Faculty - Brad Waites

Brad Waites is one of fewer than 40 teachers worldwide to be certified at the 2,000-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 law firm, he began pursuing yoga as a means of self-empowerment and self-fulfillment. Years of study led him to Purna Yoga, which seeks to evolve the consciousness of all humanity. 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. He has a special interest in introducing students to the beauty of yoga philosophy.

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Building Blocks of Alignment

Brad Waites - TH1WAI

Alignment creates flow. Flow creates freedom. Learning how to align the different parts of our bodies in asana, while sitting, while standing and while walking re-patterns the energy flow so that your body will feel more alive and function more efficiently. Everything works better with alignment: your thinking improves, the stress in your body dissolves, pain disappears. In this workshop, you will learn the most important alignment points in standing poses, inversions, twists, backbends and forward bends, which will help to create freedom in your body. Brad is a long-time student of Aadil Palkhivala, who in turn was a life-long student of the greatest alignment master in history, BKS Iyengar. Aadil is widely considered to be the most educated and knowledgeable alignment-based teacher in the world today. This information, invaluable as it is, will be shared by Brad with you in this unique, all-day intensive.


11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (6 HRS)


The Three Most Important Questions in Life: Big Change in Short Time

All Levels, Contemplation

Brad Waites - FR2WAI

Asking the right questions daily leads to personal transformation and helps you discover peace, power and purpose in life. Come and learn what questions to ask as well as the major pitfall of seeking the answers (as most of us tend to do in the West). You will also learn the fundamentals of Heartfull Meditation™, a simple but profound practice that integrates the power of these essential questions into your daily life. This workshop will create a very big change in a very short time, so don't miss it. Open to all. Philosophy and meditation. Please bring something to sit on.


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)


The Best Way to Start Your Day

Brad Waites - SA1WAI

The Purna Yoga Morning Series is a simple, and masterful, opening of the back body. Virtually anyone can do it, and everyone benefits from it. The practice offers a LOT of bang for the buck in less than 10 minutes. It is also an excellent warm up for any personal practice or asana class, no matter the time of day. (Teachers, this series is a great addition to your bag of tricks.) After exploring this series, we will also learn the fastest way to center your mind, open your heart and bring your best self into your day. This workshop will give you a short, accessible practice that will benefit you for life.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)


Happy Hips for Life

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics

Brad Waites - SA2WAI

For the hips to remain healthy and functional, they must be balanced. Generally, we focus on opening the hip in two or three directions, but the hip joint actually moves eight ways and must be worked consistently and effectively in all directions. Otherwise, we create imbalances in the hip that lead to a host of problems, not just in the pelvis but also in the knees and low back. This workshop will teach you a safe, effective and easy series to open the hips. This workshop is a must for all teachers and serious practitioners of yoga. The series is also the magic bullet for healing knee pain and low back pain.


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


Improve Your Inversions:Serratus Anterior Master Class

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy

Brad Waites - SA3WAI

If you want to do inversions (including downward-facing dog), hand balances or chaturanga safely, you had better be best friends with your serratus anterior: it_s the primary muscle for creating shoulder safety in these postures. Come and learn all things serratus, from its location and function to creative ways to access and strengthen it. We will also release the holding of muscles in the upper back, shoulders and neck that tend to undermine effective use of the serratus. You will leave confident you are getting the most out of this essential but underused muscle.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)


The Warrior

Brad Waites - SU1WAI

You probably do at least one of the three warrior poses every asana class. This is your chance to learn the mythology behind the poses (it_s Game of Thrones-type stuff!), and the alignment and actions that unleash, safely, the full benefits of each pose. But the benefits are not just physical. We will cover the psychological aspects as well, exploring the relationship between the poses, your consciousness, time, space, creativity and focus. This workshop will add new and fascinating dimensions to your existing practice.


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