Faculty - Aadil Palkhivala

With degrees in law, physics and mathematics, Aadil is one of the world’s top yoga teachers and, for over 35 years, has had the reputation as the “teacher of teachers,” since the world’s finest teachers study with him. His passion is to create health, wealth and happiness in the lives of his students who truly embrace Purna Yoga’s teachings and lifestyle.
He began his studies with B.K.S. Iyengar at the age of 7, and was the youngest person to be awarded the Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Certificate from Iyengar at the age of 22. He has been training yoga teachers in India, Asia, Europe and the United States since 1976. Aadil writes for Yoga Journal Magazine and been an “Asana Expert” for both the magazine and website. He is frequently a keynote speaker internationally.  Aadil is the author of three Teacher Training manuals and Fire of Love, the book that seeks to restore the essence of yoga. Aadil is a Certified Shiatsu and Swedish Bodyworker and a Clinical Hypnotherapist and has extensively studied alternative health and Ayurveda. Aadil is the founder and director of internationally-renowned Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington and Purna Yoga College, a 200-hour, 500-hour 2,000-hour, and 4,000+hour Teacher Training program. 

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Seeing and Understanding Bodies

All Levels, Teacher Training, Serious Students

Aadil Palkhivala - FR1PAL

As a teacher, it is necessary to focus on the physical alignment of individual parts of the student_s body relative to other parts. Refinement of teaching comes by developing the ability to see the student_s body as a unified whole, to discern where energy is flowing and where it is blocked, and knowing what adjustments to make to balance the pose. This class will focus on asana, the science of _looking,_ the art of _seeing,_ and the means to improve the pose, including physical adjustments. We see with our heart and our senses as well as with our eyes. Aadil shares concrete technique to craft, teach and keep your students safe and healthy and inspired. Enjoy this special class no matter what style of yoga you teach.


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)


Therapeutic on the Lower Back

All Levels, Teacher Training, Therapeutic

Aadil Palkhivala - SA2PAL

The lower back responds to the stresses of burden, whether they be emotional, physical, or financial, in our very busy lives. Aadil will teach you how to relieve this stress and help re-align your lower back so you can feel more alive and less burdened.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)


Power and Humility - Balancing Your Practice for Inner Peace

All Levels

Aadil Palkhivala - SA4PAL

The sacrum and the pelvis are designed to be sources of power. But asana often cultivates only the masculine aspect of this power. Learn how the asana practice of Purna Yoga™ balances power with humility, the masculine with the feminine. Aadil will share how this cultivates the inner peace that allows your mind to be calm and your nervous system to be relaxed. You will learn how to balance the masculine and feminine in standing poses, Adho Mukha Shv_n_sana and backbends.


3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)


The Sacrum in Front bends and Backbends

All Levels, Teacher Training, therapuetic

Aadil Palkhivala - SU1PAL

The sacrum bears the burden of the spine; it is its root and contains its essence. When the sacrum is worked correctly, the rest of the spine almost magically falls into alignment. We will explore how to access and how to work the sacrum in front bends and backbends to bring freedom into our nervous systems and our lives.


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)


Reversing Exhaustion

Aadil Palkhivala - SU2PAL

Most of us are simply tired - tired of the way in which our lives are going, tired of the repeated problems in our relationships, tired in the very muscles and nerves of our bodies. When we are stressed, our muscles become tighter, blood flow diminishes, and the body becomes weaker and stiffer. Purna Yoga is a powerful solution for relieving stress. Come learn restorative poses, yogic philosophy, and nutritional secrets that will make you feel more relaxed, alert and alive. Don't miss this one!


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)