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Festival brings yoga to everyone this Saturday

Gary Hart July 22, 2016

This coming Saturday, July 23,  sees the return of Brighton Yoga Festival, the country’s only free charity yoga festival, now in its third year.


Brighton Yoga Festival 2016 will be held at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange from 10am to 6pm featuring 41 yoga teachers and 42 yoga classes, including 34 classes suitable for beginners, classes for children as young as three, pregnancy yoga, yoga for older people and those with mobility concerns, and a wide range of associated interests from meditation and mindfulness to complementary therapies and nutrition.

As well as free yoga classes and workshops there will also be demonstrations, talks and therapies, all spread across nine zones within the Dome complex, plus a marketplace of 40 stalls and a cafe with catering by, among others, the Real Junk Food Project.

Outside, on New Road, there will be a day-long yogathon – a continuous relay of sun salutations which anyone can join. And a festival prize draw offers a two-week yoga holiday in India.

Internationally renowned teachers present will include Naomi Absalom, Michael James Wong (Boys of Yoga) and Emily-Clare Hill, Marc Aquaviva and Abigail Peck, Julie Martin and Melanie Cooper.

The event will be opened at 10am by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, councillor Pete West.

Brighton Yoga Festival 2016 is free – there is no charge for entry or for any of the classes, workshops, demonstrations or talks. Visitors can simply go along at any time or, for a fast-track entry and other benefits, register in advance.

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The festival is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of age, fitness or any prior experience. Complete beginners are warmly welcomed.

Davy Jones
Davy Jones

Davy Jones, festival co-founder and chair of trustees, said: “Yoga offers wonderful physical and mental health benefits, and Brighton Yoga Festival provides an unrivalled opportunity to sample yoga in its many forms entirely for free. Our goal is to spread the benefits of yoga as widely as possible across the city and beyond, and we’re expecting to see thousands of people in the Brighton Dome complex on Saturday, from very welcome beginners trying yoga for the first time to seasoned yoga practitioners trying out a new approach.”

Brighton Yoga Festival is a volunteer-run registered charity which provides not only its annual festival day but also year-round outreach activity and grant giving. Any funds raised, whether through donations or sponsorship, go to support the charity’s aims.

The festival day is run by volunteers and all teachers, workshop leaders and speakers give their time voluntarily.

The free festival is made possible by the kind generosity of these volunteers.