with Charlotte Watts 500RYT SYT (Yoga Alliance UK)

Charlotte runs various yoga teacher training events across the UK for yoga teachers wanting to deepen their study and teaching. Wellness professionals with yoga experience and trainee teachers are also welcome to apply (unless specified otherwise). See here for Charlotte’s full Yoga Teachers’ Schedule.

“Charlotte has such art in expressing her vast knowledge of yoga and the human body-mind. She teaches in a way that seems to be designed to bypass the needy/greedy brain and head straight for the tissues themselves. This way her teachings are felt, experienced in the body and become embodied experience rather than yet more concept and theory.” – Lisa Wise, yoga teacher and owner Clear Space Studio, Hereford


Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers

120 hours CPD Further Yoga Teacher Training

This rich, deep and embodied Further Yoga Teacher Training is both a journey into personal practice, and how to take this embodied awareness into meeting others through a therapeutic filter. The therapeutic aspect is drawn through understandings of the feelings, expressions, responses within movement and holding space for the effects of stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness; all through embodied awareness. Self-enquiry and self-compassion are key aspects explored for the teacher to be able to take this empathy to others, whilst attending to their own resources and recognising tendencies for compassion fatigue and burnout.

The training comprises of two parts that can be taken in any order or at the same time. This is to help you decide how intense or spacious you study the course and experience the practice. It also offers more scope in terms of spreading out payment and finding dates and locations that suit you.

  • Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness – the more theoretical, philosophical and enquiring part; there is experience and teaching skills of Somatics within yoga in this part, but with more attention to the nervous system effects, therapeutic approach, language, holding of space, attitudes and mindful attention – 60 hours
  • Teaching Somatics: the art of leading others inwards towards whole – the more experiential and practical component, where the teaching skills are more specific towards a set range of Somatic practices (with an embryological focus), how to sequence those, add them into more ‘traditional’ asana and building a repertoire around specific body needs – 60 hours
More info on the full course here

Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout – with Leah Barnett

Charlotte and Leah have been teaching their Yogacampus courses with many years at the London and Manchester venues. These three-day courses that 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 6 day course, on completion of a final assessment.

More info here


Teaching Yoga for Fatigue Conditions and Energy Support – with Leah Barnett

As with the previous course on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout (see above), these three-day courses 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. Stress and trauma will be discussed as key contributing factors to fatigue conditions.

This course follows on well from the Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout one, for a well-rounded and in-depth experiential understanding of how it feels to move and live from an exhausted state. It can also be done without participation of that course. The course can be taken on its own or in conjunction (at any time) with the one for Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout (see above) for accreditation for the full 6 day course, on completion of a final assessment.

More info here (scroll down the page)


Yoga for Digestive Health Workshops

To coincide with the release of her new book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018), Charlotte Watts leads this day to explore the theory and practice for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, experienced practitioners and other body and movement therapists and workers. These day (or two day) workshops will cover the fascial, stress, trauma and sensory connections with digestive issues that are so relevant within yoga philosophy and practice.

More info here


Yoga for Immune Health Workshops

Our immune system is the basis of our defence and protection, but also healing and rebuilding. Understanding how it shapes our boundaries between the outside world and our internal landscape is key to supporting how it can respond appropriately to perceived threat and danger. When we get stuck in heightened responses of survival (such as inflammation or autoimmunity), we cannot be in growth and healing modes at the same time. The relationship between our immunity and how safe or unsafe we feel at any time are intrinsically linked and we can explore these through embodied practices.

More info here


Somatics Training Retreat for Yoga Teachers with Charlotte Watts at Gayles, East Sussex

This teacher training retreat is open to yoga teachers, yoga therapists and anyone else interested with at least a year’s yoga experience (although you will need to be a qualified teacher to continue the full module, see below). Whether you simply need the therapeutic effects of a weekend of deeply nourishing Somatic practice or want to take this into your teaching, this will be a retreat of deep connection, self-compassionate practices and embodied awareness.
The course/retreat can be taken simply for 15 hrs CPD experience and understanding of Somatic practice or as a more complete module with after-study, teaching skills and sequencing days, worksheets and an assessment for how this can be integrated into yoga teaching – taking it to a total 60 CPD hours as the Teaching Therapeutic Somatics course.
The Somatic teachings for the weekend will be by their nature fluid, 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. For each session, there will be a short introduction and time for discussion and Q&A at the end.

More info here


As Charlotte is a Senior Yoga Teacher and has Trainer status with Yoga Alliance Professionals, her other workshops and retreats can also count as CPD hours.