2019-2020 Ashtanga Yoga 12 Month Immersion Program

Berkeley, CA, United States

Melanie Green
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5 reviews
Aug 23, 2019 - Aug 23, 2020
Group size: 8 - 16
2019-2020 Ashtanga Yoga 12 Month Immersion Program
Berkeley, CA, United States

Melanie Green
  • Email address verified
5 reviews

Aug 23, 2019 - Aug 23, 2020
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

Join Melanie Green for a year long Ashtanga Yoga Immersion at the Berkeley Yoga Center.  This program will deepen your practice and understanding of the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, Vipassana meditation, the Eight Limbs, anatomy, and Ayurveda through experiential study over 12 months. This year's immersion will also include study of the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga. Space is limited to ensure individualized attention may be provided.

Sample weekend schedule:
-Fridays 7:30 - 9:30 pm
-Saturdays 2 - 6 pm
-Sundays 1 pm - 5:00 pm OR 2:30 - 6:30 pm

Dates for immersion (potentially subject to change)

2019 Dates: 

  • August (24-25) 
  • September (20-22) 
  • October (18-20) 
  • November (1-3) 
  • December – personal intensive 

2020 Dates:  

  • January (10-12) 
  • February (7-9) 
  • March (6-8 overnight retreat) 
  • April (personal intensive + practice tbd) 
  • May (1-3) 
  • June (May 29-31) 
  • July (personal intensive) 
  • August (22 & 23 – Day long & Closure)


All students wanting to attend the 2019-2020 immersion program, must have prior study of the Ashtanga Primary Series.

To be considered for the immersion, you must submit a personal essay about your current yoga practice, how you came to study yoga, what yoga means to you, any ways that it has been transformational, what you hope to gain from this immersion program, key asanas you’d like to work on, and how you will make time for this over the year. If you are not currently a yoga student of Melanie’s, you will need to make sure and include information about your past Ashtanga yoga experience and who you have studied with.

Fees and registration

A $500 nonrefundable deposit is due upon registration to secure your spot as space is limited. If you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded less a $50 administration fee. 

Early Bird Cost: $2250

Regular plan: $2500

Extended payment plan: $2750

A personal essay and the $500 deposit must be sent in to guarantee your spot. Please email Melanie at melyoga@hotmail.com with any inquiries regarding course content, requirements, or space availability.

About the Berkeley Yoga Center

The Berkeley Yoga Center, operating since 1997, brings together fine teachers from a rich background of traditions. We are committed to creating and nourishing a yoga community through a variety of ongoing classes, as well as our special weekend workshops. For those of you who are new to yoga, we offer beginning classes. The Center's beautiful studio has soft-wood floors, plenty of natural light, and a tranquil atmosphere. We are located at 2121 Bonar Street (upper floor), and the access code to the building is *YOGA (*9642). For more information about the center, please visit www.berkeleyyoga.com.

What’s included

-Immersion Manual
-Study of the philosophical underpinnings of Ashtanga
-Monthly weekend check-in time to build or broaden your Ashtanga community
-Individualized attention for your practice
-The spiritual and physical aspects of yoga
-Time to deepen your understanding of yourself
-Cooperative style learning
-Time to learn the basic understanding of the Eight Limbs from the Yoga Sutras
-Many lessons in asana practice
-The tools to become more self-reliant in your home asana practice
-Lessons in pranayama
-Hands on adjustments
-Individualized instruction and attention based on where you need to grow
-Basic adjustment techniques in the first half of the primary series postures (further adjustments will be provided as time permits)
-Meditation techniques for developing a home meditation practice
-Ongoing support for your progress and stability
-Ayurvedic component with a skilled Ayurvedic practitioner
-Basic Sanskrit knowledge
-Intermediate Series instruction
-Mysore style instruction
-Anatomy lesson

Not included

-Accommodations for Immersion Weekends
-Additional reading materials

Available Packages

Early Bird Payment Plan


This is the early bird plan that allows you a discount if the deposit and first payment is made by February 1, 2019.

Deposit: $500
Regular Payment Plan

This is the regular plan that requests the deposit at time of booking and first payment to be made by August 1, 2019.

Deposit: $500


Introduction to Ayurveda
August 2019

Explore Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga in this weekend workshop with Jessie Holland. Ayurveda literally translates to the ‘knowledge of life’. This traditional system of healing emphasizes each person's uniqueness. You will participate in an interactive lecture style introduction to the basic traditions of Ayurveda and learn about the doshas, or "constitutions" and the simple principles to help tune into your own individual dosha. You will also learn tools to live harmoniously with the environment around you and gain a basic understanding of your unique imbalances, as well as ways to help move into Winter with your optimal state of health and well-being intact.

Your Organizer

Melanie Green
5 reviews
Melanie Green, MA, NC, ERYT is a yoga teacher, director, and co-owner of the Berkeley Yoga Center. She has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching since 2000. Melanie makes yoga accessible to all. While encouraging students to focus on their breath, drishti, and sensations, she teaches her students to deepen their practice as they honor their bodies. She values the spiritual aspects of yoga integrated with the asanas. Melanie's main teacher over the last decade has been Dena Kingburg. She has studied with her in the US as well as at Dena's home studio in Byron Bay, Australia. She also was blessed to practice with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and study with him and for that, she is forever grateful. Melanie focuses as much on the profound inner lessons of yoga: attention to the breath, letting go of thoughts and ego and perseverance through practice, as she does on the physicality of the poses. This process has been informed by Melanie's own experience with scoliosis - which is how her journey of yoga began. In each class, the student is invited to let go and have fun. Melanie's yoga background includes extensive study in Ashtanga. She has also trained in Iyengar, Pre/Postnatal and Vipassna Meditation. Her daily practice informs her teaching and gives her an abundance of experience from which to teach others. Melanie always finds ways to integrate lessons from her own yoga practice into her daily life with her children and wife. Melanie has also taught yoga to children for over a decade at many local elementary schools. Currently she teaches yoga to the Berkeley High Mountain Biking Team, students at Jefferson Elementary and Thousand Oaks Elementary. Melanie is trained in holistic nutrition and often leads cleanses and helps clients improve their health and wellness through food. The immersion will include a nutrition component. In addition to her regularly scheduled classes, Melanie also offers private instruction and workshops. For more information about Melanie and to see her full teaching schedule, please go to www.melyoga.com.


Absolustely the best! Love you Melanie!!!
By Marsha M for Meditation & Yoga Retreat on Feb 14, 2023
I had a truly needed relaxing and rejuvenating time. The natural setting is beautiful, the accommodations superb and the food was fabulous. Having Melanie as a guide is always the best. My only comment would be to have less food next time to eliminate any food waste. Thank you so much.
By Deborah C for Meditation & Yoga Retreat on Feb 12, 2023
Hi Debbie - Thank you for your review. Luckily NONE of the food gets wasted as everyone takes leftovers home and enjoys the rest of the food. : )
By Melanie Green on Feb 14, 2023
Melanie, our yoga teacher, and the Bell Valley Retreat Center staff collaborated to provide a safe space for our yoga community and a rejuvenating retreat for mind, body. and spirit.
By Marsha M for Ashtanga Yoga Retreat on Feb 02, 2022
So glad I got to come, even for a short time. It’s inspiring to spend time with you and our yoga family.
By Marsha M for Ashtanga Yoga Retreat on Feb 04, 2020
I had a fabulous weekend, tremendous yoga classes, wonderful food, (although next year, maybe less volume of food would be better.) Love all the down time and the ability to get to know people. I love the retreat always. Thank you for making this possible for all of us.
By Debbie C for Ashtanga Yoga Retreat on Feb 09, 2019