Yogalite Yoga with Marianne Hayes in Southampton

From the 1st December 2020 my website will be closed

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Autumn Term 2020

ONLINE asanas CLASSES, Tuesdays at 12:00, Friday at 10:00 . Meditation: Monday at 8:30 till 9:00.

Cost is £35 for 5 sessions (£7 per class) or £8 for individual session within the series. Meditation session is £4.

You may attend all the sessions for £10 a week.

PRE-book by email and pay online by bank transfer by Sunday night to be able to access the link for the rest of the week. Only one link for all the weekly sessions.

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I see anti-gravity as what we need to do be able to move against the flow of gravity. If the pull of gravity started to increase on earth we would become unable to move. Coming back to Newton’s definition, we might see gravity as a “force” and anti-gravity as an “anti-force”. Vanda Scaravelli, in “Awakening the spine” compares this anti-force with the action in the waves of the sea: the crashing of the water on the sand with the force of gravity and the anti-gravity/the anti-force getting water to rebound and sucked back from the shore. It also may be experienced in echos, where the acoustic waves bounce back against the mountain.
Children start to develop strategies to counteract gravity when they start balancing, crawling and ultimately walking. However, not everyone manages to develop these skills fully. This is where anti-gravity postural work might help to enable us to move more smoothly and in a more controlled manner. The play between gravity and anti-gravity puts us in contact with the spine. Our body, in all movements, responds to gravity by letting the ground receive our weight and to anti-gravity by letting this anti-force travel through our limbs, like a wave, so our body goes into a stretch, in a natural desire to extend itself.

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.Corporate Yoga courses and Private Yoga classes (in Highfield, Southampton)

I am only available for private classes or Corporate courses on an advance booking basis.

Corporate courses are organised on the basis of a group of 5 sessions of one hour each. The cost is £275 for 5 sessions (£55 per hour, per group) and the venue may be arranged for up to a maximum of 10 people in a group, providing that the venue allows social distancing. These courses may also be delivered ONLINE.

Highfield private sessions are not running until further notice. They are organised on the basis of a group of 5 sessions. The cost of £30 per hour may be split between the participants: the maximum number of participants is 3 people. A 5 sessions series with a group of 3 people would be £50 per person.It is common practice to have an assessment session before you commit yourself to these 5 sessions. The cost for this assessment session is the same and it lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow discussion and planning.

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Corporate courses: MEDITATION course at CLEARVISION

GO to full article, click on: Workshops: Meditation, Breathing techniques and Ayurveda

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BOOKING a LIVE class: live classes are not available until further notice. Review in JANUARY 2021

For classes timetable go to Classes: Portswood and Highfield


To make a booking go to "Click here to EMAIL" on this page or give me a ring

Drop-in £10 online or £12 on site

PASS: You will be booked for 5 sessions ( from the date of your first booking):
5 sessions: £45

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.

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About me

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 I certified with Philip Xerri to be able to teach pranayama (breathing techniques).

This summer I attended a 10 day Vipassana Meditation Course. This is something I meant to do for a few years: a very intense, but transformative experience; no talking, no reading or writing, no listening to music, no technology. I did practise meditation before; but it was the first time in my whole life that I was literally left with only myself to think about. It has inspired me to share part of that experience. I am not teaching Vipassana : this is something you may need to experience in a Vipassana Centre. But I am willing to help others on their journey to a calmer, more fulfilling life by passing on meditation techniques that have helped me.

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Gentle classes and classes for people living with cancer

Gentle Yoga Southampton classes (Satyananda) last for one hour.

These classes are on a pre-book basis only and cost £30 an hour. You may book a series of 5 sessions and the cost maybe shared between 3 people. These are relaxation classes and may include Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep: see Yoga Nidra and restorative yoga

For practical advice, go to FAQ (your questions answered)

Important information

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.

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The aim is not to live to do yoga better; but to do yoga to live better

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Contact details

You can contact me by phone or email. Go back to the top of the page.

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