Course for yoga teachers, teacher trainees (and wellness professionals with yoga experience) with Charlotte Watts SYT

  • Brighton as 10 x 3 hour sessions
  • London as 5 x day sessions
  • Cheltenham as 2 x 3 day courses

NB: this course is one of two parts that make up the 120 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers training – see details of the Somatics Training retreat that is the first part of that extra training here

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Course description

This course has been designed as an explorative journey for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and others 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. There will be inclusion of Somatics practices – from the work of Thomas Hanna that emphasises internal physical perception and experience – and sits well within yoga to support modern body needs.

The courses will be held in ways that ensure safe and intimate group dynamics, with needs of the individuals attended to. Other movement teachers and wellness practitioners are welcome to apply if they have at least a year’s yoga practice.

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.

As a Yoga Teacher with experience of and an interest in working with trauma, I have long been searching for a dedicated space for reflective practice, community and sharing that is underpinned by a balance of thorough, intellectual, knowledge-based input alongside a skilfully held space for somatic exploration.

What a treat this course has been in ticking all of these boxes! It has also stimulated, inspired, rejuvenated and invigorated my passion for my work, given me confidence to continue in the direction that calls to me, and filled in my gaps in knowledge.

Charlotte is an extraordinary Teacher with a wealth of experience & sensitivity as well as significant depth and insight. She is a fountain of knowledge and I am extremely grateful for this invaluable and exceptional offering that she has shared with those of us on the course. I would recommend it to all Yoga Teachers.”  

– Emma Cole, yoga teacher and teacher trainer, Forest Row

Throughout the course (whichever format) there will be accompanying directed home exploration to enquire through practice, self-reflection, reading and viewing, the themes taught and discussed each session. This will build up knowledge and experience of the aspects covered, as well as providing a supportive framework for self-healing and observing our deeper needs within a busy world of high expectations and goal orientation. Subjects such as fascia, the vagus nerve, trauma, posture, interoception and proprioception, the enteric nervous system, body psychotherapy and language will be woven into a longer story of somatic self-enquiry that can feed into teaching skills.

At last! A yoga training that encompasses the true breadth of the practise. This brilliantly crafted course reminds us of the potential yoga has to awaken, safely support and gently (and sometimes powerfully) heal the most hidden of our experiences.


What Charlotte does so well, and with more acuity than any yoga practitioner I’ve known, is to help us to listen to our body’s communication so we might feel more proximity to our truth. Her courage to stand out from the usual suspects, venture beyond the obvious to explore, and share her findings with intellect, wit and a playfulness that grounds this emotive learning, is what sets her apart.”

– Sam McCarthy, Counselling Therapist and co-founder UMEUS foundation, Brighton

The practices for each theme (see below) will be recorded (sound only) for you to follow again in your own time, so that you don’t need to take notes but be fully present in the practice. This will bring in asana, somatic practices (eg from Thomas Hanna, Feldenkrais and Tias Little’s SATYA training), breath consciousness, sounding/mantra and meditation.

Yoga philosophy will be brought in as relevant to the course material, to also explore what aspects such as the yamas, gunas, koshas and chakras bring to new understandings of stress, trauma, fascia, movement patterns and self-regulation. The course will support the needs of teachers to foster their own resources and self-protection from burnout and compassion fatigue as they help and hold space for others.

“Charlotte entwines her in-depth knowledge, wisdom and experience and delivers the course with humility. The knowledge shared within a safe and supportive space gives time to explore and nurture your own personal development and practice as well as giving the tools to support others.


Charlotte’s enthusiasm is contagious and I eagerly awaited each weekly session. Words alone cannot truly express how wonderful this course is, as it is very much a journey of healing as well as learning.”

– Charlie Nash, yoga teacher, Brighton

Who is the course aimed at?

Qualified yoga teachers who have either recognised their own need for self-care, self-support, stress coping, trauma recovery and health practices; and/or who want to guide others they teach – either in specifically tailored class, workshops etc or to recognise the more subtle needs of those within more general classes. Also those looking for an introduction to Somatics and included this practice within yoga teaching.

Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to relevant experience, including trainee yoga teachers, yoga therapists and other health professionals.

Charlotte is very passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and puts her heart and soul into teaching the course. Her course materials are well organised and structured. I would highly recommend this course to add to your knowledge and teaching, it provides very useful additional and varied tools to your tool kit and a different perspective.”

– Zophanie Vazquez-Howard, yoga teacher, Guildford

How is the course assessed?

At the end of the course, an assessment will be set. This will be a written exploration of a personal chosen and related topic, designed teaching practice and reflections when both taught to a group or individual student and as a self-practice. Completion of course is granted on submitting the assessment within a month of the last date of the taught course. If the assessment is not up to pass standard, then constructive feedback will be given and one more submission (within one week) will be allowed. Those who do not pass will then have the option to redo the course at 20% discount.

Breakdown of the 60 hours course CPD hours:

10 sessions at 3 hours or 5 days at 6 hours = 30

Home Explorations (suggested reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice) = 20

Written and practice assessment = 10


Course details

  • Weekly handouts given at the course – beginning of each theme session – building up to a comprehensive folder of notes
  • Weekly home reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice sheet given out weekly – end of sessions
  • Audio of the main talk and practice taught sent after for guided Home Exploration
  • Pre-reading of Charlotte’s book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health a prerequisite – passages from the book may be recommended for weekly reading or preparation

COURSE CONTENT – 10 themes 

Each of the themes below will be explored within a format such as this:

  • 30 mins – checking in with the enquiry/self-practice from the theme before and where we are with current insight and understanding – maybe in the form of a practice, dyad, discussed enquiry etc
  • 1 hour – talk from Charlotte on the theme of the evening
  • 1 hour – taught yoga practice to experience the theme
  • 30 mins – reflections on the practice; discussion of related home exploration

The evening courses will follow a theme per session and the day courses will follow such a format morning and again in the afternoon to cover the same material.

1. Arriving – Setting our community healing space. Where we find ourselves in modern life and what it means to be a ‘modern yogi’ in a world of goal orientation, high expectation and physical ideals. How these considerations can be supported by the yoga model of healing and recovery, as distinct from the reductionist model of disease.

2: Context of the Modern World – The stress response and what it means for the modern yogi – the effects of modern life and psychosocial stress on the nervous system, noticing polarities, somatic practices, survival over growth. Bringing in the yamas and the gunas as guides for practice and life.

3: Vagal Connection – Trauma & polyvagal theory – the freeze response, grounding, orientation and what this means within practice on and off the mat. The importance of the vagus nerve and old/new vagal tones.

4: Belly Connection – The enteric nervous system aka ‘second brain’ and listening to ‘what is true right now’, as well as sense of safety, intuitively responding and embodied awareness. Observing separation of head and body in reductionist culture; coming back to ‘head, heart and hara’ as whole.

5: The Fascial Web – Fascia as a sensory organ and how everything is connected to everything else.  Communication via the psoas and fascia for kinaesthesia; interoception and proprioception, and how tightness, lesions and distortions in this matrix can ripple through the nervous system and affect how we move and feel.

6: Posture & Self – Modern postural habits from stress, sitting on chairs and trauma patterns. Including exploration of the primary and secondary spinal curves, the ventral and dorsal aspects (front and back body) and expressions of these via breath tones, and the Deep Front Line (Anatomy Trains) and sense of self.

7: Body Psychotherapy – Modern chakra theory & developmental trauma models for body psychotherapy – relationships with survival, trust, attunement, attachment and autonomy and how they affect our expressions through responses, gestures and movement.

8: Mindful Language – Stress, trauma & hypervigilance language – the modern habits of goal-oriented and self-critical language; how this affects yoga practice and teaching. The language of modern mindfulness as a helpful guide; inviting movement rather than imposing our will and the support of sound during physical practice.

9: Health as Whole – The yoga model of wellness (as opposed to the medical model of disease) and approaching health as coming back to whole, the root of the word ‘healing’. Discussing the kleshas (hindrances) as obstacles to wellness and sources of dis-ease within yoga philosophy. Identification with illness as a state and finding our essence nature.

10: Bringing it all together – Bringing it all together – this week is a clear space to go through any elements that need more attention and come together as a group for overall reflection.

UPCOMING COURSE DATES – Brighton, London & Cheltenham

Brighton: 10 Wednesday evenings (roughly weekly in term-times) 6-9pm in autumn/winter 2020: Sep 9th, Sep 16th, Oct 7th, Oct 14th, Oct 21st, Nov 4th, Nov 11th, Nov 18th, Nov 25th, Dec 2nd

London: 5 Saturdays (roughly monthly) 11am-6pm autumn/winter 2020/21: Sep 12th, Oct 10th, Nov 14th, Dec 12th, Jan 16th

London: 5 Saturdays (roughly monthly) 11am-6pm first-half 2021: Feb 20th, Mar 13th, Apr 10th, May 8th, Jun 12th

Cheltenham: 2 x 3 days (Tues-Thurs) 9.15am-3pm: May 12-14th and June 9-11th


UMEUS Therapeutics on Third, Langford Suites, 8-16 Third Avenue, Hove BN3 2PX (10 mins walk from Hove station)

Evolve Wellness Centre, 10 Kendrick Mews, London SW7 3HG (nearest tube South Kensington)

Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga, The Yoga Studio, 53-57 Rodney Road, Cheltenham GL50 1HX


£540 or £480 total to be paid in one of these ways: 

  • £540 when paid in installments – £180 deposit to secure a place on the course, then two extra payments of £180 for total to be paid before last quarter of the course time; you will be sent a schedule on booking click here to pay the initial £180 via Paypal
  • If booking up to 6 months before the last course date, the total £540 may be paid in 6 monthly installments of £90 click here to pay the initial £90 via Paypal
  • Reduced price of £480 if paid in full before the first course date – click here to pay the full £480 via Paypal
  • 15% concession for those on low income or benefits (10% off full price reduced payment) – please contact Charlotte to discuss


When do deposits need to be paid by to sign up?

The initial payments to secure a place needs to be made as soon as possible as this course is limited to 8 students on a first come, first served basis. This amount (minus £60 booking fee) may be refunded if other students come to fill the course or the student transfers their place to another student who also fits the course criteria.

If paying via the £90 per month over 6 month plan, refunds are only given beyond the initial payment if other students come to fill the course or the student transfers their place to another student who also fits the course criteria (minus the £60 booking fee).

The same applies to the discounted full payment of £480.

The 15% concessionary rate can be applied to all of the above, except the reduced full price, which has 10% off concessionary rate – please contact Charlotte for these prices.

Is there a minimum attendance for the course to run?

There is a minimum of 4 students needed for each course to run. In the unlikely event that the course does need to be cancelled, you would be given at least a week’s notice and a full refund of any monies paid.

What if I can’t make one of the course dates?

Most of the sessions are recorded (audio) and sent on a few days after along with the week’s notes and home exploration, as it is rare that everyone can make all of the dates. You are also welcome to come along to that week in future dates if space is available.

What happens if a student needs to cancel their place on the course?

In this event, the student should contact Charlotte at (the email used for course members) and let her know of the circumstances. Then if the course has not started, a refund minus the £60 booking and materials fee can be given. Once the course has started, any amounts paid cannot be refunded.

Is there an additional charge for re-submitting an assessment?

No, you can submit an assessment once after you have received constructive feedback where a pass has not been able to be issued. After this, you may be asked to pay an additional fee for a one-to-one tutor session with Charlotte before one last resubmission. Alternatively, those who do not pass will then have the option to redo the course at 20% discount.

Do I need to pay for all weeks if I can’t attend one of the dates?

Yes, the course included all dates and if you cannot attend one week you will have the option to come to the same week within a future course to have covered all of the content. If missing just one week, you can still do the assessment and complete the course by making up the time with suggested reading and practice. If missing more than one week you will need to make that up in subsequent courses and then submit the assessment after.

Can I cancel the course at any time?

Once you have begun the course, no refunds for monies paid will be issued. You are bound to pay the second and third instalment of £160 each, but if have a valid reason (sent to Charlotte with 7 days’ notice) then you can leave.

Do you have a complaints procedure?

If you have a complaint about the course, please talk to Charlotte in the first instance. It is preferred that there is an open and honest discussion and that any issues are brought to the group, but you always have the opportunity to have a one-to-one talk and if you need, to bring along a friend for support. If a complaint is written, Charlotte will respond within 2 days and this will remain anonymous.

What is your privacy policy?

You can see the general privacy policy for Charlotte Watts Health here: // and contact if you have any specific enquiries or concerns. When you join the course, you will be added to Charlotte’s mailing list and have the option to opt-out at any time. As course communication is via the email opting out of the main list will not affect this line of contact.

Do you share information with any other party?

When you sign up as a student of this training course, you give automatic consent for your contact details (name, email and phone number) being passed onto our partners, Yoga Alliance Professionals, so they can contact you directly and invite you to register as a Trainee and Teacher. You have the option of opting out of this registration process.

Your information will not be shared with any other party.

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