Charlotte's Books

for yoga teachers and general well-being

Yoga and Somatics for Immune and Respiratory Health

Charlotte Watts, with Leonie Taylor. Foreword by Joanne Avison

Release date 21 October 2022.

A guide for yoga and somatics teachers, other movement and health professionals to understand the immune and respiratory systems and design yoga practises that support their optimal function.

Our respiratory and immune systems are intrinsically linked to how we relate to the world around us. Engaging with our vitality through the movement we were designed to express equips us with an invaluable ability to support the optimal functioning of our internal systems.

This book explains how somatic (fluid) movement, embodied awareness, and self-compassion can be incorporated into yoga practice to support respiratory and immune health. Through scientific and yoga lenses, it delves into how stress, trauma, breath, movement, fascia and posture can impact the quality of these systems and how yoga teachers and practitioners can integrate movement, meditation and breath to help improve them.

Through an exploration of our boundaries and attuning to needs, this book will help yoga practitioners and professionals develop a more integrated and nuanced approach to practice and teaching.

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Digestive issues are widespread and prove difficult to address through mainstream medicine. Senior yoga teacher Charlotte Watts sheds light on the connection between the gut and the brain, explains the links between stress, trauma and digestive issues and demonstrates how yoga with its focus on stilling the mind can have profound effects on conditions such as IBS, IBD, acid reflux, colitis, diverticulitis and more. Breath awareness allows the breath to drop into the belly and diaphragm, essential for good digestive function and understanding the fascial connections within the viscera help shape movement that enables optimal function.

Fully illustrated with clear diagrams and instructions, this volume provides yoga, movement and medical professionals with a solid understanding of the digestive system in relation to breath, mindfulness, posture, anatomy, movement, stress and trauma. It helps them to apply this knowledge to their practice and teaching approach.

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Free yourself from the emotional and physical effects of stress by reconnecting to your body and discovering what it really needs.

The De-Stress Effect
is a new revolution in eating, exercise and relaxation that will return you to vibrant health by gently bringing balance back to your body and your life.

The fast pace of modern life and the constant pressure we put on ourselves to keep doing and achieving can keep us locked in patterns of giving in to food cravings, negative habits and self-criticism - keeping our minds and bodies on constant alert. This disruption to the natural rhythms of our body can lead to all kinds of complications that are hard to resolve, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, IBS, weight gain, fertility problems and skin issues.

Presenting the latest research on how we can finally heal this damaging cycle, The De-Stress Effect will give you the space to truly feel what is right for your health and your life - realistically, intuitively and with compassion. With a low-stress preparation, six-week eating plan for optimum nutrition, mindfulness practices, yoga sequences and exercise routines, this book will soothe you back to a happier, healthier you, whatever your life's demands.

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The ultimate guide to using the power of food to improve your mood, energy and mental wellbeing, with over 70 specially selected recipes.

This brilliantly accessible diet book explains how you can use simple steps in your nutrition to manage any mood disorder.

Each chapter explains how to use diet to combat the most common issues that affect people of all ages. Looking at all the ways in which disordered mood can manifest, Good Mood Food discusses specific body mechanisms, underlying causes, symptoms, nutrient needs and recipes that support these for each category: improve your energy levels, focus, resist cravings, reduce anxiety, get more sleep, tackle depression and achieve balanced hormones.

Each chapter also features 6-8 recipes that are perfect to combat each issue and ends with diet plans to help you work mood-boosting ingredients into your diet every day. Drawing on the latest research into the human microbiome, mental health, and links between the gut and the brain, this book will be the perfect companion for anyone who wants to understand a little more about how what they eat affects how they feel - and what to do about it.

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