Norwich Yoga Shop Takes on the Brighton Yoga Festival
We were on the road last weekend, travelling over 300 miles round trip to take our yoga shop to Brighton. It was worth it! We were participating in the biggest free-entry yoga festival in the UK – The Brighton Yoga Festival. The weekend was jam-packed with yoga classes, amazing food and much more, so read on to find out what we got up to…
by LAURA PLUMSTEAD
The YogaClicks team have been on the road again, this time to the Brighton Yoga Festival! The yoga festival was held Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th July, at Sussex County Cricket Ground. What makes this festival so special is that it is the biggest free-entry yoga festival in the UK and is run entirely through volunteers – who we must say, did a great job. The whole event is organised by the Brighton Yoga Foundation, spearheaded by festival founder Davy Jones, who created it to make yoga accessible to all. Congratulations Davy on another successful year! Please do help the cause by donating here.
The YogaClicks pop up shop was in the retail area.
The weekend coincided with the launch of our new Made By Yogis Powered By Yoga Tanks, which were proudly on display – check them out here! We carefully curated our own yoga shop and had many of our amazing brands available to buy, including chaYkra, Miss Malas and Blästa Henriët.
We were in great company in the retail area, next to our friends from Juno Skincare (who also do Air B&B – which is where we stayed) and Mimi Fitwear. It was great to see a few familiar faces from the YogaClicks family too. Anna from Blisscloud was showing off her gorgeous eco-friendly yoga mats and brand new tanks, whilst aromatherapy guru Corrine Taylor was on hand to expertly advise on her vegan aromatherapy line. Another of our makers, Positivitea, was on hand to provide refreshment in the summer sun. They made giant quantities of Hibiscus, Strawberry & Cinnamon Iced tea, which was just what we all needed to chill out on the grass after a yoga class.
One of Lucy’s good friends, Emma Slade, made an appearance at the festival on Sunday. Emma is the author of Set Free, about her journey from banker to Buddhist nun, via a Jakarta hotel where she was held at gun point. She now runs her own charity called ‘Opening Your Heart To Bhutan’, raising money for special needs children in Bhutan. Trust us, if you only read one book this year, make sure it’s this one! Emma is a beautiful soul and there is so much to be learnt from her experiences.
2 of our Yogi Makers, Corrine Taylor and Elita from Miss Malas
Julie from Juno Skincare rocking a new Blisscloud tank top and a pair of SoloSol leggings, and our new Powered By Yoga Tank Tops on display
It was a great atmosphere at the yoga festival, with a busy class schedule
The great thing about the yoga festival was that there was something for everyone – from beginners to experts, kids yoga to pregnancy yoga. It’s a great opportunity to discover which style of yoga suits you best, or to find a new yoga teacher. There were classes on everything from Acro Yoga to Netflix and Yoga (yoga on your couch), Partner Yoga and Laughter Yoga.
YogaClicks founder Lucy Edge took part in a few classes – the first one on Saturday being Heart Chakra Yoga run by Stephanie Eastwood. The Heart Chakra class used mudra and chest opening postures to create a place of love and forgiveness. On Sunday she did Dynamic Hatha with Irina Yordanova. Irina teaches breath and movement so that the practice becomes a meditation in motion. They began and ended with a Sanskrit mantra and the soothing sound of a Tibetan singing bowl. Lucy returned to the stand looking pretty zenned out!
Another Made By Yogis brand, Positivitea!
Of course, we had to sample the amazing food on offer…
There was a great selection of food on offer, from wraps at the falafel bar to indulgent muffins from the Kleen Kitchen. We were impressed with the Indian street food on offer from Ahimsa, and the Delhi Tiffin box was our personal favourite. Still thinking about it now…
We grabbed a few smoothies over the course of the weekend from The Raw Food Dude, which were made fresh to order. All of the fruit and veg was locally sourced and organic. The Raw Food Dude is serving smoothies and juices at many festivals this summer, so keep an eye out for him!
We met Nina from Yoga Garden and Yoga Garden Retreats, a company that runs exceptional wellness retreats, designed to wake up your body, stir up your sense and find your essence. Their next retreat is for 5 nights in September and is taking place in the magical town of Kas on Turkey’s stunning turquoise coast, and we’re itching to attend! Maybe we’ll see you there…
We also met Holly Cooper from Studio iO, which is a gorgeous award winning studio based in Brighton where you can practice yoga, pilates, tai chi and meditation. She’s doing a class at the BAi360 in Brighton tomorrow – get down there if you can! Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views at 450ft and yoga; what’s not to love?!
It was also great to meet Effie from About Balance at the yoga festival. About Balance is a holistic, health and wellbeing centre in the heart of Brighton, which offers classes, therapies, workshops and talks. They also offer Flotation Therapy, the ultimate relaxation therapy. You float in a warm pool with water and Epsom salts, whilst shutting out all outside noises and stimulation. We can’t wait to give it a go!
Studio iO’s beautiful stand
We had the best weekend at the Brighton Yoga Festival, meeting friends new and old, trying out different yoga styles and sampling some great food. It’s a fun day out for the whole family, and very worth a weekend away if you’re not local to Brighton. The city has so much to offer, and the Brighton community is creative, warming and welcoming. We hope to be back next year with our yoga shop; see you there!