The following Criteria for Certification must be met by all students wishing to become PURNA Yoga Academy Instructors. If during the Teacher Training Course any staff member becomes aware of any breach of these criteria, TTC Administration will be notified, and will investigate and address the matter promptly in a case-appropriate manner. We reserve the right to deny certification to any student who does not fulfill course obligations or who does not meet PURNA Yoga Academy standards as detailed below. In the event that certification is withheld, it will be at the sole and final discretion of Dana Tupa, founder of PURNA Yoga Academy to grant permission to retake the course.


With the exception of emergencies, PURNA Yoga expects full attendance of all TTC sessions in order to earn the certificate issued at the end of the course, pending the successful outcome of a student’s exams. A student will be granted a small margin; a single day is maximum accepted of excused absenteeism from class sessions to account for illness, or emergencies. Attendance is defined as active participation in all facets of the program: theoretical presentation, asana practice, meditation, interviews, teaching workshops, practicum, etc. A student who does not meet the minimum attendance will not receive his/her teaching certificate. If a student’s excessive absence is due to a legitimate reason, such as an illness or other health emergency, he/she may join a future TTC at a cost of 25 percent of the course, and must successfully attend all classes and pass all exams (with the same margin of absenteeism as noted above, for the same acceptable reasons) in order to earn the course certificate. This is a CREDIT applied only for the next two years starting the first class of the TTC he/she subscribed to. Otherwise, due to unexcused absences, the student may – upon approval of a new application to the program – attend the TTC again at a future date for the full program fee in order to receive certification.

It will be the student’s responsibility to make up any missed course material for excused absences.


Three examinations mark a student’s progress through the course. The first two contain written questions taken from lecture theory and supplemental course materials. The final exam, in conjunction with a final evaluation of the student, must be completed successfully. The final exam consists of a written section covering teachings and theory specific to the TTC as well as a practical component in which students must demonstrate asanas, pranayama, and other techniques with satisfactory competency. Participants must complete the course with a cumulative passing average on exams, in addition to attendance verification, in order to receive their teaching certification.

Practicum Training

Successful completion of all practicum teaching assignments is a requirement for certification. Presentations must demonstrate a student’s ability to teach using the PURNA Yoga Academy methodology, including a good command of the scripted mnemonics as well as theoretical absorption of the material itself demonstrated by a proper understanding of the course material, correct answers to questions when student-teaching, etc.

Professional and Ethical Behavior

After certification, a PURNA Yoga Academy instructor is expected to adhere to certain standards, which will be described fully in the Spiritual Code that you will be required to sign at the end of the course. If there is found to be a professional or ethical complaint against a PURNA teacher, an inquiry will be made. If a legitimate basis for the complaint is found, it could result in revocation of certification, or other limitations placed on the teacher’s use of the name “PURNA Yoga Academy.”

Use of the Name “PURNA Yoga Academy”

Use of the name PURNA Yoga Academy and the Logo are restricted by international trade mark only to be used in compliance with PURNA Yoga Academy terms and conditions. We encourage TTC participants, upon graduation, to register themselves as an Active Yoga Teacher and ambassador this esoteric yoga throughout the world.

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