Charlotte Watts: Yoga, Trauma and the Digestive System

Charlotte Watts is a Senior Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer (with Yoga Alliance Professionals) and has been teaching since 2010. She is also the author of Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health, published by Singing Dragon just last year.

In this podcast, we talk about positivity, connecting with your body, teaching yoga teachers, helping students open up in class as well as touching on social prescribing and what the future might hold.

Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health
Charlotte Watts

Yoga is an increasingly popular way of treating the digestive issues which have become common in the western world, and now affect one in five people in the UK. By combining scientific evidence with traditional yogic practices, Charlotte Watts reveals how yoga can be used to alleviate digestive problems such as IBS, IBD and more. Read more

Barbara Dancer: Why does a medical system want yoga?

Yoga therapy and its intersection with healthcare

“Why does a medical system want yoga?” Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani asked me this in a conversation about yoga therapy and its intersection with healthcare. “Because modern medicine focuses on curing, but when yoga is added to the equation, it can help individuals heal and give them a sense of their own inner wellness.”

Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is both a medical doctor and successor to an ancient yogic tradition and therefore has a foot firmly in each camp of mainstream medicine and traditional yoga. “Modern medicine is good at acute interventions. First, medicine was an art, then it became a science and now it’s more like a business. So is yoga, by the way,” he joked. His view is that medical treatment has changed over time; from treatment of the individual, then to treatment of the diagnosis and now to treatment to the lab report. “But the limitation of modern medicine is the strength of yoga. Yoga empowers the individual and it helps them to connect with their own inner resources. Hence when they come together, they help in the best possible way.” Continue reading

Heather Mason: Yoga in Healthcare – Head to our Facebook Page Now!


Heather Mason, MA, MA, MSc, RYT-500, and yoga therapist is the founder of The Minded Institute, a yoga therapy training school, and also the Yoga in Health Care Alliance, a charity devoted to bringing yoga into healthcare at both the grassroots and policy level in the UK. Heather has been teaching yoga since 2001 and has specialised in the use of yoga therapy for mental health populations since 2007.

Heather is actively focused on the integration of yoga into the UK’s National Health Service and in 2018 helped to create an All-Party Parliamentary Group, “Yoga in Society”, in hopes of gaining support from central government.