workshops

The Brighton Natural Health Centre runs weekend and other workshops throughout the year. To make a booking, click on the links below.


De-Stress Yoga Workshops

de-stress yogawith Charlotte Watts

Wringing out the Tension - Saturday 20 September

Following nature’s design, this workshop will explore the spiralling and twisting that our bodies respond to with such relief and gratitude. While stress and physical habits can leave us feeling locked in and rigid, opening and revolving in and around our spine helps us to find space and freedom.

Open, breathe, relax, let go....

These meditative and deep monthly workshops are suitable for anyone needing to make space and time to breathe deeply, reconnect with their bodies and still their minds. You will experience practical antidotes to the stresses of modern life - from the postural issues of sitting on chairs and hunching over computers to the 'busy brain' effects of constant stimulus and psycho-social pressure.

Gentle and opening asanas (postures) build up to stronger poses and back down again to a restorative practice; all sequenced to prepare the body for meditation, mantra, pranayama and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). Each workshop will have different content. Suitable for all levels and a great complement to a more dynamic practice.

Charlotte is also a nutritionist with 10 years specialising in stress-related and fatigue conditions and the co-author of The De-Stress Diet(Hay House 2010).

Saturday 20 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost:£26/£23 conc.

Next workshops: 18 October: Soften and Release Upright, 15 November: From the Ground Up, 13 December: Connect From the Centre Outward

NOTE: Pay £5 less per workshop if booking more than one date for the same person at the same time. Please call us on 01273 6000010 if you wish to do this (not available online)

Book workshops HERE


BNHC Choreo Collectivecd melanie jump

with Melanie Quevedo

NEW! BNHC Choreo(graphic) Collective is a series of creative workshops led by Melanie Quevedo and guest artists, allowing dancers to explore and develop their own material in a friendly and supportive environment.

The group will be working in collaboration with The Brighton Dance Network and will have the opportunity to perform at their events as well as sharing at BNHC throughout the term/year. The workshops will consist of a short warm up followed by choreographic and improvisation tasks designed to generate material both as individuals and a group.

Open to all dance enthusiasts!

Dates: Sundays 21 September, 19 October, 30 November

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £20/£18 conc.

Book workshops HERE


Ease into Autumn - Yin and Yang Yoga Workshopginny haswell workshop sep 14

with Ginny Haswell

NEW! As the season changes from summer to autumn, we can support our health and wellbeing by aligning our yoga practice with nature. The shorter, darker days of autumn invite introspection, routine, letting go of attachments and conserving energy for the colder months to follow. In this workshop, Ginny will informatively guide students through a well balanced exploration of yoga practices designed to nourish both body and mind. Suitable for all levels.

Yang: A slow and steady sequence of asanas and pranayama with the qualities of balance, grounding and turning inward.

Yin: A quiet practice of floor-based postures held for time, allowing us to work more deeply into the joints and connective tissues whilst cultivating acceptance through mindfulness.

Yoga Nidra: A long, guided relaxation to offer deep rest for body and mind.

Date: Saturday 27 September

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Book workshop HERE

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Deepen the Connection to Your Voicevoice circle

'Yoga of the Voice' workshops with Narayani

Open Voice, Open Heart

The heart and the voice are initmately connected. In this workshop we will explore connecting to our voices, without any need of skill or experience, as a way of allowing our hearts to open. Narayani's experience in Bhakti Yoga and Voicework will support us on a journey of accessing our voice and exploring moving from a place of love and compassion, while all the time acknowledging our authentic and very real experiences and emotions. Using mantras, movement, rhythm, sound and song we will explore the relationship between our voices and heart.

Voicework offers you an experience of your voice, your unique expression, and a sense of connection to a greater whole. It can help to surface the patterns and habits that emerge when you seek to express yourself. Singing and sounding in this way helps to release stuck energy and emotions, leading to a sense of lightness, clarity and often a new kind of stillness. Voicework is safe and fun for people with no previous singing experience and rich enough to inspire and challenge those who have been practicing voice work regularly.

In this workshop you will learn how to use your voice as a tool for expressing what you really feel by accessing the inner ‘voice’ of love at your centre.

Date: Sunday 28 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Book workshop HERE

Next workshop: Sunday 21 December 'The Inner Voice - Winter Solstice Workshop'


Iyengar® Yoga Workshopiyengar jen good pic

with Jen Henwood

Asana is perfect firmness of the body, steadiness of the intelligence, and benevolence of spirit’ B.K.S. Iyengar.

In this afternoon workshop, students will have the time and space to observe how the practice of various yoga asanas (postures) can transform body, mind and spirit.

Jen has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching since 2005. Her teaching is supportive and friendly. Students are encouraged to work according to their own ability in order to realise their full potential and thus experience the many benefits of yoga.

Suitable for students with one year’s experience.

Date: Saturday 4 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Book workshop HERE


The Myolastic Project: Lock, Load, Release, Flowmyologo

with Laurie Booth and Tracey Mellor

The Myolastic Project is a series of investigations which focus on the 'organ of movement', the myofascial system. Using current fascia research as a foundation, it enhances and develops our movement skills and our knowledge of fascial anatomy through individual movement and partner work.

Lock, Load, Release and Flow: A series of experiential workshops examining how we use the responsive rebound/recoil quality of the fascial web. This simple technique is applied to the Myolastic Flow patterns which form the basic templates of our movement. We will thoughtfully examine the nature of movement as being the only proactive sense and explore how it affects the vectors of all the other senses.

These workshops are open to all.

Dates: Sundays 5 October, 23 November, 25 January

Time: 12.30pm-5.30pm

Cost: £30/£25 concessions 

Book workshop HERE


Therapeutic Sound Bath Workshopssoundbath new pic a14

with Catherine Hutchinson of Feeling Sound

Lie back, relax and recharge to the soothing and energising sounds of Himalayan singing bowls, gongs and crystal bowls. A therapeutic sound bath can be an exhilarating and often profound journey and can help you to achieve balance and a sense of well-being. Experience what therapeutic sound can do for you, as you immerse yourself within these stimulating and transformational frequencies.

Dates: Sundays 5 October, 16 November, 7 December

Time: 8-9.30pm

Cost: £10/£8 conc. These are drop-in workshops - no need to book in advance, just turn up and pay on the night.


Divine Union - Partner Yoga and AcroYoga Workshopspartner yoga beach a14

with Chetana Thornton

Opening with human mandalas, these sessions will journey into the mutually supportive and unifying practice of partner contact yoga, progress to AcroYoga therapeutics (inversion therapy, flying yoga massage) and wind down to the sacred dance of Thai Yoga Massage. The afternoons will close with a guided world peace meditation and Kirtan sacred chants. Working with these sacred traditions encourages us to let go of habitual conditioning and blockages within the mind that may have impacted the body. Explore and play together to melt edges and dissolve imagined boundaries…

Dates: Saturdays 25 October, 22 November

Time: 2-6pm

Cost: £30 (or £50 for two people - please call us on 01273 600010 to receive this discount - not available online)

Book workshop HERE


Hula Hooping Workshopshoop jo 1

with Jo Mondy

Beginners Hooping

Want to have fun whilst getting fit? Hula hooping is one of the fastest growing exercise and dance crazes in the UK – and it’s easier than you think! In this two hour workshop, you’ll learn how to spin an adult hoop on your body and in your hands whilst building core strength and cardio fitness. A short sequence of moves will be taught for you to take away and practice at home.

Suitable for total beginners and those with basic experience.

Date: Sunday 26 October

Time: 12.30-2.30pm

Cost: £20/£18 conc.

Book workshop HERE

NEW Discover Your Hoop Flow

Do you find yourself doing the same hoop moves in the same way every time? Or feel rooted to the spot, unable to dance with your hoop tricks? Do you watch Youtube videos of hoopers and wish you could move fluidly like them? If so, then why not join Jo for this hoop dance workshop and discover YOUR flow! Learn fun new tricks to get you inspired, and take part in creative exercises to help you unlock your inner hoop dancer.

This workshop is multilevel - suitable for all providing you have been hooping for at least 6 weeks OR have completed the Beginners workshop.

Date: Sunday 26 October

Time: 3-5pm

Cost: £20/£18 conc.

Book workshop HERE


BNHC Community Programmelaurie tree

Muscle is Elastic, Fascia is Plastic:

The Dialectic of Movement

FREE talk by Laurie Booth

Fascia is a collagenous fibrous body-wide net which facilitates load bearing transmission throughout the whole structure. Often referred to as ‘connective tissue’, this elastic network of fibrous tissue continuously responds to load and pressure. It provides rapid communication between all layers and systems of the body, stores and releases energy, stabilises balance and, crucially, connects all parts of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.

In this free talk Laurie will offer an introduction to the world of fascia, allowing us an insight into how it can affect and enhance our movement skills. Particularly of interest to practitioners and teachers of other disciplines and to anyone curious about how the body moves.

Date: Wednesday 29 October

Time: 6.30-8pm

Entrance is FREE but please book your place by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Classic Yoga Workshopclassic yoga 1

with Louise Beglin

'Total extension brings total relaxation' B.K.S. Iyengar

An opportunity to deepen your understanding and practice of the yoga postures in order to become more connected to the essence of who you are. Louise will inspire you to work deeper within each posture, allowing you to broaden your knowledge of certain yoga asanas. She will encourage you to work towards your full potential in a non-competitive way and thus help you to experience some of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits that can be achieved through the practice of yoga. Louise has been teaching yoga for over 35 years and has trained many teachers.

This is a fun and informative workshop – come along and discover what yoga can do for you!

Date: Saturday 1 November

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Book workshop HERE


Alexander Technique Workshopalexander

with Mark Claireaux

Is the daily grind bringing you down and giving you a pain in the neck or back? Want to feel more comfortable in your body? This workshop aims to help you improve posture, relieve pain and remove that stressed out feeling. It’s a great way to help breathing and balance too, and to boost confidence.

The British Medical Journal reported that "lessons in the Alexander Technique have long term benefits for chronic back pain’’ as a result of a part NHS funded trial in 2008.

Feedback from a recent workshop participant: "I thought the workshop on Saturday was very informative and helpful. Some of the eye opening facts really moved me on. I am moving differently now and it is as if your instruction has unlocked my body. I only wish I had been on one of your courses earlier. I tried jogging and walking and find I can go further. I know I am only a novice but it has made a great difference. I am recommending the Alexander Technique to my friends!"

Date: Saturday 8 November

Time: 1.30pm-5.45pm

Cost: £32/£28 concessions

Book workshop HERE


NEW Winter Wellness Workshopclaudia jones

Survive the Holiday Season with Mindful Eating, Yogic Diet and Pranyama

with Claudia Jones

Christmas and New Year are wonderful times of year, but we all know that overindulging in food and alcohol can be hard to resist and this can impact badly on our health. Using practical tools and techniques, Claudia will offer simple strategies to help us enjoy the festivities without succumbing to too much excess.

Pranayama (breath work) is a fantastic tool for re-balancing body and mind, and helping to manage food (and other) cravings. This can restore inner peace and counter the harmful effects of stress. Mindful eating can help us to know when we are full and nutritionally satisfied, thus preventing overeating as well as deepening our connection with the food we eat. Through the yogic approach to diet we can understand the effect the food we eat has on both our body and mind. With this knowledge we can make more intelligent choices to help us stay balanced and healthy through the holiday season.

Date: Saturday 6 December

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Receive a £10 discount if booking the Wellness course and workshop together.

Book workshop HERE


Rejuvenate and Energise Iyengar® Yoga Workshopcathy rogers evans for workshop a13

with Cathy Rogers-Evans

Bring yourself to life with this pre-Christmas workshop. A wonderful chance to re-charge tired bodies and frazzled minds before the festive period begins.

Cathy Rogers-Evans has been teaching Iyengar® Yoga for 25 years in several countries. For the past 12 years she has been certified to teach at Senior Intermediate Level III and is also an approved Iyengar® teacher trainer and assessor, training new teachers across the UK, USA and Mexico.

Suitable for all levels.

Date: Saturday 20 December

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Book workshop HERE


 

LATEST NEWS

FREE Fascia talk by Laurie Booth, Wednesday 29 October
'Muscle is Elastic, Fascia is Plastic: The Dialectic of Movement' ... read more
De-stress Yoga workshop, Saturday 20 September
Wringing out the Tension: Following nature’s design, this workshop will explore the spiralling and twisting that our bodies respond to with such relief and gratitude. ... read more
BNHC Choreo Collective, Sunday 21 September
NEW! Melanie Quevedo leads a series of creative contemporary dance workshops at BNHC ... read more
Yin and Yang Yoga, Saturday 27 September
Ease into Autumn with Ginny Haswell... ... read more
'Deepen the Connection to You Voice', Voice Circle, Sunday 28 September
Join Narayani for an afternoon of voicework. Discover the joy of loving your voice as it is right now. ... read more

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