our history

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Open letter from our trustee, Peter Deadman

The Brighton Natural Health Centre is a registered charity that was founded in January 1982 by Infinity Foods. Indeed, of the three original founding members of Infinity from 1970, two are still trustees of the centre and the other has taught yoga at the centre since the beginning.

In 1978, a fire devastated the mostly wooden, rickety warehouse building at the back of Infinity Foods which we had been using as storage and for various small workshops. Luckily, it was properly insured and the subsequent rebuilding offered us the opportunity to realise an ambition that we had held for several years.

Infinity Foods was set up in 1971 with a strong idealistic base; that simple, natural and organic foods (in short supply in those days) represented a healthier and more ethical way of eating. Ethical because reducing consumption of junk foods and meat, and eating local foods, organically grown where possible, was beneficial to the environment – especially the soil. It also represented a fairer way of sharing out the world's resources. And healthier because we believed that a diet based predominantly on whole grains and vegetables, pulses and fruits, could both help prevent disease and improve health.

Eating in this way represented an empowering move towards accepting personal responsibility for our own health. Yet clearly diet is only one part of health maintenance and we very much wanted to increase access to disciplines such as yoga, tai chi and meditation, which at that time were hard to find. It's funny to think that now that there is such an abundance of yoga in Brighton!

infinity foods logoSo in 1982, from the ashes of the fire, Infinity Foods launched the Brighton Natural Health Centre as a registered charity. All kinds of classes have been run at the centre since then, with an emphasis on practices that cultivate a calm, centered attention, harmonious body posture and movement and integrated breathing.

In the three decades since the Brighton Natural Health Centre was established, access to many of the disciplines we offer has become widespread, yet our long experience, our dedication to seeking the best and most qualified teachers, and the vibrant and happy energy of the centre, has meant that we have been able to consistently set the highest standards in the fulfilment of our aims.

The Brighton Natural Health Centre continues to prosper with the generous support of Infinity Foods, Brighton's leading natural food store.

 

Upcoming Events

Slow Flow & Restorative Yoga, Sun 22 April 5.30pm
Join Katy Bateman this Sunday for a deeply nourishing slow flowing and restorative anusara yoga based class... book now or just drop-in! ... read more
Yoga Teacher Forum - Teaching yoga for people in the third age, Sun 22 Apr
As more and more older people join our yoga classes we need to be confident that out teaching is inclusive, safe and appropriate... ... read more
Re:Discover: Yoga & Thai Yoga Massage Workshop, Sat 28 Apr
Join Leonie Taylor for a gentle, fluid and exploratory workshop using props, some gentle partner work and Thai yoga massage techniques to release and move deeper into, through and around postures, familiar and unfamiliar. ... read more
Gentle Spring Awakening: Vital Woman Workshop, Sat 12 May
Join Sophie Cleere for a nourishing workshop designed specifically for women - yoga & movement, cycle awareness & discussion - and of course, chocolate! ... read more
FREE TALK: Why all mushrooms are magic with Martin Powell, Tues 15 May
Martin Powell will discuss the magical qualities of mushrooms in our next FREE talk... limited spaces, so reserve your FREE place now! ... read more

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