Bernadette Arena
Bernadette Arena
Breathe. Move. Rest

Breathe. Move. Rest.


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Yoga has given me more joy and taken me more places than ever I could have dreamed…

Bernadette Arena is a Yoga & Meditation teacher, a lecturer and group facilitator.


I have been teaching Yoga, meditation and mindful movement for over 25 years. And I am still fascinated with it!

Since 1993 I’ve learned from working with people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities and it’s helped me develop skills to serve them in useful ways.

Collaborating with organisations such as the NSW Health, the Benevolent Society and the Compassionate Friends, has given me a deep understanding of personalised and tailored movement and meditation practices. Especially for people living with the significant life challenges like grief and loss, cancer and serious illnesses, as well as the everyday grind of anxiety and depression.

I ran weekly classes in Sydney for over 20 years and one of them - a group of older women who have been with me since the beginning - is still going. I think this is one of the longest running yoga classes in Australia.

Living in the UK for 5 years, from 2001, I taught taught retreats, workshops, classes and at festivals across the UK and in Europe.

I have a close association with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) and for many years was a senior lecturer on the Yoga Teacher Training Course.

In January 2006 I joined the Quest for Life Foundation and am a senior Facilitator on our residential and specialty programs. This continues to be one of the great joys of my life!

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Yoga & Movement

  • Mindful movement

  • Therapeutic yoga

  • Bespoke guidance

  • Online classes

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Meditation &


  • NEW! Beautiful Beginnings MP3s & ebook

  • Personal tuition

  • Online courses

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Teaching & Training

  • Yoga training

  • Lecturer

  • Group facilitation

  • Event speaker


without the need for fear
look again at all that supports you
breath, sun, friend and aspiration,
and offer your life instead
in formless quiet prayer
— Thanissara

As teachers we will have people in our class with cancer or a history of cancer. Or living with the effects of cancer treatment and working their way through the emotional journey that accompanies a serious diagnosis.

For the past 13 years, through the Quest for Life Foundation, I have worked closely with people living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Teaching mindful movement and yoga, deep relaxation and meditation in a residential setting, over a course of a week, has helped me develop practices that really support people living with serious illness.

A post graduate training and support program for yoga teachers will be offered in July 2019.



I hope you enjoy these short meditations.

Feel free to listen to them and use them as often as you’d like.

If you would like to know more about these practices or if you’d like longer practices please have a look at my CDs or be in touch anytime.


“Beautiful Beginnings”

a bundle of 6 NEW meditation MP3s and supporting ebook to get your practice started COMING SOON!


Yoga Nidra Relaxation


Yoga Nidra is a profoundly healing meditative relaxation. It improves the function of the brain and nervous system and endocrine systems. It is so restorative that a short practice can feel like you’ve had a few hours sleep.

45 minute Yoga Nidra

20 minute Relaxation


Gentle Yoga & Meditation


An easy to follow, guided Yoga class with a gentle movement sequence for the hips, back, neck and shoulders. Done lying down, it’s suitable for almost anyone. A simple meditation practice called “Just Sitting” can follow the class or be used anytime.

45 minute Yoga practice

10 minute Meditation


I love your gentle yoga moves - so easy to follow and so much more profound than doing BIG stretches - my body thanks you
— Jessica
Bernadette’s practice has helped me find inner peace and calm for many years. Her speech is so natural you feel she is in the room and talking just to you. I must have inadvertently deleted the practices from my phone recently and neither could I find the original cds. Panic ! I ordered replacements immediately and am right back on track! Thank you Bernadette
— Susan Luke
Yoga nidra has helped me sleep more soundly and feel more calm and centred than I have ever felt before”
— Anastasi
Bernadette’s voice is SOOOO relaxing
— Sarah

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