Go deeper

Have you been teaching for a while and feel like it is time to invest in your personal practice? Do you want to refine teaching skills and receive professional mentorship? Would you like to connect on a deeper level with Yoga and be part of a Sangha, a group of like-minded people? Then, the 300 hours Advanced Teacher Training is designed for you.

Kawai Purapura Yoga School hold up a traditional approach to Yoga; Yoga is not just a practice but a lifestyle. On this yogic path we are eternal students. The awareness that we achieve through Yoga practice naturally deepens and expands into all areas of life. Kawai Purapura Yoga School endeavours to inspire students on this journey and to provide modules that foster their growth and transformation.

In a nutshell:

  • 300 hours Advanced Yoga Teacher Training May – November 2021
  • 3 residential immersion weeks + 5 weekends
  • ongoing mentorship through Senior Lead Trainers
  • lifestyle integration & personal development
  • hone & build your teaching skills
  • Early bird price NZ$ 4250 until 31 March 2021. Full course fees NZ$ 4550. Payment plans available.

Email the coordinator for the comprehensive course info booklet: yogaeducation@kawaipurapura.co.nz

Dates 2021

The following blocks are residential immersions at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre:

30 April – 9 May || Yoga Nidra Training

12-20 June & 17-25 July || Energy & awareness: Tantric Hatha

13-15 August & 10-12 September || Pranayama & Mantra

1-3 October, 15-17 October, 12-14 November || Restorative Yoga

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Content – Explore the Subtle Body

Most modern yoga practices are occupied with the physical aspects of the human being (Annamaya Kosha). This Advanced Training will take you deeper and give you tools to access the Energy Body (Pranamaya Kosha) through Yoga Nidra, Tantric Hatha practices, Pranayama, Mantra and Restorative Yoga. Explore the Subtle Body in personal practice, learn how to instruct these techniques safely and connect your experience with yogic concepts and yoga philosophy.

The completion of 200 hours foundational Yoga Teacher Training is a pre-requisite. A dedicated personal practice is expected. Students receive a certificate over 300 hours Advanced Teacher Training. Together with 200 hours foundational accredited training, this leads up to the RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours) with Yoga Alliance U.S.

After enrolment, an interview is scheduled to see whether this training is the right fit for you and how to best prepare yourself.

Immersion in a Yogic Community

The Advanced Training is offered over weekends and 3 immersion weeks between May and November 2021. Get away and enjoy a stay at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre. It is easy to reach no matter whether you drive or rely on public transport. Kawai Purapura is 30 minutes bus ride from Auckland CBD and about 1 hour from the airport via Skybus shuttle service. The Yogic Sanctuary is tucked away and surrounded by native bush. A vibrant community of residents and volunteers lives onsite and focuses on holistic well-being through yoga, meditation and conscious lifestyle choices. Become part of this community over the course of your Advanced Teacher Training and find like-minded people. Accommodation onsite makes it easy to connect. Feel home at Kawai Purapura whenever you come back for your training.


Accommodation at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre is highly recommended. Private rooms can be booked through the coordinator after enrolment. Budget options such as Marae style and camping are available upon request. Let the coordinator know what suits your needs best.


During the immersion weeks in May, June and July a catering package for breakfast and dinner (vegan, gluten free) can be booked. Prema resident cafe onsite is open daily and provides healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks. A retreat guest kitchen is available for self-catering. Let the coordinator know what your needs are after enrolment.


Early bird price NZ$ 4250 until 31 March 2021. Full course fees NZ$ 4550. Ask for the payment plan options & pay in instalments!


The Prema Charitable Trust has approved a scholarship programme for students who could not complete the course without financial assistance. The partial scholarship covers half of the Early Bird Course fees. The other half needs to be paid by the student before course start. Applications are accepted until 3 months prior to course start. Email yogaeducation@kawaipurapura.co.nz for details.

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As I became immersed in this yoga training I have learned the magnitude of yoga- it is a way to exist. Stirring in me a deep curiosity – about who I am, what this life is and how we can approach the deeper meaning of our life force. I feel deeply grateful – Hannah

Thank you Kawai Purapura for creating a programme that allows full immersion into the realm of yoga, integrating mind and sould with the physical practices. Through your teaching my appreciation for yoga has grown incredibly and I feel prepared for the next step in my journey – Cait

I have seen and felt transformations physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually in a way that I never got from any other workout or form of activity. I have learnt more about really listening to the body, the value of breathing; really breathing! I learned how important the breath is and that quite often less is more! – Aleshia

I am leaving with so much more than I anticipated. I have a head full of knowledge, skills, techniques, options, mantras. More importantly, I have an awakening, awareness and an appreciation of what it really means to live the life of a yogini. I feel so grateful to have had this experience – Leisa