Yoga Teacher Training

200-hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training starting in October 2017.

Our teacher training has been approved by Yoga Alliance, which is a world wide organisation setting standards for teacher trainings and involved in the continued education of teachers. Everyone who successfully graduates from our training is eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT200 instructor. Being registered with the YA is often a prerequisite for teaching abroad.

The course is taught in English by  Tove Palmgren

Dates for the training:   4 – 8 October, 27 – 29 October, 22 – 26 November, 2 – 4 February, 15 – 18 March and 18 – 22 April.

Inquiry / Registration

The College of Purna Yoga offers the most holistic and detailed teacher trainings available. Created by worldrenowned yoga masters Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, the college teaches how to live and teach yoga and meditation from the heart. Learn asana, pranayama, meditation, nutrition, applied philosophy, anatomy and physiology, speaking and presentation skills, teaching methodology and class control, adjustments, basic therapeutics, business and marketing, ethics, and much more. A 300 page manual written by Aadil Palkhivala is included in the price.

At the 200-hour Level you 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—alignment-based asana and pranayama, meditation, nutrition and applied yogic philosophy. 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.

As you learn the foundational curriculum, you will also explore:

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


Applicants must have an established asana practice (at least one year of 2 – 3 classes a week in alignment-based yoga – any yoga system that emphasizes the alignment of the body in asana – prior to beginning the program. The strength of this foundation will support the entirety of the Teacher Training program.

For any questions please get in touch either through the contact page, by email at tove(at) or by phone.

What previous students say:

I loved and enjoyed this teacher training to the fullest. As trainees we were guided by true experts and through their compassionate teaching I feel we could grow as a person and understand yoga on a deeper level, rather then just know how to teach a yoga class. The way the course was structured was just excellent. I feel very grateful for this wonderful opportunity having been part of this training. It was a gift indeed and so much fun!

Nicola Moberg, Helsinki, graduate of the course 2012

Purna Yoga Helsinki 200-hour teacher training course is truly a life changing experience. If you ever have been thinking about doing a yoga teacher training course, I urge you to take this one! Taking this course will be the best thing you will do in your life. You will learn so much about all aspects of Yoga, deepen your own personal practice, learn amazing things about human the body and mind and challenge yourself in such a wonderful way. The course will cover all aspects of teaching from asana practice to meditation, nutrition and lifestyle and so much more.

Tove is always there to help and support you throughout the course and help you with any issues you might have. She knows more about yoga than any person I have ever met! This course is the most holistic and comprehensive there is. Don’t miss it!

Liisa Hanén, Studio owner in Fuengirola, Spain, graduate of the course 2012

”In my personal experience the 200-hour Teacher training of The College of Purna Yoga in Helsinki is a life changer, of course if one is open to allow it to do its magic.
I have noticed a big change in my Yoga, meditation and everyday life after completing this training.
It offered me all the tools to change myself – and through that my life – towards the very best version; happy, heartfull and fulfilled.
As a 200-hour Yoga teacher training I feel it provides the students with very profound knowledge of asana; anatomy, safety and adjustments, meditation, nutrition and philosophy.
I warmly recommend this training to anyone interested in developing as a student of Yoga, interested in making Yoga a profession or simply wanting to learn valuable tools for living a happy life!”

Eva Kiviluoma, Helsinki, graduate of the 2015 course

“After years of trying different foundation yoga training programs, I found that this course is the finest of its class. It is designed is such a way that it helps you to bring the best of you whether you want to learn how to teach yoga or deepen your practice. This isn’t just a course in which yoga is explained to you, but one that you actively participate and learn essential tools for life.

What makes the course so special is that it includes philosophy, nutrition, meditation and in the asana part you will not only learn poses, but adjustments and how to fit your teaching to your student’s needs. Likewise, Tove’s integrity and experience make of this learning process a wonderful experience”

Gabriel Maldonado, Helsinki/Santiago de Chile, graduate of the 2015 course