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. 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.

Also see Charlotte’s trainings on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, and for Fatigue Conditions and Energy Support. As Charlotte is a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, her workshops and retreats also count as CPD hours.

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ONLINE COURSE – Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health

Suitable for yoga teachers, wellness professionals and those with yoga experience who are interested in this course.

  • ONLINE via Yogacampus This course runs for six weeks from Tuesday 9th June to Tuesday 14th July – Click here to book
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 Healthy defences – supporting our boundaries and self-protection physically and emotionally.

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

Week 3 Fluid Adaptation – 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 Support – Mindful practices as stress reduction and how they related to detoxification, immune modulation and appropriate immune expression.

Week 5 Clear Embodiment – 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 Good Vibrations – 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.

Additional Resources:

In this podcast, Charlotte shares some invaluable information on how to regulate our immune health through soothing our nervous system and the science behind how that is related to being connected to others.

Live on Campus with Charlotte Watts: Breath as the Frontline of Defence – Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health

Listen via iTunes

Listen via SoundCloud

Click here to book the online course: Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health

Course feedback from previous Yogacampus training:

Thank you Charlotte. A thoroughly interesting workshop that felt very holistic. A perfect combination of mind and body. I came here this morning very much in my head, and by the end of it I feel connected to my body and my mind, and very complete. – Adi Frankovitch

Two fascinating knowledgeable teachers and a deep, well-rounded course that has provided me with new tools to my practice and teaching. – Fern Ross

Charlotte and Leah have created a brilliantly structured course to give clear learning and practical application on a complex area of great difficulty…I feel they have taught us skills safely and compassionately. – Emily Young

Charlotte and Leah create a most open and affirming environment in which to learn and grow. A wealth of experience and knowledge combined with a natural ability to engage, listen and encourage self-realisation. I felt a great sense of belonging and positivity throughout, thank you for sharing. – Lou Wellby

I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 days. I have learned so much and I’m looking forward to putting it into practice! Leah & Charlotte bring a fabulous balance of knowledge, experience, and practice. They held the space beautifully – I felt safe to explore with ease. – Josie Harrington

Leah and Charlotte embody the practice with charm, humour and intellectual rigour. They provided me with a safe space to re-connect to my teaching and my true self. – Lisa Williams

Really enjoyed the course and found both teachers knowledgeable and approachable. Have attained a lot of ideas to implement in classes. – Mavis Graham

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