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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
-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
-Accommodations for Immersion Weekends
-Immersion Retreat Accommodations
-Additional reading materials
This is the early bird plan that allows you a discount if the deposit and first payment is made by August 1 2021.
This is the regular plan that requests the deposit at time of booking and first payment to be made by September 1, 2021.
This plan allows you to pay for the immersion over four payments.
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.