Brighton Yoga Festival 2020 Online

Brighton Yoga Foundation Online Festival

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July 2020

Join our first ever online yoga festival for a weekend of yoga, movement and talks.

We are so excited to host this festival of top yoga teachers and speakers and hope you can support us by donating to give the gift of yoga to those most in need.

A Weekend of Workshops and Talks

The festival includes four exciting workshops from highly experienced International teachers offering a variety of yoga lineages and styles.

Julie Martin, Dianne Bondy, Gary Carter and Norman Blair

We are also hosting a BAME panel to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and finding Diversity in yoga. The panel discussion will raise questions and begin to suggest actions for how the yoga community can radically improve its commitment to diversity. 


Gary Carter

Philosophy of Movement: Fascia, Yoga and Motion

Saturday 25th July 9.30-11.30am

Gary Carter has over 30 years of experience in movement, physical training, anatomical study and bodywork practices. In this workshop you will explore yoga’s interaction and possible freedom of movement in relation to understanding how the physiology of fascia is involved in creating this. The deep understanding of the practice of Vanda Scaravelli provides a window into this deep exploration of lightness and ease in practice. Bringing the newest findings in fascial discoveries and their relevance to movement.


Dianne Bondy

Yoga Where You Are

Saturday 25th July 1:30-2:45pm

Join Dianne Bondy for an accessible, inclusive and dynamic exploration of Asana customised to fit the needs of your body.

Dianne Bondy is a social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.

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Panel on Black Lives Matter - Finding Diversity in Yoga

How can our yoga practice aid in our work for racial equity and social justice?

Saturday 25th July 3-5pm

The global mass uprisings of protests and organised antiracist action by the Black Lives Matter movement, in response to the recent murders of black people in the US which sparked shock and revulsion, have brought about greater awareness of the oppressive treatment of black and minority ethnic communities. It has initiated a passionate desire for meaningful and sustained change.  Shockwaves have been felt by the yoga community which has been,  before now, mostly complicit in its lack of inclusion and representation. This Panel, comprised of people of colour, will discuss the Black Lives Matter campaign, its significance and impact - including on the yoga community. It will raise questions and begin to suggest actions for how the yoga community can radically improve its commitment to antiracism.


Chaired by Twanna Doherty :

Twanna Doherty, Managing Director, Yogamatters

As MD of online yoga retailer, Yogamatters, Twanna Doherty is focused on accessibility, inclusion and connection.  A compassionate, driven and visionary business leader, Twanna is determined that Yogamatters will be a force for sustainable good.

Twanna joins us to Chair this panel as we seek to dive into a conversation about Black Live Matters and how we find more diversity in yoga.



Dianne Bondy - Social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement.

Jonelle Lewis- Yoga teacher making yoga & wellness inclusive & accessible

Kallie Schut - A lifelong social activist - advocating for those without a voice or presence in places of power and privilege -  in law, the community and now in yoga.

Amani Eke-  Wellness Educator, yoga teacher and founder of Project Yogi a not for profit organisation which helps teach young people the principles and practice of yoga and mindfulness.

Dirish Shaktidas- A London based yoga teacher immersed in the world of holistic healing. Internationally trained by world renowned teachers he has been practicing yoga and meditation for over ten years.


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Norman Blair

Nourishing the Yin

Sunday 26th July 2.00-4.00pm

This two-hour Yin yoga workshop is grounded in a practice of space. Space for participants to stay and soften in shapes. Spaciousness that can encourage appreciation.

In this space, practitioners can examine choice - numbness or waking up; disconnecting or attention; judgment or calmness in the inevitable whirlwinds of life. Norman is one of the most experienced Yin yoga teachers in the UK.

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Julie Martin


Sunday 26th July 5.30-7.30pm

Join Julie Martin for a two hour masterclass. Julie’s style of flow and curiosity, a practice for all those who are tired of showing up to merely make shapes.  Join the Intelligent Rebellion and allow yourself to find a practice that feels authentic to you and your own body.

Using awareness of sensation Julie will guide you to explore natural spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, integrated movement, breath and pause.

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Balance Kids Yoga - Oli Howker

Story & Savasana

Sunday 26th July 10-10:30am

Balance Kids offers fun, creative yoga classes designed especially for children. A welcome break from the demands of school and the pressures of technology. Oli teaches postures and relaxation techniques through playful themes, stories and games that will generate a holistic balance between physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
The classes provide a safe space for physical activity that will help children feel more connected to and accepting of themselves and others - a fantastic way to guide your child's growth and development as they experience life to the full.
Oli is the founder of Balance Kids Yoga and teaches yoga to children aged 5-14 years old in schools, studios and 1:1s. She also works at the Brighton Montessori School and so her first hand experience of both the benefits of yoga and working with children has highlighted to her the importance of the impact that exposing young people to yoga could have.

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