|Ashtanga Yoga and Wellness Support with Melanie Green in Berkeley, CA|
To my dear students, after 21 years of having our beautiful Studio 209, and 12 years of having both Studio 209 & C, we are reducing our size at BYC and our home will be in Studio C. We will miss the beloved brick walls, windows overlooking the park, the funky old original Douglas fir floors, and the high ceilings. Thank you 209 for your sacred space and all of the years we enjoyed your company. We are sad to let you go. Change and impermanence are an integral part of this human journey and we at Berkeley Yoga Center are experiencing that now more than ever. Although we didn't wish for this change, we are resilient and will make the best of it.
I am looking forward to the simplicity that one studio brings, and the rich beauty and purity that Studio C offers us. We are happy to call Studio C home and I can't wait to see you for a class. As of the July 1 all of my classes will be at different times. Please click here for the new class schedule beginning in July.
In gratitude, Melanie Green
SUMMER: Four Friday mornings: July 13 through August 3, 2018
FALL: Thirteen Friday mornings: September 7 through December 7, 2018 (no class Nov. 23)
Mysore is a city in South India where Ashtanga yoga was born. People continue to travel to Mysore to study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Ultimately, the Ashtanga practice, including Mysore style, is a daily self practice under the guidance of a qualified teacher. In class, each student receives individual attention and is guided at their own pace, depending on how much of the practice they have committed to memory. When the teacher feels the student is ready, the teacher will add additional poses for the student, slowly, over time. This allows the student time for integration of the poses and to commit them to memory. Once the postures are memorized, the movements become smoother and the breath comes more stable. This creates a meditative experience. The Mysore room is a calm and peaceful place for self-study with the guidance of a teacher. Cost: $65/Summer; $190/Fall for series; $20 drop-in; email Melanie to register.
Thirteen Tuesday mornings: September 4 through December 4, 2018 (no class Nov. 20)
The Beginning Ashtanga Spring Series is for continuing students of all levels. The class will allow time for deepening the foundation of the Primary Series of Ashtanga. Students will be encouraged to practice outside of class in order to deepen the work they do in class with Melanie. This will also help students create a stronger connection to the practice. This series will give students the chance to better understand and experience the pacing of Ashtanga Yoga, a vigourous flow style of yoga linking breath with movement. Each class will include a seated meditation, yoga philosophy, and hands on attention. We will build on previous experience to create a cohesive and holistic experience for each student. Cost: $185; email Melanie to register.
Year long intensive study over a twelve-month period of time
The immersion program helps deepen your yoga practice and consists of 10 weekends of intensive study over a twelve-month period of time. The immersion focuses on the Ashtanga Primary Series, through study of the sutras, Ayurveda, adjustments, anatomy, and community. The program will also include a nutrition component.
January 24-27, 2019
Join me at the beautiful Bell Valley Retreat Center, located about 2.5 hours North of the Bay Area. This long weekend Ashtanga yoga retreat is open to all levels of Ashtanga practitioners. Students will have the opportunity for deep practice with guided and mysore style classes, as well as specialized workshops designed to address students' individual needs. The retreat will also include meditation, pranayama, restorative practice, and time for self-reflection. There will be ample time to slow down, eat well, and restore.