Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery Online Training

This Live Online training 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.

Somatics for Healing Charlotte Watts

This Live Online training can be taken as a standalone training totalling 76 hours, cost £480. Bookable via this page.

You can also add four additional IN PERSON day long workshops to gain a full certification in Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery making up to 100 course hours. £680. To book including the four days in person, please add both events to your basket and proceed through checkout.

The 4-day in person component can be completed in LONDON or MANCHESTER, see the workshop links below:

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What will be covered in this course?

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.

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.

Course Structure

The course content covers 10 themes (outlined below) – these will be explored in the 10 live-online sessions.

The course also includes lifetime access to an online portal with the pre-recorded (asynchronous) learning materials:

  • 2 detailed presentations on each of the 10 course themes
  • Pre-recorded physical practices for self-study
  • Directed exploration for self-study
  • Specific content to read from the manual provided and from Charlotte's Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (note: you will need to purchase this book)


Live Online Sessions


Feb 23rd 2023

Week 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.

Mar 2nd 2023

Week 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.

Mar 23rd 2023

Week 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.

Mar 30th 2023

Week 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.

Apr 13th 2023

Week 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.

Apr 27th 2023

Week 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.

May 11th 2023

Week 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.

May 25th 2023

Week 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.

Jun 8th 2023

Week 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.

Jun 22nd 2023

Week 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.

Who is the Course For?

For yoga teachers, other movement teachers and wellness practitioners, or for personal self-enquiry (minimum of yoga practice experience of at least a year).

Breakdown of the 76* hours course CPD hours

Each of the 10 themes includes:

  • 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 detailed below.

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Meet the Teacher

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 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 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.

She is assisted by Leonie Taylor (500 RYT).

Charlotte Watts Portrait

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