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ONLINE – Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health 17:00
ONLINE – Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health @ ONLINE
Jun 9 @ 17:00 – Jul 14 @ 18:00
Learn the nature of breath in relation to our natural defences and how it contributes to the health of our immune and respiratory systems. This course takes you through the functions of the immune and respiratory systems and how they … Continued
THREE PLACES LEFT – Yoga & Mindfulness Holiday – Les Passeroses, France, June/July 2020
THREE PLACES LEFT – Yoga & Mindfulness Holiday – Les Passeroses, France, June/July 2020 @ Les Passeroses
Jun 27 – Jul 4 all-day
THREE PLACES LEFT - Yoga & Mindfulness Holiday – Les Passeroses, France, June/July 2020 @ Les Passeroses | Nonac | Nouvelle-Aquitaine | France
Yoga & Mindfulness Retreats with Charlotte Les Passeroses, South-West France June 27th-July 4th 2020 (7 days) Voted one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Yoga Holiday Retreat Venues in the World! This is the sixth year I’ll be returning to Les Passeroses … Continued
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Nutrition Mentoring – group sessions in Hove, Sussex 10:00
Nutrition Mentoring – group sessions in Hove, Sussex @ UMEUS Therapeutics on Third
Jul 17 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Nutrition Mentoring – group sessions in Hove, Sussex @ UMEUS Therapeutics on Third
Charlotte Watts brings her experience to a group forum where you can safely discuss the common challenges facing the Nutritional Therapist. Through an initial short talk, discussion and some group exercises, the themes will be explored with an enquiring nature … Continued


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Jun
9
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ONLINE – Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health @ ONLINE
Jun 9 @ 17:00 – Jul 14 @ 18:00

Learn the nature of breath in relation to our natural defences and how it contributes to the health of our immune and respiratory systems. This course takes you through the functions of the immune and respiratory systems and how they orchestrate in the body with each other (and other body systems). Understand how to design practices to support their optimal function.

Dates

This course runs for six weeks from Tuesday 9th June to Tuesday 14th July

First course presentation will be released 9th June.

Live times

Every Friday 17.00 to 18.00 UK time from 12th June for a yoga practice.

Every Monday 17.00 to 18.00 UK time from 15th June for discussion and Q&A.

What will be covered in this course?

The relationship between our immunity and how safe or unsafe we feel is tied into our breath, which becomes faster and shallower when we enter protective modes. Healing becomes compromised when we are get stuck in heightened stress responses – we cannot be in survival and growth at the same time.

Understanding how our immune system shapes our boundaries between the outside world and our internal landscape is key to supporting it, so it can respond to perceived threat and danger. Our respiratory system has a similar response to the internal and external; constantly taking in nourishment through the inhalation and releasing that which does not serve us through the exhalation. These two systems are intrinsically linked in our function and health, and how we relate to the world around us.

Over 6 weeks we will explore the immune and respiratory systems and how they relate to movement, embodied awareness and self-compassion. We will also explore a range of practices incorporating movement, meditation and breath to develop a sound understanding of how to structure effective sequences.

Weekly Course Structure:
  • Each week you will receive a detailed presentation on an area of physiology and how the yoga system can support this. This will be pre-recorded in both video and audio format (self-study).
  • A physical practice to support respiratory and immune health in different planes and with a different relationship to gravity, presence and self (live each week Mondays 5pm-6pm UK time).
  • Live weekly discussion and group learning (each week Fridays 5pm-6pm UK time).
  • You will also receive a weekly supportive practice as an audio resource to bring in other aspects of the yoga path or related, more modern, complementary techniques (self-study)

At the end of the course there is an optional final assignment to design a class, based on what you have learned which will be marked with teacher feedback.

The course will require 3.5 -4 hrs per week of study and practice

Course Outline:

Week 1 Health defences- supporting our boundaries and self-protection physically and emotionally.

Week 2 Inflammation as part of the stress response- over-stimulation and hyper-vigilance

Week 3 How contact, pressure, movement and stimulation of physical movement can support immunity via the lymphatic system and fascial hydration – and how these feed back into respiratory health

Week 4 Mindful practices as stress reduction and how they related to detoxification, immune modulation and appropriate immune expression.

Week 5 Embodied and self-compassionate practices in relation to the sense of self. The importance of self-massage and touch – embodiment through self-massage and touch via dermatones, soothing the nervous system.

Week 6 Yoga philosophy to support the breath body (pranamaya kosha) and exploring and hindrances (kleshas. Sound and mantra’s relationship in supporting respiratory and immune health Bringing it all together – a full sequence incorporating all of the aspects covered in the course.

Further details here.

Jul
17
Fri
Nutrition Mentoring – group sessions in Hove, Sussex @ UMEUS Therapeutics on Third
Jul 17 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Nutrition Mentoring – group sessions in Hove, Sussex @ UMEUS Therapeutics on Third

Charlotte Watts brings her experience to a group forum where you can safely discuss the common challenges facing the Nutritional Therapist. Through an initial short talk, discussion and some group exercises, the themes will be explored with an enquiring nature – holding space for each other to find your own therapeutic voice; that supports your clients as they need. Everybody’s varied experience and insight will be welcomed.

Charlotte Watts has been a Nutritional Therapist for over 20 years and won the CAM (now IHCAN) Award for Outstanding Practice in 2012. She is also author of many nutrition books such as Good Mood Food, The De-Stress Effect, 100 Foods to Stay Young, 100 Best Foods for Pregnancy and Top 100 Recipes for Happy Kids. She has lectured for the College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Institute of Optimum Nutrition.

Each Workshop has a Different Theme…

July 17th – Mindful language within the therapeutic relationship. How the words we use around body and health affect the client’s journey.

Sessions cost £35 with £30 concessions
Please email umenourish@umeusfoundation.org for more information

Sep
9
Wed
Yoga & Somatics for Healing and Recovery – Brighton @ UMEUS Therapeutics on Third
Sep 9 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Yoga & Somatics for Healing and Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness

10 x 3 hour sessions – Wednesday evenings

10 week course for yoga teachers, teacher trainees (and wellness professionals with yoga experience) with Charlotte Watts SYT.

NB: this course will be the first part of a 120 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers training available from September 2020 onwards – https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/therapeutic-somatics-for-yoga-teachers/

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.

The courses will be held in ways that ensure safe and intimate group dynamics, with needs of the individuals attended to. 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.

Throughout the course (whichever format) 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.

The practices for each theme (see below) will be recorded (sound only) for you to follow again in your own time, so that you don’t need to take notes but be fully present in the practice. This will bring in asana, somatic practices (eg from Thomas Hanna, Feldenkrais and Tias Little’s SATYA training), breath consciousness, sounding/mantra and meditation.

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. 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.

Who is the course aimed at?
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.

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 60 hours course CPD hours:
10 sessions at 3 hours or 5 days at 6 hours = 30
Home Explorations (suggested reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice) = 20
Written and practice assessment = 10

Course details:
Weekly handouts given at the course – beginning of each theme session – building up to a comprehensive folder of notes
Weekly home reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice sheet given out weekly – end of sessions
Audio of the practice taught sent after for guided Home Exploration
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

COURSE CONTENT – 10 themes:
Each of the themes below will be explored within a format such as this:
30 mins – checking in with the enquiry/self-practice from the theme before and where we are with current insight and understanding – maybe in the form of a practice, dyad, discussed enquiry etc
1 hour – talk from Charlotte on the theme of the evening
1 hour – taught yoga practice to experience the theme
30 mins – reflections on the practice; discussion of related home exploration
The evening courses will follow a theme per session and the day courses will follow such a format morning and again in the afternoon to cover the same material.
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 koshas and layers of makes up our whole being. Identification with illness as a state and finding our essence nature.
10: Bringing it all together – Bringing it all together – this week is a clear space to go through any elements that need more attention and come together as a group for overall reflection.

Course dates:
10 Wednesday evenings (roughly weekly in term-times) 6-9pm in autumn/winter 2020: Sep 9th, Sep 16th, Oct 7th, Oct 14th, Oct 21st, Nov 4th, Nov 11th, Nov 18th, Nov 25th, Dec 2nd

“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

“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

“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

“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

For more information, visit: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-moving-beyond-stress-trauma-burnout-anxiety-fatigue-and-post-illness-through-embodied-awareness/

Sep
12
Sat
Yoga & Somatics for Healing and Recovery – London @ Evolve Wellness Centre
Sep 12 @ 11:00 – 18:00

Yoga & Somatics for Healing and Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness

5 x 6 hour sessions – Saturdays

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

NB: this course will be the first part of a 120 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers training available from September 2020 onwards – https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/therapeutic-somatics-for-yoga-teachers/

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.

The courses will be held in ways that ensure safe and intimate group dynamics, with needs of the individuals attended to. 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.

Throughout the course (whichever format) 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.

The practices for each theme (see below) will be recorded (sound only) for you to follow again in your own time, so that you don’t need to take notes but be fully present in the practice. This will bring in asana, somatic practices (eg from Thomas Hanna, Feldenkrais and Tias Little’s SATYA training), breath consciousness, sounding/mantra and meditation.

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. 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.

Who is the course aimed at?
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.

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 60 hours course CPD hours:
10 sessions at 3 hours or 5 days at 6 hours = 30
Home Explorations (suggested reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice) = 20
Written and practice assessment = 10

Course details:
Weekly handouts given at the course – beginning of each theme session – building up to a comprehensive folder of notes
Weekly home reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice sheet given out weekly – end of sessions
Audio of the practice taught sent after for guided Home Exploration
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

COURSE CONTENT – 10 themes:
Each of the themes below will be explored within a format such as this:
30 mins – checking in with the enquiry/self-practice from the theme before and where we are with current insight and understanding – maybe in the form of a practice, dyad, discussed enquiry etc
1 hour – talk from Charlotte on the theme of the evening
1 hour – taught yoga practice to experience the theme
30 mins – reflections on the practice; discussion of related home exploration
The evening courses will follow a theme per session and the day courses will follow such a format morning and again in the afternoon to cover the same material.
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 koshas and layers of makes up our whole being. Identification with illness as a state and finding our essence nature.
10: Bringing it all together – Bringing it all together – this week is a clear space to go through any elements that need more attention and come together as a group for overall reflection.

Course dates:
5 Saturdays (roughly monthly) 11am-6pm autumn/winter 2020/21: Sep 12th, Oct 10th, Nov 14th, Dec 12th, Jan 16th

“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

“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

“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

“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

For more information, visit: https://www.charlottewattshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for-healing-and-recovery-moving-beyond-stress-trauma-burnout-anxiety-fatigue-and-post-illness-through-embodied-awareness/

Sep
21
Mon
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.

Oct
17
Sat
Yoga for Digestive Health: London @ Yogacampus Finsbury Park
Oct 17 @ 09:30 – Oct 18 @ 17:00

Calling all yoga teachers and wellness professionals…

To coincide with the release of her new book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon), Charlotte Watts leads this day to explore the theory and practice for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, experienced practitioners and other body and movement workers. The day will cover the fascial, stress, trauma and sensory connections with digestive issues that are so relevant within yoga philosophy and practice.

This training will explore how yoga – with its focus on stilling the mind – can have profound effects through the gut-brain axis on conditions such as IBS, IBD, acid reflux, colitis, diverticulitis and more. Charlotte will shed light on these continual communications between the gut and the brain and the relevance of the fascia, vagus nerve, interoception and proprioception in digestive health. Also how yoga philosophy focuses on accessing this central axis and recognising our need to listen to our visceral states. This will be practically applied for students’ practice and teaching approach.

Topics that will be covered:
•Journey around the digestive system
•Philosophy for the modern gut
•Visceral subtle and physical anatomy
•Body psychotherapy and the chakras
•Practices that particularly support gut-brain axis communication, digestive soothing, visceral ‘slide-and-glide’, grounding for lower chakra connection and intelligent bandha utilisation to reduce, rather than increase tension through the gut
•Specific conditions

What you can expect to gain from the training:
•Gaining understanding of digestive system health as the heart of our whole being, relating and health through all other body systems.
•Understanding how exploring digestive aspects in relation to breath, mindfulness, posture, anatomy, movement, stress and trauma can help us unravel the root causes of unrest in the lower chakras.
•A focus on breath awareness allows the breath to drop into the belly and diaphragm, essential for good digestive function and understanding the fascial connections within the viscera help shape movement that enables optimal function.
•How coming back to a mindful asana practice with guidance from gut feelings can feed into an intelligent practice guided by the yamas and gunas.

Suggested outline for the day:
-Introduction to the Digestive System from anatomy, fascia and -Ayurvedic perspectives
-Grounding and somatic practices to drop into the belly
-Stress, trauma and modern chakra theory in relation to digestive health
-Practice to move from the belly and feet
-1pm – 2pm LUNCH
-Overview of specific conditions from medical and Ayurvedic perspectives
-Restorative and supported inversion practice
-Sounding, nyasa and meditation
-Q&A

Certification
You will receive a certificate of attendance.

Oct
23
Fri
Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout – with Leah Barnett @ Yogacampus - Manchester
Oct 23 @ 09:30 – Oct 25 @ 17:00

Stress is a major part of 21st century living, with the World Health Organization estimating that by 2020, stress-related disorders will be the second leading cause of disabilities in the world. This epidemic is an underlying cause of low energy, anxiety, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), loss of sex drive, insomnia, depression, tooth-grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility, weight gain and heart disease.

Yoga and meditation practices offer a very real (and well-researched) method to allow heightened body systems to calm back down and teach individuals tools to self-soothe. The aim of yoga to ‘still the mind’ through body awareness and connection, intercepting the chattering monkey of the analytical left brain, so dominant in Western cultures.

Burnout is a term used to describe the emotional and physical collapse that can occur after long-term or chronic stress. At this point where the mind-body is on ‘constant alert’, teachers need to be able to guide students into a sense of safety and stillness so that they can notice and be with intense sensations without exacerbating reactive tendencies.

This course will explore how psycho-social stress – the ‘neck-up’, ruminating stress we tend to get stuck in in modern societies – can affect people and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives. You will understand how to teach yoga in a way which is effective, gentle and appropriate to the individual with stressed body systems, their particular responses, energetics, mind-sets and postural considerations. Grounding, mindful and somatic work will be explored to help you promote healing, energy and positive change in your teaching.

The course can be taken on its own or followed (at any time) by the one for Teaching Yoga for Fatigue Conditions and Energy Support (see below) for accreditation for the full 5 day course, on completion of a final assessment.

Further details here.

Nov
6
Fri
Yoga Weekend at Gayles Retreat, East Sussex @ Gayles Retreat
Nov 6 @ 16:00 – Nov 8 @ 16:00

Yoga, food, countryside and relaxation in a beautiful setting…

– including Soundbath Saturday night

Rejuvenate, relax and de-stress with Charlotte Watts over a long and luxurious weekend at a truly stunning location in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your programme will include two daily yoga sessions, alongside options to join a silent walk, nutrition talk and evening mindfulness meditations – or simply take some time in the countryside, relax or chat with others.

Yoga content will vary according to time of day, more energising and opening in the mornings, moving to relaxing and restoring towards the end of the day and optional late night meditation. The teachings for the weekend will be somatic, explorative, restorative, meditative and influenced by Feldenkrais, Qi Gong and other practices that step away from an emphasis on reaching particular forms or goals within asana. Through embodied awareness, there will be an emphasis on recognising and offering kind attention to the habits and expectations we may spend our time retreading in our work and personal lives. See the full sample programme below.

There is also a treat on the Saturday night, with Ruth Summers of Dao Natural Health running a Therapeutic Soundbath. You can fully relax as the beautiful and therapeutic sounds of gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, rainsticks and therapeutic percussion wash over you; helping to relax the system on all levels of being; physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically/spiritually, bringing calm to the body and mind and inviting a state of deep relaxation similar to meditation. The sound initiates a ‘conversation’ with the system and creates a space within which an individual may see themselves and their process more clearly, offering the potential for deep transformation.

Nov
27
Fri
Teaching Yoga for Fatigue Conditions and Energy Support @ Yogacampus Manchester
Nov 27 @ 09:30 – Nov 29 @ 17:00

This specialist training previously focused on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS aka ‘ME’) however due to rising prevalence now include fatigue states that can commonly be related to post-illness or medication regimes (such as cancer, digestive and cardiovascular diseases), autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, and post-viral load.

Students will learn how energy is effected in terms of its creation and usage in those affected by these conditions and will explore tools to help students safely regain strength, find new ways of coping with these symptoms and living life in ways that can support recovery.

This course will also explore how psycho-social stress – the ‘neck-up’, ruminating stress we tend to get stuck in in modern societies – can affect people and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives.

Stress and trauma will be discussed as key contributing factors to all fatigue conditions and the course merges content from the Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout course. It offers a well-rounded and in-depth experiential understanding of how it feels to move and live from an exhausted state.

The subjects outlined below will be covered and in-depth notes provided, so as much time as possible can be spent practicing the applications and felt sense of the yoga teaching work. Many aspects will be covered within practice itself, with time allowed for teaching practice, to makes notes and for reflection.

COURSE CONTENTS
The themes in these days will be woven throughout the entire course, both in discussion and experientially.
• An overview of definitions, contributing factors and the latest scientific understanding of fatigue conditions
• Specific physical and emotional considerations for those with fatigue conditions; how it feels to for the person with these conditions to move, open and stretch.
• Considerations for the mind-set of those in exhaustive states; how habits as samskaras can affect the very practice that could help with observing and unravelling these unhelpful habits. Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the energetic balance of their yoga practice and their illness. How to manage energy within yoga to learn to increase resilience without relapse.
• The relevance of trauma within fatigue and stress states and how this can manifest in practice and ‘rebound’. How trauma and inflammation create fatigue and chronic pain and how to work with these.
• The need for both restoration and movement and finding the balance within fascia, body fluids and structural needs.
• The effects of trauma (shock and developmental) on the primal body, how this can manifest and how it needs to be approached to prevent relapse.
• The importance of identity – how the teacher can help the student not attach to the identity of suffering in chronic illnesses.
• How it feels to move and experience asana and attention with pain, exhaustion and intense emotional reactions.
• The necessity of compassion (ahimsa and karuna) and deep listening within our practice, our own bodies and our world, to be able to work with people’s needs on an individual level.
• Working with the yamas and the gunas as guides for working with chronically heightened energy and mind-sets.
• Unhelpful samskaras in stress and the modern world; examination of personality types, how this can work against recovery and how yoga can help.
• Teaching language; using mindfulness, creativity and compassion to encourage practice with a soft mind and body – with humour to release and create a positive sensory experience!

Further details here.

Jan
8
Fri
Yoga Weekend at Gayles Retreat, East Sussex @ Gayles Retreat
Jan 8 @ 16:00 – Jan 10 @ 16:00

Yoga, food, countryside and relaxation in a beautiful setting…

– including Soundbath Saturday night

Rejuvenate, relax and de-stress with Charlotte Watts over a long and luxurious weekend at a truly stunning location in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your programme will include two daily yoga sessions, alongside options to join a silent walk, nutrition talk and evening mindfulness meditations – or simply take some time in the countryside, relax or chat with others.

Yoga content will vary according to time of day, more energising and opening in the mornings, moving to relaxing and restoring towards the end of the day and optional late night meditation. The teachings for the weekend will be somatic, explorative, restorative, meditative and influenced by Feldenkrais, Qi Gong and other practices that step away from an emphasis on reaching particular forms or goals within asana. Through embodied awareness, there will be an emphasis on recognising and offering kind attention to the habits and expectations we may spend our time retreading in our work and personal lives. See the full sample programme below.

There is also a treat on the Saturday night, with Ruth Summers of Dao Natural Health running a Therapeutic Soundbath. You can fully relax as the beautiful and therapeutic sounds of gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, rainsticks and therapeutic percussion wash over you; helping to relax the system on all levels of being; physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically/spiritually, bringing calm to the body and mind and inviting a state of deep relaxation similar to meditation. The sound initiates a ‘conversation’ with the system and creates a space within which an individual may see themselves and their process more clearly, offering the potential for deep transformation.