On the eve of the Brighton Yoga Festival, Brighton Yoga Foundation have launched a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of expanding their services.
The Foundation, a registered charity since 2016, set-up and run the UK’s largest free yoga festival, which is now in its fifth year.
It also organises outreach projects in the city’s community, including a yoga for teenagers project in East Brighton and yoga classes for schools, women, LGBT+ young people, the elderly and young children.
All classes are free to attend and offer the opportunity to try yoga to those who may have otherwise felt excluded due to a lack of funds or accessibility. They provide a safe space to those in need of it, allowing them to experience the healing powers of yoga.
Sarah Pailthorpe, a yoga teacher at Threshold Women’s services, said: “Some people come in and they feel quite anxious. Some people say they feel quite desperate when they wake up, they have some problems with anxiety and depression and when they leave they feel relaxed and more comfortable. They go out feeling much better than when they came in.”
The Foundation is aiming to raise £10,000 through a Chuffed.org crowdfunding campaign, which will be used to open a small office and hire a part-time organiser. These resources will allow them to continue and increase the Foundation’s work in the city.
Also, every person that supports the campaign by donating five pounds or more will be entered into a prize draw, with the chance to win a luxury yoga holiday in India, a UK yoga retreat, yoga sessions and more.
So, for the chance to support a charity that bends over backwards to help others bend over backwards, as well as be in with the chance to win a whole host of yoga-themed prizes, look no further than Brighton Yoga Foundation’s crowdfunding campaign.
The campaign began on Thur 4 July and will run until Wed 8 Aug. If you want to find out more, or donate to the Foundation, you can do so here.