workshops

The Brighton Natural Health Centre runs weekend and other workshops throughout the year. To make a booking, click on the links below.


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

This workshop is now full. Email us if you would like to go on a waiting list.

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


Iyengar® Yoga Workshopuday bhosale

with Uday Bhosale from Pune, India

BNHC is proud to welcome visiting teacher Uday Bhosale in association with the Institute of Iyengar® Yoga in Sussex (IIYS). This workshop will focus on the less frequently taught asanas (postures), giving students the opportunity to delve deeper into their practice, and will conclude with pranayama.

Uday is a direct pupil of BKS Iyengar and a resident teacher at the Ramamani Memorial Iyengar® Yoga Institute in Pune, India. This is a great opportunity to learn from Uday while he is in the UK.

For students with previous yoga experience.

www.iiys.org.uk

Date: Sunday 13 Septemberiiys logo

Time: 2-6pm

Cost: £27


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.

Book workshop HERE


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

Book workshop HERE

Next workshop: 'The Inner Voice - A Winter Workshop' - Sunday 29 November, 2-5pm


De-Stress Yoga Workshops

de-stress yoga

with Charlotte Watts

'Wringing out the tension' - Saturday 26 September

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 spine helps 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. 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 26 September

Time: 2pm-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 concession

Next workshop: 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


Butoh Workshopbutoh class

with Yael Karavan

Butoh (dance of transformation) is an avant-garde dance philosophy/method created in Japan at the end of the 1950s. In this workshop, Yael will share her 20 years of experience to 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 complete beginners and those with experience in dance, movement, somatic disciplines or performing arts.

Date: Sunday 27 September

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £22/£20 concession

Book workshop HERE


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 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


Jazz Dance Workshopjazz workshop 1 a15

with Valentina Dolci

Valentina brings both passion and technical expertise to this afternoon of artistic jazz dance. Beginning with a dynamic warm-up and moving on to travelling exercises and longer centre sequences, the workshop will finish with a full piece of choreography allowing students to experience this powerful and authentic style of jazz dance.

Valentina has worked extensively in the UK and abroad as dancer, teacher and choreographer, including a prominent role with the BOP Jazz Theatre Company. Open to all dance enthusiasts.

Date: Saturday 3 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £22/£20 concession

Book workshop HERE


Myolastic Movement:laurie workshop a15

Myofascial Anatomy and Improvisation

with Laurie Booth and Tracey Mellor

"If the body is an orchestra then the fascia are the instruments, breath is the conductor and movement is the music. Developing the relationship between these elements allows us to fully understand and experience the expressive power of the body." Laurie Booth

Myolastic Movement deals with the uses and applications of Myofascial anatomy for the body in motion. This workshop explores how experiential knowledge of Myofascial anatomy improves our kinetic senses and movement skills. Mixing theory and practice, the workshop is a valuable resource for body workers, movement professionals and any who are interested in the phenomena of Myofascial anatomy and improvised movement.

Date: Sunday 4 October

Time: 12.30-6pm (includes tea break)

Cost: £40/£35 concession

Book workshop HERE


BNHC Community Programme autumn event

40 years a dancer - survival tacticsliz aggiss performance shot

FREE talk by Liz Aggiss

Have you calmed down yet Elizabeth? After 62 years Liz Aggiss is still at it. In this talk she discusses the physical and creative wear and tear she has sustained in her 40 year - and counting - career in dance.

Celebrated dance artist, Liz Aggiss is a Brighton based performer, choreographer and film maker. She has been delivering her unique vision to audiences worldwide across her career and continues to re(de)fine British contemporary dance with her singular style and attitude.

www.lizaggiss.com

Date: Friday 9 October

Time: 6.30-8pm at BNHC

This event is FREE but spaces must be booked by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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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Body Awareness Workshopbody awareness

with Galit Mersand

Body Awareness is a form of moving meditation developed by Galit Mersand. It integrates a combination of physical movement and meditation practices with techniques derived from her knowledge and experience of various dance forms, yoga and energy work. This workshop will explore movement techniques and patterns, focusing on how to execute them in a meditative manner. The practice is low impact yet invigorating and dynamic, and is accompanied by music throughout. Body Awareness connects the physical, mental and emotional to create a truly holistic experience of body and mind. Open to all.

Date: Sunday 11 October

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: £16/£14 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 17 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 concession

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Deepening the Practiceliz warrington workshop a15

An afternoon of yoga with Liz Warrington

Liz invites you to find and honour your own rhythm and timing within yoga postures. Deepen the listening of the body and access a soft ‘let go’ through feeling the support of the earth and rest, along with the impulse to dynamically engage the whole body in movement. Explore how the breath can support, guide, inspire and move the body in such a way as to open it up and enliven the spine whilst bringing peace to the mind.

Liz is an experienced yoga teacher and biodynamic cranio-sacral practitioner. She works in a hands-on way, helping students to wake-up to their full potential and achieve an ease and lightness on the yoga mat.

Suitable for all levels from beginners to teachers.

Date: Sunday 18 October

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 concession

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Yoga Teacher Forumyoga teacher forum

Calling all yoga teachers...

Would you like a regular opportunity to meet with fellow teachers, share ideas about practice and reflect on your experiences?

Come along to our forum and join a yoga teaching community. We meet every 6-8 weeks on Saturday afternoons at BNHC.

Our next sessions will be on 24 Oct and 12 Dec at 2pm.

If you would like to come along to either or both of these dates, please let us know by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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.

Date: Saturday 14 November

Time: 1.30-5.45pm (half hour break)

Cost: £34/£30 concession

Book workshop HERE


Somatic Movement and Scaravelli Yoga Workshopjane manze

with Jane Manze

Trusting our bones - enjoying greater flexibility, strength, ease and freedom in movement and postures.

Jane has been teaching Scaravelli Inspired Yoga for many years. From her Somatic Movement Education she is able to offer individuals a deeper understanding of themselves in yoga postures. This session is suitable for anyone interested in yoga and how they move.

Date: Sunday 22 November

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.

Book workshop HERE


CHAIRishing your Yoga Practicecathy chair workshop 1 a15

An Iyengar® Yoga workshop with Cathy Rogers-Evans

In this workshop the group will playfully explore how to enhance their yoga practice through the use of a chair. Cathy brings 25 years of experience as an Iyengar® Yoga practitioner and senior teacher to this unique session. The perfect pre-Christmas treat! All levels welcome.

Date: Sunday 20 December

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 concession

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Realease and Restoreqigong and yin workshop su15

with Qigong and Yin Yoga

with Jeremy Marshall and Ginny Haswell

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 10 January

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 concession

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Anatomy and Yoga Workshopchris swain

The Knee in Focus

with Chris Swain

The knee is the largest joint in the body and is described as a ‘pivotal hinge joint’. This workshop will take an in-depth look at the anatomy of the knee, considering its functional role as part of a kinetic chain relating to the hip and the ankle, and the influence of the long levers of the tibia and femur. Having a clarity regarding the anatomy and the functional architecture of the knee helps us to understand how injuries to the knee complex, like torn meniscus or ligament strains might arise. By raising our knowledge and awareness of our body we can help to prevent such injuries occurring.

This workshop will explore the anatomy of the knee in both a theoretical and a practical way with a special consideration of the relationship between asana and anatomy.

Date: Saturday 16 January

Time: 2-5pm

Cost: £27/£24 concession

Book workshop HERE


Comin soon

Humanistic Yoga Workshop

with Pete Blackaby

Date: Saturday 20 February

Details to follow...


 

LATEST NEWS

Summer Bank Holiday at BNHC
The centre is closed on Monday 31 August. No classes will take place on this day. ... read more
Taster sessions at BNHC!
Try something new in September with our special tasters... ... read more
FREE talk '40 years a dancer' with Liz Aggiss, Friday 9 October
After 62 years Liz Aggiss is still at it! In this talk she discusses the unique physical and creative wear and tear sustained in her 40 year - and counting - career in dance. ... read more
All About Tea, Saturday 5 September
A talk and a tea tasting with Jennifer Maksymetz (tea mistress) and Peter Deadman. ... read more
Yin Yoga with Myofascial Release workshop, Saturday 19 September
Yin Yoga goes beyond muscle alone, working deeply into the connective tissue and joints, offering great benefits to overall health... ... read more

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