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200 Hour Teacher Training . February – May 2013

This course is not just for aspiring yoga teachers – it is for those who want to deepen their understanding of themselves through yoga. This is the ideal course to take your yoga beyond “practice” and into life. Break through blockages and old habits that have kept you stuck. Discover the joy of living from the heart and opening the body, mind and spirit to the beauty of who you truly are.

In this comprehensive 200-hour training you will gain the knowledge, confidence and awareness that is essential for becoming an alignment-based yoga teacher. The course covers the foundational curriculum of Purna Yoga, which includes alignment-based asana and pranayama, meditation, applied yogic philosophy, nutrition, yogic lifestyle and more.

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. Be prepared to fall in love with your own personal yoga and meditation practice as well, since Purna Yoga awakens the joy of living from the heart.

In addition to the foundational curriculum, you will learn:

  • How to see and understand bodies, and give hands-on adjustments
  • The benefits and contraindications of asana, and the use of props
  • Anatomy and physiology of asana and pranayama
  • How to deal with students’ injuries and health conditions
  • How to center your mind and awaken your intuition
  • Delivery, presentation and class control, especially in teaching beginners
  • How nutrition and a yogic lifestyle affect your students, your teaching, and your life
  • Ethics, business, and the professional and energetic boundaries of teaching
  • How to apply timeless yogic philosophy to your classes and daily life


Applicants must have an established asana practice (at least one year of 2-3 sessions a week in alignment-based yoga) prior to beginning the program. It is more important that you have an awareness of what the poses feel like in your body than how deep you can go in a pose.

If your previous experience is not in Purna Yoga, it is highly recommended that you attend a class or workshop with Cassie before the training begins.


February – May, 2013

Meets Friday evenings (5:30-8:30 pm), Saturdays (9:30-6:30 pm), and Sundays (9:00-6:00 pm) for a total of 10 weekends over 3 ½ months.
Dates: February 1 - May 12, 2013
See Schedule


The majority of the weekends will be held at the Star of the North Retreat Centre (3A St Vital Ave, St Albert). The Purna Yoga Weekend, May 3-5, will be held at Yoga Within (9014 75 St, Edmonton). The location for two of the weekends, February 8-10 and May 10-12, has yet to be determined but will either be in St Albert or Edmonton. Star of the North ( and Yoga Within (


$ 2,750 + gst (137.50) = 2,887.50

Tuition includes the Purna Yoga Weekend with master international teacher and founder of Purna Yoga, Aadil Palkhivala!

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

How to Apply

Download an application.
Applications are accepted anytime as space allows.

Apply by Email 

  • Complete the Application Form and Short Answer Questions
  • Save it to your computer
  • Attach the saved PDF and your essay answers to an email
  • Send to Cassie at

Apply by Mail

  • Print out the Application Form
  • Complete the Application Form and Short Answer Questions
  • Mail to Cassie at:

            The College of Purna Yoga Edmonton
            12436 Grandview Drive
            Edmonton, AB T6H 4K4

I will contact you by email within two weeks of receiving your application to confirm your enrollment.


What certificate will I receive?  

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

What is Yoga Alliance?  

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 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 Level Course Completion Certificate from the College of Purna Yoga. This certificate is all the documentation that you need to complete your application to become a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level, becoming a “RYT-200.”

Why does the schedule only list 180 hours?   

Each 200-hour teacher training is required to have at least 180 “contact hours” – meaning time in class with an actual teacher. The remaining “non-contact” hours are the time you will spend doing independent study such as your reading and written homework. The Purna Yoga teacher trainings do not count lunch breaks in the 180 hours (which is permitted by Yoga Alliance), so you can be certain that you will receive the full 180 hours in class.

What books will I need?

  • Fire of Love, For Students of Life, for Teachers of Yoga, by Aadil Palkhivala
  • Teaching Purna Yoga: 200 Hour Manual, by Aadil Palkhivala (provided by CoPY)
  • The Sunlit Path, by The Mother, Pondicherry, India
  • Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition, by Andrew Biel
  • Trail Guide to the Body, Student Workbook, 4th Edition, by Andrew Biel

All of the books you need are available from Cassie. You are welcome to find any of the books, such as Trail Guide to the Body, on if you prefer.

What if I miss a section?  

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 session), 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):  If you miss up to three modules, 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? 

The 200-hour course is taught by Certified Purna Yoga Instructor Cassie McColl. Cassie has over 2000 hours of training with founders of Purna Yoga, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level with Yoga Alliance.

In addition, a number of guest teachers will assist throughout the course of the training. Aadil Palkhivala, the founder of Purna Yoga, will teach the Purna Yoga Weekend May 3-5! In addition to working with Aadil, one of the master teachers around the globe, guest teachers and Certified Purna Yoga Instructors Mirabelle Amour, Laura Arpiainen and Sandra Storwick will grace us with their presence for a weekend or two each. This will give you both the opportunity to build a relationship with your lead instructor, and to have other instructors to add different perspectives and teaching styles.

Cassie McColl
Cassie McColl
Cassie McColl is a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 2,000-hour level from The College of Purna Yoga at the Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington. Cassie loved the depth and intensity of this 2-year course, which included study in anatomy, asana, pranayama, meditation, nutrition, philosophy and yogic lifestyle. She continues to study with Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, the founders of Purna Yoga, and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200). Cassie has been having fun bringing the techniques and wisdom of Purna Yoga to Edmonton, teaching a variety of classes, workshops and retreats throughout the city. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Physiology from the University of Alberta.
Aadil Palkhivala
Aadil is the co-founder, with his wife Savitri, of Purna Yoga, a synthesis of life work, including Zoroastrianism, Sri Aurobindo's yoga of evolution, and asana with BKS Iyengar. Known as the "teacher of teachers," Aadil is the author of Fire of Love: Teaching the Essence of Yoga. He is also a licensed Naturopath and holds degrees in law, physics, mathematics, and is a certified Shiatsu and Swedish therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and prominent public educator. Aadil is the Co-Founder/Director of Yoga Centers (now the Alive and Shine Center) along with his wife, Savitri, and is also the director of The College of Purna Yoga. He currently teaches at the Alive and Shine Center, and at prominent yoga venues around the world. Visit Aadil's website to learn more at

Laura Arpiainen Laura Arpiainen

Laura Arpiainen is a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 2,000-hour level, and has been teaching yoga in Vancouver since 2006. She is a huge believer in the transformative power of yoga and encourages everyone to find a deeper connection with their own light and spirit through regular practice and meditation. She is an enthusiastic, encouraging and perceptive teacher. Several years ago, Laura was talking with a visitor from Europe and caught herself saying: 'I can't imagine a life without yoga'. True to her words, she has practiced yoga consistently for well over a decade and there is no end in sight to either the studying or the learning. Having encountered Sri Aurobindo's writings - in particular his famous slogan: 'All life is yoga' at the College of Purna Yoga, she knew she had found her philosophical home. It is hard to say what Laura likes the most in Purna Yoga because the whole is what makes it so perfect - however it would be unfair not to mention that Laura is a bit of a philosophy buff... Laura took a surprise maternity leave at age 45, and in 2012 attended the inaugural class of 'T4' (Teacher Training for Teacher Trainers) by Aadil Palkhivala. She holds a Masters' Degree in Architecture from the Helsinki University of Technology, runs a private design practice and works as a strategic planner for the largest health authority in BC.
Mirabelle Armour
Mirabelle Amour

Mirabelle Amour is a Certified Purna Yoga instructor at the 2,000 hour level whose warmth and dedication to growth shines through in her teaching. She is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). Mirabelle has been a student of yoga since 1995 and a teacher since 2003. Mirabelle first explored yoga after the birth of her daughter, to help with low back pain and improve her health, and was quickly drawn into the practice not only because it helped her back but it also gave her peace and confidence, something so important in the daily life of a new mom. Mirabelle has studied extensively with the founders of Purna Yoga, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, and she continues to travel and teach with them at various international workshops and Yoga conferences. She is a faculty member of the College of Purna Yoga. Mirabelle worked closely with Aadil and Savitri to create the 200-hour teacher training program at the Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, WA, where she also currently teaches the course, in addition to the 500 hour course. She brings knowledge, experience and a sense of joyful exploration to the classes she teaches.
Sandra Storwick Sandra Storwick Sandra is a certified Purna Yoga Teacher at the 2,000-hour level and an E-RYT-200. Sandra began studying Iyengar yoga while she was living in Tamil Nadu, India in the early 80’s. In 1994, she began studying asana with Aadil Palkhivala and meditation with his wife Savitri at their Bellevue studio, Yoga Centers. Sandra is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and currently practices treatment massage at the Purna Yoga™ Healing Center in Bellevue. She has a special interest in Art, Nutrition and Anatomy and has been a faculty member of the College of Purna Yoga™. Sandra has university degrees in International Development and Education. She has been teaching Purna Yoga™ classes and workshops at the Alive and Shine Center since 1995.

How many people will be in class?  

Your class will have a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 8 students.

Will I have homework?  

Yes, during the 200-hour course you will read two books, write two short self-reflection essays, and complete simple anatomy worksheets. Expect about 20 hours of homework.

How much should I expect to pay for books and materials?  

Your books cost around $150-200. Contact Cassie and/or search online at

I am coming from out-of-town. Where can I stay?  

Due to the fact that most weekends will be held at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St Albert you are welcome to book with the Star as a private retreatant depending on their availability. Contact the Star at 780.459.5511 or

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.



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