2021-2022 Ashtanga Yoga 12 Month Immersion Program

Berkeley, CA, United States

Melanie Green
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5 reviews
Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 6, 2022
Group size: 8 - 16
2021-2022 Ashtanga Yoga 12 Month Immersion Program
Berkeley, CA, United States

Melanie Green
  • Email address verified
5 reviews

Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 6, 2022
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 yoga and meditation practice and understanding of the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. We will explore the Eight Limbs and yoga philosophy as it relates to social equity and how we take our yoga practice off the mat and into the world. You will gain an understanding of the chakras and how they relate to practice, life, and inner connection. We will also complement the vigor of the Ashtanga practice with monthly Yin practices to give the body a chance to soften, unwind, and decompress.

We will use many modalities including: Pranayama, meditation, the Eight Limbs, anatomy, and Ayurveda over 12 the months. This year's immersion will also include time spent on the study of the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga. Space is limited to ensure individualized attention may be provided.

Sample weekend schedule:

-Friday Mysore practice 9-11 am (optional)
-Saturdays 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
-Sundays 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dates for immersion (potentially subject to change)

2021 Dates: 

  • September (18 & 19) 
  • October (16 & 17) 
  • November (13 & 14) 
  • December – (11th Day Long + self study)

2022 Dates:  

  • January (22 Day Long & 23 Zoom) 
  • February (12 & 13) 
  • March (19& 20) 
  • April (23 & 24) 
  • May (21 & 22)
  • June, July, Aug TBD


All students wanting to attend the 2021-2022 immersion program, must have prior study of the Ashtanga Primary Series.

To be considered for the immersion, you must submit a personal essay. The essay must include:

1. information about your current yoga practice, 

2. why you practice, 

3. what yoga means to you, 

4. how has yoga been transformational in your life, 

5. what do you most struggle with in the practice, 

6. what you hope to gain from this immersion program, 

7. how will you will make time for the immersion in your life

8. If you are not currently a yoga student of Melanie’s, include information about your current  Ashtanga practice and who you study with.

Fees and registration

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

If you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded. 

Early Bird Cost: $2450 (Paid in 3 payments: Deposit and first payment paid by August 1).

Regular plan: $2600 (Paid in 3 payments: Deposit and first payment paid by September 1).

Extended payment plan: $2800 (Paid in 4 payments).

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.

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-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

-Immersion Retreat Accommodations
-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 August 1 2021.

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 September 1, 2021.

Deposit: $500
Extended Payment Plan

This plan allows you to pay for the immersion over four payments.

Deposit: $500
Sara Custom Package

This is a custom plan that requests the deposit at time of booking and first payment to be made by July 1, 2021. Payments will be made in the amount of $82 per month

Deposit: $800


Yoga & Equity
September 2021

We will begin this immersion with a dive into the Eight Limbs through the lens of social equity and how we can take these ideas into the world and off our mat. How do we as yogis become anti-racists? How do we study the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as written in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras to be applicable today? We will begin with the first two limbs: Yamas and Niyamas. We will prepare by reading Sutras Book 2:29 - 2:40. We will discuss their tradition, as well as present day examples of how they show up on and off the yoga mat.

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