Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Book List

Required textbooks for the 200-hour course. All books must be purchased except the 200-Hour Program Manual which is included in the tuition. Your 200-Hour Program Manual will be provided the first weekend of the Yoga Teacher Training.   

  • Fire of Love by Aadil Palkhivala (For sale in my studio.)

  • The Sunlit Path by The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

  • Trail Guide to the Body 5th Edition by Andrew Biel (or current edition)

  • Trail Guide to the Body, Student Workbook 5th Edition, by Andrew Biel (or current edition)

  • Teaching Purna Yoga: NEW and REVISED 200-Hour Program Manual by Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri (included in the tuition and provided the first weekend of the training)

Times and Dates for 2018/2019

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  • Regular Tuition $3,300

  • Tuition includes a $300 registration fee, due with your application. Tuition does not include lodging, food, books and materials, or travel expenses.


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 “RYT-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. 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 course), 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 $130 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 making up the necessary hours and modules.


How many people will be in class?

Class size at Live Purna Yoga is limited to 6 students. This is very unique.

“I really enjoyed the intimate setting of our training. With six students and two teachers (with Ed occasionally), I felt a connection cultivated that I am unsure whether or not it could have been in a larger setting. It was not just my experience, it was ours. Feeling the growth of others, added to mine.” Greg Hanna


Will I have homework?

Yes, you will have two books to read and anatomy workbook pages 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 purchase them at other book retailers or order them online.


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

We will provide you with a list of local recommended accommodations.


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.


What is your refund policy?

Due to the uniqueness of a small group of six people, there is no refund. Thank you!

Who will be my instructors?

Jude Monteserrato

is a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor (CPYI) at the 2,000 hour level, E-RYT, 500 and a Certified Yoga Therapist. She received these certificates from the College of Purna Yoga in Washington State studying with world-renowned yoga masters, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri. Jude continues to deepen her knowledge by attending various Therapeutic Teacher Trainings, teacher trainings, and meditation workshops with them annually. She continues to grow and learn as a person and teacher by assisting Aadil at various workshops around the world.

Jude’s love and passion for yoga come through in the safe, fun and lively atmosphere, she establishes in her classes. Students are encouraged to pause, feel and observe their bodies and mind with compassion while developing strength, balance and flexibility. Her teaching style emphasizes alignment-based asana (postures) and the use of props to deepen the student’s experience of the asana while also cultivating awareness within the Heart. In addition to studying, practicing and teaching yoga, Jude loves to cook whole, natural simple delicious food. Jude’s desire to help all humanity inspired her to embark on the Cambodia Seva Challenge in 2008 with Seane Corn, raising $21,000 by uniting with community, friends and family.


Ed Cardinal, will teach the anatomy sections of the course. 

Ed is a licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor, with a background in Counseling. He has been a skilled Thai Yoga Bodyworker since 2002 and has completed 90 hours of training with a master teacher in Thailand, as well as many hours of advanced training throughout South East Asia. Ed has conducted anatomy and Thai Yoga Bodywork workshops for personal trainers, bodyworkers and Yoga instructors since 2007. His diverse complimentary background and strong, organizational skills enables him to deliver a comprehensive educational experience. Eager to incorporate a holistic approach to healing and wellness, he founded SOL Integrative Wellness ( in 2004 which promotes balanced personal growth and health.

Ed Cardinal is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider.

Jessie Eisendrath will assist and teach some of the asana classes.  

Jessie Eisendrath, Affiliate Purna Yoga Instructor (APYI), 500 E-RYT

A devoted practitioner of yoga since 1996, Jessie brings her passion for yoga to her daily life. She received her 200-hour RYT certification with Shiva Rea, and completed Level I Training for Thai Yoga Bodywork with Ed Cardinal. She received her 500-hour certification from the College of Purna Yoga in Washington, and is certified by Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri as an Affiliate Purna Yoga Instructor. Jessie’s continued study of Purna Yoga includes apprenticeship with Aadil Palkhivala, therapeutic training, meditation, and teacher training. 

Jessie combines her love for yoga with 22 years of teaching experience, to create a dynamic learning environment that helps build a culture of personal growth. Her commitment to an alignment-based practice seeks to cultivate a joyful and impactful experience. She brings her knowledge of contraindications and benefits of the poses to her teaching, to foster deeper awareness of safety to students. An advocate for sustainable living and organic gardening, Jessie also thrives on raising and preserving food for her family.

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.