Born and raised in Germany, Marianne discovered the seeds of yoga, meditation and bodywork while traveling extensively in Asia. She has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years. In 1994, she was certified with the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Society in Austria and continued her studies in the Iyengar and Astanga Vinyasa traditions, completing the teacher-training program at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco. Marianne has been a student of Shandor Remete for over ten years and his Shadow Yoga greatly influences her practice and teaching. Her study of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong has also deepened her awareness of and connection to the presence of the universal life force energy. Marianne’s asana teachings draw from the essential elements of many great teachers such as Shandor Remete, Ana Forest, Andre Lappa, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Doug Keller, S.N.Goenka and Adyashanti, as well as from her own experience as a Bodyworker and from her study of the Nature of Mind.
Marianne’s classes provide a supportive and light-hearted atmosphere where students are encouraged to learn to explore the harmonics of postural alignment and the connection between body, breath and mind. At the beginning of the month Marianne creates and offers a new vinyasa sequence, where one's focus on transitions, the "going in to" and "coming out of" a posture is as important as being in the posture. The practice becomes a meditation in motion. Marianne designs her classes with experienced beginners and intermediate level students in mind, although beginners and all sincere students are welcome. Marianne has been a certified Bodywork Practitioner since 1996. She offers Shiatsu, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Deep Tissue, Chi Nei Tsang, Prenatal Massage, and On-Site Chair Massage. Marianne is also available for Somatic Yoga Therapy and Private yoga coaching sessions.
Marianne Linn instructs the following:
Marianne Linn will guide you through a carefully designed sequence of yoga postures, at a measured pace and with fluid transitions, linking intentional breath with conscious movement. Posture by posture, breath by breath, moment by moment - you will be encouraged to build safe body alignment, to cultivate greater sensitivity to body sensations, and to use the breath to stay present and develop a deeper focus and increased self awareness.
Mindful Flow Yoga is a meditation in motion - a practice of discovery by being present with what unfolds in the present moment. Turning within we can clearly see and explore our conditioned and habitual tendencies, held within body, breath and mind.
Marianne creates a new sequence each month, designed to build fluid transitioning between asanas, to develop greater breath capacity and to build a balance of effort and ease, transforming once-difficult postures into a fluid and continuous dance.
Such a practice cultivates mindfulness with an open awareness and responsive quality available at any given moment. With clear intention we are choosing our attitude for the practice, one breath at a time. By choosing a positive mindset we give the mind a positive direction along the path. Practicing in a state of deep focus and awareness, we will begin to experience and rest more fully in a deeper stillness.
All sincere students are welcome. Modifications and variations are given to accommodate students of all levels.
Through the practice of Meditation we get to know ourselves. We recognize that we can open to a larger perspective and broader landscape which will lead to expansiveness and openness in our day-to-day lives. Part of sitting is learning how to be at home with silence. Come and join Marianne and others in a powerful group meditation. The practice session may include guided Pranayama (breathing exercise), visualization, inquiry, contemplation, mantra and simply sitting in silence.
Class is Donation based: You give from your heart whatever you can. Suggested donation is $10, and is given as a guide. Feel free to pay more if you can and less if you need to.