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Cathy Mae Karelse

Cathy-Mae has 30 years expertise in social transformation and systems change. As a woman of colour, she is a recognised thought leader in diversity, inclusion and antiracism. Cathy-Mae applies her training in mindfulness, body and trauma therapies in her work as a social justice educator, coach and mentor. As a BWY DCT, she co-tutors the BWY Certificate, and Ayurveda in Action online. She also founded the BCYT accredited Integrated Yoga Therapy programme. Cathy-Mae was exposed to yoga and esoteric traditions at a young age. As a grandmother, she is committed to creating a world in which coming generations can thrive.


A5 Ayurveda In Action In Today’s World
Date: Friday 23 Apr 2021 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This session will be based on the foundational teachings of Ayurveda which will be recapped. It will look at the origins of Ayurveda and consider how the teachings best apply in today’s world of growing crises. We shall address social issues such as food and other injustices and ask how we might each personally draw upon the teachings for wellbeing to make a difference not only in our lives but in the world. The session encourages a long view of the purpose of Ayurveda and will have an interactive component inquiring into how we interpret this today.

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G8 Yoga, Ayurveda And Social Justice
Date: Saturday 24 Apr 2021 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Yoga and Ayurveda are complementary and are both concerned with transformation. We have absorbed these teachings in largely individualised cultures. This session will go back to the origins of these traditions to consider appropriation and appreciation. We shall explore what transformation means today and how we might harness the basic tenets of these teachings such as their core principles to shape a sustainable world. The session will consider examples of how these teachings are being applied to bring about healing and will ask how they can at the same time, help us advance consciousness.

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M4 Can Mindfulness And Yoga Create Real Community?
Date: Sunday 25 Apr 2021 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The concept of community has gained traction during the current period of pandemics and is certainly a buzzword relating to collective care. Yoga and Mindfulness are part and parcel of a 4 Trillion-dollar wellness industry that is largely hyper-individualised. Together, we shall consider what the concept of community means in relation to Mindfulness and Yoga and whether the teachings encourage and foster kindness and care. Is compassion innate? Is self-care a problem? How do these relate to Mindfulness and Yoga of the heart? In fact, do these traditions as currently taught make us self-absorbed or concerned with the welfare of all beings.

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