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Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health

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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.
  • Published: Aug 21 2018
  • Pages: 320
  • 252 x 178mm
  • ISBN: 9781848193543
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Press Reviews

  • Rebekah Hay-Brown, Yoga Therapist

    Expert nutritional knowledge and yoga philosophy re-visioned for modern guts! This is a highly informative and easily digestible book for yoga practitioners looking to support their digestive health. Yoga therapists will equally find substantial resources here to help inform client work.
  • Richard George, Contemporary School of Yoga

    This carefully researched and informative book represents the future of yoga as a tool to understand ourselves and heal trauma. Charlotte weaves together ancient wisdom and mind-blowing recent discoveries to offer this much needed insight to a fascinating but widely misunderstood area of the body. A spiritual and physical blessing for the gut.
  • Mimi Kuo-Deemer, MA, Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Teacher

    Charlotte Watts' Yoga for Digestive Health unlocks ancient and contemporary understandings of the possible roots and causes of digestive disorders. She also artfully champions yoga as an embodied, compassionate pathway that leads to lasting digestive health. Moving past conventional approaches to 'fix' the gut, Watts inspires readers to look at the root causes of disorder, which are often trauma and stress. She then graciously demonstrates how we can employ yoga as an effective means to meet and respond to these origins through the wisdom of our body, breath and mind.
  • Simon Low, The Yoga Academy principal and international yoga teacher

    At a perfectly timed moment within the evolution of our understanding of the significance of digestive health toward improved wellbeing comes a book that offers thorough, accessible and informed guidance of the treatment of your body and mind. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in diet and the addressing of digestive related issues, and for those involved in the teaching, therapy and practice of personal wellbeing.
  • Graham Stones, Clinical Director Broken yogi & Missing link back pain solutions, Visceral Manipulation and Lymphatic drainage therapist, Back pain consultant

    I absolutely love this book! It is packed full of incredibly useful information with the deep understanding and wisdom that could only come from of a very experienced practitioner and teacher. This is a seminal keystone book that everyone should read, especially if you have ever had digestive issues or pain. It tackles the complex and vague world of digestive issues with clarity and practical straightforward advice that will empower any reader and give them an essential comprehensive understanding of why and how to easily make gains over very misunderstood symptoms. It is well researched with up to date neuroscience and physiology that succinctly bridges the relationship of yoga with the current scientific understanding that gives you a deeper rock solid foundation to your yoga practice and the confidence to make giant steps at regaining your power over the unknown, fundamentally changing the way you live forever. I recommend this book to all my clients that are struggling with digestive issues, complex chronic pain and stuck not able to move forward but don't know why.
  • Graham Burns, Yoga Teacher and Teacher Training Board Member, Yogacampus, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS University of London

    This is such a fabulous resource. It provides practical guidance for those working with digestive issues in just the right amount of detail. I love the way that it draws throughout on the ancient sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, while acknowledging the place of contemporary medical research. Excellent too that it acknowledges the important role of yoga practices other than asana, especially when working therapeutically.
  • John Stirk

    I am pleased that Charlotte Watts has asked me to endorse this well researched and well written book. Brimming with the relevant information and punctuated by insight, Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health blends Eastern Yoga with Western research and understanding in order to address digestive dysfunctions and conditions. Beyond this we are reminded of the potential and scope of Yoga practice on various levels. This book should be included in the library of all teachers and practitioners who are interested in Yoga as a therapy and is a timely reminder of what yoga is and can be.
  • Tias Little, author of Yoga of the Subtle Body

    Here is an in insightful and illuminating examination of the role digestive health plays in physical and mental vitality. Charlotte Watts takes on a subject that is all too often overlooked- the state of the gut-- and details its key function in the health of the body-mind. For yogis and non-yogis alike, this book is an invaluable resource to help support the ecology of the digestive system.
  • Kate Ellis, Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Body Psychotherapist

    This is an incredibly comprehensive book. Charlotte has expertly woven Eastern and Western viewpoints into something accessible and digestible! It is also beautifully written. An important book for ALL yoga teachers since the significance of the gut body and its relationship to our structure and the nervous system has long gone overlooked. Charlotte highlights this connection in a myriad of ways and has produced an intelligent book, essential for all teacher training programs.
  • Joanne Avison, Author of YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy & Movement. Yoga Therapist (AIYT), Senior Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), Professional Structural Integrator (IASI) MSS (Master of Spiritual Sciences).

    This book is brave and brilliant. Charlotte has taken her personal passion through thorough homework and research, into a realm of clear communication and excellence. May it become a classic on every Yoga Teacher Training. It is valuable to anyone passionate about the art, science and scope of their personal and professional practice.
  • Karin Gurtner, founder and principal educator of Art of Motion Academy, developer of Anatomy Trains in Motion and Slings Myofascial Training

    In her engaging and compassionate writing style Charlotte Watts brings home an ancient wisdom shared by Eastern and Western medicine: vitality is rooted in a healthy gut. The complex topic of digestive health is expertly described in a clear and concise yet holistic and inclusive manner. Her message is of practical value for all of us, regardless of our current gut feeling. I particularly enjoy the way in which Charlotte skilfully builds bridges from ancient yogic and Ayurvedic insights to contemporary yoga practices that are informed by research and myofascial anatomy. In the way Charlotte describes and prescribes the asanas, yoga is both nourishment and medicine. Her recommended practice will strengthen a person's resources somatically. By following her guidance, we may also gaininteroceptive clarity that will benefit us emotionally and socially. Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health is a highly informative, easily absorbed and thoroughly enjoyable book that from now on is recommended literature at our school for structural integration through movement.