Teacher Spotlight: Aadil Palkhivala

Aadil Palkhivala,

Co-Founder of Purna Yoga College & Alive & Shine Center

Practicing Yoga since: 1966

Teaching Yoga since: 1974

Why do you love teaching yoga?

I love teaching yoga because it is very rare to find something that works. Purna Yoga works. Having taught Iyengar yoga for almost 30 years, I realized the power of the physical body. But it is only in Purna Yoga that we found the total power of the mind, body, spirit connection.

What is your favorite quote?

“How you do anything is how you do everything”. - unknown

This quote teaches me to be present in every moment of my life.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a new yoga student, what would it be?

Never give up! Come to classes regularly, rain or shine. No matter what, never give up. When it is difficult, you need it; when it is easy, enjoy it.

What benefits have your recieved from Purna Yoga?

I am able to be completely functional despite very severe injuries physically. I have a calm and focused mind and, even at 58, I am totally focused, clear, and able in my mind. Spiritually, Savitri’s Heartfull Meditation makes life worthwhile and meaningful. The work on yoga philosophy from Sri Aurobindo keeps me happy and smiling. Without Purna Yoga life would be a drudgery. With Purna Yoga it is a joy and an adventure!