Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery

This training is a part of the full 170-hr certification. More info about becoming certified can be found here.

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. It is also informed by Formative Embodiment, a body psychotherapy laid out by Stanley Keleman, as taught by Jim Feill. 

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.

There are also four live workshops, purchased separately. More info here.


You may choose to either pay in instalments or for less in full.

There are also two options to include the four, in-person workshops - a pay in full option or eight month payment plan.

Please get in touch with Charlotte directly at [email protected] if you are low income or a concession to arrange further discount.

Click the box below to sign up for your date and pricing preference.


January 2023

March 2023


Includes 10 themes, explored in the format shared below.

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 – gathering together the threads of the course to review aspects of whole health covered – in the context of moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness.

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Breakdown of the 76* hours course CPD hours

Each of the 10 themes:

2 presentations – c.1.5 hours

Practice – 1 hour

Live discussion – 1 hour (dates available below)

Reading – 1.5 hours

Home exploration – 1.5 hours

= 6.5 hours per theme

+ 11 hours assessment

*100 hours course CPD hours if you also complete the 4 Additional Live Workshops (see further down this page).

UPCOMING COURSE DATES – online live discussions

Here are dates for the next available course intakes. The ten live discussion sessions for each theme (60 mins) will be during these time slots.

Wednesdays 2-3pm (2022-2023):

1. Sep 7th
2. Sep 21st
3. Oct 5th
4. Oct 19th
5. Nov 2nd
6. Nov 16th
7. Nov 30th
8. Dec 14th
9. Jan 4th
10. Jan 18th

Thursdays 7-8pm (2023):

1. Jan 12th
2. Jan 26th
3. Feb 9th
4. Feb 23rd
5. Mar 9th
6. Mar 23rd
7. Apr 13th
8. Apr 27th
9. May 11th
10. May 25th

Wednesdays 2-3pm (2023):

1. Mar 1st
2. Mar 15th
3. Mar 29th
4. Apr 12th
5. Apr 26th
6. May 10th
7. May 24th
8. Jun 7th
9. Jun 21st
10. July 5th

If you can’t make one of those dates in your chosen group,

you can always attend the other for that theme or catch up within a future intake to ensure you have covered the required hours for the course.

You can sign up to the online course any time before these dates. You will have access to part 1 one week before the live course begins, to start the foundational somatic practice and laying out the ethos for the journey.

If you’re a student in one of my Yoga Teacher Training courses or want to discuss joining one, you can book a 15-minute consultation.

Consultation details for students in the Somatics course can be found here.

Consultation details for Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery can be found here.

If you’ve taken a course elsewhere or are interested in taking a course and would like to discuss it with Charlotte, you can book a call here.

Additional Live Workshops for this training

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Watts.

Charlotte 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, mood and energy issues. She trained at the Vajrasati Yoga School in Brighton (500 hour Yoga Alliance training) founded by Jim Tarran who is influenced by Buddhism and brought a natural mindfulness aspect to practising yoga. This was the beginning of a relationship with yoga focusing 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 and Joanne Avison as they combine her love of mindful, somatic practice, yoga as meditation, the contemporary anatomy of biotensegrity and an explorative and compassionate attitude – alongside attention to alignment with respect to the individual needs of students.

Charlotte is an author with many published books, including Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018), Good Mood Food (Nourish 2018) and The De-Stress Effect (2015). She is also an award-winning nutritionist, practising since 2000 and specialising in stress-related and fatigue conditions and burnout, and digestive issues.

Charlotte teaches classes in Brighton and London, workshops, UK yoga weekends and retreats abroad. She also runs courses and retreats specifically for yoga teachers to attend to their own self-care so they have the resources to support others.