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 winter comfort

Winter Comfort

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.

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 17 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)

Next workshops: Saturdays 14 Jan - New Year: Letting go with grace, 25 March - Expanse, freedom and space, Sat 22 April - Wringing out the tension.


Iyengar® Yoga Workshopcathy rogers evans for workshop a13

Using your body to cuktivate and regenerate your mind

with Cathy Rogers-Evans

The key to overcoming stress is to calm and strengthen the nervous system. Disruptive patterns of energy that we call stress, need to be and can be pacified and eliminated from the body. The practice of yogaasana and pranayama not only de-stress us, but energise and invigorate the nerves and mind in order to handle the stress that comes from the caprices of life.’ BKS Iyengar

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. Suitable for all levels.

Date: Sunday 18 December

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop 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 22 January, 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.


De-Stress Yoga Workshopsde-stress new year letting go with grace

New Year: Letting go with grace

with Charlotte Watts


Our lives, bodies and minds go through continual and natural cycles of gathering and letting go. The 'new year resolution' can often force issues we may not be ready to deal with which can result in us giving ourselves a hard time when they don't stick! This workshop uses breath, yoga postures and mindfulness meditation to explore what we're truly ready to release and to help us be present for the process of clearing out in order to make space for what the coming year may bring.

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 14 January

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 25 March - Expanse, freedom and space, 22 April - Wringing out the tension


Release & Restore with Qigong & Yin Yogaqigong and yin workshop su15

with Ginny Haswell and Jeremy Marshall

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 a 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 15 January

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Pilates Workshop:emily wilson pilates workshop

Using Small Equipment

with Emily Wilson

This Pilates workshop will focus on using small equipment to assist in providing more variety to the experience and benefit of mat-work Pilates exercises. The small equipment being used will be small balls, massage balls, Thera-bands, foam rollers and fitness circles.

These will add resistance making exercises more challenging, develop greater core strength/balance and help to support the body into a deeper stretch, giving increased flexibility in muscles and joints. Using equipment can also help to get more precision and technical accuracy from the exercise, which is key when practicing the Pilates method.

The workshop is suitable for improvers or those with intermediate level experience of Pilates.

Date: Saturday 21 January

Time: 1.30-3.30pm 

Cost: £20/£18 concession

Book workshop HERE


Contemporary Dance Workshopcontemporary hannah  2 

Exploring free movement & improvisation

with Hannah Pickett

This contemporary dance workshop will play with free movement improvisations and group tasks to allow dancers to explore and develop their own material in a friendly and supportive environment. The workshops consist of a short warm up followed by both improvisation and choreographic tasks designed to generate material both as individuals and a group. Open to all movement and dance enthusiasts!

Date: Sunday 22 January

Time: 2-4pm 

Cost: £20/£18 concession

Book workshop 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 22 January, 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.


Salute to the Year:lucy deere workshop s16 

A yoga and mindfulness afternoon

with Lucy Deere

During this afternoon workshop we are invited to take some time to contemplate where we stand at the cusp of the new year. With the help of yoga asanas, both flowing and static and pranayama breathing techniques, we will cultivate a greater awareness of our whole selves physically, mentally and emotionally. In this way we can be thankful for the experiences t
hat 2016 gave us and welcome the arrival of 2017 from a place of clarity and strength.

This workshop will also include guided meditation, chanting and deep relaxation. Suitable for all levels.

Date: Saturday 28 January

Time: 3pm-6pm

Cost: £28/£25 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 29 January, 26 February, 26 March

Time: 12pm-1.45pm

Cost: £5

Book HERE


Tai Chi/Qigong weekendqigong image

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. Known as taichi qigong shibashi, it is a wonderful daily practice, taking around fifteen minutes to perform, and can be learned in a weekend. Qigong - traditional Chinese body-mind-breath training – is designed to calm and centre the mind, deepen the breath, and train the body by cultivating rootedness, balance, flexibility and strength.

Peter is an experienced qigong teacher known for carefully explaining the essence and structure of each movement. After the workshop, all participants will get access to a video of the full form as an aid to practice. Open to beginners as well as those with experience of qigong or tai chi.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 4-5 February

Time: Sat 12.15pm-6.15pm & Sun 9.30am-4.30pm

Cost: £85/£75 concession

Book workshop HERE


Humanistic Yoga Workshop:

Working with painpete blackaby w16 workshop

with Pete Blackaby

During the last twenty years or so there has been a marked change in notions of how pain needs to be managed, in particular chronic pain. This comes in part from the needs of an aging population and in part from recent research into the mechanism of pain within individuals. At the same time there has been growing recognition that many of the findings that show up on x-rays, MRI Scans and the like are often very poorly correlated to pain. This workshop will explore in detail the implications these findings have for the yoga teacher and practitioner.

Of interest to yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and those suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Date: Saturday 11 February 2017

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Iyengar Yoga Workshopiyengar class with belts

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 18 February

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Vital Woman Yoga Workshopvital women

with Sophie Cleere

When was the last time you took some time for yourself to nourish and connect to yourself as a woman? Too many of us are so busy in our lives we often forget to look after ourselves and honour our natural rhythms. In this two hour workshop we will work with gentle Asana, breathing techniques, chanting and yoga nidra that will allow us to reconnect to our source energy or Shakti (feminine power). This is the Yin to Astangas Yang! And while these practices are gentle and you will feel rested, they are no less powerful.

Sophie has been practising Astanga Vinyasa yoga for over 10 years and teaching for over 6 years, she has more recently attended Uma Dinsmore Tuli’s Yoga Therapy for Women Course and is excited to share these nurturing, feminine practices in this workshop.

Date: Sunday 19 February

Time: 1.30pm-4pm

Cost: £22/£19 concession

Book workshop HERE


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.

Suitable for students with at least one year’s experience.

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 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 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, 5 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

 

LATEST NEWS

Christmas and New Year Opening
BNHC is closed between Friday 23 December and Monday 2 January, no classes will run between these dates. Some of our classes may be finishing earlier in December, check our online timetable to find out if your class is running. ... read more
De-Stress Yoga workshop, Saturday 17 December
'Winter Comfort' with Charlotte Watts. The cold months can have us curling in and looking for warmth and comfort. ... read more
Iyengar Yoga Workshop, Sunday 18 December
Learn about 'using your body to cultivate and regenerate your mind' in this thoughtful workshop with Cathy Rogers-Evans. ... read more
Therapeutic Sound Bath, Sunday 18 December
Relax and come into balance with the healing power of sound with Catherine Hutchinson. ... read more
Humanistic Yoga workshop, Saturday 11 February
Pete Blackaby returns to BNHC to teach this unique session looking at working with pain. ... read more

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