Welcome to Mela (may-lah), a community pursuing the promise of yoga through self-study, luminous practice, and creative play.  Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced teacher, Mela offers you the space to dive deep in connection to yourself and others.

class series

Progressive, specialized instruction in a specific area of study and practice over a set period of time.  Students have an opportunity to connect with their teacher – and with one another – in community.

WORKSHOPS

Unique offerings by founding and visiting faculty members, usually in a half-day, full-day, or weekend format.  Longer chunks of time together means more time for interaction, questions, and discussion.

LIVE/WEB EVENTS

Larger community gatherings, movie nights, special guests, live and live-streaming events.

trainings/certifications

Choose from a variety of Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hr and 500-hr modules, as well as courses that offer CE credits for current YA certificated teachers.

retreats

Unplug from the daily grind and come away with us, as we seek to deepen and strengthen our connection to nature, ourselves, and the true promise of yoga – freedom and fulfillment in the world.

Practice and experience yoga for You.

 

Treat yourself to a series of progressive, specialized instruction in a specific area of study and practice.  This is a unique opportunity to connect with a master teacher – and with other students – in community.

 
 

Yoga Summer School w/Danae Robinett

WEEKDAYS, JUNE 19 – AUG. 18*

Choose your own Yoga Summer School (YSS) schedule this season and commit to a regular practice that best supports you.  All levels and experience welcome.

*Please note YSS does not meet July 24 through August 4, and will resume on Monday August 7.

Sunrise Flow: Mondays, wednesdays & fridays, 7-8a

Lunchbox Yoga: Tuesdays & Thursdays,12-1p

 

Choose your attendance frequency:

  • 35 classes over 7 weeks meeting 5 days a week = $801
  • 21 classes over 7 weeks meeting 3 days a week = $481
  • 14 classes over 7 weeks meeting 2 days a week = $321
  • 1 class a week for 7 weeks = $154

Cash is king & checks are accepted.

Full payment is due at first class meeting.

 

Gentle Yoga and Meditation Summer Series w/Mackenzie Studebaker

MONDAYS, 7:00–8:15P; july 24, july 31, aug. 7, aug. 14

Join us for this 4-week class series of gentle Hatha, guided meditation, and relaxation intended to uplift, brighten and restore.  Commit to self-care this summer and start your week off with intention and ease.  All levels of experience welcome and encouraged! 

$90.00 for the 4-class series via PayPal, Cash or Check to Mackenzie Studebaker.  To register online, click the button below:

Must be purchased as a class series.  No drop-ins.  No refunds.  Invite your friends and practice together every week!

 

Take time for your "big S" Self.

 

Sign up for these unique offerings by founding and visiting faculty members, usually in a half-day, full-day, or weekend format.  Longer chunks of time together means more time for interaction, questions, and discussion.

 
 

The Three Personalities of Yoga w/Eileen Gulik

Sat. July 15, 3-5:30p; Sun. July 16, 9-11:30a; Sun. July 16, 1-3:30p

The ancient yogis understood the constitution of an individual as a unique mix of the five elements: water, fire, earth, ether and air. These elements manifest as three personalities known as the doshas. Physical, emotional and spiritual health can be attained by adherence to a recommended yoga practice, sleep schedule, work/life balance and diet that balances your dominant dosha.

This three-part workshop will explain the basics of Ayurveda through the framework of the doshas. Each session will explore one particular dosha in detail and offer a practice of asana, meditation and pranayama for optimal balance.

Saturday, July 15, 3:00-5:30p

Kapha ~ Earth & Water

Lover, Investor, Collector, Helper

Sunday July 16, 9:00-11:30am

Pitta ~ Fire & Water

Leader, Organizer, Entrepreneur, Achiever

Sunday July 16, 1:00-3:30pm

Vata ~ Air & Ether

Artist, Innovator, Dreamer, Socialite

 

Cost Per Session: $45 adv./$50 day of

Cost for All 3 Sessions: $130 adv./$145 day of

Learn to teach.

 

Choose from a variety of Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hr and 500-hr modules, as well as courses that offer CE credits for current YA certificated teachers.

 

The Content Soul's 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program w/Kirtan Smith

weekends, sept. 15 – DEC. 17, 2017; 9a-6p

This Teacher Training Program will be an in-depth exploration of asana, pranayama, meditation, Sanskrit, anatomy, history and philosophy. Whether you are a curious seeker wanting to deepen your practice, or want to pursue teaching full or part-time, this is the training for you!

Dates: Sept 15-17*, Sept 30-Oct 1, Oct 13-15*, Oct 28-29, Nov 10-12*, Nov 17-18, Dec 2-3, Dec 15-17*

  • 20 total classroom days
  • 180 Total Classroom Hours
  • 20 Non-Contact Hours

*3-Day weekends (Fri-Sun)

 

The Art of Rest: Restorative Teacher Training w/Chanti Tacoronte-Perez

friday, sept. 8 – sunday, sept. 10; 9a-5p daily

Learn the art of observation and support through the practices of restorative yoga.  This teacher training will give you the skills necessary to incorporate restorative yoga into your practice and classes.  Restorative yoga offers the assistance of props to hold the body – and when the body is held it learns to release and rest – making room for healing.  This training is for teachers and dedicated students alike.

Focus of Training:

The restorative environment

• Sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous systems

• Breath awareness

• Guided relaxation techniques

• Observations of different bodies in restorative poses

• Trusting your Self

• Postural adaptations for pregnancy

• How to work with individual students

• Your own Restorative practice

• The importance of Savasana

Limited to 20; please reserve your spot in advance.  No prior teaching skills necessary; all are welcome.

Cost: $365 on or before 8/1; $395 thereafter

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Yoga for Teens Teacher Training w/Mackenzie Studebaker

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 24; 9:30A-5P

A Comprehensive Certification in Yoga for Teens

This training offers yoga as a transformative life practice that fosters physical, mental, emotional and social development through yoga practices and principles.  It is suitable for yoga teachers, school teachers, social workers, therapists, parents and anyone who would like to make a difference in the lives of youth through the practices and teachings of yoga.  While the training includes guidance on teaching teens in various settings, it emphasizes teaching yoga in the school setting.

Yoga teachers who graduate from the course are eligible to be considered for teaching with RISE Yoga for Youth, a local nonprofit that brings yoga and wellness classes to Bay Area schools.

Training Curriculum

In this training you will learn how to:

  • Adapt yoga, breathing, and meditation techniques to the teen population
  • Teach yoga in the school setting
  • Work with at-risk and underserved populations
  • Teach teen relevant topics such as anger, forgiveness, and self-confidence
  • Teach basic nutrition and the yoga of eating
  • Incorporate play and laughter into the teen yoga class
  • Help teens understand and cultivate mindfulness in daily life
  • Cultivate community, trust, and connection with teens
  • Structure and develop a teen yoga class
  • Inspire teens to be ambassadors of peace in the world through selfless service

This course provides 20 Yoga Alliance® CEUs

Cost: $525 early bird before 8/31; $625 thereafter

 

Whoop it up with the whole.

Larger community gatherings, movie nights, special guests, live and live-streaming events.

 
 

Exclusive Costa Rica Retreat & Adventure

Ahki Resort, Costa Rica

december 2-9, 2017

Retreat!  Retreat!  YES – retreat with Stephanie Chee Barea and Jillian Glikbarg to our exclusive home for the week, Ahki in Costa Ricaa sacred and intimate resort on the Guanacaste coast.  We will awaken to jungle noises and the rising sun, share delicious meals together, gather for practice and ritual, explore the lush and unique landscape of the coast and mountains, and ultimately share an experience of reclaiming our essential nature – calm, steady, joyful light.

Learn ancient tools and techniques and experience practices that cultivate greater ease and freedom in our bodies and minds. Immersed in the untamed, wild nature of Costa Rica we will reconnect with our own elemental relationship to source – starting with earth, and moving through water, ether, air and finally, the fire. We will practice, play, restore and relax.  Our time will also include external Tantric Fire Ritual, to further our connection to the spiritual fire that abides within.  

For a double room share total cost is $2050 (King bed can be requested)

For a triple room share total cost is $1650

 

What does the total cost include?

  • Six days/seven nights accommodations in beautifully appointed room w/private bath, indoor/outdoor shower, patio and/or deck

  • Exclusive use of resort facilities (5-acre property, salt-water pool, library/game room, yoga hall)

  • Three local organic vegetarian meals per day (fish or meat available for additional cost)

  • All-day coffee, tea, and fruit

  • Two all-levels yoga classes each day, taught by Stephanie and Jillian 

  • Preparation and participation in agni hotra (fire ritual) 

  • Ground transportation to and from Liberia airport

  • All local transportation to and from beaches and town

  • Daily housekeeping

  • All yoga and meditation props – including mats

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Sample Daily Schedule:

7:30a     Yoga & Meditation w/Jillian & Stephanie

9:00a     Breakfast

FREE TIME – swim, read, book a massage, walk the beach, go shopping, sign up for an adventure excursion

12:30p     Lunch

FREE TIME – swim, read, book a massage, walk the beach, go shopping, sign up for an adventure excursion

5:00p     Yoga & Guided Relaxation w/Jillian & Stephanie

6:30pm    Dinner