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 Workshops

de-stress yoga

with Charlotte Watts

'Free your neck and shoulders' - Saturday 8 August

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. 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 co-author of The De-Stress Diet (Hay House 2010).

Saturday 8 August

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 conc.

Next workshops: 26 September 'Wringing out the tension', 21 November 'Soften and release upright'

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

Book workshops HERE


Qigong and Yin Yoga Summer Workshopqigong and yin workshop su15

with Ginny Haswell

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 working on one side of the body before repeating on the other. Finally Jeremy will lead us through some simple push hands exercises, to explore the ideas of listening, following and fun. The session will close with pranayama breathing and heart space meditation.

Date: Sunday 9 August

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 conc.

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The Power of Shaktipower of shakti su15

Yoga Flow, Mantra and Live Music

with Lorraine Taylor, Narayani and Mat Baker

Join Lorraine (international yoga teacher and teacher trainer) and Bhavana (Narayani and Mat) for an afternoon workshop of live music, yoga flow, mantra and kirtan exploring the power of Shakti.

Shakti is movement. Shakti is what exists in creation. It is the force of energy that brings us to life. Allowing ourselves to connect more deeply to Shakti helps us to find the flow of life, to bring about the power of transformation, acceptance and peace.

Lorraine Taylor offers Transformational Yoga training and retreats around the globe and is dedicated to helping students find freedom through yoga. She also specialises in guiding women to embody the practice from their feminine essence. Bhavana (Narayani and Mat Baker) are a husband and wife team who share a love and passion for devotional music, kirtan and the practice of Bhakti Yoga. Narayani is known for her powerful devotional singing and for facilitating voicework that opens the heart and encourages our highest expression. Mat is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who brings a gentle, transformational quality with his soulful voice and powerful percussion and Bouzouki.

Date: Saturday 15 August

Time: 1-5pm

Cost: £34/£30 concession

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BNHC Community Programmewalk 2 jun 14

Summer outing 2015

Join us for a lovely summer stroll and picnic on Sunday 23 August

Taking in our breathtaking Sussex countryside, we will enjoy a circular walk with a stop-off for an alfresco lunch along the way. A great opportunity for students, staff, trustees and friends to come together, socialise and meet others from the wider BNHC community.

The walk will start at 11am from Falmer train station.

Please bring snacks for the picnic.

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(Note: weather permitting)


Feeling Sound - Therapeutic Sound Bathsoundbath new pic a14

with Catherine Hutchinson

Lie back, relax and recharge to the soothing and energising sounds of Himalayan singing bowls, gongs 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 23 August, Sunday 27 September, Saturday 10 October, Sunday 25 October, Saturday 7 November, Sunday 22 November, Saturday 5 December

Time: 7.30-9pm

Cost: £12/£9 concession - these are drop-in workshops. No need to book in advance - just turn up and pay on the night


All About Teatea talk su15

A talk and a tea tasting

with Jennifer Maksymetz (tea mistress) and Peter Deadman

After water, tea is the most widely drunk liquid in the world. Jen and Peter will talk about the true and mythical origins of tea, its refinement in Chinese culture, and its extraordinary health benefits. The different kinds of tea (black, green, oolong, white, puerh etc.) and how they are grown and prepared will be explained, along with slides of some of the small artisan tea farms (and farmers) Jen has visited in China and Taiwan.

Finally there will be a chance to enjoy the art of a traditional Chinese-style tasting and to learn how to best prepare different kinds of tea.

Date: Saturday 5 September

Time: 4-6pm

Cost: £5

Book event HERE


Brighton Wellbeing Project 2015norman blair workshop

FREE workshop for yoga teachers

'Yoga and reflective practice'

with Norman Blair

As part of the Brighton Wellbeing Project BNHC is running a series of free events for the local yoga teacher community. For summer 2015 we are happy to host Norman Blair, a teacher embracing both the Astanga and Yin styles, who will lead a session on 'yoga teaching and reflective practice'.

To read more about Norman visit his website here.

Date: Sunday 6 September

Time: 2-5pm

This workshop is free but spaces are limited and must be booked by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Workshopginny yin and yang a15

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 19 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 conc.

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Open Voice, Open Heartvoice circle

Dive into your voice through

Bhakti Yoga, Kirtan and Voicework

with Narayani and Mat Baker

The heart and the voice are intimately connected. In this workshop you will explore how to connect to your voice as a means of allowing your heart to open. Narayani and Mat’s experience in Bhakti Yoga and Voicework will support you on a journey to access your inner voice, moving from a place of love and compassion and acknowledging your authentic and real experiences and emotions. Using chanting, mantras, movement, rhythm, sound and song this workshop will deeply explore the relationship between voice and heart. No skill or experience needed.

Date: Sunday 20 September

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 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 one year’s experience.

Date: Saturday 10 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 concession

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Classic Yoga Workshopclassic yoga 1

with Louise Beglin

'Total extension brings total relaxation'B.K.S. 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 28 November

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 conc.

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De-Stress Yoga workshop, Saturday 8 August
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Qigong and Yin Yoga summer workshop, Sunday 9 August
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BNHC summer outing, Sunday 23 August
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