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 student experience. Wellness professionals with yoga experience and trainee teachers are also welcome to apply.
“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
Yoga for Healing and Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness
This 12 week course in Brighton (3 hours in the evening each week) has been designed as an explorative journey for yoga teachers and yoga therapists 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. Each intake will take eight students maximum to ensure a small, safe and intimate group dynamic – with self-practice and enquiry work this is a 70 hour accredited course.
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.
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 ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (see below) for accreditation for the full 5 day course, on completion of a final assessment.
As with the previous course on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout (see above), these two-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 CFS.
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 5 day course, on completion of a final assessment.
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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.
Following the content from Charlotte’s teacher trainings for Stress, Burnout and Chronic Fatigue (as well as some of her Digestive Health content), these weekends for yoga teachers provide refuge for those who teach others. They are spaces to connect with your true needs and self-care – to both feel independent in your self-enquiry and held by a community of like-minded folk. The lovely yoga studio will be held as a silent space for you to use as you need.
Depending on what you need currently in your life, these weekends can simply be a place to nourish and renew your energy and relationship to your practice away from your teaching. It can ripple into your teaching with connection with others, and maybe practices that may differ from your teaching style. The school, training or ‘type’ of yoga you teach does not matter; the point is to arrive and allow your body to come to a place of potential nurture.
This day workshop is a chance to explore within our yoga practice where our mental, emotional and physical worlds meet, through the lens of our need for both movement and stillness; freedom and boundaries.
We all need the quality of fluidity to move, express and adapt, but how is such fluid contained? This is the constant interplay we are calling on continually in life – in body and in thought – and a yoga practice with embodied awareness can help us explore such polarities. We will explore how we need both somatic (fascial, formless) and gathering, strengthening (muscular, ‘form’) practices for the full range of body understanding and expression, and where do they feed into each other. From the context of living in a demanding and stimulating world, we will discuss the role fluidity plays in keeping us playful and adaptable and where that needs the safe boundaries of containment to be able to explore such freedom.