bnhc community

The Brighton Natural Health Centre is a charity which has been running for over 35 years. Our aim is to share the benefits of natural health with everyone by building a wellbeing community within our centre offering accessible classes here and outside our centre.

Within the centrecomm yoga

For many years people attending classes have been telling us how much they value BNHC and what strong feelings they have for it. Partly this is because we are a charity, but we think there is more to it than that. Our core aim is to share the benefits of mindful physical activity with as many people as possible. We want to create a wellbeing community within our centre.

Why not come and join us at one of our community events?

Our programme includes:

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All profits from our community events and classes are reinvested into the programme. The money we raise, along with grants from funders and time donated by our trustees, staff and volunteers, enables us to run classes for those who might not be able to come to our centre.

Our current projects include:

Yoga classes for female migrants, refugees or asylum seekers

Often funders will support new projects for a limited time. The money we raise through our community programme enables us to continue established classes after the initial funding has ended, so students can benefit in the longer term.

Friends of our Community Programme

Our community is supported by many people and organisations who understand the value of mindful physical activity in maintaining our health and happiness.

These include our wonderful teachers who deliver talks and workshops.

Partner organisations such as Sussex Oakleaf, Brighton Housing Trust and the Migrant English Project have worked with us to develop and run our community classes.

Our funders, such as Big Lottery Fund, Brighton & Hove City Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, enable us to develop an innovative programme and reach different groups in the community.

Join our community

If you’d like to join our community and come along to some of our events, please send us your details at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We can send you a regular email update on upcoming community events and news from the programme.

Donate, sponsor or fundraise

We estimate that it costs £10 per student per class to run the programme.

Why not join our community team or share your ideas?

Do you have any ideas on how we can strengthen the BNHC community?

Do you have any time to offer to help us run the programme?

If you would like to volunteer or have any suggestions regarding sources of sponsorship or charitable income then please get in touch with us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Past successes

1. Our Big Lottery Project

Yoga classes for female migrants, refugees or asylum seekers

In 2014/2015 we ran a Big Lottery funded yoga project with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and we achieved some great outcomes.

Read our evaluation document here.

Our project evaluation found:

  • 87% (n20) of students strongly agreed/agreed that ‘Yoga makes me feel calmer’ and that ‘yoga makes me feel healthier’.

  • 96% (n22) of students strongly agreed/agreed that ‘I feel supported and safe in classes’ and ‘I enjoy the classes’.

Students, teachers and stakeholders told us:

“Students have said they feel stronger and healthier” – Migrant English Project staff

“…I think the classes made the students more outgoing. They weren’t as isolated and stressed as before” – BMECP staff

“[The yoga classes] made me feel a little better…this helped me to come and forget about the depression” – student

“We feel energised. Some of us have never really done exercise before so it’s nice that we get to walk to the class, do the class and then walk home” – student

“The teacher has been so very very good to me. She held me in a special way from the group because of my pain” – student (who suffers with chronic lower back pain)

2. Our Tai Chi Project at BHT First Basetaichioutreach

During 2015 we ran Tai Chi classes at BHT First Base Rough Sleeper Day Centre. Tai Chi exercise can make you healthy, strong and flexible. It requires no special equipment and can be done anywhere. Benefits include increased confidence, reduced stress, more energy and a generally improved sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Read our evaluation document here.

We asked students what they learned or enjoyed about the class and they told us:

"Lovely group, friendly, learnt about the movement of the body, posture and relaxing, would like to come back"

"Learning about correct posture and the benefits of this"

"[I have learnt] how to relax... staying calm in a stressful situation"

"Very interesting introduction, I would like to learn some more"

"[I have learnt how to] save on energy, when no need to use so much and how to relax..."

"I find it very interesting and I can feel progress"

"Healthy, friendly exercise"

3. Lighthouse Yoga Project

Lighthouse yoga project for people with mental health problems

4. Team Domenica Yoga Project

Team Domenica yoga project for young adults with learning disabilities


Upcoming Events

'Soften and release upright' De-stress yoga, Sat 24 Jun
Book now for Charlotte Watts next De-Stress Workshop, suitable for anyone needing to make space and time to breathe deeply, reconnect with their bodies and still their minds.. ... read more
Yoga and Mindfulness Afternoon, Sat 30 Jun
Join Lucy Deere for another nourishing afternoon of yoga and mindfulness meditation... ... read more
Butoh Dance workshop, Sun 1 Jul
Try Butoh - 'dance of transformation' with Mim King.  ... read more
Beyond the Basics: Iyengar Yoga Summer Workshop, Sat 7 Jul
Join Cathy Rogers Evans for Iyengar® yoga based workshop which will give you the opportunity to approach some of the lesser known yoga postures safely... ... read more
Fascial Fitness 2-day Introductory Course, Sat 21 & Sun 22 Jul
This course is an excellent opportunity for bodyworkers (yoga/Pilates/dance/other movement teachers) to deepen their knowledge of and understand the research behind training our connective tissue, or fascia, as well as offer practical exercises targeting specific types of fascia based on the latest scientific results.  ... read more


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