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Do you struggle to get along to yoga classes regularly? Or do you enjoy your weekly yoga classes but yearn to establish a regular practice of yoga at home?
Have you tried to get into a regular home yoga practice but feel as though you have failed over and over again? Maybe you’ve started to think that you’ll never be one of those people who can find the motivation to practice yoga by yourself?
Maybe you’ve heard all about the benefits of yoga, but you’re afraid to go along to a class because you are really inflexible, or uncoordinated, or just a little more lusciously proportioned than the svelte hipsters who seem to fill the classes in the trendy neighbourhood yoga studio?
Or maybe you just can’t get to a yoga class because you are in Afghanistan or South Sudan (I tried to think of a really remote rural spot in the US to include here but I’m pretty sure even Cicely, Alaska has a yoga studio now). Maybe you have two pre-schoolers at home and getting out of the house to a yoga class is out of the question.
Do you ever think that you could do with a little bit more kindness in your life? Ever feel like the mean girls at high-school have hijacked your brain and are now tormenting you from the inside out? Have you ever berated yourself for not doing enough exercise, or not being a more ‘mindful’ mother, lover or friend?
Marianne’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 Gimme Presence
30 days of yoga is an online program designed to support you to begin or restart a regular practice of yoga in the comfort of your own home. I’ve crafted it lovingly to meet the needs of people who are not getting what they need from large yoga classes and mass-produced DVDs. And it works.
More than 500 people have taken this course and the feedback I get is overwhelming: it works. People who have tried for more than 20 years to get a personal home practice going are finally getting the results they want through this course. People who have never been able to get into yoga at all are discovering that they actually love it.
Why? 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.
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
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 totally new to yoga, it may be the best option for you. If, however, you already have a solid base of fitness and even the most basic familiarity with yoga, please feel free to start with this standard version. For more help choosing which version is right for you, you can read my answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
It’s a unique online yoga course that brings the benefits of a yoga class (access to your teacher and connection to a yoga community) into your own home. The course includes:
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“Wowza. This is all so deeply thought out and thorough and beautiful. Impressive!”
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.
The next course begins on 18 March. Registration will open on 4 March. The course starts with a week of preparatory lessons, so your ’30 Days of Yoga’ begins one week after the course starts – making the course five weeks long in total.
I’m always available to answer quick questions by email 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.
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If you are ready for it, it will. This is a course about making a small but significant change to your regular daily routines. You don’t have to practice yoga every day, but if you decide to practice three times a week, you are going to need to make changes for that to 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 30 days of yoga: 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.
Like 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. More often than not, I go through my whole program and feel such joy when I finish. 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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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.
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)
“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!”
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.
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.
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 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, or accessing the members page. 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 passwords.
For any technical or administrative questions about this course, please don’t hesitate to email Nita: nita at marianne-elliott dot com