The Kawai Purapura Integrated Yoga Teacher Training Programs are flexible, affordable courses designed for the working person. We have chosen specialist teachers and designed the programs to support you in an in-depth and comprehensive exploration of each of the eight limbs of yoga.

The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training provides excellent foundations in human anatomy and movement, increases your awareness and understanding of the postures and ensures your teaching is appropriate and safe. The 200 Hour is a foundation for teaching program. The 500 Hour Teacher Training refines and expands your expertise and proficiency in teaching and deepens your personal practice.

All course modes are held at Kawai Purapura, Albany, North Shore, just 20 minutes from Auckland CBD and 40 minutes from Auckland International Airport.

Your Questions Answered … Come to our Meet The Teachers … dates to be announced for August open classes.


Kawai Purapura Integrated Yoga

Your learning will include:

  • The value of experiencing and investigating Functional Yoga
  • Spinal Awareness and practices for Spinal Health
  • Fluid Support – Breath and Vinyasa Flow – The Art of Salute To the Sun
  • Finding The Ground – Yielding, Gravity, Breath. Theory and Practice
  • Stability, Balance, Neutrality – Foundations and Moving through the Field of Stillness
  • Teaching Inversions – Fundamentals, Safety, Contra-Indications, Set up.
“It has been such a wonderful experience and journey for me to learn from the teachers, and everyone else in the class. I have gained lots of confidence. I see the kindness, caring and other great qualities from each teacher – these have influenced me daily. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn from them – thank you very, very much.” – Ariel

Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher Training

Graduates of Kawai Purapura Yoga Teacher Training courses can apply for international accreditation through Yoga Alliance:


We offer training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting teachers that complete their trainings to become either a RYT 200 or a RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed.

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Key Benefits of Kawai Purapura Yoga Teacher Training

  • Flexible Training options. Weekends and intensives available.
  • Experience the synergy of a team of highly experienced teachers
  • A thorough and comprehensive holistic curriculum
  • Transform your yoga practice through investigation and enquiry
  • Strengthen your teaching skills through a mentored apprenticeship
  • Yoga Alliance accreditation for both 200 Hour and 500 Hour
  • Grow your qualification level: Option to build on the 200 hour foundation to become a 500 hour teacher, and cross credit into an 720 hour NZQA Yoga Qualification with Wellpark College


Dates for 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training 2014/16

You can choose from our Weekend or Intensive Modes.

“Each day brings fresh understanding.”

Weekend Mode (9 weekends over four months) – Autumn 2015


A. Developmental Movement Patterns in Yoga

May 9-10 ::  May 23-24 ::  June 6-7 :: 2015

B. The Nuts and Bolts of Asanas

June 20-21 ::  July 4-5 ::  July 25-26 :: 2015

C. Learning to Teach

August 8-9 ::  August 22-23 ::  Sept 5-6

“A huge and steep journey of wonder and magic.”

Intensive (two 9-day intensives) – Winter /Spring 2015

PART 1: July 11th–19th, 2015

PART 2: September 12th–20th, 2015

“I have gained lots of confidence.”

Intensive 20-Day – Summer 2016

January  12th–January 31st, 2016

“The enthusiasm, passion and excellence of this enquiry and approach to learning. The wealth of knowledge and fun, the animated teaching. A huge and steep journey of wonder and magic. I am so thankful for the guidance and wisdom offered. Amazing library.” – Haidee

International Yoga Teachers coming to Kawai Purapura

Kawai Purapura’s Yoga Teacher Training – both 200-Hour and 500-Hour – is pleased to announce advanced negotiations with international teachers, who will join the training sessions as guest tutors.

Lisa Petersen

Lisa Petersen

Special International Guest Tutor Lisa Petersen will be at Kawai Purapura on April 18-19, with a workshop on skeletal support.

Lisa explains: “Understanding how bones mediate the dance between gravity and space leads to impeccably refined alignment in Yoga asana and the ability to self-align in any pose. We will investigate the central principles of how support precedes movement and articulation precedes integration, using somatic and developmental principles of movement in both the appendicular and axial skeleton. We will also examine how to maintain a calm spine by respecting skeletal integrity in asana as well as problem solving and the use of intelligent counter-posing and appropriate modifications.”


Costs and Payment

All 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs at Kawai Purapura are the same price, whether Weekend mode or Intensives.

$3,450 full price BUT $2,950 early bird

Save $500 with Early Bird on any course!

Early Bird closes 4 weeks prior to any course start date.

PLUS: all Early Bird tickets can be used for Half Price registration for the International Yoga Festivals at Kawai Purapura!

You can make payment online via Eventbrite (click here) or bank transfer.

Dyana Wells

Dyana Wells: When meditation is the rule of your existence rather than the exception, you will be able to make great progress.

Dates for 500-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 2015

Modules can be taken individually for Personal Development and as Advanced Training by experienced students and teachers.

The 4 modules in this program are designed to provide a deeper understanding of all aspects of yoga, with emphasis on Yoga Therapy, and to facilitate teaching to all levels and conditions of students.

The 500-Hour program is run in module mode, each being a set of two 4-day weekends.

Applied Yoga Therapeutics

April 17th-20th and May 15th-18th, 2015
  • Working one-to-one with individual clients
  • Case studies
  • Buddhist Theory and Practice
  • This workshop will include a weekend with Lisa Peterson

See more details on Lisa in the column at left.

Developmental Movement Patterns

June 12th-15th and June 26th-29th, 2015
  • Deeper explorations into primary movement patterns
  • Relating yoga practices to the organ systems of the body
  • Deeper into Patanjali’s Sutras
  • Meditating with the body
  • Body-Mind centering practices

Applied Yoga Therapy

October 9th-12th and October 30th – November 2nd, 2015
  • Structural, postural and muscular aspects of asanas
  • Functional impairement scenarios
  • Buddhist Tantra philosophy & practice
  • Applied teaching practice

Restorative Yoga

2016 dates to be announced. Module includes:
  • Leading Restorative Yoga classes
  • Deeper into the Bhagavad Gita
  • The Nervous System
  • The Breathing Body
  • Yoga Nidra

Costs and Payment

Early Bird price for each Module is $1,237.50.

meditation yoga R 300px 148x150 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 2014 2015Combined Price for any four modules if paid in advance: $4,450 – Save $500!

(Early Bird closes 4 weeks prior to any course start date.)

$500 deposit required with all registrations.


Neal Ghoshal

Neal Ghoshal: Focusing on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles – learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.

Karla Brodie

Karla Brodie: Through consistent practice of yoga we may experience our life with ease and grace, and throughout difficulty feel well resourced to survive and accept any challenges free of fear.

Vincent Bolletta: Bio-Mechanics

Vincent Bolletta: The practice of yoga must be adaptable, relevant and aimed to cater for all learning styles and abilities so that the most effective practice can be developed.


Kawai Purapura Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour, May-Sept 2013


Kawai Purapura Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour, May-August 2014

Kawai Purapura Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour, May-August 2014


July-September 2014 intensive students

Kawai Purapura Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour, July-September 2014 intensive students