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Yoga With Marianne

Marianne teaches asana in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, guru of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Srivatsa Ramaswami and others. Krishnamacharya developed the vinyasa krama style of practice, according to the principles of classical yoga, delineated by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, 200 C.E. In this practice, ujjayi breath connects body to spirit through beautiful sequences of asanas, flowing as well as static. The addition of bandhas (internal locks) and dristi (gaze) transforms the physical practice into a powerful, life-transforming meditation. Traditional practice also includes pranayama, sitting meditation (both silent and japa) and study. Marianne teaches all of these dimensions of classical yoga.

After sixteen years of teaching evening classes at Seven Winds Yoga in Monkstown, Marianne is presently on sabbatical from that structure. All of the content of those classes (and more!) you can now find on the retreats and courses she is teaching both in Ireland and abroad.   

If you are looking for an authentic experience of yoga, come work with Marianne.  Here is what you will find:

Shakti Rasa

This powerful approach developed out of Marianne’s personal practice and integrates the physical and spiritual dimensions of yoga. Correct alignment of all poses is emphasized, but right from the beginning, you learn simple sequences that you can practise on your own, because establishing your own regular, personal practice is the goal.

The Shakti Rasa sequences can be expanded to include very advanced poses or contracted to focus on basic asanas. You learn to practise independently, developing your own intuitive connection to the poses and observing your practice grow naturally. Pranayama and meditation are an integral part of this practice too.

Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Vinyasa

Marianne studied directly for many years with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and also trained with Srivatsa Ramaswami, another disciple of Krishnamacharya. From her you can learn how to work with many of these traditional sequences. You will learn how to practise seriously and effectively, acquiring an authentic practice of classical yoga, capable of leading you from physical challenge to the highest mystical attainments of yoga. 

Open Self-Practice  

When you study with Marianne, you will encounter Open Self-Practice classes, where you work independently, following the rhythm of your breath and moving through postures at your own pace. Like the Mysore Style classes of ashtanga yoga, here you have the benefit of private instruction but the energy of group practice to inspire you. You learn how to modify poses to suit your needs and how to approach difficult poses. You learn correct breathing and vinyasa, so that in time your practice flows with an even rhythm and effortless fluidity.

You receive careful physical adjustments, which take your body deeper and over time release energetic blocks. Regular self-practice brings profound benefits, both physical and mental. It is transformative in the highest possible way.

If you are a committed ashtangi, Marianne can guide you through the Primary and Intermediate Series, which she practised strictly for eleven years. She still honours those sequences, and can help you develop and refine your practice of them.

She encourages, however, openness to the voice of your inner guru: an experimental, dynamic and intuitive style of self-practice that adapts to differences in constitutions, seasons, and time of life.

It is out of that spirit that her Shakti Rasa Sequences developed.

Meditation, Chanting and Yoga Philosophy

Long retreats with Marianne will include all of these aspects of traditional yoga. Shorter retreats will weave in some. Certain workshops and courses will focus upon them exclusively.

Japa meditation raises the vibration of your body through sacred chant. It refines the energy of your subtle body, relieving anxiety and infusing your life with equanimity and vitality.

Silent meditation brings stillness and peace. It slowly dissolves the images that come before your mind, disentangling pure consciousness from time and space and leading you towards ultimate liberation.

Svadhyaya (self-study) belongs to the practice of classical yoga, and this area is Marianne’s specialty.
Yoga is spiritual discipline, a journey of awakening to the truth of your Higher Self.  Sacred texts reveal the deeper dimension of yoga, and studying them in the context of spiritual discipline becomes a profound practice in itself. Different from academic study, it is the practice of jnana yoga, the yoga of wisdom and a vital part of your yoga sadhana.

Real questions provide the framework for svadhyaya with Marianne, and the process of unpacking them is eclectic and experiential. So bring in your questions! Marianne provides a safe space, where everyone receives respect and attention, where everyone can feel comfortable and relaxed.

Marianne constantly strives for greater clarity of language, not so much to impart information, but to awaken in you your own deepest understanding.

The frame of reference can be vast, everything from quantam physics to traditional Christianity, but seen through the lens of yoga in order to illuminate the ultimate mysteries of life.

Here are topics from past courses, which return again and again according to the questions you bring:

  • Jnana, Karma and Bhakti yoga:  the whole teaching of wisdom, action and love as embodied in the Bhagavad Gita
  • Vedanta philosophy: teachings of time, space, the nature of reality, karma, reincarnation
  • Jyotish, the Science of Light: one of the six limbs of the Vedas that reveals the karma of the soul and answers the profound question: What is my purpose?
  • Who am I????  How different sages of Advaita Vedanta have addressed this question
  • Samkhya philosophy and its categories of existence:  the nature of matter, energy and creation, as understood by yoga and compared to modern physics
  • Raja Yoga: the philosophy, practice and purpose of meditation, according to Lord Krishna in the Gita and Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. How this wisdom applies to our lives today
  • The concepts of prakriti, purusa and ishwara.  The Eight Limbs of classical ashtanga yoga and the three pillars of Kriya Yoga
  • The different degrees of samadhi, the ecstatic experience and goal of meditation
  • Siddhis:  the “supernatural” powers of an accomplished yogi. What are they? How to understand them in terms of Samkhya philosophy and subtle physics
  • Traditional practices of Hatha Yoga: mudras, kriyas, pranayama, kundalini
  • The Subtle body, including the Five Koshas. How they relate to the eight limbs
  • The three gunas: sattwa, rajas and tamas. How classical yoga relates to Ayurveda
  • Principles of Ayurveda and Jyotish applied to yoga practice and daily living
  • Integrating the spiritual journey with daily living and developing a personal practice

 Om Shanti

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