Marianne Hayes

Marianne Hayes

Shirley Warren Learning Centre Campus
Warren Crescent
SO16 6AY

The Resident's Gardens Pavilion
13 Abbots Way
SO17 1QU

07979 714179

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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 class in Cantell School in Southampton. My practice is still developing through my own practice and retreats. I have done retreats with various schools and traditions as I am interested in trying out different approaches. I I love to be able to share my quest as a teacher with my students. I trained to teach Yoga Nidra, a technique for deep relaxation inspired by Swami Satyananda. I also trained with Julie Friederberger to teach people living with cancer.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have originally trained with the Yoga Training Centre in London (YTC), after an initial Foundation Course with Wendy Harding in Poole in 2011, I completed the full 500 hours of the British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training Level 4 Certificate (BWYQ),which includes modules on philosophy and meditation, in 2014. More recently I also trained with the Sivananda Ashram in Orleans France; and I did the advanced course in March/April last year, in the Himalayas. Recently I also developed my pranayama practice (breathing techniques) and did a course with Phillip Xerri in London. I offered a 6 weeks pranayama course in the Autumn and had very positive comments from my students.

My classes are integrative of the whole spectrum of Yoga, including asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practice), relaxation and meditation. All classes have an underlying philosophical theme, which is the essence of Yoga.

I am also interested in teaching less mobile people, whether this might be due to age or illnesses. I teach a session fortnightly with the Wessex Cancer trust in Cosham. The sessions are paced to people ability and the emphasis is more on breathing techniques and relaxation. In Highfield, I teach smaller groups of people (2 to 4), and I am also available for one to one (£30 per session, assessment is free). I recommend that you ask for your doctor's advice before you commit yourself to sessions.

I belong to the Southampton Yoga Association (SYA) which organises workshops with various teachers from various traditions every month in Durley, near Southampton. I also attend advanced classes I participate regularly in retreats in Dartmoor near Totnes, and spend time yearly in the Sivananda Ashram in France near Orleans.

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Therapies offered

        Other available therapies

        Breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, meditation techniques, teaching Yoga to people living with cancer



        Next series of classes starts in the week beginning 23 April 2019. You are welcome to join in on a drop-in basis

        Concession: £45 for a series of 5 sessions, £80 for 2 series (10 sessions)

        or £12 per single session, drop-in

        or £30, one-to-one, one hour session. For 2 or 3 people the fees are £50 for 5 sessions. These sessions are recommended for people with specific health issues (back/joints problems, people living with cancer, clinical depression). These sessions run in series of 5 sessions.

        Further information

        I am trained to teach Yoga Nidra (Satyananda), a deep relaxation technique, which may help to relieve anxiety or depression symptoms. I am also trained to teach Yoga to people living with Cancer and currently teach in Cosham with the Wessex Cancer Trust (contact Tina directly). I also teach gentle yoga to small groups or one-to-one in Highfield, S017 : up to 3 people per group.

        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.

        Maps & Directions

        Southampton, SO16 6AY
        Southampton, SO17 1QU

        Type of session

        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: French (Fluent) and German (understood)


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: No


        Next courses will start on the 23rd April 2019. Tuesdays 11:55-1.10: in Portswood, Southampton, SO17 1QU; Wednesdays 6.45- 8:00pm: in Shirley Warren; Highfield: appointments only