themes:

2 presentations – c.1.5 hours
Practice – 1 hour
Live discussion – 1 hour (dates available below)
Reading – 1.5 hours
Home exploration – 1.5 hours
= 6.5 hours per week
+ 11 hours assessment

Course details:

The online course content is housed within the platform Teachable; you will be able to sign-in whenever you want and have lifetime access to the material
You sign up for the timing to receive the course within the different available live discussion slots – dates below
Each new theme will become available to you a week before its live discussion, giving you time to explore the material before, bring relevant questions along and apply after
The material is designed for you to explore in whatever way best suits your needs
There will be a student forum for you to connect with Charlotte and other students throughout the course and beyond
Pre-reading of Charlotte’s book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health a prerequisite – passages from the book may be recommended for weekly reading or preparation
See below info on the themes for the extra 4 days workshops to make up the whole certification

COURSE CONTENT – 10 themes:

Each of the themes below will be explored within the above format and released weekly:

  1. Arriving – Setting our community healing space. Where we find ourselves in modern life and what it means to be a ‘modern yogi’ in a world of goal orientation, high expectation and physical ideals. How these considerations can be supported by the yoga model of healing and recovery, as distinct from the reductionist model of disease.

2: Context of the Modern World – The stress response and what it means for the modern yogi – the effects of modern life and psychosocial stress on the nervous system, noticing polarities, somatic practices, survival over growth. Bringing in the yamas and the gunas as guides for practice and life.

3: Vagal Connection – Trauma & polyvagal theory – the freeze response, grounding, orientation and what this means within practice on and off the mat. The importance of the vagus nerve and old/new vagal tones.

4: Belly Connection – The enteric nervous system aka ‘second brain’ and listening to ‘what is true right now’, as well as sense of safety, intuitively responding and embodied awareness. Observing separation of head and body in reductionist culture; coming back to ‘head, heart and hara’ as whole.

5: The Fascial Web – Fascia as a sensory organ and how everything is connected to everything else. Communication via the psoas and fascia for kinaesthesia; interoception and proprioception, and how tightness, lesions and distortions in this matrix can ripple through the nervous system and affect how we move and feel.

6: Posture & Self – Modern postural habits from stress, sitting on chairs and trauma patterns. Including exploration of the primary and secondary spinal curves, the ventral and dorsal aspects (front and back body) and expressions of these via breath tones, and the Deep Front Line (Anatomy Trains) and sense of self.

7: Body Psychotherapy – Modern chakra theory & developmental trauma models for body psychotherapy – relationships with survival, trust, attunement, attachment and autonomy and how they affect our expressions through responses, gestures and movement.

8: Mindful Language – Stress, trauma & hypervigilance language – the modern habits of goal-oriented and self-critical language; how this affects yoga practice and teaching. The language of modern mindfulness as a helpful guide; inviting movement rather than imposing our will and the support of sound during physical practice.

9: Health as Whole – The yoga model of wellness (as opposed to the medical model of disease) and approaching health as coming back to whole, the root of the word ‘healing’. Discussing the kleshas (hindrances) as obstacles to wellness and sources of dis-ease within yoga philosophy. Identification with illness as a state and finding our essence nature.

10: Bringing it all together – Bringing it all together – gathering together the threads of the course to review aspects of whole health covered – in the context of moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness.

UPCOMING COURSE DATES – online live discussions:

Here are dates for two intakes to be offered for the autumn (fall) term. The ten live discussion sessions for each theme (60 mins) will be choice of either:

Tuesdays 2pm UK time 2020 – October 6, 13, 20, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15

Thursdays 7.30pm UK time 2020 – October 8, 15, 22, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17

You will need to sign up to a specific group, but there may be the option to attend the other occasionally if you cannot make a session.

WORKSHOPS IN-PERSON – in addition to the online course for the full 100 hours certification:

These workshops will bring together key threads of the online course themes to bring into the reality of teaching therapeutically:

  1. Grounding, Orientation and Agency
    2. Observing and Responding to Needs
    3. The Language of Embodied Awareness
    4. Resourcing Yourself to Support Others

Full details: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/

Oct
10
Sat
Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom – Saturdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 10 @ 10:00 – 11:30
Somatic & Mindful Yoga via Zoom - Saturdays @ Online via Zoom

Somatic & Mindful Yoga:

A yoga journey to open up the body and soothe the brain and nervous system. Beginning with a meditative, somatic practice, we arrive into the body and meet ourselves where we are. From this grounding, awareness and attunement into our inner landscape, we can then move from the centre in a more integrated way, feeling out what we need moment to moment. So whether the journey through different postures involves floorwork, standing, dynamic or restorative, there is the space and kind attention for each person to move in ways that feel safe, supportive and opening. In this way we can ease open muscles, fascia and posture in a safe and body intelligent way, with an emphasis on the breath and kind, mindful attention.

Saturdays 10-11.30am – a more energising morning class; starting seated to move towards standing and down to the ground for full rest, still with plenty of space, time to feel and the integration of the pause.

As these are online classes, you will be able to see me on screen and hear my instructions, however I will have limited observation available as also leading and showing the practices. This means you will be more ‘left to yourself’ than you would be in an in-person class environment, but the nature of my teaching hopefully allows you to respect your own natural range of motion, personal boundaries and when to back out or modify as you need. Please do email me on info@charlottewattshealth.com with any injuries, specific needs or queries at all, so I can advise how to look after yourself.

Online (Zoom) Classes with Charlotte

Oct
13
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Teaching Somatics course for Yoga Teachers – online/hybrid course @ Online
Oct 13 @ 10:00 – 11:00

17 hours online / 70 hours total with workshops and retreat – CPD Further Yoga Teacher Training
*with optional extra guided study at home as 26 hours in addition to the 17 hours

https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/teaching-somatics-course-for-yoga-teachers/

This 70 hour course is an experiential journey into Somatic practice, where the online course and in-person retreat in East Sussex combine for a full immersion around the body. In this way we differentiate to feel and explore deeply, in order to integrate back to the whole. This helps foster the embodied awareness and personal practice that helps you to teach others.

These fluid and responsive practices include rocking, rolling, twisting and pulsing; mostly lying but also coming all through all planes (different ‘seats’, lunges) and up to standing. They can be practised as moving meditation or fed into a stronger asana practice to support the body’s ease in supporting itself up from gravity.

Anyone interested in this type of practice can do the online course, but to join the retreat and teaching workshops and attain the full teaching qualification you will need to have a minimum 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. This is because it requires a baseline of teacher training and insurance to teach others. You don’t need to be teaching at the time of joining.

The online course and retreat will cover around 30-40 different Somatic exercises in total; to explore and gain an in-depth relationship with the scope, feel and potential of the movement as a route to deeper ‘listening in’. The rest of the course then takes this practical experience to feed into how to teach to others; with two day workshops specifically on sequencing and teaching language, worksheets from the online course and other work – the full content is shown below.

To sign up for the online course, visit here: https://charlottewattshealth.teachable.com/p/somatics-for-yoga-teachers

This course makes up the most experiential and practical portion of Charlotte’s full 170 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers course (https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/therapeutic-somatics-for-yoga-teachers/) – of which the more theoretical, therapeutic, philosophical and enquiring part is the 100 hour course Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-online/, which can also be covered by the Yogacampus trainings with Charlotte with extra home study, see below.

Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers certification (170 hours CPD) – see full description here: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/therapeutic-somatics-for-yoga-teachers/ (includes information on how those who have done the full Yogacampus Teaching Yoga for Stress, Burnout and Fatigue with Charlotte Watts and Leah Barnett can include their CPD hours within this course).

Breakdown of the course CPD hours:

4 hours supportive reading (home study) – specific excerpts from Charlotte’s book Yoga for Digestive Health – to cover basic anatomical, energetic and teaching considerations for optimal connection with the course content.

17 hours online course (pre-recorded and live online) – deeper learning into each of the practical sessions covered on the retreat; videos of the practices with commentary, short lectures; so you have all of the sequences from the retreat and the manual in another form, to practice, experience and teach over and again – £249 (or 2 x instalments of £140) – to sign up for the online course, visit here.

15 hours practical over the retreat weekend March 2021 (in person) – an immersion in Somatic practice, organised in different focal points for embodied awareness and understanding; see full details of retreat focus and content below – £350

6 hours worksheets (home study) – included in the workbook and online course (to be submitted) – on understanding of the practices, teaching language and personal adaptation into individual teaching style and content.

6 hours (in person) – day workshop on teaching skills specific to Somatics – at separate dates TBC when covid allows (London, Brighton, Cheltenham) – £80

6 hours (in person) – day workshop on sequencing classes to focus on or integrate Somatics into Yoga – at separate dates TBC when covid allows (London, Brighton, Cheltenham) – £80

8 hours personal practice (not following the videos) – Somatic practices from the retreat/online course and manual – 6 hours practice, 2 hours written reflection after (considerations given to you in a guided sheet)

1 hour writing 90 minute class plan (home study) – submitted to then be taught and reflective practice written and submitted

2 hour teaching designed class (home study) – either in person or video submission – 90 mins teaching, 30 mins reflection (specific guided considerations)

5 hours class attendance (home study) – Charlotte’s classes or workshops (or other appropriate Somatics teacher, can be online), with reflective practice afterwards (to be submitted) – 3 hours for attendance, 2 hour for the write-up – usual class costs to be paid c. £30

= 70 hours CPD / £789 – paid separately for the portions listed as you do them, contact Charlotte at info@charlottewattshealth.com for concessionary rates

To sign up for the online course, visit here: https://charlottewattshealth.teachable.com/p/somatics-for-yoga-teachers

UPCOMING COURSE DATES – online live discussions:

Five live discussion sessions for each theme (60 mins) will be a choice of either:

Tuesdays 10am UK time 2020 – September 15, October 13, November 10, December 15, January 12 2021

Wednesdays 7pm UK time 2020 – September 16, October 14, November 11, December 16, January 13 2021

The Retreat Content:

The retreat part of this course is an opportunity for deep immersion in Somatics and a journey around the body to feel how we can differentiate to integrate back to whole.

It can be attended within this course or can be simply attended separately and includes notes, a brief introduction and reflective discussion after, for each session:

Friday afternoon: 2 hours
Central axis and skull-sacrum polarity: spine undulations, forward and side/ lateral sheath – annamaya kosha (physical body, containment) – thoracolumbar fascia and embryological considerations

Friday evening: 1 hour
Simple movement into meditation – soma & stillness

Saturday before breakfast: 1 hour
Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation

Saturday morning: 2.5 hours
Shoulders, neck and jaw: reptilian to all-fours/ dorsal sheath – pranamaya kosha (breath body, primal vitality) – scalp fascia to diaphragm connections, vagus nerve and primal development

Saturday afternoon: 2.5 hours
Hips, sacrum and belly: prone and baddha konasana/ ventral sheath – manamaya kosha (mental body, evolution of thought) – diaphragm to anterior iliac spines and psoas, gut-brain connections

Saturday evening: 1 hour
Exploring free practice to meditation – attention to transitions

Sunday before breakfast: 1 hour
Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation

Sunday morning: 2 hours
Diaphragm, ribs, lungs and heart: twists/ spiral sheath – vijnanamaya kosha (wisdom body, he artful awareness) – sternum, ribs and thoracic fascia, around the heart centre and solar plexus

Sunday early afternoon: 2 hours
Arms, legs and eyes: moving and reaching/ core sheath – anandamaya kosha (bliss body, openness and potential) – plantar fascia to core, reaching and standing into our full expression

See full details of the retreat and how to book here: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga-teacher-weekends-at-gayles-east-sussex/

Full details of the course: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/teaching-somatics-course-for-yoga-teachers/