Sessions

Yoga-Fit with Danielle Griffiths

Mondays 10.30am – 11.30am
Pre-booked drop-in £12 or 6 class card for £60 

Start your Mondays with flow yoga, to energise and ground you for the coming week. Classes are given in an open, relaxed and safe environment providing a sanctuary from your everyday life. Most classes are a flow style of yoga and are suitable for people at all levels, as modifications are given during postures. Carefully compiled playlists are used to complement the sequences. Classes are fun, relaxed, sometimes challenging and definitely rewarding.

I love Danny’s classes – she is very professional and such a warm, friendly person. I prefer the pace of flow yoga to other classes I have tried and Danny’s music is an essential element. Her playlist is eclectic and transports you around the world. Wendy (Brighton)

Discounts available for students and unemployed (do please contact me).
I teach several classes in Seven Dials throughout the week: class cards can be used at these classes too.
Call 07796 937376
Email danny@yoga-fit.co.uk
Visit my website to see all details: www.yoga-fit.co.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/yogafit.brighton/
Instagram /www.instagram.com/danny_yogafit/
Please ensure you pre-book and bring your own mat.

Little Tinkers

Mondays : 12noon til 2pm with extended hours 2pm – 4pm during August 2021.

Little Tinkers is a pop up play cafe for 0-4 year olds and their grown ups.  We provide lots of fun toys and activities to keep little ones engaged while mums and dads can enjoy a hot drink and a slice of cake. There are also child and baby friendly snacks and hot and cold drinks for everyone. It has been an isolating time for parents and their little ones and so we hope Little Tinkers is a place where little ones can socialise and grown ups and can meet like minded parents. Please contact Kate on 07857 111945 to book.

Musical Theatre Classes

Mondays: Year 9+ : 4.15 – 5.45pm  //  Year 5-8: 6 – 7.30pm 
£15 per 90 minute session

Small, focused singing, acting and movement sessions working towards LAMDA Musical Theatre examinations (university recognised qualification). Students work on vocal technique, acting through song and confidence in performing. Classes are now waiting list only, but for more info please contact Natalie Sexton info@nataliesexton.co.uk

Kundalini Yoga with Euna

Mondays 7:45pm – 9:15pm – from Sept 2021
£10 per session

“An empowering, life-changing technology that is easier experienced than to explain” (Carolyn Cowan)

Open to newbies and the experienced. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited: text 07774 075905 or message via Facebook  @kundaliniyogawitheuna

Kundalini yoga is a guided practice which combines physical asana (postures), breath work with mudras (hand gestures), bandhas (body locks) and mantras. It works to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expands lung capacity and purifies the blood. It promotes both physical and emotional well being.

I thought the first class I attended as a student of Kundalini was wacky and not like any other yoga I had done before. A whole class with my eyes closed doing movements, postures, chanting; the experience was definitely different! But I instantly felt the benefits of this powerful energy: I was left with a clear sense of well-being and lightness.

My introduction to Kundalini yoga was over 13 years ago in the lovely space of West Hill Hall. Over the years, I have continued to practise Kundalini yoga there most weeks. I have continued to expand my knowledge and experience and I am now a trained teacher. I offer classes designed to give you an experience to reveal your true essence and bring about balance, both physically and mentally.

See you in class. Sat Nam

Synergy Creative Community

Tuesdays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Synergy Creative Community is a mutually supporting peer group based in Brighton and Hove which started in 2009 and is a registered Community Interest Company. We all have mental health issues, or an interest in mental health issues. We run Synergy for and by ourselves, independent of NHS or Social Services. This includes everything from setting up through to fundraising. Our focus is on better health through creativity, mindfulness and nutrition.

The creativity-based structure of the day provides the foundation for members to socialise and gain confidence in an environment where we are all valued. We feel that this aids prevention, as well as recovery, acting as a bridge between the hospital and/or clinical services and the wider community. It can help to reduce the risk of isolation and hospital admittance rates, and also helps to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. At the heart our approach is the aim to create a non-judgemental, inclusive space, for people to connect and share experiences of rediscovery, recovery and reintegration; providing a basis for open dialogue, communication and reflective healing.

Please phone before coming down, as due to Covid restrictions, numbers are strictly limited. Call 07786645111

Full details: http://www.synergycreative.org.uk/info/

Handstands with Lauren

Tuesdays 6.00pm – 7.00pm – on hold
£10 per person or class pass options of 10 classes for £70 and 5 classes for £40

Come & turn your world upside down! I want to provide tools to train a strong and stable handstand (and other inversions), including strength and mobility drills and plenty of options to level up/down – beginners are always welcome.
Booking in advance, £10 per person or class pass options of 10 classes for £70 and 5 classes for £40 via paypal.me/LaurenAzor Also available on MoveGB. Please bring your own mat and we can set up at a social distance. For more information email Lauren: l_azor@yahoo.com

Gentle Exercise to Music for Everyone

Wednesdays 10:15am – 11:15am

Start feeling stronger, more flexible, have fun and make new friends. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us. The exercises are a combination of yoga, pilates, dance and physio and can be done seated or standing.

I have been a professional dancer working in the theatre and TV in famous groups and with household names. I am passionate about exercise and want to offer everyone the chance to keep young, healthy, and fit at our fun sessions.

I teach Dancercise for the over 50’s and Gentle Exercise in my weekly classes from Brighton to Shoreham and Worthing. I also get invited on cruise ships as a guest teacher.

Classes cost £45 for 10 classes – £5 for drop in. For more information please ring me on 07860 136455 or 01903 234007 or email me on jane@janebusby.co.uk

The Jollof Cafe

Wednesdays 12.00pm  – 3.00pm

The Jollof Café is a project of the Sussex Refugee and Migrant Self Group. We are a group of people trapped wrong side of the UK’s vicious immigration system and a few people support. We work together to resolve our immigration policies and navigate the. Hostile Environment. We collaborate closely with migrant housing charity, Thousand 4 Thousand. We set up the Jollof Café to claim our rightful place as your neighbour and to show Brighton what hospitality looks like.

We cook food from countries of origin, adapted through a vegetarian/vegan diet and welcome in our community to share our joy and our experience. It is also space where asylum seekers and forced migrants can come for love and support. Do join us on a Wednesday lunchtime and share a meal with us. Just remember, it’s worth talking to strangers, quite  a lot of them have sweets.

https://www.facebook.com/jollofcafe

Ukulele for Improvers

Next start date: Wednesday 28 July 2021, 6.15pm – 7.30pm, 6 weeks

Tutor: Zac Hooper
A fantastic starter instrument, Ukulele is a fun and practical alternative to guitar.  A great way in to learning other string instruments as well. Many people who have struggled to learn an instrument are finding the ‘uke’ is a solution. It’s fun, affordable and accessible, while being extremely versatile. It’s also suitable for many musical styles and the skills learned can be transferred to other string instruments. Book your ukulele course online now!

Our Improvers Ukulele Course is suitable for people with a little experience, including people who’ve completed one of our beginners courses.   Zac has been playing the ukulele and guitar for 30 years. He has a degree in jazz guitar and is an experienced teacher.  Please note: ukuleles not provided. 

https://www.evolutionarts.org.uk/ukulele-course-brighton-hove

Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Eastwood

Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:15 pm, Fridays 10:00am – 11:15am – on hold

£6/£5 with concessions

I’m offering weekday morning Hatha Yoga classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The classes used to be run on a drop-in basis suitable for all levels; complete beginner to regular practitioner for £6/£5 with concessions. but in this COVID-19 era all classes must be pre-booked. Please bring your own mat.

The classes start with warming up exercises and Surya Namaskar (salutations to the sun), which is a flow sequence. We then do some Asanas (postures), finishing with Savasana and time permitting, a short meditation or breathing exercise. The practice aims to take you inwards, quietening the mind to connect with the body, breath and beyond.

A bit about my background; my grandad was a vegetarian who loved to read and discuss yogic philosophy, and both my parents practise yoga and various spiritual paths. I’ve followed yoga, meditation and mindfulness on and off for many years, my practice becoming serious in more recent years. I trained in India with the School of Santhi, RYS 200 and I am a member of the Yoga Alliance.

Feel free to contact me on Facebook @yogawithstephanieeastwood or email eastwoodsteph@hotmail.co.uk.

The 1595 Club

Wednesdays 8:00pm – 10:00pm Thursdays 8:15pm – 9:45pm Fridays 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Historical Fencing/Renaissance Martial Arts

“…the more skill a man hath of his weapon the more gentle and courteous should he show himself …”

The term ‘fencing’ originates from the Elizabethan slang for ‘offence’ and ‘defence’ and, in this context, is best described as the art of combat and the science of defence. The system is not limited to the use of the Sword but incorporates Sword and Dagger, Sword and Shield, Pole Arms, and begins with unarmed combat and self-defence.

Our work is based upon the legacy of the Renaissance soldier and fencing master, Vincentio Saviolo, who was the most celebrated master-of-arms in Elizabethan England and whose work is referenced by both William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.

The 1595 Club is a member of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay and has fully insured and internationally recognised instructors.

For more information please visit www.the1595.com

Pilates for those living with MS

Thursdays 11:00am – 12:00noon – on hold
The class is free – suggested donation £4.00

Run in conjunction with the Brighton and Worthing branch of the MS Society, this new class at the accessible West Hill Hall is designed for People with MS, providing a series of movements and exercises designed to bring the body into harmonious alignment. Followed by a period of relaxation to enhance your overall mood.

For further information and to book your place, phone Katie Sommerville on 07876 524542 or email pilatesbysea@gmail.com

Pilates with Helen Douglas

Thursdays 09:30am Dynamic Pilates with Weights (new class!)

5:45pm – 6:45pm  beginners – improvers and 7:00pm – 8:00pm intermediate

Pilates is a mind-body exercise method based on the principles established by Joseph Pilates. It strengthens all the muscle groups, but in particular targets the deep postural core muscles which are so important to our body and well being.

It works by using controlled yet fluid movements alongside a specific breathing pattern to reinforce correct spinal and pelvic alignment. Pilates is particularly beneficial in helping the recovery and rehabilitation of many conditions including sciatica, disc problems and general back ache, sports injuries, arthritis, osteoporosis, as well as women’s pre- and post-natal health.

Helen has been teaching Pilates now for over 15 years, and brings a wealth of experience and inspiration to her classes.

Classes are usually run in 6 week courses at £60 per block and places are limited so pre-booking is advisable. To book your place please contact Helen directly: helsdouglas@hotmail.com Tel: 07970 047799

www.hdpilates.co.uk

Discoveries through Drawing

Next start date:  Thursday 30 September 2021, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 8 weeks

Tutor: Michael Gale

Painting, mark-making, inks, and collage incorporating art therapy, group work & positive psychology. These group sessions are an invitation to play and explore with art materials, regardless of your previous experience in art. Each session begins with a verbal check in with each other in the group, followed by experiential work in guided art making processes, and ends with a group sharing.

“The art work we make together often surprises. It comes about through our letting go of preconceived ideas, standards or expectations about a finished product. We work together quietly in a supportive space which engenders discovery, spontaneity and fun. All you need to bring is a willingness to experiment.”

https://www.evolutionarts.org.uk/discoveries-through-drawing

Yoga with Sarah Williams

Fridays 09:30am – 10:45am

Sarah’s teaching focuses on inquiry based movement that is practical, accessible and rooted in gathering together in community.  Bringing together traditional teachings in a modern context her classes provide a platform for students to get to know themselves rather than perform. 

Sarah is inspired by teaching beginners and supporting the next generation of yoga teachers. She teaches regular classes, workshops, teacher trainings and advanced teacher trainings throughout the UK.  She has taught high profile corporate groups including Opera Houses and creative business agencies.

Sarah has been featured in numerous publications including The Guardian as well as being a feature writer for Om Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine. Sarah regularly assists her primary teacher, Jason Crandell during his advanced teacher trainings and teacher renewal programmes and she is a proud ambassador for the charity Yoga Gives Back.

https://www.sarahwilliamsyoga.com/yoga-classes

Tai Chi with Simon

Fridays 11:45am – 12:45pm
£7.50 per class or £5 concessions (state pension / unwaged). First class is free!

Starting with basic tai chi principals, you will be studying the 5 Section Solo Hand Form, a short Yang style form devised by Master Sam Masich, one of the world’s leading tai chi practitioners. We will also be looking at some traditional qigong sets with a focus on breath and circulation. Some partner work is involved.

Tai chi and qigong have many health benefits and are wonderful for balance, co-ordination and general well-being.
New students are welcome to join the class at any time.

Wear loose clothing and flat shoes.
Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

More information from: office@taichiandinternalarts.com or call 07584 055306

Creative Writing Courses

Fridays 3.00pm – 5.00pm New course from June 25 to September 3  2021

Anna’s Creative Writing courses have been running since 2018 and have brought together writers from Brighton and beyond to form a supportive and welcoming group of writers. Since joining Anna’s group, members have got agents, finished novels, won competitions and finished poetry and short story collections. If you’d like to start taking time for your writing, to learn a new skill, or to get closer to publication, this is the course for you.

Each course has two free bursary places for underrepresented writers and a reduced price for writers on low-income. Places are limited, so send Anna and email to find out first about the next one.

Email writeatwesthill@gmail.com for more information

Brighton Shape Note Singing

Second Friday each month 7:45pm – 9:45pm 

Please note that there is no date, as yet, for this group to return to the Hall, but they will as soon as they can. Look out for updates. 

We are a friendly and informal community who meet to sing raw and powerful four-part a cappella harmony from an American book called The Sacred Harp. The tunes are notated in ‘shape notes’, designed to aid sight-reading. Anyone is welcome to come along, whether you have experience or not, whet. her you think you can sing or read music or not, and whatever you believe in (it’s a hymn book, but the singers here are ‘of any faith and none’).

No regular commitment is needed, you can come as late and go as early as you please, and come along as often or as little as you like- though singing the shapes becomes much easier the more you do it. Sacred Harp is social singing- it is not performance music and there are no rehearsals. We sing together for ourselves in the moment, more akin to a folk session than a choir.

Loaner books are available if you don’t have your own so just come along wanting to sing. We cover room hire and tea/coffee costs with small donations that are very welcome but not compulsory.
For more information see www.brightonshapenote.weebly.com
or email Sarah on brightonshapenote@gmail.com

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