12 week course for yoga teachers, teacher trainees (and wellness professionals with yoga experience) with Charlotte Watts SYT
The Studio, Brighton
This 12 week course 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. 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.
Each week is a three-hour evening session with homework given to enquire through practice, self-reflection, reading and viewing, the themes taught and discussed each week. 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 trauma, posture, interoception and proprioception, the enteric nervous system and language will be woven into a longer story of self-enquiry that can feed into teaching skills.
There will be an hour’s lead practice each week – this 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 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.
Who is the course aimed at?
Qualified yoga teachers (200 hours minimum with at least 1 year teaching experience) 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. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to relevant experience, including trainee yoga teachers or therapists.
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 70 hours course CPD hours:
12 sessions at 3 hours = 36
12 x 2.5 hour suggested reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice = 30
Written assessment = 4
Each of the 12 sessions will roughly be set out in the following format:
6-6.30pm – checking in with the enquiry/self-practice from the week before (intros week 1)
6.30-7.30pm – talk from Charlotte on the theme of the evening
7.30-8.30pm – taught yoga practice to experience the theme
8.30-9pm – reflections on the practice; diads and then group
- Maximum of 8 people per intake
- Toilet breaks and refreshments during discussion times to maximise the time
- Weekly handouts given at the course – beginning of sessions
- Weekly home reading/watching/self-enquiry/practice sheet given out weekly – end of sessions
- Audio of the practice taught sent after
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 upon the physical self.
- 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.
- 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 koshas and layers of makes up our whole being. Identification with illness as a state and finding our essence nature.
- Teaching language and inner voices – self-regulation and co-regulation with students via mindful attention, self-compassion and clear boundaries. Recognising we all have inner dialogue and how this may be bought into relationship with students.
- Self-protection for yoga teachers – support, self-care, the courage to slow down – recognising what we need and the empathy to trust our students may need that too.
- 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.
Course dates in 2019:
Intake #1 – weekly dates (only 3 places left):
- March 13th
- March 20th
- March 27th
- April 3rd
- April 24th
- May 1st
- May 8th
- May 15th
- May 22nd
- Jun 5th
- Jun 19th
- Jun 26th
Intake #2 – weekly dates:
- Sep 11th
- Sep 18th
- Oct 2nd
- Oct 9th
- Oct 16th
- Oct 23rd
- Nov 6th
- Nov 13th
- Nov 20th
- Nov 27th
- Dec 4th
- Dec 11th
29 Elder Place
This is between New England Rd and London Rd in Brighton (to the back of Richer Sounds):
- Very close to the train station – about 7-8 mins walk
- Best parking is the London Rd car park on Providence Place which is one of the cheapest in the city centre and sometimes you can reserve cheaper via the JustPark app.
- Bus to London Rd eg 5, 5a, 5b or those that stop at The Level and then a short walk eg 25, 46, 49
£50 per session + one-off payment of £60 (non-refundable) for booking fee and materials
£660 total to be paid in one of these ways:
- £260 deposit to secure a place on the course (covers the first four weeks plus £60 booking fee and materials) then two extra payments of £200 due before weeks 5 and week 9 – click here to pay the initial £260 via Paypal
- If booking up to 6 months before the last course date, the total £660 may be paid in 6 monthly instalments of £110, so the first monthly payment would be December or January 2019 for March 2019 intake, or July 2019 (or before) for September 2019 intake – click here to pay the initial £110 via Paypal
- Reduced price of £620 if paid in full before the first course date – click here to pay the full £620 via Paypal
- Concessionary places available – please contact Charlotte to discuss
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
When do deposits need to be paid by to sign up?
The initial payment of £260 (or see the £110 payment plan below) 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 the £60 booking and materials 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 £110 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 and materials fee).
The same applies to the discounted full payment of £620.
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 happens if a student needs to cancel their place on the course?
In this event, the student should contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org (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 £200 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.
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.