workshops

We run weekend and other workshops throughout the year. To make a booking, click on the links below. 


Tai Chi/Qigong Refresher Workshopqigong image

with Peter Deadman

An afternoon workshop for anyone who has completed a taichi qigong shibashi workshop or course with Peter and wants to polish or restart their practice.

Date: Saturday 29 April

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Partner Yoga WorkshopPartner Yoga1

with Lucy Deere

This is a light-hearted workshop that explores the many benefits of practising yoga with a partner. From a physical perspective, having a partner helps us with postural alignment and balance, enabling us to go deeper into familiar asanas and breathing exercises, and leaving us feeling more expansive, grounded and relaxed.

Open to all levels of experience - the perfect opportunity to introduce a friend or loved one to yoga.

Date: Sunday 30 April

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE 

SPECIAL OFFER: Save £4 per person if you book for yourself and a partner! Please call to book: 01273 600010 (not available online)


Understanding Stress Workshopchris swain

with Chris Swain

The word ‘stress’ has entered our popular language with phrases like ‘stressed out’, ‘workplace stress’ and ‘post-traumatic stress disorder’. Almost on a weekly basis there are articles in the press and news items concerning stress and its related disorders ranging from anxiety, insomnia, poor digestion and irritability to its long term association with heart disease and strokes. Stress is a major cause of long term absence from work in the UK.

This workshop will explore the physiological mechanisms which give rise to the concept of stress, a term popularised by Hans Selye in the 1950’s. These mechanisms include the well known ‘fight or flight’ response, the amygdala, the sympathetic nervous system and hormones like adrenalin and cortisol. We shall see how the innate short term physiological survival responses can be inappropriately triggered by abstract thought and then maintained over a period of time. Having understood some of the mechanisms of how and why stress might be experienced we will then look at ‘stress management’. What may create negative stress in one person may be seen as a positive creative challenge to another – the stress response is a very individual thing and not all stress is ‘bad’. We will also consider how our attitudes and conceptual framework can influence our physiological responses.

Topics covered include:-

  • Definition and history of the concept of ‘stress’
  • Symptoms of stress; insomnia, irritability, poor digestion etc
  • Homeostasis, Human Function Curve, McLean’s Triune Brain
  • Physiological mechanisms of stress; the amygdala, hypothalamus, pituitary adrenal axis, sympathetic nervous system
  • Stress management including recuperative yoga postures

Date: Saturday 6 May

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £30/£27 concession

Book workshop HERE 


Vital Woman Yoga - Inner Body Wisdomvital woman 3

gentle Spring awakening

with Sophie Cleere


A workshop designed specifically for women.

In this workshop, we will explore more feminine aspects of yoga movement and connect with our own inner body wisdom, truly coming into relationship with ourselves. 

We will work with gentle asana (but powerful nonetheless), breathing techniques, Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) and discussion that will allow us to reconnect to our source energy or Shakti (feminine power) and to our feminine cycle. Understanding our monthly cycle can help us rediscover our own inner guide and re-learn how to honour our natural rythmns. Less push and more flow.

Blocks, blankets and mats are provided but feel free to bring a favourite blanket, socks or anything you need to feel comfortable. If you are an existing yoga practitioner or new to yoga this workshop is perfect for you.

Date: Sunday 7 May

Time: 1.30-3.45pm

Cost: £22/£19 concession

Book workshop HERE 

Next workshop: 22 July - Summer energy


Alexander Technique Workshopalexander

'body mapping' and Alexander's main discovery

with Mark Claireaux

This Alexander Technique workshop will focus on ‘body mapping’, the process of constructively applying an understanding of anatomy, to improve how we move. Getting clear on the architecture of the total mind-body-breathing mechanism can eliminate tension, freeing your body which is very empowering.

Feedback from a recent workshop participant:

"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 20 May

Time: 1.30-5.45pm

Cost: £35/£31 concession

Book workshop HERE 


Community meditation meet up:

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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 21 May

Time: 12pm-1.30pm

Cost: £5

Book HERE


Myloastic Dynamics Workshopconnective iq moves symbol s15

The Connective Bodyscape

with Laurie Booth and Tracey Mellor

Myolastic Movement is a physical training for shape, posture, action and energy. It draws on dance, martial art, somatic bodywork and anatomical fascial research. The theme of the workshop is CONNECTION; the outer with the inner, intention with expression, action with breath, and thought with action, always relating what we do to the underlying fascial bodyscape.

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This open workshop is suitable for people with no Myolastic experience, those who have and the curious.

Date: Sunday 21 May

Time: 1-5.30pm

Cost: £34/£30 concession

Book workshop HERE 


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Therapeutic Sound Bath

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 21 May, 18 June, 2 July

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.


RestREST 2

with Leonie Taylor

An immersive mini retreat into slow, deep, responsive yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and nidra. This workshop will revitalise and restore balance and flow, allowing you space to listen to and acknowledge old stories and patterns in body and mind, unlocking fluidity and appropriate movement.

Leonie Taylor is a Senior Vajrasati trained yoga teacher, with 500hours+ YA accreditation and over a decade of teaching classes, workshops and facilitating yoga and mindfulness based support groups. Leonie teaches weekly post-natal and parent & toddler yoga classes at the centre.

Open to all levels and all bodies, with a particular invitation to anyone recovering from injury and women who are post-natal, peri- and menopausal.

Date: Saturday 27 May

Time: 2-4.30pm

Cost: £25/£22 concession

Book workshop HERE 


Classic Yoga Workshopclassic yoga

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!

Dates: Saturday 3 June

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE 


Qigong and Yin Yoga Summer Workshopjeremyginny

with Ginny Haswell and Jeremy Marshall

This workshop will focus on the 'fire' element and practices to bring us into alignment with the yang energy of summer. Ginny and Jeremy will incorporate movements and exercises to resonate with this idea and ultimately connect us to the joy of the heart, the residence of the spirit.

Jeremy will begin by drawing on the Tai Chi tradition to open the body and get our Qi moving.

Ginny will then take us into a Yin practice of floor based postures organised in a 'flow', working on one side of the body before repeating on the other.

Finally Jeremy will lead us through some partner work with simple push hands exercises, to explore the ideas of listening, following and fun. The session will close with loving kindness meditation.

Dates: Sunday 4 June

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE 


De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress free you neck and shoulders

Free your neck and shoulders

with Charlotte Watts

Modern living and hunching over desks can have us throwing all our stresses up into our neck and shoulders. This has the effect of tightening our jaw and head and can create tiring and tight breathing patterns. In this workshop we will soften into our whole bodies by freeing this area with depth and compassion. We will then explore how upper body fluidity allows us to nurture both strength and relaxation in different flavours of postures.

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 10 June

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: 15 July - Soften and release upright


Yoga Teacher Forumyoga festival

hosted by BNHC and run by The Brighton Yoga Festival

For the past few years we have been running an ongoing series of forums for local yoga teachers. In 2017 we teamed up with the Brighton Yoga Festival who now organise and run these events hosted by us at Brighton Natural Health Centre.

Would you like a regular opportunity to meet with fellow teachers, share ideas about practice and reflect on your experiences? Come along to our forum and join a yoga teaching community. If you are interested in being part of our group, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This is either a free event or a fundraising workshop hosted by a guest teacher. All profits go to supporting our community outreach classes. Teachers, come along! Students, send your teacher!

The date of our next forum is now confirmed, and details are in the works, so check back soon to find out more...

Date: Sunday 11 June

Time: Afternoon tbc

Cost: tbc

Book workshop HERE


 Iyengar® Yoga workshop

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with Jen Henwood

‘Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit.’ BKS 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 style 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 at least one year’s experience.

Dates: Saturday 17 June

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE 


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 18 June

Time: 12pm-1.30pm

Cost: £5

Book HERE


Feeling Soundsoundbath new pic a14

Therapeutic Sound Bath

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 18 June, 2 July

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.


TransformLeojanie17

with Leonie Taylor

How do you respond to change? Are you experiencing a time of challenging shifts in work, life, physicality?

Do you recognise the effects of stress, overwhelm, fatigue playing out in your everyday reactions?

Perhaps you are moving into a new phase of life, a new sphere of experience, and would like to explore how these changes are affecting you on a physical and emotional level and how you could find simple tools to respond with ease?

In this immersive workshop we will explore yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and nidra to allow us to listen and trust that we can respond intuitively to shift, creating space to acknowledge and release old patterns in body and mind. Open to all levels and all bodies, with a particular invitation to anyone recovering from injury and women who are post-natal, peri- and menopausal.

Date: Saturday 24 June

Time: 2-4.30pm

Cost: £25/£22 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 all levels of dance/movement experience including complete beginners.

Dates: Sunday 25 June

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £23/£21 concession

Book workshop HERE


Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Workshop

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For your spine

with Ginny Haswell

 
This is the perfect workshop for anyone who suffers from back ache, neck stiffness and tension headaches. Self myofascial release will target common trigger points that lead to discomfort and loss of mobility and we will practice a Yin sequence specifically for the spine.

Date: Saturday 1 July

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

 Book workshop HERE


Feeling Soundsoundbath new pic a14

Therapeutic Sound Bath

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 2 July

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.


Becoming aware of our energy centres
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A somatic movement exploration into a scaravelli inspired yoga practice

with Jane Manze

Join Jane for an afternoon of Scaravelli inspired yoga practice and somatic movement.  This workshop will focus on bringing awareness to energy centres - our glands / our chakras to support us in yoga, movement and in stillness.

Dates: Saturday 8 July

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress soften down to release upright

Soften and release upright

with Charlotte Watts

Modern stress patterns and postural habits often have us curling into ourselves and shutting down the fronts of our bodies. This is often felt from the psoas muscle that allows us to stand upright and where tightness and tension can be the cause of many lower back, hip, belly and breathing issues. Here we will explore this deep muscular channel in a progressively softening, loosening, fluid and opening manner to be felt into release in our whole bodies and minds, allowing easier upright strength.

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 15 July

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: Saturday 2 September


Vital Woman Yoga - Inner Body Wisdomvital woman

summer energy

with Sophie Cleere

A workshop designed specifically for women.

In this workshop, we will explore more feminine aspects of yoga movement and connect with our own inner body wisdom, truly coming into relationship with ourselves. 

We will work with more dynamic asana, Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) and discussion. As we will be in mid summer (as in our feminine cycle) the desire to be more active, to flow and challenge ourselves can be our natural leaning. While this workshop will be more dynamic it will be a supportive energising workshop, balanced with the self care of deep rest and nurture. 

Blocks, blankets and mats are provided but feel free to bring a favourite blanket, socks or anything you need to feel comfortable. Suitable for women with an existing yoga or movement practice.

Dates: Saturday 22 July

Time: 1.30-3.45pm

Cost: £22/£19 concession

Book workshop HERE 


Tracing the Origin of the Asana with a focus on backbendscathy-web

Iyengar Yoga workshop

with Cathy Rogers-Evans

This Iyengar® yoga based workshop will focus on backbends practised in stages to enable you to make progress. Fear and anxiety can be released and energy discovered with these wonderful poses. The use of simple yoga equipment or props will help you perform the asanas safely and beneficially.

Date: Sunday 16 July

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress transition into autumn

Transition into autumn

with Charlotte Watts

Moving from warmer to colder temperatures can create a constriction and drawing in as we acclimatise to feeling more protective of our heat and comfort. For many this time of year can also signify deep change - the new school year is programmed in many of us as the beginning of a new phase. In this workshop, we'll explore how our bodies are feeling about that and how we can use movement and awareness to help with the courage, release and openness needed for smooth transitions.

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 2 September

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: TBA

 

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Partner Yoga Workshop, Sunday 30 April
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Vital Woman Yoga Workshop, Sunday 7 May
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