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 with Charlie - Zoom - 45 minutes

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. 

Brighton Women Homeless Service with Marie-Louise

Location: Hove

Womens only class. A therapeutic yoga class delivered to women who are living in supported accommodation. The class is delivered by a mental health practitioner and trained yoga teacher and sessions are suitable for women who have experienced trauma, chronic illness, and mental health challenges. .

Chair Yoga with Helen

Location: Brighton

Open to all genders. 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 glass ends with a beautiful guided relaxation enable you to take pause and rest.

Yoga for Strength & Resilience with Charlie

Location: Brighton Yoga Studio

Women only class. This class is an opportunity to explore yoga through postures, movement and breath for building physical strength and balance and mental resilience in a supportive, therapeutic environment.

Yoga for Women of Colour with Indie - 60 minutes

Location: Brighton Yoga Studio

Gentle Yoga class for for women who identify as Black or Person of Colour. Indie guides with a focus on rest, intentional movement and breath. Suitable for beginners.

Turning Tides with Louise

Location: Worthing

Open to all genders. A gentle yoga class to support residents and staff of Worthing based charity, Turning Tides. Turning Tides provide housing and support to single homeless people in Sussex.

Therapeutic yoga with Hannah - Studio - 60 minutes

Location: Brighton Yoga Studio

A women-only class, 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.

Mill View Closed Session with Helen
A therapeutic small group class offered to residents of Mill View hospital. This class is delivered by a Yoga Therapists ensuring the sessions are delivered safely to meet the therapeutic needs of the residents.

Gentle Yoga with the Hangleton & Knoll Project with Indie - starting 22nd September

Location: Local Community Hall

Open to all genders. A gentle yoga class to support the community of Hangleton & Knoll. This class is suitable for beginners and offers an opportunity to explore the benefits of yoga within their own community.

8-week Trauma Informed Yoga Course - starting 30th September

Location: Central Hove Studio

Women's only course. A 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.

Yoga for Strength and Resilience with Peter - starting 23rd September

Location: Central Hove Studio

Open to all genders. This class is an opportunity to explore yoga through postures, movement and breath for building physical strength and balance and mental resilience in a supportive, therapeutic environment.

Yoga for deep rest with Laurie - 60 minutes 

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.