TEACHERS – Purna Yoga Helsinki

NICOLA MOBERG

Nicola Moberg is a 500-Hour trained Purna Yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga since 2001. She also teaches Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga and Yoga for Fertility. Since August 2017 she is the new owner of Purna Yoga Helsinki.

“Yoga has given me a life of well-being, happiness and a true connection to my heart. With my students I want to share my experience so they can find their own inner wisdom” – Nicola

​Nicola’s love for yoga began in the summer of 2001 during a trip to Central America. Curious and inspired about yoga she took her first training in 2004 at a Sivananda yoga school in Barcelona. Deepening her own practice she found yoga not only beneficial for the body, but also her mind became steady and more at peace. Spiritually she found what she was looking for in all those years.

Due to her magical experience of pregnancy and being a mother, she became a student of Francoise Freedman and was certified as a Pre- and Postnatal Yoga teacher by Birthlight UK in 2009. Sharing her experience with woman in this special time of their lives became her passion.

Eager to study more yoga in depth fortunately she found the Purna Yoga College of Finland and was certified on a 200-hour level in 2012. She studied on the 500-hour level with the world renowned yoga master Aadil Palkhivala in 2016 and is now a Certiefied Purna Yoga teacher.

Nicola is assisting the yearly 200-hour teacher training with Tove Palmgren at Purna Yoga Helsinki which keeps her knowledge ever expanding. She feels very grateful for the opportunity to never stop learning. Purna Yoga lays the path for constant exploration of yoga and life itself. www.yogala.fi

TOVE PALMGREN

E-RYT 500 Registered Yoga TeacherTove Palmgren, E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance), M Pol Sc, found Ashtanga vinyasa yoga on a Greek island in the summer of 1988. It turned into a long and profound relationship.

I’m very grateful for all that my first teachers Derek Ireland and Radha Warrell and later also John Scott taught me.

Tove was the first person to practice and teach Ashtanga vinyasa yoga in Finland. Her methods of teaching have changed much over the years through both intense study and the work she has done with different teachers along the way.

A most profound impact on Tove’s practice and teaching came through her meeting her current teacher Aadil Palkhivala and later his wife Savitri. He introduced her to Purna Yoga. Aadil is one of the worlds topmost teachers and a true master of asana and Savitri a master teacher of meditation and Kundalini.

It totally changed Tove’s own practice and not only her asana practice, but many other aspects of her life as well. It was the start of an exciting journey of transformation.

Tove has completed the 2000 hour teacher training program at the College of Purna Yoga in Bellevue, Washington, USA and is a certified Purna Yoga instructor – currently the only one in Europe.

Tove has also completed a number of therapeutic teacher trainings under the guidance of Aadil and assisted him in several of them. In the latest one she was responsible for the daily meditation.

Tove has also assisted Aadil in workshops and conferences around Europe.

She has also completed a teacher training in how to train teachers and has been training RYT 200-hour teachers since 2012 and assisted Aadil in the RYT 500-hour teacher training that took place in Helsinki 2015 – 16.

I hope that through my teaching I can help my students realize that they actively can facilitate change to improve the quality of their lives; to become happier, healthier and more connected. I want them to feel that they are part of a greater whole and also to teach them to see and trust their own potential and possibilities to grow as human beings.” www.tovepalmgren.com

Eheyttävä jooga - Tove Palmgren

Article in Finnish about Tove Palmgren (PDF)

EVA KIVILUOMA

”Eva started her yoga journey with a practice that was very body focused, until she found Purna Yoga. Through Purna Yoga she learned that the body is but one important part of the wholeness that we are and our practice should include all parts of ourselves – after all Yoga is Union. With this understanding and the tools of Purna Yoga (Heartfull meditation, applied philosophy, nutrition and lifestyle) Eva nourishes all aspects of her life with Yoga.

Now as a 500-hour (RYT500) Purna Yoga Teacher she joyfully shares the gifts of Purna Yoga in her classes. Eva was trained personally by Tove Palmgren (2.000RYT) and Yoga Master Aadil Palkhivala, who is also a co-founder of Purna Yoga and known as the ”teacher of teachers”.

In her classes Eva shares with you pieces from all different aspects of Yoga, which is far more than just relaxing and stretching. You will learn about the philosophy behind through fun stories, receive useful tips on nutrition and lifestyle and get to understand how your life can benefit from meditation.” www.evakiviluoma.com

GABRIEL MALDONADO

Gabriel comes from Chile. During his law studies in the University of Chile and traveling in India he discovered Yoga in Rishikesh, where he had the opportunity to study with Hatha Yoga teachers and get inspired. After continuous self practice in Chile and a 3 month teacher training, he decided to go back to India for further training in Rishikesh.

After the training Gabriel went to Nepal, where he started teaching yoga in a wildlife lodge, and he gained experience teaching the Nepalese people and the many tourists together with Eva.

Coming to Finland brought a big change in his practice, where he came across Purna Yoga and started attending classes regularly. “It changed my whole perspective of Yoga. I received such a beautiful, balanced, safe and integral teaching that inspired me to keep learning and embrace humility”. His experience brought him back to Helsinki where he has graduated from the 200-hour Purna Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 and continued his journey with the 500-hour training by Aadil Palkhivala and the Purna Yoga College.

“Since I came across yoga I knew that this was my path. Even though I had been studying for long I felt it was the right thing to do and today I feel happy and in peace to be able to share what I know with others. Yoga has gifted my life with balance, happiness and peace, and I am so grateful to the teachers of Purna Yoga for broadening my understanding of the path.”

KELLY SÖDERLUND

Kelly, originally from the UK, lived in Australia and Italy before settling with her family in Helsinki.

She first attended an Iyengar yoga class aged 17 and has been practicing yoga where possible since then.
After finding the tranquility of the Purna Yoga studio and the excellent standard of teaching she decided to deepen her practice of this style of yoga by training to become a teacher.

Under the expert guidance of Tove Palmgren and Nicola Morberg she graduated from the College of Purna yoga in 2015 with a 200hr certificate.

Kelly is a mum and works full-time as a primary school teacher. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children, teenagers and adults. In this busy world we live in, she feels that Purna yoga continues to remind her to treat herself with kindness and respect and enables her to find balance and to nurture herself towards a happier and healthier life.

PAOLA MILLA LEÓN-KÄÄRIÄ

Paola Milla León-Kääriä is from Peru. Working in the health and fitness industry for over twenty years she has had an interest in a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and well-being since a very young age. In addition to the body, physical activity has a positive impact on people’s mood, energy and mental health. “I want to inspire people to make changes in their lives and overall well-being to feel better and more balanced.”

Paola has been certified in fitness training and spinning in Peru and in Finland.nIn 2011 she got her certification as a Pilates instructor and this got her more interested in the mind-body connection which later developed further with yoga.

She is certified in children’s care, learning and development and has worked in a daycare in Helsinki since 2007. In 2016 she started introducing Pilates & yoga to kids to help them develop skills and enjoy their benefits.

“I want to give children the chance to experience yoga from an early age. Through play and storytelling I want to plant some seeds for the future.”

In order to gain further knowledge she started practicing yoga at Purna Yoga Studio in 2017.

“When the 200h teacher training was open in October 2017 I felt that it was a good chance for me to broaden my knowledge in well-being. My experience so far has been incredible. I started the training thinking mostly of the benefits of the body and it has been giving me much more than that. The yoga philosophy, Heartfull Meditation and nutrition has had a big impact on me. Yoga has made me change some things in my life and I’m very grateful for that. I feel it in my heart that this training was a path for me to follow and it’s making me feel complete”

SAILA KURVINEN

Saila’s yoga journey first began as a physical exercise, balancing and diversifying other sports. When she started to notice that practicing yoga also had a balancing effect on her mental state, she became more interested in yoga as entirety.

After practicing for a few years occasionally in various yoga studios, Saila discovered Purna Yoga in the winter of 2016 at the Helsinki Yoga Festival, which inspired her to attend classes more regularly. With Purna Yoga, practicing yoga became a way of life. In spring 2018, Saila graduated as a yoga instructor (RYT-200) from Purna Yoga College under the guidance of Tove Palmgren and Nicola Moberg.

When I found Purna Yoga, the world opened to me in a completely new way. My understanding of myself as a whole has expanded, and the way how I deal with things has changed. Before I had lots of anxiety, but now I see that a journey of life can be taken with curiosity. I feel free, complete, more balanced and more accepting. This is a journey that does not have an end. The journey with beautiful gifts I want to share with others.

In addition to yoga, Saila is interested in the natural lifestyle, general well-being, traveling and animal care. Horses and dogs have been a part for almost Saila’s whole life, and in addition to giving yoga classes, she guides Icelandic horse riding tours and works as an assistant in socio-pedagogical horse activity.

LEENA AHOLAINEN

Leena first found yoga in Paris in 2005. Over the years yoga improved Leena’s health in an important way,
but she always felt that yoga could be much more. Then, in 2016, at Purna Yoga Helsinki, it was love at first
sight.
”I immediately knew I had found the yoga I had hoped would exist, and was relieved. My previous yoga practice had helped me with physical pain and had brought more awareness into the body, but something
had been lacking: the heart connection, the connection to myself.”
Leena is also a practitioner of an old Finnish alignment body therapy, bone setting, and receives clients in Kamppi, Helsinki. Due to her healing work Leena is interested in the healing properties of yoga.
“At Purna Yoga, alongside with the deep spirituality, there is a deep understanding of the physical body. These two combined the body can start to release layers of stress, pain, tiredness, whatever you have, and
leave space for a sense of true happiness to emerge.”
Meditation has been part of Leena’s daily practice since 2004. At Purna Yoga Leena found more layers in her meditation practice, too, and a more intimate connection to it.
”We look for so many things in meditation: a clearer mind, more energy, concentration, calmness, etc.
These are all extremely beneficial effects of meditation, but we easily overlook what is most important: the heart, a simple surrender to our heart.”
Graduated from the Purna Yoga College Helsinki in April 2018 with a 200 hr certificate she is extremely happy and honored to teach at the Purna Yoga Helsinki studio.

VISITING TEACHERS

AADIL PALKHIVALA

For nearly 30 years, Aadil Palkhivala has had the reputation of a “teacher of teachers.” Aadil began the study of yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar at the age of 7 and was introduced to the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo at the age of 10. When Aadil was 20, he embarked on his first teaching tour of Europe and North America. Two years later, Iyengar awarded him the Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Certificate. Aadil and his wife, Savitri, are the founders and directors of internationally renowned Alive and Shine Center and Purna Yoga College, both in Bellevue, Washington. Constantly educating himself in his passion for teaching the “whole yoga,” he is the author of the book Fire of Love. He has studied holistic healing and Ayurveda extensively. He holds degrees in law, physics, and mathematics, is a professional speaker and co-hosted the Alive and Shine Radio Show with Savitri. Today, he is considered one of the finest yoga teachers on earth. www.aadil.com

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. In addition to a love of anatomy and alignment, he has a special interest in introducing students to the beauty of yoga philosophy and the power of Heartfull Meditation. www.bradwaitesyoga.com

LAURA ARPIAINEN

Laura is a senior yoga instructor who has been teaching for over a decade in Canada and internationally. She is a huge believer in the transformative power of yoga and encourages everyone to find a deeper connection with their own light and spirit through regular practice and meditation. She is an enthusiastic, encouraging and perceptive teacher who enjoys meeting students of all levels.

Laura is a graduate of the elite professional yoga training program at the College of Purna Yoga in Bellevue: a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 2,000 hour level (only 4 people in Canada, and fewer than 90 people worldwide hold this designation). She is also a RYT 500 registered teacher with Yoga Alliance.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist, she is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, C-IAYT.

As a trained teacher trainer, Laura has participated in teacher trainings in Vancouver, Seattle, San Jose, Edmonton and Helsinki, and has served as assistant faculty at the Yoga Journal Conference in Boston, and three times at the Vancouver Yoga Conference. Since 2013, Laura has also been teaching in Mexico at least one week a year, and during her trip around the world Laura also taught in Japan, Thailand, India, Brazil, Spain and Finland.

Outside of yoga, Laura holds a Masters Degree in Architecture and has a long career as a specialist in all areas of healthcare.

Laura is deeply grateful to her amazing teachers Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, international yoga and meditation masters and the founders of Purna Yoga. www.maitriyoga.ca