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 Workshopsde-stress soften down to release upright

with Charlotte Watts

'Soften Down to Release Upright' - Saturday 30 July

Modern stress patterns and postural habits can 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 occur and cause lower back, hip, belly and breathing issues. We will explore this deep muscular channel in a progressively softening, loosening, fluid and opening manner in order to feel 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. 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 author of The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015).

Date: Saturday 30 July

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Next workshops: Sat 10 Sep: 'Transition into autumn', Sat 15 Oct 'Connect from the centre outward', Sat 19 Nov: 'Free your neck and shoulders', Sat 17 Dec: 'Winter comfort'

NOTE: Pay £5 less per workshop if booking more than one date at a time for the same person. Please call us on 01273 600010 if you wish to do this (not available online)

Book workshops 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 well-being. Experience what therapeutic sound can do for you, as you immerse yourself within these stimulating and transformational frequencies.

Dates: Sunday 21 August, Sunday 25 September

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.


Qigong and Yin Yoga: Stability, Grounding and Letting Go

with Jeremy Marshall and Ginny Haswellqigong and yin workshop su15

This workshop will embrace the qualities of the earth element which corresponds to the transitional period between the yang and yin seasons as we approach the autumn equinox. In harmony with nature, this is the time to release burdens and attachments; to find balance between giving our energy to others and nurturing ourselves.

Jeremy will introduce the theme of exploring the Earth Element through Qigong. The practice will aim to develop a sense of our centre through movement, and explore what it means to feel our own and others structure. We will finish with a Qigong combining sound and awareness, essentially using vibration to explore the structure of our bodies. Ginny will then guide a Yin Yoga practice of postures designed to nourish the spleen and stomach meridians, with an emphasis on moving from our centre, rooting our foundation and letting go of unnecessary effort. You will leave this workshop feeling grounded, spacious and balanced.

Date: Sunday 11 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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Anatomy and Yoga: The Spine in Actionchris swain spine in action

with Chris Swain

The spine, our backbone, is the central column of the body. It provides structural support, facilitates a remarkable range of movement and forms a protective column for the spinal cord. Injuries can occur when we try to move areas of the spine in ways they are not designed to move – for example, there is very limited capacity for rotation in the lumbar spine and limited extension in the thoracic spine. Having an understanding of the construction and biomechanics of this vital area can help us learn which movements are possible at each level of the spine within yoga asana and other physical disciplines.

This workshop will offer both a theoretical and a practical analysis. The anatomy will be presented in an interactive way using pictures and models, and practical exercises will be introduced to bring the spine alive. Comprehensive notes will be provided.

Date: Saturday 17 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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Introductory Pilates Workshopemily wilson pilates workshop

with Emily Wilson

This workshop will focus on the 8 principles of Pilates: relaxation, concentration, alignment, breathing, centring, co-ordination, flowing movements and control. Becoming familiar with these core ideas can help get you started on your Pilates journey or simply improve an existing practice. Learning to recognise your own postural type and habits and tendencies within your body can allow you to improve your posture and alleviate aches and pains within the body.

Suitable for beginners or those with some experience who want to refine their practice.

Date: Saturday 24 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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Yoga and Mindfulness Afternoonlucy deere workshop w15

with Lucy Deere

'To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.' Thich Nhat Hanh

Join us for another rejuvenating afternoon of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation. We will enjoy gentle flowing sequences, to stretch out and reconnect our bodies, and move towards more energising variations to strengthen and tone. The workshop also gives us the time to ease our way into challenging held postures such as the headstand. The second part of our workshop will include pranayama breathing exercises, guided meditation, chanting and a deep relaxation.

Date: Saturday 25 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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Iyengar® Yoga Workshopiyengar jen good pic

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 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 at least one year’s experience.

Date: Saturday 1 October

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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BNHC Choreo Collectivecontemporary kate a 2015

Contemporary Dance Workshop

with Kate Szkolar

BNHC Choreo(graphic) Collective is an ongoing series of creative workshops allowing dancers to explore and develop their own material in a friendly and supportive environment. The workshops 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!

Date: Sunday 2 October

Time: 3pm-6pm

Cost: £23/£21 concession

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Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Workshopginny yin workshop w15

with Ginny Haswell

The physiological effects of Yin Yoga go beyond our muscles, working deeply into our connective tissues and joints. In this workshop you will learn the importance of maintaining the health of the body's connective tissues - ligaments and fascia - for the benefit of our structure as well as our overall health.

We will complement this work with self-myofascial release techniques, using our body weight on tennis balls and other props. Think of it as a very effective deep tissue massage that you can give to yourself! This is so beneficial for most people as we all have tight or achy spots from time to time, be it from a desk job, running, cycling, sports, carrying young children or simply getting older. You will leave this workshop with a calm mind accompanied by a greater sense of comfort and ease of movement in your body.

Date: Saturday 12 November

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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Butoh Workshopbutoh yael karavan

with Yael Karavan

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. Yael has been a Butoh practitioner for nearly 20 years and has trained with numerous Butoh masters in Japan.

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

Date: Sunday 13 November

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £23/£21 concession

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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!

Date: Sat 26 November

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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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 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.

The next workshop will take place in the autumn.


 

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