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 transition into autumn

with Charlotte Watts

'Transition into Autumn' - Saturday 10 September

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 – for example, the new school year is programmed in many of us as the beginning of a new phase. In this workshop, we will explore how our bodies feel about these shifts, and how movement and awareness can be used 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. 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 10 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Next workshops: 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


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 to life. 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. We will also have 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: Sunday 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 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 1 October

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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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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FREE TALK presented by Infinity Foods & BNHC Community Programme

Co-operatives: The way forward for successful and ethical business

by Dex Baileyinfinity logo

What exactly is a co-operative? How does it differ from other business models? Where and why did co-operatives first start to surface? What place is there for co-operatives in our world today? Could co-operatives be a viable alternative to the problems that continuously seem to surface in the corporate world?

Dex Bailey has worked at Infinity Foods Workers Co-operative for many years. His first experience of co-ops was at the age of nine in a young people’s club set up by the Portsea Island Mutual Co-operative Society. As a teenager he moved into a housing co-op and several years later he and some friends formed a housing co-op in Brighton. Dex's talk will discuss the history of co-operatives, suggest how they can offer viable solutions to current challenges, and explore what he has learned from being closely connected to co-ops for so much of his life.

Date: Friday 7 October

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: BNHC

Entrance FREE, but please sign up HERE


Alexander Technique Workshopalexander

Self-Care Skills Using Alexander's Discoveries

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.

Date: Saturday 8 October

Time: 1.30pm-5.45pm

Cost: £35/£31 concession

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Myolastic Project Workshop

Back to Basics: The Myolastic Project and Fascial Fitness
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with Laurie Booth and Tracey Mellor

This term’s workshop takes us back to basics. We will look at the original Fascial Fitness principles and use the extensive repertoire of The Myolastic Project to experience and explain them. The Fascial Fitness principles were devised and endorsed by highly acclaimed researcher Robert Schleip. Each principle has been explored by The Myolastic Project team over the last 3 years in what has become a unique and innovative experiment, pushing boundaries and setting standards for the ever expanding field of fascial research. This workshop will offer an overview of the team’s findings and present them in a clear and accessible way. It will be a mixture of theory and the practice and will concentrate on self-discovery and experience. This is a unique and intimate opportunity to be part of the future of movement understanding and development and is not to be missed!

Open to all and of particular value to those with experience of other movement trainings.myolastic fascial fitness logo

Date: Sunday 16 October

Time: 1pm-4pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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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 23 October, 27 November, 18 December

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.

NB: Sound Bath on 25 September has been cancelled


Astanga Yoga Workshop: Breath + Bandha = Balance!astanga workshop a16

with Sarah Miles and Kathryn Broadribb

This workshop will focus on breaking down the lifts, transitions and ‘jump through’ elements of the Astanga practice. Techniques will be introduced to help students develop increased core and shoulder stability, and the key role of breath and bandhas will be explored. Understanding the importance of these two aspects of yoga and the support they provide can lead to greater control and lightness of balance on the mat. Open to all and a great complement to an existing practice.

Date: Saturday 5 November

Time: 1pm-3pm

Cost: £18/£16 concession

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Yoga Teacher Forum

Mindfulness as an intrinsic part of yoga practice and teaching

with Charlotte Wattscharlotte yoga and mindfulness

As part of the BNHC Community Programme we are running an ongoing series of events for the local yoga teacher community. This term we welcome Charlotte Watts who will lead a session exploring mindfulness in relation to yoga and yoga teaching. A short talk followed by a practice will allow the group to experience the presence and embodied attention inherent to the meditative art of yoga. Recognising mindfulness within yoga can help enrich teaching practices and offer students a greater depth of experience.

Charlotte Watts is a Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance), who trained with the Vajrasati School of Yoga in Brighton and has been teaching since 1998. She co-teaches the Yogacampus module for Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout and is the author of The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015).

Open to local yoga teachers.

Date: Sunday 6 November

Time: 1.30-3.30pm

Cost: £10 with all profits going towards supporting our community outreach classes

Book forum HERE


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, 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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FREE TALK presented by Infinity Foods & BNHC Community Programme

Is Contemporary Yoga a Continuation or a Deviation?

by Jim Tarranjim tarraninfinity logo

  • What is Yoga?
  • What have been its aims throughout history?
  • Is ‘Modern Postural Yoga’ (MPY) an effective method or a defunct travesty?

Yoga is known throughout the world and is now a multimillion pound business. But is what is being taught really yoga? In this talk Jim will discuss some of the tributaries that have fed into the continuum of viewpoints (Sanskrit: darśana) and practices of this globalised form of yoga.

Jim Tarran is a well-known and respected name in the world of yoga and has taught thousands of practitioners in his twenty five year career. Join him for this thought-provoking presentation and be ready to be surprised, entertained and inspired!

Date: Thursday 17 November

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Hanover Room, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton

Entrance FREE, but please sign up 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!

Date: Saturday 26 November

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

Book workshop HERE


Exploring Sthira and Sukha

Strength and Flexibility within a Yoga Practicejane manze a16

with Jane Manze

Join Jane for an afternoon of Scaravelli Yoga, breathing and Somatic Movement Exploration of our fluid and musculoskeletal systems.

From a place of listening to our body and sensitive enquiry, we will experience when it feels right to engage more, or to soften. In cultivating and balancing these qualities - those that all structures and healthy living cells and beings possess - we are naturally taken into the here and now, both on and off our yoga mat.

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go’ Rumi

Date: Saturday 3 December

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £28/£25 concession

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Iyengar® Yoga Workshop

Using your body to cultivate and regenerate your mindcathy rogers evans for workshop a13

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

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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

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FREE talk 'Is Contemporary Yoga a Continuation or a Deviation?' Thursday 17 November
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De-Stress Yoga workshop, Saturday 10 September
'Transition into autumn': As we move from warmer to colder months our bodies can constrict and draw in as we protect our heat and comfort. This workshop will explore how movement and awareness can be used to give us the courage, release and openess needed to deal with the transitions taking place in the seasons and in our lives. ... read more

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