We’re on a mission to give the gift of yoga to those who most need it. Through our community yoga outreach programmes, we work with a range of groups and individuals to bring deep, restorative healing.
Yoga is a gift that goes beyond the practice. We know its great benefits - physically, mentally & spiritually, and we’ve seen first hand the incredible impact it has on people’s lives. Alone though, we can only go so far. Now, we need your help to expand our work further, to reach more people, and to heal whole communities through the power of yoga.
Brighton Yoga Foundation is a registered charity (number 1166982) and we are already supporting ambitious, year-round community yoga outreach programmes for:
- Teenagers in East Brighton
- LGBT+ young people
- Women suffering stress or recovering from abuse
- The elderly and young children
- School children
We also have plans for similar projects in mental health and in prisons.
We’re aiming to raise £10,000 to put the Foundation on a proper footing for the future – with an office and part-time organiser who will fundraise, organise more outreach work, and help to grow our annual yoga festival.
A festival for you
Now in its fifth year, the annual Brighton Yoga Festival is the biggest “free to enter” yoga festival in the UK. It’s an opportunity for everyone to take part in classes, explore the philosophies of yogic practices, sample wholesome, ethically sourced food, and breathe in the vibrant energy of Brighton’s yoga community.
Bringing yoga to the yoga community
We also run a yoga mat rental service, a city-wide yoga teachers’ forum, and we have plans for a directory of local yoga studios and teachers.
Yoga is renowned for its health, social, and personal benefits. We aim to make these benefits accessible for communities who might not otherwise be able to practice, whether because of affordability, physical abilities, or other personal barriers.
The first (Iyengar) yoga studio opened in the city in 1969: 49 years ago. Since then, the local yoga community has grown and grown. Everyone in Brighton knows someone who does yoga. Most people know someone who teaches yoga. We are currently researching and writing up the fascinating history of yoga in Brighton & Hove so that it is available to all.
Funding the gift of yoga
All this has been achieved in just five years with a dedicated team of volunteers and trustees. It’s time to develop our work further. To do this, we need a space to call our own as well as dedicated staff who will fundraise for community outreach programmes, and help us expand the work of the Brighton Yoga Foundation’s.
The Prize Draw
Every person that supports our Chuffed campaign via a £5 donation or more will be entered into our exclusive prize draw for some fantastic yoga prizes, including a luxury yoga retreat to India.
Here’s what you could win…
First prize: Luxury Yoga Holiday in India with Ashiyana Yoga
A 7-night yoga holiday in the stunning Shahi Suite, or another luxury room as available. The holiday will include a free Ayurvedic massage. You’ll also get two yoga classes, and two large buffet meals (brunch and dinner) daily. The holiday is available through the season 2018-19, subject to availability. The winner will need to make their own travel arrangements, at their own expense.
Second prize: UK Yoga Retreat with Om Retreats
A full day (10am-4pm) yoga retreat of your choice, in the beautiful Sussex countryside with lunch included. All Om Retreats take place in countryside locations around the South East and are suitable for all abilities. Each retreat follows a different theme, but always incorporates a lovely blend of dynamic and restorative yoga, meditation, relaxation, and a delicious vegetarian lunch. Winners will need to make their own travel arrangements, at their own expense.
Third prize: duo float experience at The Float Spa
A 60-minute float with a friend or loved one at The Float Spa in Hove, in your own private room simultaneously. Includes welcome drink, 60 minutes floating, scrumptious post-float sorbet and tea to enjoy together in the spa's relaxation area. Floatation, also known as floating, is a practice where you float effortlessly in a special pod of Epsom Salt water. Without the constant noise of analysing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol (which is the main chemical component of stress). Your brain releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins.
Fourth prize: One-Day Yoga Workshop with Inspiration Yoga
A place on a one-day workshop on Saturday 27 October with Janaki and Davy. The workshop comprises 2 x two-hour sessions (one based around Ashtanga, the other a mixture of yin and yang yoga). Janaki & Davy’s workshops are always fantastic fun, suitable for beginners and experienced yogis.
Fifth prize: private 1-2-1 yoga session with Om Retreats founder
A 75-minute yoga 1-2-1 with their founder Hannah Lee Weller. This could take place either at your home, or at Hannah's private yoga space. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to develop their home practice, be given a personalised yoga and/or meditation routine to take away, or perhaps work on something specific.