Everything you need to know about the Brighton Yoga Festival 2019

Brighton Yoga Festival returns this weekend for its sixth year, offering two days of classes, meditation and more.

Friday, 26th July 2019, 6:49 pm
Brighton Yoga Festival returns for its sixth year this weekend. Photograph: Jonathan Jones

Organiser Brighton Yoga Foundation says the event is ‘set to be the biggest yet’ and has revealed it will team up with the climate campaign movement Extinction Rebellion on the first day.

Here are the details you need to know:

Where will it take place and what time will it start? Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC), on Dyke Road, in Hove, will house this year’s Brighton Yoga Festival. It will run from 10.30am to 6.30pm tomorrow (July 27) and 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday (July 28), with doors to open at 10am on both days and Mayor of Brighton and Hove councillor Alexandra Phillips to launch the festival.

Last year's Brighton Yoga Festival. Photograph: Beth Mercer

Who founded the two-day event and who runs it? Brighton Yoga Foundation started the festival in 2014. The now charity was originally set up as the Brighton Yoga Festival with the purpose to run an annual community event in the city to help reach those who were not aware of the benefits of yoga. It became a charity in 2016, later changing its name to the Brighton Yoga Foundation.

What will the festival include? The programme is billed to include more than 100 classes and workshops with teachers from across the country, a meditation zone, live music, talks, a well-being marketplace, children's area and more. Brighton Yoga Foundation has also announced that tomorrow (July 27) it will join forces with climate change activism group Extinction Rebellion Brighton.

What is the theme of the 2019 festival? Brighton Yoga Foundation has given the festival the theme ‘Yoga for everyone’ this year – it is billed as having something for all regardless of age, experience or fitness level.

How many people usually attend the event? Since it was founded in 2014, the festival has grown year on year. The event is thought to be the second largest annual yoga festival in the UK and Brighton Yoga Foundation says that for the past three years it has averaged around 3,000 visitors across the weekend. The first festival, which took place at St George’s Church in Kemptown, saw a turnout of 1,200.

Last year's Brighton Yoga Festival. Photograph: Beth Mercer

How much does it cost and how will profits be used? Entry this year is on a ‘pay what you can’ basis and profits raised will help the Brighton Yoga Foundation carry out its community outreach work. Money raised will support projects such as yoga for women recovering from trauma and/or abuse, yoga for stressed out teenagers, yoga for those with mental health concerns and yoga for the police force.

More informationTo register, or for more details, visit www.brightonyogafoundation.org