Join Melanie Green for a year long Ashtanga Yoga Immersion at the Berkeley Yoga Center. This program will provide support and accountability for your yoga and meditation practice. You will develop a deeper 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 be introduced to 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 various 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) & some Friday evenings are possible
-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 2022-2023 immersion program, must have prior study of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
To be considered for the immersion please write a personal essay that thoroughly answers the following questions:
1. Why do you get on your mat?
2. How do you envision taking yoga off your mat?
3. What does yoga mean to you?
4. What do you know about yoga and social equity?
5. What do you most struggle with in the practice?
6. What do you hope to gain from this immersion program?
7. How will you make time for the immersion in your daily 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.
9. What will be your biggest challenge in working within a group? And how will you work with this challenge?
10. What are your scheduling conflicts?
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: $2498 (Paid in 3 payments: Deposit paid by August 15 + 2 payments of $999).
Regular plan: $2735 (Paid in 4 payments: Deposit paid by Sept 15 + 3 payments of $745 ).
Extended payment plan: $2895 (Paid in 6: Deposit paid by Oct 1 + 5 payments of $479).
There are a limited number of scholarships available based on need. Please inquire about scholarships by emailing Melanie at email@example.com.
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
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.