workshops

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


Combat stress using Alexander's Discoveries

with Mark Claireaux

Alex Tech

70% of Doctor’s visits are said to be stress related. This may even involve back neck or shoulder pain, RSI, etc. We say things like "The kids are stressing me out" or "Work is getting me down" or "Everything is getting on top of me"... But the question is: IS STRESS A THING? or is it our REACTION to things?

Some people including sports people and successful business people may even thrive on an element of stress. Stress or anxiety usually manifests itself in our muscles. Tension patterns can become habitual and the brain registers this as normal and so can go unnoticed for some time. However this can build up particularly in our neck and shoulders affecting blood flow, possibly leading to headaches or migraines and other symptoms associated with stress.

This workshop will help you to become more aware of what is happening in your body in certain situations, we are then able to use some very useful tools to minimise these negative reactions enabling us to respond better in such situations alleviating that ‘Stressed’ feeling. We may even alleviate our back, neck or shoulder pain. No special clothing is required for this workshop however you maybe lying on the floor for part of the session so you might want to avoid wearing a shirt or dress.

Date: Saturday 30 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE



Yoga Teacher Forum YTF

hosted by BNHC and run by the Brighton Yoga Foundation

Partner work in yoga with Sevanti

For the past few years, we at the Brighton Natural Health Centre have been running an ongoing series of low-cost forums for local yoga teachers as part of our community programme. In 2017 we teamed up with the Brighton Yoga Foundation who now organise and run these events hosted by us at BNHC.

This term’s forum will include a look at partner work in yoga with a practical session led by Sevanti, who will then give a talk about setting up and running yoga retreats. A Q&A session on the challenges facing yoga teachers will follow giving an opportunity to share advice and support. 

Date: Sunday 1 October

Time: 1.30-4pm

Cost: £5

Book forum here.



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Connect from the centre outward

with Charlotte Watts

We can have mixed relationships with our bellies, but exploring and nourishing this central region of our bodies can have profound ripples outwards to the whole of our bodies and minds. In this workshop, we will not only explore how to physically move from the abdomen to support posture intelligently, but also to listen to the deep nervous system tissue here and kindly listen to what we really need from our practice.

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 7 October

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: Saturdays 11 Nov - From the ground up, 9 Dec - Winter mood & motivation



Morphic Release Movement

An introductory workshopconnective iq moves symbol s15

with Laurie Booth

This original movement and meditation practice, created by Laurie Booth: choreographer, movement artist and body worker, derives from his many years’ experience and research into the practice and theoretical basis of movement across a wide range of disciplines and movement systems.

MRM explores how the human body is created, evolves and changes through the continuous experience of movement. It also incorporates Laurie's research into anatomy and the history of movement training to focus on significant patterns of body form and use both in movement and in stillness. 

The workshop aims to create a physical and mental sense of presence in the world where movement is liberation from not only the past but also the future. This is an introduction to the practice and philosophy of MRT and is open to everyone regardless of experience or level of physical fitness. It is of particular use to teachers and students of other forms and movement practices.

Date: Sunday 8 October 

Time: 1-5.30pm

Cost: £34/£30 conc.

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: Sunday 8 October

Time: £12/£9 concession

Cost: 7.30-9pm

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



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: Saturday 14 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 conc.

Book workshop HERE



TRE® workshopTRE

with Deborah Brown

Reduce stress, tension and release trauma with TRE (Tension Releasing Exercises). This two hour workshop teaches the TRE’s, an innovative set of exercises, which access a shaking reflex deep in the brain. This involuntary shaking is a natural mechanism we have in us as mammals to release stress and tension, and turn off the stress response.

When our primitive survival strategies of fight/flight/freeze switch off, we become more balanced, joyful, present, and connected - our mental and physical health improves. Once this reflex is back ‘online’ you have a organic stress releasing tool for life!

Deborah Brown is an Advanced Certified TRE Provider who has been teaching in Brighton & Hove for over two years. She is also an experienced Craniosacral Therapist and Brainpotting Practitioner passionate about supporting people in managing stress and moving through past trauma by working with the body.

Date: Sunday 15 October

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: £20/£18 conc.

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Qigong and Yin Yogayin yoga ginny

taking in and letting go

with Ginny Haswell and Jeremy Marshall

In Chinese philosophy the Autumn is associated with the Metal element, this is represented in the body by the lungs and large intestine, organs both concerned with taking in nourishment and letting go of what does not serve us. It is this quality that is the essence of metal and the focus of this workshop. So what would you like to let go of?

This workshop will combine Yin yoga and Qigong practices to help balance our metal element and leave us lighter, and more comfortable physically and mentally. Jeremy will focus on exploring sound in Qigong, firstly to dissolve physical and mental tension and secondly to then explore the 6 healing sounds. Sound by its very nature resonates with the breath, the lungs and the metal element. Ginny will lead a pranayama practice, allowing us to connect with the nourishing and releasing qualities of the metal element through refinement of our breath. Then lung and large intestine meridians will be stimulated through Yin yoga poses that open the chest and shoulders.

As a follow up to the afternoon you will receive a handout with suggestions for self contemplation and journalling. Open to all levels of experience including beginners to Qigong or Yin yoga.

Date: Sunday 22 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 conc.

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.

Date: Saturday 28 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 conc.

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Butoh Workshopbutoh yael karavan

with Yumino Seki

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. 

Suitable for all levels of dance/movement experience including complete beginners.

Dates: Sunday 29 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £23/£21 conc.

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Humanistic Yoga WorkshopPeter Blackaby

am I doing it right?

with Pete Blackaby

In yoga there is a widely held perception that alignment and adjustment by teachers is a significant part of asana practice. In some quarters this is such an important aspect of practice that it is unquestioned.

However if we pause for a moment, we can ask the question, alignment to what?

Behind this pursuit for perfect alignment is the supposition that there is something helpful about the shape of the asana itself, and that by achieving this shape the body will be endowed with some significant benefit. However this reasoning is deeply suspect, there is very little evidence to support the idea that being able to assume these postural shapes is helpful, particularly if they do not relate to anything useful in the human repertoire of movement. Secondly the reliance of having a teacher to ‘adjust’ you tends to take you away from your own felt sense, and it is the felt sense that is most significant when learning about movement and the embodied self.

When we align ourselves to a posture through a list of detailed instructions and adjustments all we find out about ourselves is how good we are at following instructions. On the other hand when we get more in touch with the feeling of the body we start to learn about ourselves and create the conditions for significant change.

Date: Saturday 4 November

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £30/£27 conc.

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Score 10: Music and Dance WorkshopScore 10

with Hannah Pickett

This music and (contemporary) dance workshop will experiment and play with group improvisations, creating live short performance, and the relationship between movement and sound. We invite musicians and dancers to collaborate together to create live improvisations and explore how participants can instantly react and respond to each other. Ideas and tasks will build up to group improvisations and discussions. 

Dancers, non-dancers, musicians and non-musicians welcome!

Dates: Sunday 5 November

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £20/£18 conc.

Book workshop HERE



Tai Chi/Qigong Weekendtai-chi-workshop

with Peter Deadman

This is an opportunity to learn an elegant and powerful 18-sequence qigong (chi gong) form that has its origin in the flowing movements of tai chi.

When practised regularly, qigong is life-transforming. The taichi shibashi (18-move) form is a wonderful practice, both for complete beginners and for experienced qigong and tai chi practitioners. It integrates the three key components of qigong and tai chi: body (strength, flexibility, balance, integrated movement), breath (slow, deep, co-ordinated with movement), and mind (present and still). It can be learned in a weekend, especially when backed up by Peter's comprehensive online series of videos.

The whole form and a spoken introduction can be viewed on Peter Deadman’s YouTube channel.

Peter is known for his clear explanations, pacing, encouragement and individual attention.

Open to beginners as well as those with experience of qigong or tai chi.

Date: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November

Time: TBA

Cost: £150/£135 concession

Book workshop HERE



De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress from the ground up

From the ground up

with Charlotte Watts

We root to the ground through our feet, and making connections from this body part - furthest from our busy minds - can be a source of calmness for both body and mind. In this workshop we will explore waking up the architecture within our feet in order to access calming points for the nervous system, and to create strong platforms to support more energised standing postures. We will also look at supported inversions where the perspective of the feet is raised allowing blood to flow downwards to the head for a soothing effect.

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 11 November

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: 9 Dec - Winter mood & motivation



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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: Sunday 12 November

Time: £12/£9 concession

Cost: 7.30-9pm

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



Exploring our bandhas in yoga practiseJane Manze - bandhas

with Jane Manze

A somatic exploration of our diaphragms... our inner support, control and stability within asana and pranayama. Join Jane for an afternoon of Scaravelli inspired yoga practice and somatic movement.

Dates: Saturday 18 November

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE



Anatomy & Physiology Workshop

chris swainShining a light on conditions

with Chris Swain

In many cases we have heard the names of common physical conditions and injuries, but don’t really have a clear understanding of what they are. This is a workshop to clarify what a few of those common conditions are. In addition to describing each condition we shall also explore some of the possible reasons as to why they might occur, including their associated factors.

The conditions we will discuss are:

Osteoarthritis (OA) – how does OA differ from rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?  //  Shoulder issues – what is meant by a ‘frozen shoulder’ (Adhesive Capsulitis)?  //  What muscles are involved in rotator cuff strains?  //  Knee issues – what is a knee meniscal (cartilage) tear?  //  What is the difference between the cruciate and collateral knee ligaments?  //  What is a ‘prolapsed’ disc?  //  What is a stroke?

This workshop may be of especial interest if you are a teacher of yoga, pilates, dance or indeed any form of physical exercise.

Date: Saturday 25 November

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £30/£27 conc.

Book workshop HERE



RESTREST 2

with Leonie Taylor

A deeply nourishing afternoon of yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and nidra to bring deep-held tension safely to awareness.

You will be given permission to work gently and playfully through restorative postures and breath to reconnect to a more intuitive state of just being. We will not even be 'doing' yoga, more creating space for body and mind to release and heal. 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.

Reviews from previous REST attendees:

'A deeply nourishing safe space to simply be. Somewhere to tune out of the rush of every-day life and have a moment to look after yourself. A time to fill your cup so you can go back to filling others'. Everyone should do this, especially those who Mother.'

'A very relaxing day in a place where you can feel safe and understand by others.' 'Just what I needed! Gave me time to just relax and reflect on so much time absorbed on giving.'

Leonie is a senior teacher in the Vajrasati School of yoga, and is known for nurturing and empowering her students.

Date: Sunday 26 November

Time: 2-4.30pm

Cost: £25/£22 conc.

Book workshop HERE 


Yoga for Healthy and Pain-Free Joints

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with Cathy Rogers-Evans

The practice of yoga with technical precision can ensure that arthritis does not occur. Avoiding pain and difficulty in movement is absolutely possible at any age with precision in yoga asana. 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.

Cathy Rogers Evans has been teaching Iyengar® Yoga for over 37 years in several countries, starting her teaching career at the age of 26. She has been certified to teach at Intermediate Senior III level since 2000 and is also an approved Iyengar® teacher trainer and assessor training new teachers across the UK, USA and Mexico.

Date: Saturday 2 December

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 conc.

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 3 December

Time: £12/£9 concession

Cost: 7.30-9pm

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



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Winter Mood & Motivation

with Charlotte Watts

The cold months can have us curling in and looking for warmth and comfort. As we start the holidays, moving stresses through whilst creating a little heat through muscles, joints and tissues can also be kind, opening and supportive. In this workshop we explore how we can create strength for the coming months alongside the nurturing that allows emotional resilience.

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 9 December

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)


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Winter Inner Body Wisdom

with Sophie Cleere

A workshop designed specifically for women.

In this workshop we will explore the energy of Winter. Winter can be a truly challenging time for many of us both in our cycle and in our outer world and day to day life. How do we embrace the stillness of winter when we live in a world that celebrates constant ‘doing’? In this session we will move slowly and get curious about what our body desires at this potent and healing time.

We will work with dynamic and gentle Asana, exploring more feminine yoga movement, Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) cycle awareness and discussion. We will connect with our own inner body wisdom, truly coming into relationship with ourselves. All equipment is provided but feel free to bring a favorite blanket, socks or anything you need to feel comfortable. This workshop is fully inclusive and open to women or those who identify as women and feel that cycle awareness would be of benefit to them.

Dates: Sunday 10 December

Time: 1.30-4pm

Cost: £25/£22 conc.

Book workshop HERE


 

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COURSES - last spaces available!
We have a few spaces left on some of our dance, body work/pilates and yoga courses. ... read more
Alexander Technique workshop, Saturday 30 September
The Alexander Technique is about looking at ‘what we’re up to’ in our daily lives. Mark Claireaux will look at how to combat stress using Alexander's discoveries. ... read more
Brighton Yoga Teacher Community Forum, Sunday 1 October
This term’s forum will include a look at partner work in yoga with a practical session led by Sevanti, who will then give a talk about setting up and running yoga retreats. ... read more
De-Stress Yoga workshop, Saturday 7 October
Charotte Watts continues her series of De-stress workshops with the theme 'Connect from the centre outward'.   ... read more
Morphic Release Movement - an introductory workshop , Sunday 8 October
MRM explores how the human body is created, evolves and changes through the continuous experience of movement. ... read more

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