Welcome to Serenity Yoga

Overview



I am a Turiya Yoga qualified teacher and have been teaching yoga since 1998. I endeavour to combine elements of Turiya’s classical teachings and westernised approach in a very down-to-earth and relaxed style. Wherever possible I try to explain the purpose of practices in terms of both the physical and mental benefits and hopefully “de-mystify” yoga.

Students are encouraged to practice only within the boundaries of what is comfortable and suitable for them and the oft-repeated golden rule is “If it hurts, don’t do it!” While specific verbal instructions are given, I do not physically manipulate students in positions. Students are encouraged to simply do what feels comfortable and to make whatever adjustments are necessary in a pose therefore Serenity Yoga can cater for most ages and fitness levels.

I utilise joint conditioning movements, traditional yoga stretches and poses, breathing exercises and a wide variety of meditation and relaxation practices. I also use Kum Nye exercises from Tibetan Buddhist tradition and  practices from the Chinese Chi Kung tradition which I studied for a number of years.

A typical 90 minute class consists of a brief period of relaxation at the start of the class to settle the heart rate and respiration rate.
Then a series of joint-conditioning practices are used as warm-up and preparation, followed by traditional yoga poses and sequences.
The last 30 minutes of the class are used for 10-15 minutes of seated meditation followed by 15-20 minutes of supine relaxation.

If you are a new student you should complete at least one term of Beginner classes even if you have done yoga before. There are many different styles of yoga and even within a particular style there is a huge diversity of teaching approaches. The verbal instructions and written handouts supplied during the Beginner term provide valuable background information which will help you get the most out of classes. The Beginner classes also provide an opportunity to learn practice sequences commonly used in the Intermediate classes so that students can practice with a minimum of instruction. The meditation and relaxation times are shorter in the Beginner classes which allows you to adjust to my voice and style of instruction and provides you with an opportunity to gradually develop your meditation and relaxation skills to the point where you are comfortable for a 10-15 minute seated meditation and a full 20 minute relaxation (laying down) as used in the Intermediate classes. The Beginner term also gives me time to get to know you, and any physical challenges you may have, and to suggest how you might tailor practices to better suit your needs. You are welcome to attend the first night on a trial basis to determine whether it is what you want to do and then pay for the term only if you decide to continue.

I would love to see you at Serenity Yoga!
Bernadette Puglisi 


Timetable

Term 1, 2021
1st February - 1st April 


Intermediate Yoga classes are only open to those who have completed at least one Beginner Term or have a background in Turiya Yoga.
Meditation and Relaxation classes and Beginner Yoga classes are open to all.

A minimum of four enrolments will be required per class. Classes with insufficient enrolments will be cancelled or postponed pending further enrolments - please contact Bernadette for up-to-date information regarding timetable changes.
Unless otherwise advised classes will be run on public holidays. For details of other 2021 terms see the News and Events page.

Please note: Classes with asterisks may not run due to insufficient enrolments this term - please contact Bernadette to register your interest.

Beginners Yoga

Monday: 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday: 6:30-8:00pm

Thursday: 6:30-8:00pm



Intermediate Yoga

Monday: 6:30-8:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00-11:30am

                 8:00-9:30pm

Wednesday: 6:30-8:00pm

Thursday: 10:00-11:30am

 Meditation & Relaxation 

Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm class 





FAQ



Can I try a class?
I offer all new students the chance to attend their first class as a free trial. There are so many different types of yoga and it can be hard to find what you want so come and try a class in the first three weeks of a term – but bookings are required.

Can I join a class at any time?
Not at the Beginner yoga level. Classes are run in terms and the Beginners classes are intended to provide an introduction to all the basics needed for moving into an Intermediate yoga class. New students need to start in the first three weeks of a term so they don’t miss too much of the groundwork. Students who have attended Serenity Yoga or Turiya Yoga classes in the past may re-enrol at any level at any time. Students who have attended other forms of yoga are advised to attend one Beginner term to become familiar with the Turiya style (discuss with Bernadette). Those wishing to attend Meditation and Relaxation classes may start at any time but again, bookings are required.

I’ve done yoga before – can I join an Intermediate class?
As mentioned above, I prefer new people to start at the beginning. There are so many different styles of yoga that you may find a new style to be completely different to what you have done in the past. Although I have been practising yoga for more than 20 years now, if I were to attend another style I would want to start at the Beginner level because you never know what you don’t know! If you do just one term of Beginners then you and I both know that you have the necessary background and safety information.

How long do I need to stay in Beginner level classes?
New students only need to attend one term of Beginner level classes. The Beginner Term is designed to be a ten-week introduction to yoga in general and specifically to Turiya Yoga. It is important to attend all (or most) of the classes in the Beginner Term to cover the introductory material and receive all the handouts which provide more information. Upon completion of the Beginner Term you can then either repeat it in the following term if you wish, or if you feel comfortable with the format of classes and the material covered, you can move into the Intermediate classes – it’s up to you. The Intermediate classes follow the same format as the Beginner classes but are on-going in nature, with new material being introduced on a regular basis.

Do I need to bring anything?
Yes, because of Covid requirements  you must now bring your own mat, blanket, cushion etc.  Whilst I do have spare equipment available if you forget yours you will have to clean all borrowed equipment used after the class. You should also bring a water bottle.

What do I wear?
Clothes designed to stretch such as gym or track suit pants and t-shirts. In cooler weather it is advisable to wear layers so that you can rug up during the meditation and relaxation elements and peel off during the physical elements.

I have a back injury – can I do yoga?
That will depend on the type and severity of the injury however I have many students with various back conditions that have found yoga very helpful. Where certain postures are too difficult I can usually recommend an alternative practice and you will always be encouraged to only do what feels comfortable.

I’m pregnant – can I do yoga?
Not at Serenity Yoga unless you are an existing student in the first trimester of pregnancy and this is not your first pregnancy. There are many risks to be considered when undertaking a new exercise regime when you are pregnant.  I encourage pregnant women to seek out an antenatal yoga class as that will be designed specifically for your needs.


News & Events

  Having considered the Covid-19 restrictions and taken into account the wishes of the majority of my students I have decided not to resume classes in 2020.  We will start afresh in 2021 with the first term commencing on the 1st of February.  Hopefully by then we will have far fewer restrictions and will be able to relax and enjoy our yoga, and each other's company, feeling safe and at ease once more.  I will continue to support your yoga journey through the video classes and weekly newsletters and if you have any suggestions for other ways I might be able to help, or any queries at all, please feel free to contact me.

    Your friend in yoga,  Bernadette

2021 Terms:

Term 1     9 weeks      February 1 - April 1
                Term 2     10 weeks     April 19 - June 24                     
                Term 3    10 weeks       July 12 - September 17           
        Term 4     10 weeks     October 4 - December 9


Final newsletter 2020

My family has a little tradition of writing poems for special times
So I thought this year’s last newsletter deserved a few simple rhymes
We are coming to the end of 2020 and what a year it has been
It has taught us new words and new habits and a new social scene
We’ve dealt with face masks and curfews and a limit to how far we can roam
We’ve learned about social distancing and the importance of staying at home
Instead of shaking hands, we tap elbows and we use “sanitation stations”
We’ve grown accustomed to more time alone and to being in isolation
Many have lost jobs or changed jobs or had to learn to work from home
And though it has been unsettling just think of how much we have grown!

We have learned to make do with less and to entertain ourselves
Experienced joy just by seeing toilet paper on supermarket shelves!
We’ve been grateful for the simple things and learned that we can save money
By wearing the same old clothes until the elastic wears out in our undies!
We have learned the value of a slower pace of life and that patience is a virtue
We’ve appreciated less traffic on the roads and the peaceful nights of curfew
When there were no visitors expected we could stay in pyjamas all day
And spend hours cleaning out cupboards and idling our time away
People’s gardens were looking more cared for and dogs were getting worn out
Being taken for multiple walks each day so their humans could get out and about!
But the most important thing we have learned is that we need each other so much
That we ache to see our family and friends, that we crave a human touch
That phone calls and video conferences will never be able to replace
The comfort we find in being together and in feeling another’s embrace
So we will never take for granted again those freedoms we normally had
And let's remember that though it has been a tough year, it hasn’t all been bad

I have enjoyed finding new ways to stay in touch with you
I’ve made you 34 videos and sent out 30 newsletters too
I’ve tried to encourage you to let go of any limiting beliefs
To be grateful and to be positive and to breathe through anger and grief
To overcome fear and recognize the divine dwelling deep within you
To embrace a new perspective and expand your awareness too
To experience awe and wonder and immerse yourself in the natural world
To stand steady, strong and grounded while life around your swirled
To stretch and breathe and meditate to keep mind and body strong
To feel loving kindness towards all life in this world where you belong
To remember that not only is Covid infectious but smiling definitely is too
And that making others happy is the fastest way to happiness for you!
So all that remains now is to look forward to a new and wonderful year
To a time when we can all be together again without anxiety and fear
I am grateful for all your support this year – for every message and every text
And I look forward to “Covid normal’ classes or whatever it is that comes next!
I can’t give you a chocolate treat this year but think of this as your Christmas card
Merry Christmas my dear yoga friends and though 2020 has often been hard
I look forward to continuing our yoga journey together in 2021
And seeing all your smiling faces again when the New Year has begun!

Love, hugs and Namaste!

Bernadette



Warm-up Videos

Vidoes are only available to existing or past students - a password is required. Please contact Bernadette to obtain access.

Seated Warm-ups

Standing Warm-ups

Supine Warm-ups

Asana Videos

Vidoes are only available to existing or past students - a password is required. Please contact Bernadette to obtain access.

Asana Week 1

Asana Week 2

Asana Week 3

Asana Week 4

Asana Week 5

Asana Week 6

Asana Week 7

Asana Week 8 

 Asana Week 9

Asana Week 10

Fragrant Chi Kung

Hand Magic

Exploring Techniques 1

Exploring Techniques 2

Exploring Techniques 3

Meditation/Relaxation Videos

Vidoes are only available to existing or past students - a password is required. Please contact Bernadette to obtain access.

Meditation & Relaxation Week 1 

Meditation & Relaxation Week 2

Meditation & Relaxation Week 3

Meditation & Relaxation Week 4 

Meditation & Relaxation Week 5

Meditation & Relaxation Week 6

Meditation & Relaxation Week 7 

Meditation & Relaxation Week 8

Meditation & Relaxation Week 9

Meditation & Relaxation Week 10 

The Journey Meditation

The Inner Smile Meditation

The Space of Peaceful Stillness Meditation

The Breath in Your Hands

Philosophy Videos

Vidoes are only available to existing or past students - a password is required. Please contact Bernadette to obtain access.

The Koshas

The Yamas and Niyamas

Fees

The following information applies to in-person classes only. For information on video classes please contact Bernadette.
There are two payment options for classes.
You can elect to pay either by the term or casual (per class).
Casual students are not guaranteed a place and will only be accepted in a class if there is sufficient space available as priority will be given to term-paying students.
The term fee entitles you to one 90-minute class per week for Yoga and one 60-minute class per week for Meditation and Relaxation.  The amount of the fee varies from term to term depending on the number of weeks in the term but it equates to $15.00 per class for Yoga and $12.00 per class for Meditation and Relaxation. The term fee must be paid by the second week of the term.
The casual fee is $20 per class for Yoga and $15 per class for Meditation and Relaxation.
You can pay by EFT or by cheque or cash at classes (sorry, no card facilities).

YOGA

Term 1, 2021

 $135 (9-week term)

or

$20 per class (casual)


MEDITATION & RELAXATION

Term 1, 2021

 $108 (9-week term)

or

$15 per class (casual)


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