Our classes take place at our new studio—Purna Yoga 828 in West Asheville. We look forward to practicing with you!
697 D Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
$16 – Drop-In Rate
or get a class pass!
$140 – 10 Class Pass ($14 per class)
$260 – 20 Class Pass ($13 per class)
$500 – 50 Class Pass ($10 per class)
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Parking is available in our lot, as well as on the street, and in the lot across Haywood Road next to Grace Baptist church.
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If you are interested in yoga, looking for a chance to exercise and move but are worried about inexperience, or have seen the Purna Yoga 828 studio on Haywood Road but aren’t quite sure what “Purna Yoga” is, Purna Yoga Basics is the perfect class for you! Learn the fundamentals, proper alignment and safety considerations. Get the tools you need to become both stronger and more flexible, less anxious, and more in tune with your mind, body and spirit. Purna Yoga Basics focuses on building strength and flexibility through standing poses, hip and shoulder openers, twists, introductory backbends and the preps for inversions. Donation-based class.
Each class begins with Heartfull™ Meditation before moving into alignment-based asana. Students learn the basic Purna Yoga Series designed by Aadil Palkhivala and develop an understanding of the basic points of alignment for safe, effective, sustainable yoga. Students should expect to work on a variety of poses: standing poses, simple twists, chest openers and simple backbends, as well as preparations for Head Stand and Shoulder Stand. Modifications are given as needed for each student to achieve his or her potential in a variety of poses. Classes also incorporate anatomy mini-lectures, applied philosophy, as well as discussions of nutrition and lifestyle choices. Excellent for beginners.
Tuesday & Saturday
Each class begins with Heartfull™ Meditation, before moving into alignment-based asana. Level 2 classes continue a student’s journey to master the basics while giving the opportunity to develop greater strength and flexibility in a variety of poses. These classes tend to move at a quicker pace than Form & Function, level one, with fewer instructions as students deepen their knowledge. Headstand and Shoulder Stand preparations are practiced regularly, with progressions given in accordance with each student’s need. Modifications are given as needed for each student to achieve his or her potential in a variety of poses.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Strength & Stamina, level 1 classes are for the student who has a working sense of the basic series of Purna Yoga (Opening, Morning, Hip Opening, Classical Surya Namaskar) as well as solid understanding of the basic poses including standing poses, twists, backbends, forward bends, and inversion preparations. Strength & Stamina classes usually involve multiple rounds of Classical Surya Namaskar, longer holds of poses, and deeper wall work as well as a deeper exploration of Heartfull™ Meditation.
Level 2 classes build on a student’s knowledge of alignment and form and give the opportunity to develop greater strength and flexibility in standing poses, twists, backbends, forward bends, and inversions. These classes go beyond the basics to deepen and expand the student’s study of yoga, both in class and in self-directed practice. Classes also incorporate anatomy mini-lectures, applied philosophy, as well as discussions of nutrition and lifestyle choices. Recommended 6 months experience in alignment-based yoga.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
These 60-minute, lunch-time classes, give you the chance to take a yoga break in the middle of your day and push the reset button. Each class begins with Heartfull™ Meditation, before moving into alignment-based asana. Students should expect to work on a variety of poses: standing poses, simple twists, chest openers and simple backbends, as well as preparations for Head Stand and Shoulder Stand. Special attention will be given to decompression of the spine, opening the hip flexors, and relieving tension in the neck and shoulders. Good for beginners. Donation-based class.
Learn how to feel calm, energized, and focused. Develop a deeper relationship with your Self. Practice these easy-to-learn Heartfull™ Meditation techniques as created by Savitri, one of the co-founders of Purna Yoga. Appropriate for all students interested in practicing yoga as a way to connect more deeply with the inner Self, the inner purpose, and most importantly, the inner smile. Donation-based class.
This 90-minute class explores the many ways the Great Yoga Wall can deepen your yoga practice by using traction to decompress the spine, to ease muscle tension in the entire body, to deepen twists and backbends, to create more space and hence mobility in the hip joints, to build strength in shoulder and arm muscles not usually accessed in traditional asana. Each class will focus on a particular theme: neck and shoulder work; hip openers; addressing low-back pain; twists and backbends; and the crème de la crème: the Spinal Rejuvenation Series. 6 months asana experience required. Not for beginners.
Originally, all restorative poses were called, Viparita Karani (Inverted Lake). In this team-taught class, Whitney and Letitia take the concept of Inverted Lake and build from there focusing on Inversions, Pranayama (breath control), Heartfull™ Meditation, and Restorative poses to help you get ready for the week to come. Good for beginners. Donation-based class.
What you need to know about our classes.
Every class begins with guided Heartfull Meditation and the Opening Series to center the heart and mind, and open the body for practice. Classes may be built on a particular theme, either anatomical or philosophical, or cater to the specific needs of the students’ bodies at that moment.
Throughout class, students are given anatomic direction in asana (poses) with focus on alignment for safety and precision as well as energetic direction to deepen the spirit/mind/body connection. Our teachers give clear demonstrations of poses and modifications, share yogic philosophy and guide students into deepening the connection to their True Self.
Never taken a yoga class before? Concerned about injuries or limitations? We believe every pose can be modified to fit a wide range of abilities. We also use props to make poses accessible for a variety of students’ bodies. Contact Us to find out which class is right for you.
We have all the props you need, but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you have one.
Please wear comfortable clothing that allow our teachers to easily see your alignment in poses, especially if you have therapeutic concerns. Baggy clothing can hinder progress simply because you can’t see what you’re dealing with.
Arrive to class 10 minutes early if it’s your first time so that you and your teacher can talk about any injuries, limitations or concerns you might have. See you in class!
Group classes give you the opportunity to practice with a community, a group of people pursuing the goals of yoga together. But sometimes injury, special needs, or the desire to work on a specific focus calls for one-on-one learning; for these we offer specialized Yoga Therapy Sessions and Private/Semi-Private Sessions.
Yoga Therapy offers the opportunity to move past injuries and restrictions both physical and emotional to alleviate pain and find greater health, happiness and well-being. Letitia incorporates all of the aspects of Purna Yoga (asana & pranayama, nutrition, meditation, and applied philosophy) to help her clients find relief from pain, increased mobility, and a life more easily lived. She specializes in Low-Back, Knee, and Neck and Shoulder Issues. She also works with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other wrists issues as well as foot and ankle work.
We recommend a 90 minute session for your first yoga therapy appointment so there is plenty of time to cover the presenting complaints as well as address all the aspects of healing (asana, nutrition, and meditation).
Call 828 230 8213 for a FREE initial phone consultation to assess your needs and what you’d like to get out of your One-on-One Yoga session.
But what if you just want to find more specific ways to lengthen your hamstrings, open your hips in a balanced way, refine your Head Stand or Shoulder Stand, or learn a few specific series tailor made for you to practice at home? Private (or semi-private – 5 or fewer) Instruction is perfect for answering this individualized questions that can’t be addressed effectively in a group setting. Just as lovely is the use of semi-privates for birthday celebrations, pre-wedding day gatherings, or any time you want to gather with friends for a special focus.
"I came to know Letitia as a result of my debilitating lower back problem. She worked with me to understand my condition and then led me through a program of directed stretching and yoga-informed movement. I now enjoy relief from back pain and fully participate in the group class. Letitia quite obviously takes complete joy in yoga and its teaching. I am grateful and honored to know her."
"Letitia is an expert teacher in the use of the "Yoga Rope Wall". Through her instruction in the use of the wall, I have been able to find proper alignment in poses as well as finding extension in my spine, and a better sense of balance. Letitia has given not only me, but all of her students a special gift with her dedication in guiding us through the practice of yoga.”
“My first private lesson with Letitia inspired me to have a daily home practice. This has helped me connect more deeply with my body. I love her light-filled presence, sense of humor, attention to detail, and practical problem solving. Purna yoga is uniquely foundational. With Letitia's help, I am getting the building blocks I need for transformation. Before I connected with her, I knew I needed this, but I didn't know how to get it. Making slow and steady progress, step-by-step. Thank you!”
"Letitia has helped me start to move again after having severe sciatica. Healing is spiritual, emotional and physical. Letitia helps me in all these areas, and with God's help I have a complete healing."