Purna Yoga College Teacher Training | Purna Yoga 828

200-Hour Teacher Training at Purna Yoga 828

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Would you like to enrich your personal yoga practice? Are you looking for ways to deepen or begin a meditation practice and connect more fully with your soul’s purpose?

Do you have an interest in sharing with others the many gifts of a yoga practice that has impacted your life so beautifully? Is it important to you to learn yoga from a lineage that honors the Indian origins of yoga?

Do you want to know the hows and not just the whys of a safe, effective yoga practice?

Do you want to do something really fun, learn more about yoga, challenge yourself and develop great friendships along the way?

Purna Yoga College is the best way to deepen your practice or become a teacher. 


Learn the foundation of Purna Yoga at the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Learn more about yoga – and yourself – through the four petals of Purna Yoga.

  • Alignment-based asana and Pranayama
  • Heartfull™ Meditation
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle choices
  • Applied Philosophy


Deepen your self-awareness and your practice through the asana, pranayama, and Heartfull™ Meditation. Apply the philosophy to recruit the courage and strength from within to become your true self and live a life of joy and love. Use the tools of nutrition and embracing a healthy lifestyle to nourish yourself on all levels.


The topics and teachings are taught in a spiral format which allows you to absorb, process and delve into each section of the training. Each topic repeats throughout the training allowing a deeper clarity and integration of the knowledge. The training provides the guidance and teaching skills of in-depth, precise, clear instruction to keep students safe through various teaching exercises. Experience Purna Yoga asana classes, meditation, applied philosophy, and nutrition. Learn how to teach safe and effective alignment-based asana.

You will graduate with an expertise, professionalism, confidence, and skill to offer your students the attention to safety and care.  You will emerge with the ability to teach a variety of classes; the confidence, caring and compassion that keeps your students safe and growing; and the inspiration that makes Yoga a powerful tool for transformation.

You will be among the most knowledgeable and well-trained alignment-based asana teachers among 200-hour graduates.

I would advise someone contemplating the journey that it is a wonderful trip! It will open you to things you hadn't imagined possible. Content is expansive. Instructor is awesome, warm, welcoming. Support of studio and other instructors is fabulous. – Gayle Murray, Educator
Learning Adjustments | Purna Yoga 828



The course runs over 9 weekends from January 17, 2020 through September 13, 2020

Fridays 5:00-9:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 am-5:30 pm (with a one-hour lunch break)

January 17-19
February 7-9
March 6-8 (led by Brad Waites, senior faculty at Purna Yoga College)
April 10-12
April 24-26 (make-up weekend due to weather cancellation, if needed)
May 22-24 (led by Catharine Eberhart, senior faculty at Purna Yoga College, director at Purna Yoga East)
June 12-14
July 10-12
August 14-16
September 11-13 (graduation weekend)


Non-refundable Application Fee $300 (online payment window at the bottom of page)
Tuition $3,000

     Sincerity – a Full Ride Scholarship (except for the cost of books, travel expenses) in exchange for 100 hours of service to Purna Yoga 828 to be completed throughout the course of the training and no later than 6 months after graduation
     Humility – $1,000 towards the cost of tuition
     Aspiration – $500 towards the cost of tuition

Progress Fellowship – $1,500 fellowship granted to applicants who are graduates of Purna Yoga College at the 200, 500, or 2,000 hour level

Tuition does not include lodging, food, books and materials, or travel expenses or application fee.


Secure your spot and apply for one of our three scholarships by submitting your application with the application fee by December 20, 2019.

Please complete the application and bring or mail to Purna Yoga 828, with the $300 non-refundable application fee (pay by check, payable to Purna Yoga 828, or online through the payment window below), to:

The College of Purna Yoga at Purna Yoga 828
697 D Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806

Applications received after December 20, 2019 will not be eligible for scholarships.
We will contact you by email by December 30, 2019 to confirm your acceptance and any awarded scholarships.




Learning Anatomy | Purna Yoga 828


Our core curriculum covers:

  • Asana (yoga poses) with a focus on alignment for safety and Pranayama (appropriate breathing techniques)
  • Heartfull™ Meditation
  • Lifestyle choices and nutrition (exploring Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, as well as Western tenets)
  • Applied yogic philosophy

You will also learn:

  • Anatomy and physiology of Asana and Pranayama
  • Ability to view and understand bodies, and provide beneficial, hands-on adjustments
  • The benefits and contraindications of asana to keep all bodies safe, and the use of props to enhance the benefits for all students
  • How to teach students who have injuries and health conditions effectively
  • Delivery, presentation and class control, especially in teaching beginners
  • The benefits and effects of nutrition and yogic lifestyle on your students, your teaching, and your life
  • Ethics, business, and the professional and energetic boundaries of teaching
  • How to incorporate timeless yogic philosophy into your classes and daily life
  • How to focus your mind and awaken your intuition through the simple, practical, and effective techniques of Heartfull™ Meditation
  • The powerful feeling of welcoming your soul into your body and life, so you can be a better teacher and live a joyful, purposeful life.


Required textbooks for the 200-hour course:

Fire of Love by Aadil Palkhivala (available at Purna Yoga 828)
The Sunlit Path by The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram (available at Purna Yoga 828)
Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition by Andrew Biel
Trail Guide to the Body, Student Workbook 4th Edition, by Andrew Biel
Teaching Purna Yoga: 200-Hour Program Manual by Aadil Palkhivala (provided to students by Purna Yoga 828)


Purna Yoga College Faculty | Purna Yoga 828

The 200-hour course at Purna Yoga 828 is taught by Letitia Walker, CPYI, 500-RYT, with Brad Waites CPYI, 500 E-RYT and Catharine Eberhart, CPYI, 500 E-RYT leading one weekend each.

The teachers of the 200-hour Level are Certified Purna Yoga Instructors with over 2,000 hours of training, practice, and apprenticing. They are also registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYTs (“Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher”) at the 200 or 500-hour levels (the highest level awarded). They have been hand-selected by Purna Yoga founders Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, and have studied under them personally for many years to achieve the level of being a Purna Yoga College faculty member. The members of the college faculty have made very deep commitments to their own practice of Purna Yoga as well as to serving others and carrying on the Purna Yoga lineage by training teachers.

Aadil will be leading a workshop at Purna Yoga 828 September 24-27, 2020. This will be a perfect opportunity to cap off one’s training with a workshop with Purna Yoga’s co-founder.


Our Lineage | Purna Yoga 828

The lineage of Purna Yoga and Heartfull Meditation is vast and deep, rooted in the ancient texts of the Vedas, the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali while embodying the new yoga of this present moment. Co-founders Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri have over 85 years of experiential study in asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Aadil was conceived because of yoga after his parents began studying with B. K. S. Iyengar in hopes of having a child. Aadil studied with Iyengar from the age of seven, as his protege, becoming the youngest person to receive the Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Certificate. Savitri began her journey as a 25 year old housewife, praying for truth and understanding for the incomprehensible events of her life. Her sincere desire for truth steered her to find true love within and discover, refine and practice the heart-focused Align and Shine Snack techniques, for over 35 years.

Purna Yoga and Heartfull Meditation represent a holistic synthesis of yogic traditions based on the work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother holds as its central tenet that “All life is yoga.” Yoga is not a singular pursuit for individual enlightenment, but a daily practice guiding all of our actions towards the evolution of humanity, for the benefit of all, with an emphasis on the pursuit of truth, the embodiment of beauty, and the living of our dharma.


What certificate will I receive?
With your successful completion of the program requirements (course hours and homework) you will earn the 200-Hour Course Completion Certificate from Purna Yoga College. This Certificate enables you to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.

What is the Yoga Alliance?
The Yoga Alliance was created to establish national standards for yoga teachers. Over the years, it has grown to become the nationally recognized body of yoga teacher training standards. Yoga Alliance does not certify teachers; instead it provides a list of teachers who have fulfilled certain yoga teacher training minimum standards. Those standards make up the 200-hour level and the 500-hour level of most teacher training programs today. Most studios and yoga teaching venues require teachers to be registered with the Yoga Alliance in order to teach yoga.

When can I register with Yoga Alliance?
With your successful completion of the program requirements (course hours and homework) you will earn the 200-Hour Course Completion Certificate from Purna Yoga College. This certificate is the documentation that you need to complete your application to become a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour Level, becoming a “RYT-200.”

Are there payment plans available?
Yes! Students may choose between a variety of plans, including a one-time payment, two payments, or nine payments.

What if I miss a class?
To receive your Course Completion Certificate and be eligible for Yoga Alliance registration, you must complete 100% of the classes and requirements. In addition, you must attend the first 5 modules of the course. However, we understand that you may not be able to foresee every conflict, so we have devised the following procedures if you must miss a class.

If you miss more than 30 minutes of a module (4 hour course), either by arriving late or leaving early, you will not receive credit for that module, and the entire module will have to be made-up.

Any missed modules may be made up in the following ways:
• If you miss 1-3 modules (up to 12 hours), you may still complete the program by making up missed classes by taking private lessons with a teacher training instructor. One module (4 hours) = 1.5 hours of private instruction, at a cost of $90 per 1.5 hour session. Private lesson make-ups must be completed within 30 days of the completion of your course.
• If you miss more than 3 modules, you may continue in the course, but you will not be eligible for a Course Completion Certificate. If you wish to receive a Course Completion Certificate, you will have to retake the course making up the necessary hours and modules.

How many people will be in class?
Class size at Purna Yoga 828 is limited to 18 students.

Will I have homework?
Yes, you will have two books to read and anatomy workbook pages to complete. Expect about 20 hours of homework during the 200-hour course.

How much should I expect to pay for books and materials?
Your books should cost around $100. You can purchase them at the studio, order them online, or find them at other book retailers.

I am coming from out of town. Where can I stay?
We will provide you with a list of local recommended accommodations, ranging from rooms in houses, AirBnB’s, hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as transportation options. Many students find that they prefer to set up carpools and shared lodgings with their classmates while they are here. We regret that, due to privacy concerns, we are not able to share directory information with students until the course has begun.

After I graduate, where will I be able to teach?
Upon completion, you will be able to apply to teach alignment-based yoga at a variety of venues, such as studios, gyms, park departments, and schools. While there are no legal requirements for teaching yoga, most studios require their teachers to be registered with Yoga Alliance. The 200-hour level of training will equip you to teach basic classes; your teaching repertoire will grow as you increase your level of training.

What is your refund policy?
Within five business days of receipt by Purna Yoga College of your signed enrollment agreement, you may withdraw and be refunded all money paid.  After five days, but before the program starts, you may withdraw and receive all money paid, except the $300 application fee.  Once the program begins, refunds are calculated according to the following:

If you complete this much of the program; You will be refunded this much of your tuition:
• One week or up to 10%, whichever is less;  90% will be refunded.
• More than one week or 10% (whichever is less), but not more than 25%; 75% will be refunded.
• 25%-50% of the course; 50% will be refunded.
• 50% or more of the course; no refund.

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