with Charlotte Watts 500RYT SYT (Yoga Alliance UK)
Following the release of her book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018), Charlotte Watts leads this course to explore the theory and practice for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, experienced practitioners and other body and movement therapists and workers. The course covers 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.
Yoga for Digestive Health
Suitable for yoga teachers, wellness professionals and those with yoga experience who are interested in this course.
Upcoming dates (click on links of venue details below to book):
- Online – Thursday 22nd April to Thursday 27th May 2021 – click here to book.
First course presentation will be released on Friday 16 April. Students can join this course up to the date of the first live meeting on Thursday 22nd April.
Every Thursday 18.00 to 19.00 UK time from discussion and Q&A.
- Thursday April 22nd
- Thursday April 29th
- Thursday May 6th
- Thursday May 13th
- Thursday May 20th
- Thursday May 27th
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. The course will cover the fascial, stress, trauma and sensory connections with digestive issues that are so relevant within yoga philosophy and practice..
Over 6 weeks we will explore the continual communications between the gut and the brain and the relevance of the fascia, vagus nerve, psoas-diaphragm connections, stress, trauma, 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 is with a view to gaining the understanding of digestive system health as the heart of our whole being, relating it to the health of all other body systems; and 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.
This course will cover both theory as well as practical applications for a students’ practice and the teaching approach, exploring how a range of practices (incorporating movement, meditation and breath) can support health through optimal digestive function. Charlotte’s book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018) is recommended supportive reading for the course.
Over each of the six weeks 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 two parts as both video and audio format (self-study) for you to refer back to.
- A pre-recorded physical practice to support digestive health in different ways that relate to the week’s theoretical content; including modern anatomical, yoga philosophy and body psychotherapy, as well as stress and trauma links to digestive dysfunction – as video and audio format for you to be able to revisit and explore the practices (self-study).
- Live weekly discussion and group learning (each week Thursdays 18.00 to 19.00 UK time).
- A supportive practice as an audio resource to bring in other aspects of the yoga path or related, more modern, complementary techniques (self-study).
The course will require 3.5 -4 hrs per week of study and practice.
Weekly Course Structure:
Week 1 – Journey around the Digestive System
The physicality of the digestive system, including what happens to the food we eat through each part of the digestive tract. Exploring how the gut is a sensory part of us and relationship with the nervous system and how stress and trauma can knock digestion off-course.
Week 2 – Philosophy for the Modern Gut
How key yoga philosophical concepts relate to the very physical realm of digestion, and beyond into our energetics. Exploring the links between nourishment at our centre and the subtle body concepts of nadis and agni, the doshas, the vayus and the koshas.
Week 3 – Visceral, Subtle and Physical Anatomy
How we are organised from the ground up and how the psoas muscle and fascia link movement patterns and held habits with digestive issues. Examining common modern postural issues and how sensitive and intelligent bandhas in yoga asana can help unravel (rather than exacerbate) issues of holding and visceral tightness from stress, trauma and inflammation.
Week 4 – Body Psychotherapy and the Chakras
Using the modern chakra system where body psychotherapy is enrolled, we look at the physical and emotional development of the body from the root up. Exploring this journey from birth to adulthood can help make sense of the contributing factors to digestive issues and how yoga and mindfulness can help unravel these samskaras.
Week 5 – Specific Conditions
Looking at the various digestive conditions from both medical and Ayurvedic perspectives, exploring which movement, meditative and other practices best support their relief. Including lifestyle issues, contributing factors from a naturopathic perspective and contraindications.
Week 6 – Attitudes to Practice and Teaching
Bringing together the previous content into the physical & subtle practices of yoga, both for your own exploration and for teaching others. Awareness, listening, compassion & where fluidity meets containment – for responding to the true needs of the Gut-Brain Axis.
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.
What Will I Learn?
Over 6 weeks we will;
- look at the digestive system and its relationship with many other aspects of modern life
- gain an understanding of various digestive conditions from both a medical and Ayurvedic perspective
- explore a range of practices incorporating movement, meditation and breath to support digestive health
- develop a sound understanding of how to structure effective sequences
Who is the Course For?
Whilst this training is primarily aimed at yoga teachers and therapists, it is also open to experienced practitioners who wish to explore this area in more depth.
This course will be not be recorded and participation in all live sessions is essential for certification.
Those opting in for the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Completion.
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