SOLD OUT - Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification is now full.
Jun 9

SOLD OUT - Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification is now full.

June 3-7, 2017

9am-4pm daily

Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork has been practiced for thousands of years in Thailand. Purusha Yoga School Trainings are taught in the tradition of the highly acclaimed lineage of the Sunshine Network from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Your teacher; Joy Ravelli received her certification from a leading teacher of this lineage; Fabian Scapan as well as the lineage of Kam Thye Chow.

In this course you will learn the ancient meaning of Thai Body work which is understood to be a physical application of Metta, the Pali (and Thai) word used in Theravada Buddhism to denote 'loving kindness' - You will learn that the art is given in a meditative mood, which begins with centering and surrendering into a spiritual and healing environment.

The session is given with full awareness, mindfulness and concentration. There is a world of a difference between a massage performed in a meditative mood and a massage just done as a job. Only a practitioner working in a meditative mood can develop an intuition for the energy flow in the body and for the Prana lines.

Contrary to Western style massage, traditional Thai Yoga does not primarily work with the physical body but rather with the energy body. The kneading of muscles, which dominates in Western style massage, is absent from Thai massage: energy points are pressed or general pressure is used instead. There is a lot of stretching involved and many exercises might well be described as 'applied Hatha Yoga' or 'applied physical Yoga'. Rather than using the term 'Thai massage', it wouldn't be a bad idea to actually call it 'Yoga massage' since that's what this art essentially is.

In this course you will learn:

  • A full 2.5 hour Session of Holistic Thai Yoga Body Work
  • Pressure Techniques that are specific to Thai Yoga Body Work
  • How to channel energy and allow it to flow through you
  • The art of transferring energy as a means of healing another
  • Assists that may be utilized in yoga teaching
  • The 5 Element approach of touch developed by Purusha Yoga
  • The Essential Marma lines of energy (relates to nadis and meridians)
  • The history of Thai Yoga Body Work as a spiritual and healing practice.
  • Business and marketing skills
Give Love, Seva Love Valentine's Benefit
4:00 pm16:00

Give Love, Seva Love Valentine's Benefit


Partner Yoga * Massage Oil Workshop * Food * Drinks * Live Music * Raffle * Live Auction




On Saturday February 11th there will be two 75 minute partner yoga class led by by Purusha Yoga Master Teachers Lucia Young, Aiyisha Castillo, Suzanne Byron, and Joey Carpenter.* Partner yoga can provide a fresh perspective to your weekly mat time. Whether you are practicing with your honey, your best friend or a new acquaintance, working with another personhelps you change preconceptions about what you can or can’t do. This class is open to all levels of ability and will include easy to follow flow and partner poses, ending with restorative and meditative time to nourish your hearts karma and dharma for abundance of love. The classes are only the beginning of the evening!

Also from 4-7 Purusha teacher Tyler Anderson will be leading several workshops on creating natural herbal and botanical massage oils. Learn some new, interesting skills and have the opportunity to take your creation home to put it to use!

The class will be followed by an open bar, live auction, hors d'oeuvres and a raffle. Raffle items will include Thai massage, private one on one yoga classes, amazing gift certificates to local businesses and much more.

At 8:00pm, talented singer/songwriter Amal Bisharat and band will perform an acoustic set featuring her own spin on some classic love songs and new favorites by Adele, Elton John, The Cure, Bob Dylan, Billy Ocean, The XX, Journey and more!

All proceeds from this event will go the Purusha Seva Project a non-profit 501c-3 organization that provides yoga, health, and movement to underserved populations throughout San Francisco. The project also offers a vehicle for yogis to practice seva (selfless giving) and shala (study) all over the world through their Seva Retreats program. In 2016 the Project took a group to Nepal. This event will also help support local programs providing yoga and yoga therapy to underserved populations in the SF area.

*4pm class taught by Lucia Young and Aiyisha Castillo. 6pm class taught by Suzanne Byron and Joey Carpenter.

Yoga Teacher Training Info Session (200 & 300 hour programs)
7:00 pm19:00

Yoga Teacher Training Info Session (200 & 300 hour programs)

Come meet your teachers and learn more about the Purusha Yoga Teacher Training programs!

At Purusha Yoga School from 7:00PM - 8:00PM

This free educational "open house" educational session is the perfect time to come and learn about the Purusha Yoga School and all of its programs including the 200 hour basic YTT (yoga teacher training), the 300 hour level II Advanced YTT, the Yoga Coaching Certification as well as other specialized certifications, retreats and more.  You will also receive information and applications for the Purusha Seva Project Scholarships and discount opportunities for low income and work trade.  Meet students that are already enrolled as well as teachers and graduates.  The info session may be complimented with a FREE class that day.  Call to make appointment/ sign up for FREE class of your choice ahead of time. Sign up on line for info session. 

Mikti Kirtan at Purusha
7:30 pm19:30

Mikti Kirtan at Purusha

Come join us for a beautiful evening of devotional chanting (call and response) with Mukti kirtan.  Featuring Prajna Vieira with Donald Ivan Fontowitz on Indian slide guitar, Ramana Wade Erickson on tablas, David Estes response vocals and kartals, Greg Barnett on bass, and Lisa Chorny and Julie Simonsen response vocals

Purchase Tickets Here

Yin & Restorative Workshop With Kristin Singer
1:00 pm13:00

Yin & Restorative Workshop With Kristin Singer

Yin & Restorative for Autumn

November 5th, 2016
1:00-4:00 PM
$45 in advance and $55 day of event
save $10 by pre-registering!
often sells out so sign-up early!!

Give yourself the gift of unwinding your nervous system with this profoundly nourishing yin and restorative workshop. We will be in deeply held floor poses with a focus on grounding, reducing anxiety, calming & soothing the body, heart, & mind.

A deep dive into loving yourself, one breath at a time.

All levels welcome.
Pre-registration recommended.

Sign up HERE



21 day Yoga and Cultural Retreat Program Nepal
Nov 21

21 day Yoga and Cultural Retreat Program Nepal

Purusha Seva Project presents:Yoga & Culture Retreat in Nepal

Dates: November 1st – November 21st, 2016  

Cost is $2,500.00 Down Payment is $200 includes

  • all food and lodging (3 meals a day)
  • All in country travel from airport to ashram
  • Daily yoga classes, tour guides provided to historical sites, special events and ceremonies.
  • Yoga Cultural exchange and Teachings
  • Dr. Chintamani Yogi
  • University of Kathmandu Professors
  • Yoga Camp for Kathmandu Community  

With Laxman Panthi & fellow Purusha Teachers 

 Yoga was born in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. Our linegage of Raja and Hatha yoga is rich with practices from this beautiful land of temples, spiritual people, rich culture and immense and majestic landscapes. On this trip you will indulge all of your senses, body, heart and mind in the practices of: Trekking the Himalayan Mountains from PokharaSharing Yoga with the greater community and our partner ashram in KathmanduCommunity service and cultural sharingTouring Temples, Pagodas, and Historical Yoga sitesIndulging in river swimsEnjoying local practices, ritual, food and eventsDaily Yoga Practices in the morning and eveningSun rise Meditations in one or more beautiful locationsSunset Gatherings with music, movement, story time, mendhi, art and fire ceremony.


2:00 pm14:00

Photo Art Release Party

September 24th 2pm - 4pm at Purusha Yoga

"Point of View" is a collection of yoga & landscape photos by San Francisco based photographer Amal Bisharat/Bishoculars. Using focus, scale and depth to create unique perspectives on a subject, the collection seeks to explore the idea that everything is relative to one's point of view.

Please join us on Sept 24, 2pm-4pm to have a glass of wine & see the show!

Special photo cards will be available for sale to benefit the Purusha Seva Project, which brings yoga to at-risk and under-served populations. For a preview of the collection:

Amal is also available locally as a portrait and event photographer. See more of her work on her website:

11:30 am11:30

Yogis for Nepal - Second Annual Benefit in Golden Gate Park

Join us on Saturday, September 24 at 11:30am for the second annual Yogis for Nepal donation based benefit in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park -- brought to you by the Purusha Seva Project. 

Where: Between Queen Wilhelmina Flower Garden (windmill) and 47th Avenue in the shaded yard surrounded by a circle of trees.

All proceeds to benefit The Shanti Sewa Ashram in Kathmandu, Nepal. The ashram, founded by Dr. Chintamani Yogi, seeks to educate and empower victims of war, the poor, those in social decline, etc., focusing especially on children, women and the elderly. Shanti = peace; Sewa = selfless service. We will gather together this day to raise funds, send prayers and connect with our local community as we help those in great need abroad. 

108 is a mystical number found countless times throughout classic yogic texts, and the class will consist of 108 sun salutations done with the intention of healing Nepal and our planet. Participants are encouraged to raise or contribute $108 (although no one will be turned away based on donation amount). Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. 

After the practice, we will gather at Purusha Studio for conversation, community building, and light Nepalese fare. We invite you to stay with us for Point of View by Bischoculars - an Art Opening which will be held from 2-4pm. 

Donors who contribute $108 or more will receive sacred Rudraksha 108 Mala beads. 

The Purusha Seva Project is a California Non Profit Organization. Your generous donations are appreciated and tax deductible #26-3894229. We look forward to sharing this experience with you! Namaste!


Sep 11

Ayurvedic Basics Certification Course

Ayurvedic Basics Certification 3 weekends! with Kathy Gehlken

Learn about how to use the principles of Ayurveda to enhance your yoga practice and health. Ayurveda is the sister science to classic yoga. While Yoga focuses on purifying mind and body to achieve closer union with the ultimate, Ayurveda focuses on maintaining and enhancing the health and balance of mind and body.

8/20-21 - 8/27-28 , 9/10-11

Sat-Sun From: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

3:00 pm15:00

FREE Info Session for Nepal Retreat and Purusha Yoga School YTT

WHEN: Sunday August 14th from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

WHERE: Purusha Yoga Studio, 3729 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA. 

WHAT: This FREE info session is the perfect opportunity to meet other Retreat attendees and YTT folks and receive information about upcoming retreats and teacher trainings.

Always receive $200.00 off any program when you register at an Info session!!


Nepal Retreat: November 1st-21st

Fall 200 hour YTT:  Sept 17th- Dec. 11th

Advanced YTT & Yoga Therapy Certification starts January 2017.