Marianne Jacuzzi leads yoga retreats and workshops around Europe, and teaches philosophy for various teacher-training courses. She founded Seven Winds Yoga and Jyotish in Dublin, where she has taught since 2000.
After teaching for years in the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda traditions, her personal practice evolved into her own approach, called Shakti Rasa, a fluid style that incorporates breath and meditation into powerful asana work.
Along with Shakti Rasa, she teaches the Vinyasa Krama sequences of Krishnamacharya as transmitted through Srivatsa Ramaswami. Her classes also include pranayama, chanting, and meditation.
For years, she studied in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and other traditional yoga masters. She is Yoga Alliance certified at the highest level: E-RYT-500 and is also a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider: YACEP.
Marianne’s practice began nearly fifty years ago in San Francisco, where she was born and where–while still a schoolgirl–she began meditating with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She studied Eastern philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Initially, yoga was for her an entirely spiritual practice, though her background in dance led soon to asana too.
With Buddhist priest and scholar David Brazier, she studied Buddhist psychotherapy in the UK. With eminent yoga scholar Georg Feuerstein, she completed over a 1000 hours of course work in yoga philosophy. She qualified as Jyotish Kovid with the Council of Vedic Astrology after mentoring with Dennis Flaherty and other Jyotish masters, both Western and Indian.
She has a BA and an MA in English Literature from the University of California, and published a novel, Blood Memories, in 2008.
In 2003, she met her guru, Ramesh S. Balsekar, who accepted her as his disciple. Until his mahasamadhi in 2009, she travelled regularly to Bombay to the satsangs he gave from his flat. His teaching of Advaita Vedanta, so profound and yet so simple, transformed her. The wisdom of Ramesh informs her teaching, her practice, and her personal life. A lifetime of seeking found its resolution at the feet of Ramesh, and to him she is eternally grateful.
As spiritual counsellor and Vedic astrologer, she reads charts and gives consultations, assisting others in understanding the unique karmic forces active in their lives and channeling that power to realise their highest potential.