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Brighton Journal | 13th December 2019

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The Annual Brighton Yoga Festival is Returning This Weekend!

The Annual Brighton Yoga Festival is Returning This Weekend!
Hannah Midgley

Yoga lovers rejoice! Brighton Yoga Festival returns to the city this weekend from the 14th – 15th July, with an amazing schedule that offers something for everyone – from yoga novices to fitness gurus and everything in between!

Run by registered charity Brighton Yoga Foundation, the festival is able to proudly call itself the UK’s largest free to enter yoga festival. This year the festival is celebrating it’s fifth year, and promises the most varied and exciting line up yet.

Held at the beautiful Sussex County Cricket Club, this years festival has more classes than ever, as well as live music and kids entertainment, and lots of ‘have a go’ opportunities to encourage all abilities!

Attendees can expect to enjoy classes from international yoga teacher Esther Eckhart, and pro-cricketer turned yoga teacher, Lewis Hatchett, as well as an amazing workshop that will discuss the benefits of ‘Yoga in Space’, just to name a small snippet of the exciting weekend.

On top of this there will of course be some delicious food stalls to enjoy, as well as a dedicated children’s area, and a large space just for beginner to get better acquainted with yoga in a more comfortable environment.

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This weekend’s festival is a fantastic opportunity for you to get in touch with your body and your mind. A whole weekend dedicated to the practice of yoga gives attendees with busy schedules the chance to either focus on developing their personal practice, or even discover what making yoga a regular part of their day could bring them, both in mental and physical health.

On top of this annual festival, Brighton Yoga Foundation and it’s dedicated volunteers are also involved in some amazing community projects throughout the year that aim to bring yoga to people who may have felt as though it was not accessible to them otherwise. These projects include Yoga in schools, Yoga for women, Yoga for LGBT young people and Yoga for the elderly and young children, all of which are entirely free to attend.

The benefits of offering these safe places for people to practice yoga cannot be understated: Caroline Vitta, who is part of the Yoga Project for Teenagers, had said that “Young people have said in class and after class that they feel calmer… that the world feels like a better place.”

But the charity does need your help in order to continue offering these amazing classes. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up, and intends to raise £10,000 in order to hire a part time organiser and open a small office, which is crucial to the future development of Brighton Yoga Foundation

The festival is completely free to enter, with registration now open, which gives attendees the chance to avoid the queues on the day. There is also the opportunity to pre-book some of the classes taking place over the weekend.

More information and full programme is available via the website. Brighton Yoga Festival takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July, at Sussex County Cricket Club, BN3 3AN.

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