“do good, be good, feel good, live well”
Marianne Wells, The Teacher
I have dedicated my life to the study of yoga. My journey began at a very early age at home, where the family was encouraged to meditate and practice asanas daily. I later went on to study eastern philosophy and with Iyengar, Desikachar, Gurmukh and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
A leader in the yoga community, I have been teaching yoga for more than 30 years, drawing on the traditions of Bhakti, Tantra, Hatha and Vinyasa to help bring the ancient universal wisdom to modern seekers. What the ancients called the sacred path has become a way of life for me. It’s about healing both body and mind, experiencing peaceful connection and discovering who we are and why we are here. My multidimensional yoga trainings will inspire you to live from your heart, to find your peaceful inner strength and to see the unity within our diversity that we are all One.
I am a graduate of Indiana University, Yoga Alliance certified 500 E-RYT and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). I am very proud and humbled to have the opportunity to help launch the careers of 100’s of yoga teachers and studio owners in 51 countries around the globe.
It is my long-held belief that yoga is a way of living, each of us a unique person, each of us a unique practice. You must put yourself — as well as your Self — into your practice. In doing so, you awaken something inside that inspires others. The uniqueness you bring to your teaching will help your students live in the world lighter, more present, and focused.
All of life is energy and life is in constant change, constant flow. Learn how to connect this flow through a new way of seeing that allows us to breathe and expand into the Spiritual beings that we are.
Learn more about Marianne's 200-RYT Yoga Teacher Training, 300 Hour Yoga Therapeutics Training, or see a list of upcoming training sessions.
Marianne's Cause, Jimmy's Way
Jimmy lived his life free of judgement of others—filled with support and love for his family, friends, and friends of friends. Jimmy was a very kind man that gave so much by accepting the burdens of others to help in any way, while bringing laughter to everyone.
Jimmy is my son and my greatest joy. Jimmy taught me how to love unconditionally, live peacefully, and to walk this earth Spiritually. When you think about it, isn't that what living life is all about?
Why are we here? What is our purpose here on earth? How can we best grow in harmony together while moving toward Home?
During Jimmy’s freshman orientation, I was excited to learn that I could take UST classes for free! Jimmy had that look like, "Mom you're not going to be in class with me, are you?" I assured him I would not take freshman classes, but as it turned out, I did. Without knowing it, I registered for a freshman philosophy class.
Both Jimmy and I registered for Philosophy 115 - Philosophy of the Human Spirit. Jimmy and I had discussions about our first day of class and what our professors were requiring us to read and learn. It was in those chats with Jim that I learned he read the Bhagavad Gita in the sixth grade. Jimmy, as a young boy, advising me that God was not in the sky, he was in my Soul.
Jimmy had a very specific path in his 28 years as my son. He was sweet, kind, peaceful, loving, wicked smart, and most of all loved by all. Jimmy was always the hub in every circle he was a part of. Jimmy was and is the calm, silent center within all of us. Jimmy's energy lives on, as we, the lucky ones who knew him, walk forward in our lives with Jimmy by our side. Remember, “You will never move forward if you keep going back.”
Moving forward is my purpose here on earth. It is to help heal and guide you on your journey Home. “Home is where I want to be” are words from Jimmy’s favorite song, “Home is where I want to be, and your standing Here beside me” are the words on his memorial plaque by the tree we planted on the corner of Summit Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard—home to the University of Saint Thomas and the happiest days of Jimmy's life in Saint Paul Minnesota, his favorite place here on earth.
Our first Jimmy's Way Benefit on June 23, 2012 raised $5317. We awarded three scholarships in Jimmy's name for students to attend the University of Saint Thomas School of Engineering. Jimmy was so proud to be a graduate of this school holding a degree in Electrical Engineering.