Digestive issues are widespread and prove difficult to address through mainstream medicine. In her new book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon, 2018) Senior yoga teacher Charlotte Watts sheds light on the connection between the gut and the brain, explains the links between stress, trauma and digestive issues and demonstrates how yoga with its focus on stilling the mind can have profound effects on conditions such as IBS, IBD, acid reflux, colitis, diverticulitis and more.
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.
Who is this for?
- Yoga & Movement Teachers
- Wellness Professionals
- Health Practitioners
- Experienced Yogis
What people are saying
“Here is an insightful and illuminating examination of the role digestive health plays in physical and mental vitality. Charlotte Watts takes on a subject that is all too often overlooked—the state of the gut—and details its key function in the health of the body-mind. For yogis and non-yogis alike, this book is an invaluable resource to help support the ecology of the digestive system.”
– Tias Little, author of Yoga of the Subtle Body
“This book should be included in the library of all teachers and practitioners who are interested in yoga as a therapy and is a timely reminder of what yoga is and can be. I am pleased that Charlotte Watts has asked me to endorse this well researched and well written book.
Brimming with the relevant information and punctuated by insight ‘Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health’ blends Eastern Yoga with Western research and understanding to address digestive dysfunctions and conditions. Beyond this we are reminded of the potential and scope of yoga practice on various levels.”
– John Stirk, author of The Original Body
“I would recommend this book to anyone interested in addressing of digestive related issues, and for those involved in the teaching, therapy and practice of personal wellbeing.
At a perfectly timed moment within the evolution of our understanding of the significance of digestive health toward improved wellbeing comes a book that offers thorough, accessible and informed guidance of the treatment of your body and mind.”
– Simon Low, The Yoga Academy Principal and International Yoga Teacher
“This is an incredibly comprehensive book. Charlotte has expertly woven Eastern and Western viewpoints into something accessible and digestible! It is also beautifully written. An important book for ALL yoga teachers since the significance of the gut body and its relationship to our structure and the nervous system has long gone overlooked. Charlotte highlights this connection in a myriad of ways and has produced an intelligent book, essential for all teacher training programs.”
– Kate Ellis, Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Body Psychotherapist
“This book is brave and brilliant.Charlotte has taken her personal passion through thorough homework and research, into a realm of clear communication and excellence. May it become a classic on every Yoga Teacher Training. It is valuable to anyone passionate about the art, science and scope of their personal and professional practice.”
– Joanne Avison, author of YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy & Movement, Yoga Therapist (AIYT), Senior Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), Professional Structural Integrator (IASI), MSS (Master of Spiritual Sciences)
“Yoga for Digestive Health unlocks ancient and contemporary understandings of the possible roots and causes of digestive disorders. She also artfully champions yoga as an embodied, compassionate pathway that leads to lasting digestive health.
Moving past conventional approaches to “fix” the gut, Watts inspires readers to look at the root causes of disorder, which are often trauma and stress. She then graciously demonstrates how we can employ yoga as an effective means to meet and respond to these origins through the wisdom of our body, breath and mind.”
– Mimi Kuo-Deemer, MA, Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Teacher
“This is such a fabulous resource. It provides practical guidance for those working with digestive issues in just the right amount of detail.I love the way that it draws throughout on the ancient sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, while acknowledging the place of contemporary medical research. Excellent too that it acknowledges the important role of yoga practices other than asana, especially when working therapeutically.”
– Graham Burns, Yoga Teacher and Teacher Training Board Member, Yogacampus, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS University of London
“Expert nutritional knowledge and yoga philosophy re-visioned for modern guts! This is a highly informative and easily digestible book for yoga practitioners looking to support their digestive health. Yoga therapists will equally find substantial resources here to help inform client work.”
– Rebekah Hay-Brown, Yoga Therapist and Teacher Training Board Member, Yogacampus
“This carefully researched and informative book represents the future of yoga as a tool to understand ourselves and heal trauma. Charlotte weaves together ancient wisdom and mind-blowing recent discoveries to offer this much needed insight to a fascinating but widely misunderstood area of the body. A spiritual and physical blessing for the gut.”
– Richard George, Contemporary School of Yoga
“I recommend this book to all my clients who are struggling with digestive issues, complex chronic pain and stuck, unable to move forward but not knowing why. I absolutely love this book! It is packed full of incredibly useful information with the deep understanding and wisdom that could only come from of a very experienced practitioner and teacher.
This is a keystone book that tackles the vague world of digestive issues with clarity and practical straight forward advice that will empower any reader and give them an essential understanding of how to easily make gains over very misunderstood symptoms.”
– Graham Stones, Clinical Director Broken Yogi & Missing Link Back Pain Solutions, Visceral Manipulation and Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Back Pain Consultant
“Charlotte’s book captures the essential flavour of yoga by pointing out how the body, mind, breath are all interdependent. She glides between yogic paradigms and cutting-edge research into the functional relationships between bodily systems in a way that reflects one of yoga’s key philosophies; “everything is everything”.
Charlotte’s work in this book will be a valuable tool for; yoga trainer, yoga teacher and yoga student. It will leave the reader confident in the efficacy of the practices, informed about the science around the subject and inspired to learn more about this beautiful subject.”
– Jim Tarran, yoga teacher and founder of the Vajrasati School of Yoga, UK
“An insightful and illuminating examination of the role digestive health plays in physical and mental vitality.”
– Tias Little
“Brimming with relevant information and punctuated by insight.”
– John Stirk
“Thorough, accessible and informed guidance for body and mind.”
– Simon Low
“Thorough, accessible and informed guidance for body and mind.”
– Simon Low
Charlotte Watts is a Senior Yoga Alliance 500-hour Yoga Teacher (teaching since 2007) and an award-winning Nutritional Therapist with over 15 years’ experience. She attended her first yoga class in 1996 and immediately knew that it would be a large part of the route to overcoming her stress-related, digestive and other health issues (including Chronic Fatigue, depression, anxiety and migraines). She trained at the Vajrasati Yoga School in Brighton (500 hour Yoga Alliance training) founded by Jim Tarran, influenced by Buddhism and the inherent mindfulness within yoga. This was the beginning of a relationship with yoga focussing on taking time and finding space to feel subtleties of the experience, energetics and responses within the practice and create full body awareness within postures.
Charlotte then went on to train in teaching yoga for people with ME and Chronic Fatigue with Fiona Agombar and teaching for chronic pain with Heather Mason, continuing her interest in yoga as therapy for anxiety, depression and stress states. She deepened her mindfulness practice as a result of a specific mindfulness course for yoga teachers with Cathy-Mae Karelse. She continues to study with teachers Tias Little, Judith Lasater and Donna Farhi as they combine her love of mindful, somatic practice, yoga as meditation and an explorative and compassionate attitude – alongside attention to alignment with respect to the individual needs of students. She continues to study contemporary anatomy with Joanne Avison.
Charlotte is also an award-winning nutritionist, practising since 2000 and specialising in stress-related and fatigue conditions and burnout, culminating in her book The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015) and Good Mood Food (Watkins 2018), as well as this most recent Yoga for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018). She has written many books and contributes to many magazines and websites, includes What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You and Yogamatters.
She runs events for yoga teachers across the UK, where she also teaches courses with Yogacampus and lectures for The Minded Institute. She teaches classes in Brighton and London, workshops, UK yoga weekends and retreats abroad, as well as running her online membership Calm Club to help people find health and ease within their lives.