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Are you too busy to do yoga?

Have you ever looked at a yoga class or course and thought to yourself: “That’s probably exactly what I need to do to lose this constant tension in my shoulders, that pain in my lower back or this constant feeling of anxiety. But how would I find time for that? I’m overwhelmed as it is!”

Trust me, you are not alone.

I love yoga. Seriously. I love the difference it makes to my body, mind and spirit when I set aside 90 minutes for a full, deep practice. I also love the difference even five minutes of conscious breathing can make when I’m getting caught up in the chaos.

I think yoga may actually have saved my life. I’m certain it saved my sanity. I’d been dabbling in yoga for years but I finally took the plunge and committed to my own home practice of yoga when I was working as a human rights officer with the United Nations in Afghanistan. My life was chaotic and my body, mind and spirit where in crisis. Yoga was my lifeline.

So now I’m seriously, perhaps even annoyingly, enthusiastic about yoga. And I consider it my privilege and my responsibility to help others find a way to incorporate yoga into their lives, no matter how chaotic or busy they may be. Which is why I created this course.

If you are too busy to do yoga, you are not alone. And this course is for you.

Thanks so much for offering this course! I got so much out of it. I FINALLY have a burgeoning home practice! The course really demystified it for me, helped me to understand that a home practice CAN be just 10 minutes in the morning, or 30 minutes, whatever I can make time for. I really appreciate your personality – your sense of humor, warmth and insight. Thanks, too, for your availability via the calls and email; I really appreciated your answer to my question.” ~ Michaela

This course challenges the idea that ‘yoga’ can only happen in a yoga studio, or on a sticky mat, or in chunks of 45 minutes. It breaks yoga down into super short, simple and yet still very powerful practices ranging in length from one to twenty minutes.

My mission is to prove to you that you are never too busy for yoga.

To do that I’ve created yoga practices you can do anywhere at all (including invisible, stealthy yoga practices you can do without your cubicle mates even knowing), practices you can do at your computer (although we do encourage leaving the computer if possible) and short, simple sequences of poses you can do in the morning and evening.

Making the yoga kinder, not just shorter

The practices are short. That’s part of the secret. But my theory is that it’s not only a lack of time that keeps busy people from doing something like yoga. I’ve taught more than 600 people yoga through my online courses and what I’ve learned is that we ALL give ourselves a hard time about the things we think we should be doing.

You know what I mean? Ever feel like the mean girls from high-school have hijacked your brain? Have you ever berated yourself for not doing enough exercise, or not being a more ‘mindful’ mother, lover or friend? Ever looked at those ‘other’ people who seem to be able to run a home, manage a small business, raise a family and still turn up to yoga class every morning looking ‘slim, calm and sexy’ and wondered why you couldn’t keep up?

Believe me, you are not alone. And this course is for you.

When we judge ourselves harshly for our perceived failure to do something like practice yoga, the cruel fact is that we are just making it harder to keep ourselves motivated. Kindness, on the other hand is very motivating. So my courses are kind and they encourage you to be kind to yourself too.

  • Yoga that is simple, short and kind…
  • Yoga designed to fit into even the busiest life…
  • Daily reminders, tips and encouragement delivered to your inbox…

That’s 30 Days of Yoga for People Too Busy To Do Yoga in a nutshell.

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Kristen LisantiMarianne’s 30 Days of Yoga was one of the best investments I’ve made in my own wellness – and it was a steal! Her warmth, intelligence and commitment to her students radiate across the Internet, and you feel not only that you are receiving top-quality instruction, but that you are working side-by-side. Marianne’s approach is about more than the physical practice yoga; she is interested in your emotional and spiritual well-being and balance. I can’t recommend 30 Days of Yoga highly enough for those looking to establish a home practice.”

- Kristen Lisanti creator of Tiny Truths

30 Days of Yoga for People Too Busy To Do Yoga works because I’m teaching what I know best. I’m the expert on struggling to get into a steady home practice of yoga because I’ve struggled myself. I’ve tried bribing myself into it, nagging myself into it, forcing myself into it. None of them worked. What works – for me and for hundreds of others – is the simple, transformative, compassionate approach that I set out in this course.

My approach is grounded in a radical form of self-kindness

…because I believe that we all respond better to kindness than criticism. And because kindness works. It’s a powerful and transformative force. Never under-estimate kindness!

If you are a brand-new beginner at yoga, you may prefer to do the 30 days of yoga beginners version. It was designed based on feedback from dozens of beginners who have done the standard 30 days of yoga course. If you are SUPER busy and worried that you won’t have time for the Beginners course, know that the first week’s practice is only 10 minutes long and you can stick with just that practice for the entire 30 days.

If you already have even the most basic familiarity with yoga, please feel free to start with this version. For more help choosing which version is right for you, you can read my answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Baby yoga!Last year I did your 30 days busy yoga course, which was amazing. I still use the videos and my daughter, who is 3 years old and going through a rough time at the nursery, started joining me when I practice. Here’s a picture of her, happy, following your instructions. Thank you, Marianne, your yoga courses are truly wonderful

- Marcela

What is 30 days of yoga for busy people?

It’s a streamlined version of my standard online yoga course designed specifically to help people with full, busy lives fit yoga into their days. It’s informed by research evidence that just ten minutes of yoga a day has more beneficial effects than doing nothing at all, and even more benefit than one long class per week. The course includes:

30 Days of Yoga for People Too Busy To Do Yoga includes:

  • A selection of short yoga practices ranging in duration from one to twenty minutes, including grounding, breathing and short simple sequences of poses specifically designed for: energising; relaxing; and undoing the damage from spending too much time at a computer.
  • Weekly live calls with me – I’ll share simple practices you can incorporate into your home yoga, and answer your questions about home yoga practice (all calls are recorded).
  • Daily emails from me throughout the 30 days addressing the main challenges people face in establishing a regular home yoga practice, with practical tips and gentle encouragement to help you overcome them.
  • Access to a private course site where you’ll be able to access all the lessons and resources of the course.
  • Optional membership of a private 30 Days of Yoga Facebook group for support and encouragement
  • The option of being allocated an online 30 days of yoga buddy for encouragement and accountability. This really helps many people with their commitment to the practice;
  • An e-book containing all the written materials from the course.

“Wowza. This is all so deeply thought out and thorough and beautiful. Impressive!”

- Danielle La Porte, creator of the Fire Starter Sessions

‘I’m so crazy about the way you teach. It’s absolutely different than every teacher I’ve ever tried. I understand everything you’re talking about and I feel inspired. You’re amazing.’

- Dr. Brené Brown, author of I Thought It Was Just Me and The Gifts of Imperfection

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What does it cost?

The price is US$175. If the cost is a barrier, I offer the option for you up to pay in five weekly payments of $40 over the course of your 30 Days of Yoga.

When does it start?

The next course begins on 19 May. Registration will open on 2 May. The course starts with a week of preparatory lessons, so your ’30 Days of Yoga’ begins one week after the course start – making the course five weeks long in total.

Optional Extended Coaching from Marianne

I’m always available to answer quick questions if you’re stuck in your practice. But you may find you need a bit more help. If you’d like my one-on-one help to choose the right practice for you, you find that you have lots of questions about your practice, have unusual challenges, or if you simply would like to have a bit of one-on-one time with me through your 30 days, I’ m available to coach you by Skype or email. At any time during the course you’ll be able to add one or more 30 minute one-on-one Skype coaching session to your course for US$50 per session. 

Will it work for you?

If you are ready for it, it will. This is a course about making a small but significant change to your regular daily routines. The changes are small, but you are the only one who can make them happen. I’m confident that I have the insights, the tools and the compassion to support you to make those changes – but you need to want to make them. If you are ready, then this course will work for you.

I’ve had all sorts of people do the standard 30 days of yoga course: from brand new beginner yogis who have never done a yoga class in their life to yoga veterans who have been practicing for 20 years but struggle to get a regular home practice going. The common factor amongst those who are able to establish their own home practice through this course was that they set a clear intention to do so. Once you are clear on your intention, the rest will flow. We’ll talk more about that in the course. In terms of physical ability, this course is suitable for 95% of people. For more information and to find out who the other 5% are, read these answers to frequently asked questions.

brigitte 120x160Like so many others, I struggled to establish a consistent yoga practiced for nearly a decade. Midway through the 30 Day program, I had a breakthrough in my practice — seeing results both physically and emotionally. If you have wanted to establish your own yoga practice but failed to find a teacher who could design a program suited to your present needs and abilities, you can’t go wrong with Marianne. Marianne’s 30 Days of Yoga program is simply the best money I’ve ever spent. And it’s ridiculously affordable for the value it provides.

– Brigitte Lyons (Read Brigitte’s full review of 30 days of yoga)

I love this program in more ways than I could ever count. I stumbled upon it at a time when my body was craving movement, but I just couldn’t seem to do it. The program was a godsend for me. I’m definitely continuing my practice and usually daily, even if it’s just savasana, meditating for 10 minutes. For the first time, yoga isn’t just exercise for me – it’s so much more and that’s what will keep me going to the mat now that this is over.”

- Maribeth Doer (read a full review of 30 days by Maribeth here)

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“Here’s how [30 days of yoga] has helped me… I am much more body aware as I work through my day; I utilize breath and breathing as a transition to a different mindset through out the day; I have much much less neck pressure and pain because of my posture improvement and body awareness; in fact, I reorganized my computer work station to incorporate the new way I am sitting and am postured!”

Mary Anne Radmacher (Author of Live with Intention)

What are the benefits of yoga?

Studies have shown that yoga can help improve physical strength and endurance as well as improved balance and flexibility. Research also shows that a regular yoga practice (including postures, breathing and meditation) can offer relief from asthma, chronic back pain, arthritis, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder amongst other problems. For many of us, the most valuable benefits of yoga are effective stress management and better sleep.

The good news for busy people is that the research suggests that even very short yoga practices (including the specific practices I will teach you in this course) done regularly can help bring about these benefits. A little bit of yoga, done often, will bring you more benefit than a long class once a week.

Want to get a peak at my teaching style before you sign up?

You can check out some free sample videos here (including one of the 10 minutes practices from the Busy People edition of 30 Days of Yoga + my now famous Yoga for Bloggers and Writers, which I designed for desk jockeys like us to do throughout the day)

What if I still have questions?

If you have more questions (Do I have to do yoga every day? How do I get the video? How long are the practices?) check out my FAQ page where I answer all those questions and more. If you still have questions, please email me (marianne at marianne-elliott dot com) and I’ll be pleased to help out.

Read the rave reviews

More testimonials here

BEFORE YOU PURCHASE: If you are pregnant, or if you have been told by a physician or yoga teacher that there is a reason why practicing yoga may be particularly difficult or dangerous, please contact me before you sign up for the course. Your safety is of utmost importance to me.

Meet the team

Marianne

I’m a yoga teacher writer and human rights advocate based in New Zealand. My teacher training certification is from Byron Yoga, and I have also studied with teachers in the Iyengar, Astanga, Anusara, Sivananda, Satyananda and Vinyasa Flow traditions including Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow. You can read more about my yoga lineage here. Above all else, I believe in the power of kindness as a central teaching force and that we are ultimately each our own best teacher. So although I will offer clarity and instruction in appropriate alignment, I will always do so with compassion and I will respect your instincts about your body and your practice.

Want to get a peak at my teaching style before you sign up? You can check out some free sample videos here (including the now famous Yoga for Bloggers and Writers, which I designed for desk jockeys like us to do throughout the day)

Nita

Nita Apple is the technical and administrative wonder-woman who helps me make sure that the 30 days of yoga experience goes as smoothly as possibly for you, and who helps me find time for my own yoga practice and self-care.

Nita is your first and best bet on any technical issues related to registering for this course, or any problems or questions you might have about the logistics of the course itself either before you register or once you are under way. I may be the world’s expert on struggling to establish a home yoga practice and a boundless source of compassion when it comes to your efforts to get on the mat, but I am quite possibly the worst person to ask if you are having trouble downloading the videos (although I’m getting better!) That’s what Nita is here for. And for that I am eternally grateful.

Nita is also a yogini, so she’s the perfect person to work with me on this course and she won’t mind at all if you slip a little bit of yoga chat into your conversations about PayPal or download speeds.

For any technical or administrative questions about this course, please don’t hesitate to email Nita: nita at marianne-elliott dot com

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