workshops

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


Alexander Technique Workshopalexander 1

with Mark Claireaux

Would you like to be pain free, less stressed, have a better body image, more mobility, improved balance and easier breathing? The Alexander Technique looks at ‘what we’re up to’ in our daily lives and gives us the tools to address habits we may have picked that are doing us harm. It retrains our bodies to use the correct postural muscles that, by their very nature, tire less easily.

In this workshop you will learn ‘tips’ (self-care skills) to take away and apply to everyday activities allowing you to sit, move and live with more freedom and ease. There will also be the opportunity to work on individual issues within the group setting.

Level 1 - suitable to newcomers but also those with previous experience of the technique.

Date: Saturday 25 February

Time: 1.30pm-5.45pm

Cost: £35/£31 concession

Book workshop HERE


Butoh Workshopbutoh yael karavan

with Mim King

Butoh (dance of transformation) is an avant-garde dance philosophy/method created in Japan at the end of the 1950s. The 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 pre-conceived set of gestures in order to access a deeper and more authentic essence of movement and archetypal expression. Mim has been a professional performer, dancer, and teacher for over 30 years and has trained with numerous Butoh masters.

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

Date: Sunday 26 Febuary

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £23/£21 concession

Book workshop HERE


Community meditation meet up:meditation 

Bring your own mediation

hosted by Charlotte Watts & Felice Rhiannon

A safe space to bring your meditation practice to a friendly and supportive group. We will sit for several sessions, without guidance, simply to bring our own practice to share with others. They will be opportunity to share experience, but you do not need to speak nor will this be a group for advice. Some experience is advised so you can feel comfortable with a quiet practice. Any profits will go towards the BNHC community outreach programme. 

Dates: Sundays 26 February, 26 March

Time: 12pm-1.45pm

Cost: £5

Book HERE


Feeling Sound - Therapeutic Sound Bathimage soundbath

with Catherine Hutchinson

Lie back, relax and recharge to the soothing and energising sounds of Himalayan gongs, singing bowls 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 wellbeing. Experience what therapeutic sound can do for you, as you immerse yourself within these stimulating and transformational frequencies.

Dates: Sundays 26 February, 26 March

Time: 7.30pm-9pm

Cost: £12/£9 concession

These are drop-in workshops - no need to book in advance, just turn up and pay on the night.


Classic Yoga Workshopclassic 1

with Louise Beglin

‘Total extension brings total relaxation’ BKS 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 4 March

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Myolastic Project Workshop: laurie workshop a15

The moving sense game

with Laurie Booth and Tracey Mellor

Training the body is more than strengthening, stretching, and achieving what was once unachievable. Beyond the musculoskeletal is the subtle interface of intangible elements, almost ineffable but always there, waiting. Time, consciousness, memory, imagination. Also pressure, recoil, habit, pleasure and the infinite sense of a life force. The moving body, regardless of the discipline, form or practice, is always a sense bundle and a bundle of sense. The game is in learning how to pay attention to these elusive elementals!

This workshop aims to unweave, unwind, unravel and put together this complex pattern of physical and metaphysical phenomena within our experience of movement. Our tools are movement, meditation, language and poetry. As with all Myolastic Projects, this work is experiential research. It is accessible to both beginners and experienced movers/dancers, body workers, yogis and sports people.

Date: Sunday 5 March

Time: 12.30pm-5pm

Cost: £34/£30 concession

Book workshop HERE


Anatomy & Yoga Workshop:chris swain - shoulder girdle

Shoulder girdle and arm

with Chris Swain

In this informative and interactive workshop you will develop a clear understanding of the anatomy of the shoulder girdle and the arm with a focus on the application of this anatomical knowledge to physical movement. We will also cover specific common conditions relating to these areas of the body, including, ‘Frozen Shoulder’, Cervical Ribs, Thoracic Inlet Syndrome, Adhesive Capsulitis, Rotator cuff injuries, Bursitis, Tennis Elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and comprehensive notes to accompany the workshop.

Date: Saturday 11 March

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Yin Yoga WorkshopNorman Blair

with Norman Blair

The Yin yoga practice invites us to explore inner landscapes with a quality of self-reflection, accepting and accommodating. We attempt to experience these qualities free of judgement or attachment – with equanimity. We learn to pay attention to what is, as it is – with an attitude of kindness. It is good to be reminded that life is precious. To truly recognise the preciousness of this human body requires a real effort to slow down.

Norman has been teaching yoga since 2001 and is one of the leading Yin yoga teachers in this country. His approach is about enabling accessibility, encouraging acceptance and deepening awareness. He recently brought out a book Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga. The book will be available at BNHC at a discount price of £15.

Date: Sun 12 March

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £30/£27 concession

Book workshop HERE


Deepen the Connection to Your Voicenarayani workshop Mar 17

with Narayani

So many of us believe we cannot sing, or feel we have been silenced, and so lose the connection to our most powerful tool of expression and healing we have… Our Voice.

Voice work offers an experience of your voice, your unique expression, using mantras and sounding, in a way that will both support and expand you. This helps to surface the patterns and habits that emerge when we seek to express ourselves authentically. Using our voice in this way can connect us to some of our deepest core feelings and emotions, which can be a powerful tool for transformation and self-discovery.

Date: Sunday 19 March

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress expanse freedom and space

Expanse, freedom and space

with Charlotte Watts

Stress hems us in, constricts how we move and feel and creates a protective, hardened shell. Attuning to how we can carry this around in our breath, body and mind can help create awareness of how we can effectively let go and find freedom, creativity and joy within movement. Using breathing, movement and body awareness, we can cultivate the embodiment that leads to feeling a new kind of safety where we can relax into and through life.

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. 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 author of The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015).

Date: Saturday 25 March

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE 

OFFER: Pay £5 less per workshop if booking more than one date at a time for the same person. Please call to book: 01273 600010 (not available online)

Next workshops: 22 April - Wringing out the tension, 10 June - Free your neck and shoulders, 15 July - Soften and release upright


Community meditation meet up:meditation 

Bring your own meditation

hosted by Charlotte Watts & Felice Rhiannon

A safe space to bring your meditation practice to a friendly and supportive group. We will sit for several sessions, without guidance, simply to bring our own practice to share with others. They will be opportunity to share experience, but you do not need to speak nor will this be a group for advice. Some experience is advised so you can feel comfortable with a quiet practice. Any profits will go towards the BNHC community outreach programme. 

Dates: Sunday 26 March

Time: 12pm-1.45pm

Cost: £5

Book HERE


Feeling Sound - Therapeutic Sound Bathimage soundbath

with Catherine Hutchinson

Lie back, relax and recharge to the soothing and energising sounds of Himalayan gongs, singing bowls 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 wellbeing. Experience what therapeutic sound can do for you, as you immerse yourself within these stimulating and transformational frequencies.

Dates: Sunday 26 March

Time: 7.30pm-9pm

Cost: £12/£9 concession

These are drop-in workshops - no need to book in advance, just turn up and pay on the night.


Finding your feet: Jane Manze - finding your feet

A somatic movement exploration into a scaravelli inspired yoga practice

with Jane Manze

Finding Your Feet - Exploring and enjoying the qualities of our wonderful feet - strength, flexibility, support, balance, intelligent communication and rest - to discover an aliveness and engagement on a profound level in all postures.

Join Jane for an afternoon of Scaravelli inspired yoga, this experiential session is valuable for not only a Yoga Practice, but for everyday life. Beginners to yoga, as well as those with experience are welcome.

Date: Saturday 1 April

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Yoga Teacher Forumyoga teacher forum

The Brighton Yoga Festival 

As part of the BNHC Community Programme we are running an ongoing series of events for the local yoga teacher community. 

Brighton Yoga Festival was set up in 2014 to celebrate yoga and its benefits, and to share those benefits with the wider community in Brighton through free classes, taster sessions and more, helping people to find whatever approach to yoga most suits them.

Davy Jones, co-founder of the Festival and chair of its trustees, will talk about the Festival and how the whole yoga community can be involved. Anika Grimm (trustee) will lead a practice linking the principles of the Festival with yoga philosophy, especially ahimsa (“do no harm”) and kriya yoga (moving from the physical to the subtle) and demonstrating how yoga is accessible to everyone. Emma Newlyn (trustee), will lead some pranayama and relaxation to end the session. Find out more about the hosts as well as Brighton Yoga Festival on the BNHC website (www.bnhc.co.uk) or at www.brightonyogafestival.org

Date: Sunday 2 April

Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm

Cost: FREE. Open to local yoga teachers.

Book workshop HERE.


Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Workshop2016-03-04 14.10.41 low res

For people who sit a lot!

with Ginny Haswell

 
Are you a deskbound worker? Do you spend a lot of time driving or sitting on public transport? Is your lifestyle sedentary? Too much sitting has an undesirable effect on our posture and musculoskeletal system, leading to discomfort, pain and, eventually, premature wear and tear on our joints.

This workshop will use a combined approach of mindful Yin Yoga - floor based poses held for time - and self-myofascial release using tennis balls and other props. We will specifically look at the areas of the body that fall victim to prolonged periods of sitting by first releasing tight and dysfunctional myofascial. In doing so we are able to address postural imbalances in the body, release tension or pain and restore mobility. You will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of your body as well as helpful tips for maintenance in daily life.

Date: Saturday 8 April

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

 Book workshop HERE


Playing with Gravity:Cathy tripod

Balanacing asanas in yoga

with Cathy Rogers-Evans

 
It is essential to first discover how to ground ourselves, to align the various bones, muscles, organs and nerves, subtle elements of the physical body; From there we can explore the possibility of finding a lightness by balancing ourselves within our environment.

This workshop will use the alignment based principles of Iyengar® yoga to offer a supportive environment with the use of simple yoga equipment or props to develop self-awareness and to help you perform the asanas safely and beneficially.

Date: Sunday 9 April

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress wringing out the tension

Wringing out the tension

with Charlotte Watts

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 spines help us 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. 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 author of The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015).

Date: Saturday 22 April

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE 

OFFER: Pay £5 less per workshop if booking more than one date at a time for the same person. Please call to book: 01273 600010 (not available online)

Next workshops: 10 June - Free your neck and shoulders, 15 July - Soften and release upright


 

LATEST NEWS

Yoga Stops Traffick Fundraiser - 11 March, 12-13.30
On the 11th of March 2017 the Brighton yoga community will roll out their mats and do 108 Sun Salutations (or whatever you can) to support Yoga Stops Traffick and The Odanadi Seva Trust - Find out more, join and donate here... ... read more
NEW! Monday lunchtime flow yoga drop-in...
Starts Feb 6th, Mondays 1-2pm:  Slow flow yoga - Ideal for a lunchtime workout!  Return to your desk feeling energised, calm and focused. Suitable for all levels. ... read more
Alexander Technique workshop, Saturday 25 February
Suffering from neck or back pain? The Alexander Technique is about looking at ‘what we’re up to’ in our daily lives. ... read more
Therapeutic Sound Bath, Sunday 26 February
Relax and come into balance with the healing power of sound with Catherine Hutchinson. ... read more
Butoh Dance workshop, Sunday 26 February
Mim King leads an afternoon workshop exploring the main themes of Butoh dance. ... read more

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