The internationally recognized College of Purna Yoga comes to Cannon Beach one weekend a month for 9 months.  This is an excellent opportunity for those on the Oregon coast and in the surrounding area to get this amazing lifestyle and teacher training without traveling to the College headquarters.


Weekends of Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Feb 10, Mar 3, April 14 and May 5.


Fridays 5 - 9 pm; Saturdays and Sundays 8 - noon and 1:30 - 5:30 pm




!! Save $1000 if you register by the end of July 2016 !!

No Gimmicks.  Just apply and send in your deposit by July 31 and your tuition is $3500.


Includes asana and pranayama, applied philosophy, lifestyle and nutrition choices, and Heartfull Meditation™.  Get more details about the curriculum.


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Yoga teacher training applicants preferably 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 you aren't sure you're ready for the college, let's set up a conversation to talk about it.

  • You must be 18 years of age.
  • You must have English-language competency.
  • You must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • You must be able to contribute to a safe and cohesive learning environment.
  • You must demonstrate the physical, mental and emotional preparedness to fully participate in all required aspects of the program.

Application, payment and registration

Application and payment are handled directly through Cannon Beach Yoga Arts, the hosting studio.  Complete an Application and email it to  A $500 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with your application.  The application fee will be applied to your tuition; it is not an additional cost.  Contact the studio to arrange payment.  (Note:  your application fee will be refunded if you are not accepted to the program, or if the program is canceled for any reason.)

Why the application fee?  I will be traveling from Canada (9 times!) to lead this program; it will involve trains, planes and automobiles, not to mention lodging.  I need your firm commitment to the program to balance mine.

We will contact you by email within three weeks of receiving your yoga teacher training application to confirm your acceptance.  Your place is guaranteed when we receive your tuition payment.

Tuition is due in full before the start of the course.  However, we are reasonable people and will work with you on a payment plan if necessary.  

Required texts

  • Teaching Purna Yoga: 200-Hour Program Manual, by Aadil Palkhivala (cost included in tuition)
  • Fire of Love, by Aadil Palkhivala
  • The Sunlit Path, by The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Trail Guide to the Body, 4th Edition, by Andrew Biel

All books save the manual should be purchased before the start of the program.  Bring them with you to class.  You can find out more about the manual and texts on the Curriculum page.  Please refer to the Alive & Shine Online Store for prices and ordering information (click on the "Online Store" tab). Books may also be available from third-party vendors, such as Amazon. 


With your successful completion of the yoga teacher training program requirements (course hours, homework and tuition paid in full) 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. You will be able to say that you graduated from the College at the 200-hour level and that you teach alignment-based yoga.  Please note that you must complete at least 500 hours of training before you can state that you are a Purna Yoga teacher.  (Think this is strict?  When I was in the College, we had to complete a minimum of 2,000 hours before we were considered ready to teach a beginner's class!)

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You will read two books of yoga philosophy, and you must complete a written assignment for each that details how you will apply what you have learned to your life. You also have anatomy worksheets to complete. Expect at least 20 hours of homework during the 200-hour course.

Other questions?  We're happy to help.

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