5 reasons to visit brighton yoga festival
Pitch up next to your nearest aircon unit, cool off with a quick dip in the sea and refill that bottle of ice-cold water because you’re going to need it while you take a few minutes to read this. Come Saturday, the weather will be a little bit fresher (apparently!), just in time for the Brighton Yoga Festival that’s happening all weekend. Back for its sixth year, it looks set to be the biggest, badass festival yet, so here are five solid reasons why you shouldn’t miss it.
1/ There’s ‘yoga for everyone’
This year’s theme means there will be something for everyone, no matter your level or bendability! Regardless of age, experience or fitness levels, there are specialists and dedicated beginners’ classes for anyone who hasn’t tried yoga before. There are over 100 yoga classes and workshops to choose from so you’re guaranteed to find something you’re into.
2/ It’s ‘pay what you can afford’
Making the festival as inclusive as possible, they are operating as a ‘pay what you can afford’ event with any profits going straight to the Brighton Yoga Foundation’s community yoga outreach work, taking yoga to those in the community that need it. We like the sound of that. To give you an idea, £10 pays for 15 minutes of yoga for vulnerable teenagers, £20 pays for 30 minutes of yoga for women affected by domestic violence and £40 pays a teacher to deliver a yoga class to people affected by mental health difficulties. Dig deep if you can, but even if you can’t afford a donation, you can still head down there and enjoy the festival.
3/ They are rebellious
The Brighton Yoga Foundation has also joined forces with Brighton’s Extinction Rebellion group for this year’s event, bringing a unique and one-off collaboration ‘act’ that cements their sociopolitical connection. Make sure you’re there for Saturday lunchtime if you don’t want to miss it.
4/ Fill up with local food and drink
After all the movement, stretching and downward dogs you’ll be doing, it’s important you refuel and keep hydrated. This year they’ve got a cracking line-up of local food and drink producers on site to help you do just that, including local favourites FilFil (yes, those falafels), Kleen Kitchen (tasty raw desserts) and Soul Soup Cafe (low-impact, delicious plant-based food). The Bug Bar will also be heading down there so you can rock up to the converted VW for a cuppa!
5/ The kids will be entertained
There’s a kids zone at the festival with games, activities and yoga (of course), so there’s plenty to keep them occupied. One of the programme’s highlights includes Clare Maddalena, creator of LushTums, the pregnancy yoga experts, and co-founder of children’s yoga company WiggleBums – fab to get clued up on pregnancy and kids yoga!
Saturday 27th July, 10.30am to 6.30pm and Sunday 28th July, 10.30am to 5.00pm (doors 10.00am, lunch 1.00pm – 1.30pm)
BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College), 205 Dyke Rd, Hove BN3 6EG
Photo credits: Beth Mercer