Are You ready to transform your yoga experience to the level you’ve always dreamed of? Are you a certified yoga teacher and want to deepen your teaching and personal practice? Are you passionate about serving others and would like to do it far into your retirement? If you’ve said YES to any of the above please spend 5 minutes to go through the rest of this page thoroughly and take the first step in your transformational journey by registering for this training and/or come to one of the Q&A sessions at Om Prem Yoga Studio and see what Purna Yoga Teacher Training is all about.
To be an inspiring teacher, you must first be an inspired practitioner. Therefore, all our classes begin by instilling within you a deep love for your own personal practice. Only then can you share your love of yoga with your students. As a practitioner, you will learn to integrate Purna Yoga deeply into your own body and life. As a yoga teacher, you will learn to teach from this inner experience.
Purna means “complete” or “whole”. Purna Yoga integrates the vastness of yoga into an invaluable set of tools for transformation and healing and is far more than a system of exercise. It is the art of loving yourself by living from the heart. Using awareness, precision, and concentration, Purna Yoga offers wisdom and techniques for uniting the body, mind and emotions with the spirit, and inspires the evolution from our lower nature to our Divine Self.
The College of Purna Yoga at Vancouver is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance, and is part of the Purna Yoga network of affiliated yoga teacher training schools. Your courses are taught by Brad Waites and other select Senior Certified Purna Yoga Instructors, valued for their dedication and deep commitment to supporting their students’ growth. Come learn to live and teach the whole of yoga. Discover the difference between yoga from the mind and the Purna Yoga approach to practicing and teaching yoga from the heart.
2014 training dates are as follows:
Weekend 1: February 29, March 1 & 2
Weekend 2: March 7, 8 & 9
Weekend 3: April 4, 5 & 6
Weekend 4: April 11, 12 & 13
Weekend 5: May 2, 3 & 4
Weekend 6: May 9, 10 & 11
Weekend 7: May 30, 31 & June 1
Weekend 8: June 13, 14 & 15
Weekend 9: June 20, 21 & 22
There will be 4 hours of classes on Fridays, beginning late afternoon (5:30 pm). Saturdays and Sundays will be 8 hours each, not including an hour lunch break. Saturday and Sunday sessions will start in very late morning (around 11 a.m.) and end early evening (around 8 pm). The exact times will be set closer to the course in conjunction with the studio schedule.
Cost $3,500 (plus GST).
Tuition includes a $100 registration fee, due with your application. Tuition does not include lodging, food, books and materials, or travel expenses.
How to Apply Please complete the Application and mail it, with the $100 registration fee, to: Om Prem Yoga Studio – 2442 Haywood Avenue , West Vancouver, BC V7V 1Y1
Applications are accepted any time space allows. However, because courses do fill, we recommend you submit your Application three months before your course begins.
We will contact you by email within two weeks of receiving your Application to confirm your acceptance. To receive the Early Bird discount on the 200-hour course, your tuition must be paid in full one month before the start of your course.
Book List Here are the required textbooks for the 200-hour course. Please refer to the Yoga Centers Online Store (www.yogacenters.com) for prices and ordering information:
- Fire of Love by Aadil Palkhivala
- Teaching Purna Yoga: 200-Hour Program Manual by Aadil Palkhivala (provided to students by Yoga Centers)
- The Sunlit Path, by The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram
- Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition, by Andrew Biel
- Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition Student Handbook, by Andrew Beil
Refund Policy Within five business days of receipt by The College of Purna Yoga at Vancouver 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 $100 registration fee. Once the program begins, refunds are calculated according to the following table:
|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%|
|More than one week or 10% (whichever is less), but not more than 25%||75%|
|50% or more||No refund|
Frequently Asked Questions
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 The College of Purna Yoga. 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 The College of Purna Yoga. 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 “RYS-200.”
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 (which are covered in the first weekend). 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 class), 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 $120 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.
Who will be my instructor? Brad Waites is the lead instructor for the College of Purna Yoga at Vancouver. He is one of less than 40 teachers worldwide to be certified at the 2000-hour level by the College of Purna Yoga, and is currently a member of the college faculty. After a career as a partner in a civil litigation firm and a published author of legal articles, he began pursuing yoga as a means of self-empowerment and self-fulfillment. He also holds a professional level teacher’s certificate from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where he lived and taught for several years. Brad leads workshops and classes throughout North America and internationally, including appearances at the Vancouver Yoga Conference, Toronto Yoga Conference, San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference and Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong. He has a special interest in introducing students to the beauty of yoga philosophy.
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 College of Purna Yoga 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.
Brad is a masterful yoga teacher–yoga, not just asana. While he certainly knows anatomy and physiology and proper alignment in the poses–all of which he can explain with clarity and insight, he has the additional gift of being able to infuse a class with the numinous. Each class he teaches becomes a transformative experience.
As a teacher to future yoga teachers, he packs every minute of instruction with valuable content, an articulate delivery and every now and then, just when you think your head might pop and your body give out, a wonderful splash of humor. What a gift for Vancouver that he will be directing/opening an affiliate branch of The College of Purna Yoga there! M.C.R., 2011 graduate at the 200 Hour Level
I had the privilege of having Brad as a teacher for my 200 hour Purna yoga certificate training. His impressive depth of knowledge and positive approach made a challenging experience so enjoyable and personally rewarding that I am continuing my studies. His teaching style epitomizes a rare combination of professionalism, humor and keen observation that he uses to safely guide students on that highly personal journey that is yoga. L.A., 2011 graduate at the 200 Hour Level
I had the good fortune to have Brad Waites as one of my teachers for the Purna Yoga 200 hour teacher training. His instruction was clear and concise and above all taught with love. The Purna Yoga teacher training is so well thought out and thorough. You are prepared fully and have confidence when you start teaching. S.M., 2011 graduate at the 200 Hour Level
How many people will be in class? We require a minimum of 10 students and accept a maximum of 25 students. In most cases, you will have one teacher; in some classes you will have two teachers.
Will I have homework? Yes, you will have two short books to read and anatomy worksheets 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 order them from the Yoga Centers Online Store, 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, to hotels and bed and 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.