LGBTQ+ Yoga Classes in Brighton.

Meet Josetta Malcom who began teaching yoga eight years ago and has now decided to offer a class for a specific community, namely people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in Brighton

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Nov 11, 2016
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Welcome to Friday everyone....and meet Josetta Malcom who began teaching yoga eight years ago and has now decided to offer a class for a specific community, namely people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in Brighton. She explains; "I teach private clients and at mainstream yoga studios but I've always had at least one LGBT or trans and queer class on the go. Because I'm a queer person and had previously worked as an LGBT mental health advocate for MindOut in Brighton, it was a natural fit for me and I've always been aware of the issues that some people have. There are increased rates of mental health problems amongst LGBTQ+ people, which means yoga is a very, very good thing for them to do. But at the same time, a lot of LGBTQ+ people just don't feel comfortable going to mainstream yoga studios."

The reasons for this discomfort can be complex and manifold. Yoga studios often have gendered changing rooms and toilets, for example, alongside the many body issues which can feel highlighted and judged within the yoga class itself. Josetta explains that, "because of this, being in a completely nonjudgemental space where there's no pressure to perform as any gender, where you can just be yourself, is extremely valuable".

Sometimes, it seems, we need to find our own 'safe' space as minority communities before we can join together and feel truly comfortable as a whole. In an ideal world we would not need separate classes since people identified as LGBTQ+ would not feel judged and misunderstood. Sadly, we do not seem to be there as a society yet; Josetta understands this and has taken an important bridging step.

Have a very lovely weekend everyone.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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