workshops

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


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 30 November, 1 February, 1 March

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £20/£18 concenssions

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Winter Wellness Workshopclaudia jones

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

with Claudia Jones

NEW! 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.

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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: 7 December, 18 January, 8 February, 1 March

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.


De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress yoga

with Charlotte Watts

'Connect from the Centre Outward' - Saturday 13 December

We have mixed relationships with our bellies, but exploring and nourishing this central region can have a profound ripple effect on our entire bodies and minds. In this workshop we will explore how to physically move from the abdomen to support posture intelligently, and also how to listen to the deep nervous system tissue in this area to help us understand what we really need from our practice.

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 13 December

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost:£26/£23 conc.

Next workshops: 10 January, 14 February, 14 March

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 600010 if you wish to do this (not available online)

Book workshops 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.

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Deepen the Connection to Your Voice

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'Yoga of the Voice' workshops with Narayani

As the stillness of winter gathers around us, join Narayani for an afternoon of voicework. 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.

In this workshop you will explore the relationship between your inner voice of wisdom and your outer singing voice. Using mantras, movement, rhythm, sound and song, you will deepen the connection to your voice. By learning to express yourself authentically in this way you can deepen the connection to the inner ‘voice’ of wisdom at your centre.

Voicework offers an experience of your voice, your unique expression, and a sense of connection to a greater whole. It can bring to the surface patterns and habits that emerge when we 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 regularly. No skill or experience needed.

Date: Sunday 21 December

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Book workshop HERE

Next workshop: 'The Voice of Intuition - The Language of Your Soul', Sunday 15 March



Release and Restore

with Qigong and Yin Yogaginny qigong and yin w15jeremy marshall qigogn and yin w15

with Jeremy Marshall  and Ginny Haswell

NEW! This unique workshop combines Qigong and Yin Yoga to assist the elimination of toxins and restore calm to the mind following the overindulgences of the festive season. Jeremy will introduce Qigong exercises and movements to connect awareness to the breath and body. The focus will then move to the lungs and liver/gallbladder, specifically exploring spirals and opening and closing movements to stimulate these organs of detoxification. Continuing this work, Ginny will then guide the Yin Yoga sequence of floor based postures, each held for time, to further restore the healthy flow of chi through the meridians. Settling into this kind of mindful awareness allows us to observe and release any toxic thoughts or beliefs, thus eliminating that which no longer serves us.

Date: Sunday 11 January

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

Book workshop HERE


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with Emma Cole

NEW! Float, spin, bend, extend, reach, drop, slide, release...

Beginning with a contemporary dance warm-up, Emma will lead the group through a series of simple exercises enabling gentle, fluid movement and allowing a softening into the body and release of tension. This work will develop into a flowing dance routine. The second part of the workshop will move into a yoga practice, maintaining a sense of freedom and ease. Having danced, the muscles will be warm, stimulated and ready for deep stretching. A flowing, mindful yoga class will open the hips, aid flexibility and promote healthy blood flow to cells muscles and bones.

No need for previous experience - just come along and enjoy!

Dates: Sunday 18 January, Sunday 22 March

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

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Exploring the Hips in Yogalara warren exploring hips workshop

with Lara Warren and Chris Swain

NEW! As a 'ball and socket' joint the hip has great potential for movement. However, restrictions and misalignments can produce compensations in other parts of the body from the spine through to the knee, ankle and foot. Natural resistance to stretching the tendons of the hamstrings and limitations in range of motion in the hips (usually due to years of sitting in chairs) can restrict physical freedom and ease of being. Opening the hips and lengthening the hamstrings are the keys to balancing the pelvis, finding proper extension in the spine and preserving the health of the knees and lower back. In this workshop the focus will be on dissolving tensions held in the hips to create space and make forward bends, backbends and balances possible. These relationships and interactions will be explored by moving from preparatory to more advanced poses, each building on the previous. This will be combined with a close reference to the anatomy of the hips and thighs to enhance our understanding of the working of the hip joints and help deepen our connection to our bodies.

Date: Saturday 24 January

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £30/£25 conc.

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Yoga and Mindfulness Afternoonlucy deere workshop w15

with Lucy Deere

NEW! 'Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.’ Thich Nhat Hahn

Celebrate the birth of a new year with a nourishing afternoon of yoga and mindfulness meditation designed to help us reconnect with ourselves after the festive season. The workshop will begin with yoga asanas, combining flowing sequences with deeper, held postures. This is a chance to enjoy spending more time in each asana and to explore more advanced variations. Pranayama breathing exercises will be also be done to help find internal balance. The second half of the afternoon will concentrate on the practice of mindfulness and will include guided meditation techniques, chanting and deep relaxation.

This workshop will cover a broad range of practices and is suitable for all levels of experience.

Date: Sunday 25 January

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

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Butohbutoh class

with Mim King

NEW! Butoh (dance of transformation) is an avant-garde dance philosophy/method created in Japan at the end of the 1950s. This workshop will explore the main elements of Butoh including metamorphoses, dance through imagery, presence, alignment, awareness and the tension between opposites. The aim is to free the body from its mundane preconceived set of gestures in order to access a deeper and more authentic essence of movement and archetypal expression.

Suitable for complete beginners and those with experience in dance, movement, somatic disciplines or performing arts.

Led by Mim King of Butoh Brighton.

Date: Saturday 31 Janaury

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £20/£18 conc.

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Iyengar® Yoga Workshopiyengar jen good pic

with Jen Henwood

'The Light that yoga sheds on Life is something special. It is transformative. It does not change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.’ 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 7 February

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

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Healthy Weight Loss Workshop

with Claudia Jones

NEW! Find your healthy weight through wholefoods, mindfulness and the breath.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to find your healthy weight
  • How to lose excess weight in a healthy, sustainable way
  • The role of a nutritious wholefoods diet and digestion in maintaining a balanced weight
  • To maintain your blood sugar balance and handle food cravings
  • About herbs and supplements that support you in finding your healthy weight
  • Mindfulness and breathwork techniques to balance body and mind

This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Date: Saturday 21 February

Time: 12.30pm-6.30pm (includes half hour break)

Cost: £52/£46 conc.

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Learn the Healing Art of Reikireiki workshop w15

with Claudia Jones

NEW! Reiki is the Universal Life Force Energy that flows within and around us.

The Reiki healing system teaches us to use this vital force for our health and wellbeing. The Reiki technique is traditionally passed from Master to Student by way of a personal ‘attunement’ to the energy. Reiki is then available to the student at all times for the purpose of healing themselves or others. Reiki works by rebalancing the entire system. It helps to release toxins, relaxes and rejuvenates the body and mind, calms and centres the emotions and uplifts the spirit. Anyone can learn Reiki. It is safe, simple and purely positive.

Reiki Level 1 – First Degree

Completion of the First Degree of Reiki enables the student to practice self-healing treatments as well as offer full healing treatments to others.

Date: Sunday 22 February

Time: 10am-5pm (Lunchbreak 1pm-2pm)

Cost: £150

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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: Saturday 28 February, Sunday 29 March

Time: 2-6pm

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

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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 7 March

Time: 1.30pm-5.45pm

Cost: £32/£28 concessions

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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 28 March 2015

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £26/£23 conc.

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LATEST NEWS

BNHC Choreo Collective, Sunday 30 November
NEW! Melanie Quevedo leads a series of creative contemporary dance workshops at BNHC ... read more
Winter Wellness Workshop, Saturday 6 December
NEW! Claudia Jones' workshop will offer practical tools and techniques to help survive the holiday season, through mindful eating, yogic diet and pranayama. ... read more
Therapeutic Soundbath, Sunday 7 December
Experience what therapeutic sound can do for you, as you immerse yourself within these stimulating and transformational frequencies. ... read more
De-stress Yoga workshop, Saturday 13 December
 Connect from the Centre Outward: Join Charlotte for this deep, mediatative afternoon exploring and nourishing the abdomen... ... read more
Rejuvenate and Energise Iyengar Yoga workshop, Saturday 20 December
Tackle Christmas head on with a stress-busting afternoon of re-vitalising yoga... ... read more

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