Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health
with Charlotte Watts 500RYT SYT (Yoga Alliance UK)
Learn the nature of breath in relation to our natural defences and how it contributes to the health of our immune and respiratory systems, as well as understanding how to design practices to support their optimal function. 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) and is accompanied by Charlotte’s book Yoga and Somatics for Immune and Respiratory Health (Singing Dragon 2022).
This course is offered ONLINE via Yogacampus
3 Live Online Sessions of 4 hours each:
1. 4th November
2. 25th November
3. 16th December
Each session runs from 15.00 - 21.30 (UK time). International students please click here to view the event start time across time zones.
From a course student:
“Thank you again for the course. I found it really interesting and the on-line format was great, allowing you to work around your own timings and to revisit the presentations and practices as much as you wanted. There is an amazing amount of helpful information to digest and I hope to do so over the coming months, as well as repeating the practice sessions, because the whole experience was very beneficial to myself and I would like to pass that benefit on to others in the future.”
- Sally Rich, Algarve, Portugal
In this online course you will learn
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 three 4-hour online sessions (3 weeks apart, exploring 6 themes) 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. Charlotte’s book Yoga and Somatics for Immune and Respiratory Health is recommended supportive reading for the course.
Thank you for an excellent course, serious highlight of lockdown - really relevant theoretical and practical information, presented in an accessible, warm and engaging way. Enjoyed every bit! now looking forward to working through the assignment and nailing down how I would convey what I’ve learnt in my classes. Thank you so much.
Sam M, Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health, March 2020
The course will require 3.5 - 4 hrs per week of study and practice.
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.
There are 6 themes to cover the course content (outlined below) – these will be explored in pairs over the three live online sessions and each contains the following pre-recorded (asynchronous) learning materials:
A detailed presentation on an area of physiology and how the yoga system can support this. These are pre-recorded in both video and audio format (self-study) for you to refer back to.
A pre-recorded physical practice to support respiratory and immune health in different planes and with a different relationship to gravity, presence and self – video and audio format for you to be able to revisit and explore the practices (self-study).
Specific content to read from Charlotte’s book Yoga and Somatics for Immune and Respiratory Health.
A supportive practice as an audio resource to bring in other aspects of the yoga path or related, more modern, complementary techniques (self-study).
Theme 1: Healthy Defences
Theme 2: Stress & Inflammation
Theme 3: Fluid Adaptation
Theme 4: Mindful Boundaries
Theme 5: Embodied Awareness
Theme 6: Good Vibrations
Course feedback from previous Yogacampus training
Melissa Craft, Yoga Teacher, Northamptonshire
“I want to thank you for a great course. I personally got a lot out of it, especially being new to teaching and have added elements into my weekly classes, particularly thinking about language and simple things like at the end of class rolling to the side which offers you the most comfort, side lying foetal position, protecting the heart space, etc.”
Sabine, BWY Diploma Teacher, Bromley, Kent
“Thank you so much for the terrific course. I’m so glad I joined – it has given me lots of food for thought, fresh ideas for my teaching and simply deepened my knowledge and understanding of the importance of the gut and how important it is for our health and well-being.”
Sam Mills, Yoga Teacher, London
“Thank you for an excellent course, serious highlight of lockdown - really relevant theoretical and practical information, presented in an accessible, warm and engaging way. Enjoyed every bit ⭐️ now looking forward to working through the assignment and nailing down how I would convey what I’ve learnt in my classes. Thank you so much.”
Kay Hoffmann, Yoga Teacher, Bedfordshire
“Thanks so much for the course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was very impressed by the standard of your teaching content and your expert yet friendly teaching style!”
Lisa Wise Yoga
“Thank you for putting together such a wonderfully in depth and informative course, I really liked the way it brought together health from physical (physiological and structural), energetic and emotional perspectives (psychoneurosomaticimmunology!). For me it has really helped to clarify and give me some language around the 'type' of yoga I am interested in teaching. I enjoyed the weekly rhythm of a practical and live discussion. Thanks again, it was a great course and I will miss the practice tonight!”
Listen In - Sample Talk
Live on Campus with Charlotte Watts: Breath as the Frontline of Defence – Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health
In this podcast, Charlotte shares invaluable information on how to regulate our immune health through soothing our nervous system and the science behind how that is related to connecting with others.