Brighton Dome Hosts Free Early Morning Yoga and Tai Chi in Royal Pavilion Gardens

Stretch into gear in the beautiful gardens of the Royal Pavilion as Brighton Dome presents Rise and Shine two mornings of contemplative movement this September in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, set to live music.

On Sunday 3 September at 7am (FREE), creative coach, yoga and meditation teacher, DJ, and writer Dionne, will lead an hour of feel-good creative yoga, set to live Indian classical music from Pete Yelding on sitar and Udit Pankhania on tabla. All abilities are welcome. Bring your own mat.

Dionne is based between the UK and Norway and runs community events, retreats and experiences in both countries and beyond (thanks, internet!) as well as working one to one with creative coaching clients all over the world. Find out more via her website:

Pete Yelding is an upcoming sitar player who learned the sitar from Clem Alford of Maihar Gharana (school of playing). Udit Pankhania has accompanied several maestros and performed in India, Dubai, Europe and in the UK. He plays repertoire from all six tabla gharanas, and his style is referred to as Delhi Farukhabad style of playing.

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On Monday 4 September at 7am (FREE), internationally renowned pipa (Chinese Lute) and guqin (seven-stringed zither) virtuoso, scholar and specialist in Chinese music, Cheng Yu, creates a meditative ambience as Simon & Cher Robins lead a Tai Chi class for all abilities.

Cheng Yu holds degrees in Chinese music from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music, China (BMus.) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (MMus, PhD). She performs, records and researches both traditional and contemporary Chinese music. She is the founder of the UK Chinese Music Ensemble and London Youlan Qin Society and currently teaches the pipa and guqin at SOAS.

Simon & Cher Robins lead the School of Tai Chi Chuan and Internal Arts, a group of instructors who teach a complete system of traditional taijiquan (tai chi).

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