Community yoga classes
COMMUNITY YOGA CLASSES
In 2023 we continue to offer a hybrid yoga timetable, offering both face to face and online classes.
All our yoga classes follow a set of yoga principles to ensure participants gain a sense of safety and familiarity when they join our community outreach yoga classes. These yoga principles include a confidential and welcoming atmosphere, use of invitational guidance and language, no expectation to try anything that does not feel comfortable and respect of one another’s space and boundaries.
Further information about each specific yoga class, who it is suitable for, and what to expect, can be found below. Please note that all Brighton Yoga Foundation yoga classes require registration and are not drop-in sessions.
Yoga class timetable
Gentle Yoga Online (Women only)
Gentle yoga is an opportunity to bring movement into the body with mindful awareness, self-compassion, and gentle inquiry to release tension, create space within body & mind and to reconnect back to yourself. This class is suitable for all women, including those who are new to yoga.
Chair Yoga for Chronic Pain Online
The practices shared in this chair yoga class are designed to support the management of chronic pain and fibromyalgia. The intention is to create a safe space for exploring sensation, understanding your relationship to it and learning skills to manage your pain. In this friendly, supportive and welcoming group, there is no right way to practice, only the way that suits you and your body on the day.
In class we use a combination of:
- Movements shared (can also just be visualised if movement is too difficult) is gentle and slow. There are lots of pauses where we return to the breath to regulate sensation and to notice how your body is responding.
- Breath practices are designed to regulate and soothe the nervous system which supports a reduction in inflammation (known to exaggerate pain sensation).
- Imagination and visualisation are used to support a greater sense of ease and relaxation.
Gentle Yoga for Women of Colour
Location: In Person
This gentle yoga class is for women who identify as Black or Women of Colour. This class is to create a space to provide a sense of community whilst enjoying the benefits of yoga. The teacher will guide you with the focus on intentional movement and breath, supporting rest, inviting curiosity, reflection and a space to allow whatever comes up to be felt. This class is suitable for people who are new to yoga.
Therapeutic Yoga - Women only
Location: In Person
A gentle and therapeutic session, suitable for those who have experienced trauma, chronic illness, and mental health challenges. An invitational, held space where we come together to move, breathe, and take time to listen to our body’s inner wisdom. This class is suitable for people who are new to yoga.
8-week Trauma Informed Yoga Course - (Women only)
Location: In Person
An in-depth therapeutic yoga course suitable for those who have experienced trauma, chronic illness, and mental health challenges. An invitational, held space where we come together to move, breathe, and take time to listen to our body’s inner wisdom. We have the benefit of longer sessions, to explore themes in more detail, share information and handouts around the topics we cover, and spend some time in reflective conversation.
Gentle Yoga - Hangleton & Knoll Project
Location: In Person
This class explores yoga through postures, breath and meditation to expand into mindy and body whilst building strength slowly. The focus is always on listening to your body and moving at your own pace.
Therapeutic Yoga & Relaxation Online (women only).
This class is designed to help the mind and body slow down, creating an opportunity to step into a state of deep rest. The class includes mindful movement, breath awareness and practices, and a 20-minute guided relaxation. This class is suitable for those who are new to yoga.
Register here for our community yoga programme
Community Yoga Class EnquiryThe Brighton Yoga Foundation delivers yoga free of charge to those living with long-term mental and/or physical health conditions, those living in isolation, or those who wouldn't normally be able to access yoga within a studio setting. If you would be interested in registering or finding out more please complete the form below.
COMMUNITY YOGA TEACHING TEAM
Yoga has given me a way to express myself
calm my mind and stretch my body as well as be connected with mind and body whilst connecting with others in a subtle way, it's within a safe environment giving me the freedom to be myself and within myself. It not only helps me to learn about me but keep a connection to others and enjoy something fun enjoyable and totally free to move and express without judgement.
I'm feeling safer, happier and now can talk to others.
It's changed everything about my life from barely coping to feeling strengthened and more resilient. I can physically move with more confidence. I have made two friends from the yoga group which I'm so grateful to have found. From losing my job,health,community,friends and mind I can now look forward to living with renewed purpose. Heartfelt thanks for this opportunity to believe I can be better.
That’s when I really understood that what Yoga had created
This was a safe place for me, surrounded by people I trust and held gently in a space of acceptance and ease. Never questioned why a certain posture doesn’t feel safe, or expected to explain anything, just able to be whatever I came with that day. This has been an amazing realisation for me that mind body and breath can be so connected and this has given me the tools to continue my journey to healing and self acceptance.