Brighton Yoga Foundation was originally set up as the Brighton Yoga Festival in 2014 to run an annual free-entry yoga festival in the city to help reach those in the wider community who were not aware of the benefits of yoga. In 2016, it became a registered charity (number 1166982) and has now changed its name to the Brighton Yoga Foundation.
The Foundation has three main strands:
- an annual festival
- outreach activity year-round
- grant giving.
At its annual Festival event, the Foundation brings together yoga teachers from across the city and beyond to offer yoga classes and workshops. The Festival is free to enter – the largest free entry yoga Festival in the UK – with classes accessible by voluntary donations. It is open to all, regardless of age, experience or fitness levels with many specialist and beginners classes for those who have never tried yoga before.
Throughout the year, the Foundation will be working with others to provide regular community yoga outreach activity. Free or subsidised yoga classes to those in greatest need, free entry “yoga trails” in local yoga studios for people to come and try yoga for the first time, yoga teaching in schools and other public institutions.
The third strand of the festival is to raise funds to support projects, through grant funding, that are aligned to the festival’s charitable aims of promoting the health, social and personal benefits of yoga, particularly to communities who might not otherwise have ready access to yoga, whether because of affordability, physical abilities or otherwise.
Brighton Yoga Foundation is a registered charity (number 1166982). The teachers, practitioners and other professionals who make it possible do so as volunteers and any excess income from donations and sponsorship is used to support the grant funding we offer.