BYF Community Yoga 2021

Brighton Yoga Foundation (BYF) is committed to taking yoga to those in the community who currently do not have access to it or are unable to find an appropriate yoga class for their specific needs in a typical yoga class setting. Since we became a registered charity in 2016, we have been continually growing and developing our community yoga outreach work.

We aim to provide yoga that is appropriate to the population groups we work with, enabling us to offer a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for our participants to explore the elements of yoga that may be beneficial for them. 

We believe in overcoming as many barriers as we can which may prevent people from being able to access yoga. Some of these reasons might be;

  • The perception that yoga is for able bodied, healthy individuals only.
  • Lack of information about the therapeutic practice and benefits of yoga.
  • The rising cost of attending a yoga class in studio/leisure environment.
  • Lack of opportunity to explore a safe and fulfilling yoga practice.

Yoga teachers locally (and across the world) have often delivered free, low cost or donation-based classes to those on low incomes. Many have taken specialist training to run therapeutic yoga classes. Brighton Yoga Foundation is building on the work of the early pioneers in this work to make yoga available to everyone.

We are proud to be part of the growing yoga outreach community who are working towards a shared goal of making yoga accessible, and most importantly safe, inclusive and beneficial to those most in need. 

If you would like to know more about our Outreach work or how to access our services, please email Laurie Cooper at byfoutreach@gmail.com

Gentle Yoga Online (Women only)

Location: Zoom

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 Online

Location: Zoom

Chair Yoga is a great way to access the benefits of yoga with the additional support of a chair, allowing you to build strength, increase mobility and stability and mindful awareness of body and breath. The class ends with a guided relaxation that enables you to take a pause, rest and experience deep relaxation. This class is suitable for people who are new to yoga.

Gentle Yoga for Women of Colour - 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 - 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.

Therapeutic Yoga & Relaxation Online (women only).

Location: Zoom

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.

8-week Trauma Informed Yoga Course - (Women only)

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.

Yoga for Strength & Resilience 

This class is an opportunity to explore yoga through postures, movement and breath to build physical strength and balance and mental resilience in a supportive, therapeutic environment. We recommend some yoga experience ahead of participating in this class.