Yoga Teaching

Guhyasakhi has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1984 as a teenager and teaching since 1998. She qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) in 2001.

Venue: From 2022, Guhyasakhi will be teaching Yoga at the North London Buddhist Centre.

What is yoga? Yoga is a generic term that refers to a range of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India. 

It includes physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation.

The aim is to enhance holistic health – body, mind, and beyond – through deep embodied awareness and cultivation of mindfulness at all levels of being.

British Wheel of Yoga
The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is the largest yoga membership organisation in the UK. They are committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, study and training.

Guhyasakhi’s experience and training: Guhyasakhi (Bernadette) Carelse has taught Yoga since 1998 when she began training as a Yoga Teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY).  She started teaching yoga at an after-school club for primary school children.

In 1999, she trained in Healing Tao practices as taught by Mantak Chia  and Kris Deva North.

In 2001, she qualified as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga.  This training included how to adapt yoga postures, breathing and meditation practices to the needs of the participants.

In 2009, with further training in mindfulness, she further developed the Integral Yoga approach. Following this she became focused on Doctoral Research as an Educational Psychologist and researched applications of mindfulness, which is a specific aspect of yoga and meditation practice.

In 2021, she was ordained as a Buddhist in the Triratna Buddhist Order and has been developing ways to integrate Buddhist principles and practices in to yoga teaching based on her own personal practice and over 20 years of experience as a teacher.

What do participants say about the classes?

The teaching is to a high standard.  Bernadette is very knowledgeable and brings this to each class and person attending.”

Bernadette is an excellent tutor.”

It [the class] improves my health.”

“The best thing about this course is the varied programme and the challenges presented.”

“I’ve tried different courses in the past and our teacher is the most professional and I like the way she teaches.”

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