Purna Yoga was developed by Aadil Palkhivala and his wife Savitri, based on years of experiential study of yoga and meditation. Purna means complete, so Purna Yoga addresses the entire person: body, mind, emotions and spirit.
To do this, Purna Yoga draws on four pillars of knowledge: Asana and Pranayama; Nutrition and Lifestyle Choices; Heartfull Meditation; and Applied Philosophy. The Asana and Pranayama are rooted in the alignment-oriented practice of B.K.S. Iyengar. The Nutrition and Lifestyle component draws on the best of Ayurveda, Chinese, and modern medicine to support the health of the body beyond just the physical practice of asana. Heartfull Meditation is a dynamic, transformational form of meditation that helps connect you with who you truly are, the unchanging Self within. Applied Philosophy takes the breadth and wisdom of the ancient yogic texts (the Vedas, Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Pradipika the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the writings of Sri Aurobindo) and applies them in practical ways to modern living.
Although it has it roots in the Iyengar method of teaching asana and pranayama, Purna Yoga differs in that it organizes the poses into specific series (Hip Opening Series, Morning Series, Opening Series, Classical Surya Namaskar, Spinal Rejuvenation Series). Class always begins with Heartfull Meditation techniques and the Opening Series. Students can also expect sprinklings of applied philosophy, discussions about nutrition and lifestyle choices, and even the recitation of poetry throughout the asana practice.