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Brighton Yoga Foundation win prestigious award

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The Mental Health and Well-Being Award was presented by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, and was accepted by Natalie Lyndon, the Communications Officer for the British Wheel of Yoga on behalf of Brighton Yoga Foundation.

Brighton Yoga Foundation win prestigious award

It has been an exciting month for Brighton Yoga Foundation as they were announced the winner of a prestigious award.

The foundation won the Mental Health and Well-Being Award at the National Sport & Recreation Alliance event on Friday, Match 8, in Leeds.

The award was presented by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, and was accepted by Natalie Lyndon, the Communications Officer for the British Wheel of Yoga on behalf of Brighton Yoga Foundation.

Davy Jones, the chairman and founder of Brighton Yoga Foundation, said: “The award is great. It gives us more credibility and we can call ourselves the award-winning Brighton Yoga Foundation.”

He added: “Active Sussex has been really helpful, they have been supportive from the beginning, with a number of grants, always encouraging us and giving us contacts.

“In our acceptance speech, we thanked Active Sussex as someone who has helped us and supported us. We did not think the sporting sector would be as supportive as it has been.”

The foundation first started in 2014 when it organised the first Brighton Yoga Festival. It has now organised ten festivals, with one planned for this year.

However, the foundation soon realised that the festival was attracting people from within the yoga community rather than encouraging others to try yoga, so in 2016 it evolved to create a yoga community outreach programme.

“You do not expect people to come to you, you must go to them,” explains Davy. “We go to community centres and where people are already; holding it in venues where they already feel comfortable and feel safe.”

To help run this programme they have raised £120,000 in grants, which has helped them run hundreds of classes involving thousands of participants.

In 2023 the foundation ran just under 300 classes and worked with more than 2,000 people.

Some of the classes include working with mental health patients in Mill View Hospital in Hove, and organising projects for homeless people.

There have been many powerful and impactful stories that have emerged from this work.

David Daley had been a PE teacher but ended up living in a Worthing homeless shelter for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

He was given the opportunity to take part in the yoga sessions in Worthing and three years later he is living independently and is training to be a yoga teacher.

“The feedback we get from our classes is so good it is like we have written it ourselves,” Davy says. 

“Yogs helps people to gently reconnect with their body and we can control our minds by breathing so you get more self-control. And people make friends.”

To find out more about Brighton Yoga Foundation, visit www.brightonyogafoundation.org

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