I had a good, but wet summer. I am not sure if it was a restful holiday; at times it felt like really hard work, waking up at 4am every day, with solid meditation 3 hours a day, and lighter weight meditation for another 7 hours. My experience with VIPASSANA meditation has been challenging, but it did change my prospective on yoga.
Some Yoga catch phrases such as "listen to your body" now make complete sense. Asanas are not just a byproduct of Yoga, glorified by Health freaks in the West; they are essential to understand the reality of who you are. It is not about looking pretty, it is about making the most of our lives here and now and keep the vehicle into good shape. Most importantly a meditative physical practice helps us to develop essential qualities such as awareness (mindfulness) and equanimity (detachment and objectivity). The "enlightenment" that follows comes from hard and patient work, and it starts from where we are now, in our body.
My work for the whole year will be centred around Prana (with a capital P). Prana is translated as "life force", without which our bodies would only be a pack of flesh and bones. We will explore the pranayama Kosha, the energy body, and the 5 "vayus", winds or currents of energy in the body. The first series will explore prana (with a lower case p), situated in the heart centre (some texts put it in the head). In each of the 5 sessions we will focus on a specific posture connected to the use of the prana vayu. Programme, invoice and handout will be with you on Monday.
REMINDER: the first session will be Monday in Highfield, Tuesday in Portswood and Wednesday in Shirley Warren. For times and location visit www.yogalite.co.uk. You may use bookwhen to book the number of sessions you are able to attend. If you do not want to buy a Yoga Pass, remember that it is cheaper to book drop-in sessions online.
Looking forward to sharing yoga with you this coming week
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Summer 2019: Keep up the good work!Yoga classes in Southampton
Yoga with Marianne will start again from 19 August 2019 in Southampton (Highfield, Portswood and Shirley): postural yoga, breath work, relaxation, diet advice, meditation.
Save money with a Pass:
🧘 5 sessions: £45
🧘 10 sessions: £80
🧘 Drop-in: £12 cash or £10 online
I was introduced to yoga in the 1980s with the Sivananda Centre in London, before I moved to Southampton. I returned to the path after my husband’s death, fifteen years ago and started a yoga class in Southampton.I have done retreats with various schools and traditions as I am interested in trying out different approaches. I have travelled to India twice for extended periods in 2016 and 2018, learning about Ayurveda and also refining my own practice in Sivananda Ashrams (the equivalent of a "yogi monastery") in India, in Kerala and in the Himalayas.
My classes in Southampton are integrative of the whole spectrum of Yoga, including asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practice), relaxation and meditation. In that sense, a regular practice acts as Yoga therapy. All classes have an underlying philosophical theme linked to the classical Yoga texts.
I have an interest in using Yoga as a therapeutic tool. To that effect I took extended modules in disciplines that enhance the idea of wellness. Wellness does not necessarily mean being super fit and healthy; it just means being well in yourself whatever your physical condition might be. So I took a module at the Satyananda Centre in London to teach Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep, which induces deep relaxation). I also trained with Julie Friederberger to teach "yoga to people living with cancer" , and more recently I certified with Philip Xerri to be able to teach pranayama (breathing techniques).
BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME
To BOOK click BOOKING or email me through this website
Drop-in £10 online or £12 on site
PASS: You will be booked for 5 or 10 sessions from the date of your first booking:
5 sessions: £45
10 sessions: £80
My classes include all aspects of Yoga: postures, breath work, relaxation or meditation. I also teach gentle yoga for people living with cancer, small group sessions (3 people maximum) and one-to-one session: to be arranged by phone or email.
Included in the booking information is a Health Questionnaire. Please fill it in and email it back to me (See CONTACT) or bring it with you when you come for your first session.
It is possible to mix 2 venues: The Shirley Warren centre (Gentle yoga) and The Residents Garden pavilion in Portswood (Raja Yoga). So if you cannot come on your chosen day you can catch up on a different day. It is also an opportunity to try something different. Each session lasts 75 minutes.
Drop in sessions: if you want to try my classes on a drop-in basis, you may book through Move GB, follow the link: @25
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Gentle classes and classes for people living with cancer
Gentle Yoga Southampton classes (Satyananda) last for one hour. In Highfield the group size is between 2 and 4 people maximum, on a pre-book basis only (Contact: 07979714179). Five sessions cost £50. If you attend one trial session only the cost is £15. For one to one fees, see below.
If you wish to do specialist classes with the Wessex Cancer Trust, which include Yoga Nidra, you will need to book at the venue itself in Cosham Click here to go to Wessex cancer trust Cosham. The cost is £3 a session, paid to the charity directly.
For practical advice, go to FAQ (your questions answered)
One-to-one classes, Yoga Southampton
I am only available for one- to-one classes on a pre-book basis. One to one sessions are organised on the basis of a group of 5 sessions of one hour each. The cost is £150 for 5 sessions (£30 per hour) and the venue has to be arranged on an individual basis. It is common practice to have an assessment session before you commit yourself to 5 sessions. The cost is the same and this session lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow discussion and planning.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
So ... what happens in a typical class?
A typical class, whether it is a Raja Yoga class or a gentle yoga class, begins with a short introduction to the theme for the session. Usually this theme is part of a topic developed over 5 weeks. This will help you to understand how the physical practice fits with the original philosophical context and history of Yoga. I write a handout each week. I am happy to emaiI them to you or you can read them from my homepage. I welcome comments and opinions and there will always be room for discussion and feedback at the end of the session.
Next comes a short period of quiet to slow the mind and quietens breath and body, followed by limbering moves to warm up muscles and joints. Then we are ready for the Asanas or postures.
Considering that our life depends upon our breathing, it is remarkable that we have as much conscious control over it as we do. We can do without food or even drink for days; we cannot spend more than a few minutes (with training!) without breathing. You will practise breathing techniques to develop awareness and full use of the breath.
There are a huge variety of relaxation and meditation techniques and styles. I have trained as a Satyananda teacher for Yoga Nidra, a deep relaxation technique that follows a strict progression. However, I am also interested in meditation skills generally, which develop our ability to center and concentrate on a single external object, then progressively on more internal focuses. The idea is to explore and build up our consciousness at increasingly deeper levels.
Finally, is Yoga for you? You might find that you are awakening muscles that have not worked for some time and that might translate in some minor aches; but eventually you will come to appreciate the benefit of Yoga as a wholly discipline that involves mind and body, and introduces harmony, peace and clarity in yourself and for people around you too.
For details of times and location, see Classes and location