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 focussing 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, Judith Lasater and Donna Farhi as they combine her love of mindful, somatic practice, yoga as meditation and an explorative and compassionate attitude – alongside attention to alignment with respect to the individual needs of students.
Charlotte is also an award-winning nutritionist, practising since 2000 and specialising in stress-related and fatigue conditions and burnout, culminating in her book The De-Stress Diet (2012) and its forthcoming follow-up The De-Stress Effect (Hay House).
Charlotte teaches classes in Brighton and London, workshops, UK yoga weekends and retreats abroad.http://www.charlottewattshealth.com