Alongside our community outreach work, the BYF also works with the local yoga community on many projects to help us reach our mission of providing accessible and equitable yoga to everyone.
We’re documenting the history of yoga in Brighton and Hove from its early beginnings to the present day. We’re capturing the personal stories of teachers and people involved along the way, offering multiple perspectives and voices on yoga and its connection to the city.
At the BYF we strongly believe that the benefits of yoga should be available to everyone, regardless of race, gender, body shape, ability, age, finance, or any other perceived barrier.
The BYF is part of the UK Community Yoga Collective, a network of community yoga organisations all with similar aims of making yoga inclusive, socially just, and available to those who may not otherwise be able to access it.
In 2018, we were delighted to fund three local yoga community outreach projects, read more about each of our grant-funded projects.
Yoga For Mental Health
Yoga for Mental Health was a project in conjunction with MIND Brighton – initially based in Whitehawk and subsequently in the city centre, a class aimed at those with mental health issues.
Yoga for Healthcare Workers
The BYF, in partnership with Om Retreats delivered therapeutic yoga courses in the community, in line with the NHS social prescribing guidelines.
We ran a 10-week therapeutic yoga course, available via referrals from GPs, clinicians and link workers in the NHS.
This specialist course offered participants 10 x 2- hour sessions, with onward signposting to other suitable yoga in the community once the course comes to an end. We will be actively welcoming the populations that are regularly excluded from general yoga sessions, often because of poor physical or mental health, underlying trauma, social isolation, or financial barriers.
Yoga For Teenagers
Yoga for Teenagers was a project in conjunction with Trust for Developing Communities and the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund – aimed at young people in the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean area.