with Charlotte Watts 500RYT SYT (Yoga Alliance UK)

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. The day will cover the fascial, stress, trauma and sensory connections with digestive issues that are so relevant within yoga philosophy and practice. Please check back as dates are added regularly.

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


Yoga for Digestive Health

Upcoming dates (click on links of venue details below to book):

  • Bath, Yoga Bodhi, Bartlett St – Sunday 10th February 2019, 9.30am–5pm – click here and scroll down to find booking link
  • Manchester: Yogacampus, Deansgate – Saturday 16th February 2019 9.30am-5pm – click here to book
  • Belfast, Maitri Studio, The Mount – Saturday 30th March, 9.30am–5pm – click here to pay £75 to Charlotte and email her at info@charlottewattshealth.com to confirm
  • Portrush, The Arcadia, East Strand – Sunday 31st March, 10am-5.30pm – booking details to come
  • London: Yogacampus, Finsbury Park – 2 day training: 5-6th October 2019 (booking link to come)

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




You will receive a certificate of attendance on request.


Course feedback from previous Yogacampus training:

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