Forget everything you think you know about what the practice of yoga is – or who can and cannot "do yoga" – because Mela breaks the paradigm of the traditional yoga studio.
Tucked away from the hustle and flow – yet within striking distance of most Bay Area communities – Mela programs seek to teach you to live your yoga, not just consume it. Spend time in conversation in our lounge, get your body moving in our class room, debate and discuss philosophy in our library, or simply sit in the quiet of our meditation cave .
What types of classes and workshops do you offer?
Unlike most yoga studios, our classes are offered in a series. This allows for 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.
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. Many of our workshops also offer CE credits for current YA certificated teachers.
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.
How do I sign up for classes?
Check out our calendar for the most up-to-date class offerings, and register directly through the event's page.
What if I've never done yoga?
No worries! All of us were new at one time. Once you have registered for a class or workshop, contact the teacher and let her/him know that you are new to yoga. This will open communication for you to ask questions about what to expect, and to convey any physical limitations or injuries.
What type of yoga does Mela offer?
We offer a variety of yoga styles, most drawing from the tradition of Hatha Yoga. Many of our classes are considered "Gentle Flow", meaning there is less emphasis on delivering a hot, sweaty, fitness practice and more emphasis on the experience of energy flow, one's connection to breath and body, and how we use these tools to access deeper levels of steadiness and ease.
Do I need to bring a mat and props?
We have mats, cork and foam blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, and meditation cushions for you to use during class.
What if I'm late to class?
Be sure to ask your teacher about her/his own late policy ahead of time.
Do you have a work/study program?
We do not have a formal work-study program. However, as a yoga incubator, we may have other opportunities for students to cultivate and expand yoga practice and study in our space. If you're interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.