Since 2000, Bernadette Carelse has been teaching yoga at the City of London Community Education Centre (COLCEC), 99 Golden Lane, London, telephone 020 7332 3542 or 020 7608 2753. Currently, in 2016, there is one class run on Wednesdays 6pm to 7:30pm for all levels of ability.
What is yoga? Yoga is a generic term that refers to a range of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India. Many forms of yoga include physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (Birdee, 2009). Yoga practices are used to develop and sustain health and well-being in the body and mind. In the context of teaching mindfulness the emphasis is on cultivating an open and accepting attitude, with awareness of sensations arising and passing away moment by moment.
What is the teacher’s experience and training in teaching yoga? Bernadette Carelse has taught Yoga since 1998. In 1999, she developed experience and skills in the 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.
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.”