Stress is a major part of 21st century living, with the World Health Organization estimating that by 2020, stress-related disorders will be the second leading cause of disabilities in the world. This epidemic is an underlying cause of low energy, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), loss of sex drive, insomnia, depression, tooth-grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility, weight gain and heart disease. Yoga and meditation practices offer a very real (and well-researched) method to allow heightened body systems to calm back down and teach individuals tools to self-soothe. The aim of yoga is to ‘still the mind’ through body awareness and connection, intercepting the chattering monkey of the analytical left brain, so dominant in Western cultures.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS aka ‘ME’) is an exhaustive condition known to have stress and its immune effects as key contributing factors. By understanding its common symptoms and possible ‘rebound’ of creating and using energy, you will learn how to help students safely regain strength and find new ways of coping with these symptoms and living life.

The subjects outlined below will be covered and in-depth notes provided, so that much time can be spent practicing the applications and felt sense of the yoga teaching work. Many aspects will be covered within practice itself, with time allowed for teaching practice, to makes notes and for reflection.

The themes of the first three days will be followed throughout, with focus on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) and teaching practices for this state, that are also relevant for those with any burnout, fatigue states or in recovery from serious illness.

  • Specific considerations for those with CFS and Burnout conditions.
  • How it feels to for the person with these conditions to move, open and stretch.
  • Considerations for the mind-set of those with CFS and Burnout; how habits as samskaras can affect the very practice that could help with observing and unravelling these unhelpful habits. Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the energetic balance of their yoga practice and their illness. How to manage energy within yoga to learn to increase resilience without relapse.
  • The relevance of trauma within fatigue and stress states and how this can manifest in practice and ‘rebound’. How trauma and inflammation create fatigue and chronic pain and how to work with these.
  • The recent research and implications of relapse in ME/CFS.
  • The need for both restoration and movement and finding the balance within fascia, body fluids and structural needs.

Required Pre-Reading
Please note that you will be required to carry out some pre-reading before the course to enable you to get the most out of the training. We therefore recommend that you register for the course as early as possible to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare. You will receive instructions for the pre-course assignments together with your booking confirmation. Please note it is your responsibility to read the joining instructions that will be outlined in your booking confirmation email.



You will receive a certificate of attendance. Please note that to receive your certificate of completion you will need to complete the full 5-day course.

About Leah Barnett

Leah has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has completed the KHYF (BWY) advanced yoga teaching qualification, Leah now works mainly on a one to one basis with adults affected by chronic illness including ME/chronic fatigue.

read Leah Barnett's biography

About Charlotte Watts

Charlotte is a Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher (SYT) who first discovered yoga as a way to overcome stress, before training to teach and moving on to focus on yoga for those with ME and Chronic Fatigue and chronic pain. She is also an award winning nutritionist and author of five books.

read Charlotte Watts's biography


Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017

9.30am to 5pm



Other Information

Maximum participants: 30

Number of hours: 12

How to book?



Yogacampus London


Full details

This course is for yoga teachers and trainee teachers. It is also suitable for health professionals who have an interest in these conditions, such as occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists and nurses.

What our students say

Loved how knowledgeable and passionate you all are. So amazing to be in a space that is so understanding and non-judgmental . Jess R. on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, January 2016