What To Expect From Brighton Yoga Festival 2019

Brighton Yoga Festival returns for the sixth year, in its new home of BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College) from Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 July.

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Alexandra Phillips, Mayor of Brighton and Hove, will open the festival, welcoming the thousands of people set to attend this year from Sussex and beyond. The charity behind the festival, Brighton Yoga Foundation, has also joined forces with Brighton’s Extinction Rebellion group. Saturday lunchtime will see the activist movement and local yoga community come together in a unique act that cements their sociopolitical connection.

Programme highlights confirmed so far include: leading international yoga teacher Emily-Clare Hill; Clare Maddalena, creator of LushTums, the pregnancy yoga experts, and co-founder of children’s yoga company WiggleBums; a Qi Gong session with the founder of Infinity Foods and the Brighton Natural Health Centre, Peter Deadman; and two talks with Sri Vijay Gopala, the founder of Yoga Gita in India.

There will also be the option to jog to the venue on the Saturday morning, with a pre-festival run led by Brighton’s Vegan Runners, followed by a specialist yoga workshop for runners.

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The theme of the 2019 Brighton Yoga Festival is “Yoga for everyone”. Regardless of age, experience or fitness level, there will be something for everyone. This includes over 100 yoga classes and workshops, with specialist zones for beginners and yoga teachers. Fun for the whole family will be offered through a dedicated area for kids with yoga, games and activities. There will also be live music, inspiring talks, a wellbeing marketplace, and food and drink stalls.

This year’s festival is a “Pay What You Can Afford Event”. All money received enables the Brighton Yoga Foundation to carry out their crucial community outreach work throughout the year. Funds raised through entry ticket donations will go towards projects that bring yoga beyond the existing community to those who would benefit most from its positive effects. Examples of this include yoga for women recovering from trauma and abuse, yoga for stressed out teenagers and yoga for those with mental health concerns.

With the overwhelming support of the yoga community, Brighton & Hove City Council and many local businesses, Brighton Yoga Festival 2019 is set to be the biggest yet. Sponsors confirmed so far include: Infinity Foods, Riverford, Chant Malas, the Float Spa in Hove, Unity Studios, Open Space Studios, It’s Yoga Brighton, Yoga with Bryony and Little Stars Childcare.

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Festival Listing Information:

Saturday 27 July, 10.30am – 6.30pm (doors open 10.00am, lunch 1-1.30pm)

Sunday 28 July, 10.30am – 5.00pm (doors open 10.00am, lunch 1-1.30pm) 

About Brighton Yoga Foundation

Brighton Yoga Foundation was originally set up as the Brighton Yoga Festival in 2014 to run an annual yoga festival in the city to help reach those in the wider community who were not aware of the benefits of yoga. In 2016, it became a registered charity (number 1166982) and has now changed its name to the Brighton Yoga Foundation.

The Foundation has four main strands: year-round community outreach, an annual festival, grant-giving to local yoga projects and services for the local yoga community. Throughout the year, the Foundation works with others to provide regular community yoga outreach activity: free or subsidised yoga classes to those in greatest need and who do not normally have access to yoga.

These include yoga for mental health, for women recovering from abuse and trauma, for stressed teenagers, yoga in schools, for the police and for the NHS. Meanwhile, the grants fund local community yoga projects that are aligned to the foundation's charitable aims of promoting the health, social and personal benefits of yoga.

Register now to avoid queuing on the day and donate what you can here.

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