March 13th-15th 2020

Somatics Training Retreat for Yoga Teachers with Charlotte Watts:

This teacher training retreat is open to yoga teachers, yoga therapists and anyone else interested with at least a year’s yoga experience (although you will need to be a qualified teacher to continue the full module, see below). Whether you simply need the therapeutic effects of a weekend of deeply nourishing Somatic practice or want to take this into your teaching, this will be a retreat of deep connection, self-compassionate practices and embodied awareness.
The course/retreat can be taken simply for 15 hrs CPD experience and understanding of Somatic practice or as a more complete module with after-study, teaching skills and sequencing days, worksheets and an assessment for how this can be integrated into yoga teaching – taking it to a total 60 CPD hours as the Teaching Therapeutic Somatics course.

“I was able to drop into a very relaxed space in myself and it felt very natural to be around other teachers. It was so healing and helpful to share and talk and because Charlotte set the tone and held the space so honestly, it felt very grounded and real, which I really liked. I also feel like I’ve integrated some new ways of feeling movements and not being so rigid.”  – Camilla Morgon, yoga teacher, Brighton

The Somatic teachings for the weekend will be by their nature fluid, explorative, restorative, meditative and influenced by Feldenkrais, Qi Gong and other practices that step away from an emphasis on reaching particular forms or goals within asana. Through embodied awareness, there will be an emphasis on recognising and offering kind attention to the habits and expectations we may spend our time retreading in our work and personal lives. For each session, there will be a short introduction and time for discussion and Q&A at the end.
Part of the full module is an online course that includes videos of the practices on the retreat (taught and with a teacher’s commentary) that can be purchased after, either to complete the full course or simply for your own practice and learning.
This 60 hour module of Teaching Somatics course makes up the most experiential and practical portion of Charlotte’s full 130 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers course – of which the more theoretical, philosophical and enquiring part is the course Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery. This retreat can be taken at any time as part of the full CPD hours.

“I’m so glad I came. I arrived feeling exhausted, unsure and generally constricted. I left feeling rested, restored, inspired and invigorated. Charlotte has such art in expressing her vast knowledge of yoga and the human body-mind. She teaches in a way that seems to be designed to bypass the needy/greedy brain and head straight for the tissues themselves. This way her teachings are felt, experienced in the body and become embodied experience rather than yet more concept and theory. The retreat is at a fantastic location, the food and accommodation were great and it was just so nourishing to be so well held in community with like-minded people. I am definitely coming back for more!” – Lisa Wise, yoga teacher and owner Clear Space Studio, Hereford

The retreat content:

Friday afternoon: 2 hours

Central axis and skull-sacrum polarity: spine undulations, forward and side/ lateral sheath – annamaya kosha (physical body, containment) – thoracolumbar fascia and embryological considerations

Friday evening: 1 hour

Simple movement into meditation – soma & stillness

Saturday before breakfast: 1 hour

Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation

Saturday morning: 2.5 hours

Shoulders, neck and jaw: reptilian to all-fours/ dorsal sheath – pranamaya kosha (breath body, primal vitality) – scalp fascia to diaphragm connections, vagus nerve and primal development

Saturday afternoon: 2.5 hours

Hips, sacrum and belly: prone and baddha konasana/ ventral sheath – manamaya kosha (mental body, evolution of thought) – diaphragm to anterior iliac spines and psoas, gut-brain connections

Saturday evening: 1 hour

Exploring free practice to meditation – attention to transitions

Sunday before breakfast: 1 hour

Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation

Sunday morning: 2 hours

Diaphragm, ribs, lungs and heart: twists/ spiral sheath – vijnanamaya kosha (wisdom body, heartful awareness) – sternum, ribs and thoracic fascia, around the heart centre and solar plexus

Sunday early afternoon: 2 hours

Arms, legs and eyes: moving and reaching/ core sheath  – anandamaya kosha (bliss body, openness and potential) – plantar fascia to core, reaching and standing into our full expression

– payment plans available

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