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Unity Studio and School - Creating a holistic community with yoga, reiki and dance

Rosie Davis, Writer and Photographer shares her impressions of a studio in Brighton, where you can learn as well receive treatments designed to promote healing and improve overall wellbeing.

~ Unity yoga, Brighton ~
Unity studio and school creates a peaceful and relaxing space away from the hustle and bustle of Lewes Road.  

When I first arrived at the purple facade of Unity I was instantly drawn in, there was something very different about it compared to the other buildings and vibe around me.  Opening the lilac coloured door, my first impression was ‘where am I?’.  Taking my first step into the studio I became oblivious to the fact that I had just stepped off Lewes Road.  The mixture of wooden floorboards, white ceilings, purple accessories and floor to ceiling mirrors made it instantly comfortable and homely.  Inside a safe haven emerged where yoga, dance and holistic practices were being taught with teachers and students attracted from Brighton and beyond.

Unity Studio, Brighton
Unity Studio and School offers a range of holistic courses, classes and treatments and was founded 15 years ago by Sevanti.  The school has an international following, which has led to the opening of a dedicated studio in 2012.  

Passionate about dance and yoga Sevanti explains, "I wanted to create a studio which feels nourishing, homely and welcoming. I have added plants, buddhas and attractive furnishings with a warm colour scheme to allow people to feel they are stepping into somewhere special and sacred.  I have created a peaceful space outside in the sunny courtyard garden for summer, and light the fire inside for winter days and nights.  My vision is for the studio to be inclusive of the whole community, I want everyone to feel welcome here".

For Sevanti it all began with Yoga Teacher Training back in 1996, after which she moved into healing and related bodywork. The next step for Sevanti was to become a Reiki Master, where she then fused her teaching and therapies to form her established company.  Her enthusiasm for her chosen path has guided her to establish diplomas in Yoga Teacher Training, Holistic Massage (MTI), Unity Partner Yoga ™ Teacher Training and Reiki.

Unity Studio class
Invited to the studio to take photographs of the Holistic Massage Diploma (MTI) and act as a guinea pig for the students this gave me a privileged insight into Unity Studio.  The massage diploma, like the other courses are limited to 10 spaces enabling Sevanti to give the best teaching possible.  I found myself alternating between taking photographs and receiving massages from some of the students.  Sevanti demonstrated first and then the students followed, with Sevanti observing and offering advice and help as needed.  Other workshops relate to holistic massage, Reiki treatment and Unity Partner Yoga™, a beautiful and connecting form of Yoga that is choreographed and in particular, is very close to Sevanti's heart.

The next training course at Unity will be Reiki Level 1, taught over two days, for £175.  Reiki Level 1 covers the history and background of Reiki, anatomy and physiology; as well as aura, chakras, healing on oneself and others.  Unity also runs daily classes taught by experienced teachers.  There are classes in Hatha Yoga, Vajrasati Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, along with an affordable holistic and cranio-sacral clinic.

I left the studio with ruffled hair, a fragrant smell of grapeseed oil and a big smile on my face.  Accessible by bus, car (there’s free parking two streets down), bike or a gentle stroll.  This is a place where you can become part of something healing, meet like-minded people, with a selection of classes and where you can take your interest in yoga or holistic treatments to a deeper level.

Next training and workshops:
Reiki Level 1-30th April and 1st May at Unity, Brighton
Unity Partner Yoga™ Workshop-4th May at Yotopia in London
Unity Partner Yoga™ Workshop-6th June at Unity, Brighton
Unity Day Retreat-29th June at Whitecliffs CafĂ©, Saltdean

To find out more information about the studio and school visit being-in-unity.com or call on 01273 778400.

Rosie tweets @RosieDavisred
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