Yogalite Yoga with Marianne Hayes in Southampton

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This week we will re-visit the Viloma Prānāyāma practice that we learnt last week (stepped INH and stepped EXH) as well as the apāna vayu breathing practice. We will work on lengthening the exhalation to hold postures. We will look at postures such as backward bends (with forward bends counterposes) to strengthen the chest area and free the muscles of the ribs, back and diaphragm and in turn increase the volume of the lungs.

On the week starting Tuesday 5 November, we will centre our work on forward bends/inversions with back bends counterposes. In all inverted postures, the Agni (fire) is directed towards apāna. This is the reason why Yoga attributes so much significance to the cleansing, calming effect of inverted postures when done properly, in steps, and in coordination with the breath. When the breath is at rest, so is the mind.
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Autumn 2019 Part 1: Programme from 24 September to 5 November 2019

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NEW workshops Autumn 2019

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Pranayama (Breath work) workshop, Sunday 17 November 2019, 4:30 to 6:00pm

Pre-booking is essential

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To BOOK click on the following icon: BOOKING online 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

WORKSHOPS Autumn 2019

Book one workshop: £30
Book 2 workshops: £50

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.

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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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Private Yoga classes, Yoga in Highfield, Southampton

I am only available for private classes on a pre-book basis. Private 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, per group) and the venue may be arranged for up to a maximum of 3 people in a group. It is common practice to have an assessment session before you commit yourself to 5 sessions. The cost is the same and an assessment session lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow discussion and planning.

The cost of £30 may be split between the participants: the maximum number of participants is 3 people. A 5 sessions series with a group of 3 people is £50 per person.

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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 include Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep: see Yoga Nidra and restorative yoga

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)

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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Contact details

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