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Purna Yoga 828: UpFit for Holistic Fitness
New West Asheville yoga studio seeks your help in making the dream practice space a reality.
Letitia Walker
Asheville, United States
$20,221 USD total funds raised
129% funded on November 10, 2017
Overview
After over ten years of building a loyal, enthusiastic following, Letitia Walker is opening her own studio, PURNA YOGA 828, at 697D Haywood Road in West Asheville. We're asking for your help to make PY828 the studio of our dreams: a place where we have all the tools we need to practice yoga in all its forms, live life fully and follow our life's purpose. From floors to walls, windows to ceilings, there's lots to do! We're grateful for your support.

About Purna Yoga 828

The Director of PY828

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Letitia Walker. I've done a lot of things in my life: philosophy professor, business owner, boutique manager, author, musician, and for the past 13 years, I've taught yoga. Opening a studio has been a long-held dream of mine. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to realize this dream and introduce Purna Yoga to an ever-growing base. I can’t wait to share the studio and the benefits of Purna Yoga with you. Thank you for participating in the PY828 community.

"Letitia Walker’s dedication to yoga is obvious to anyone who has taken a class with her. Her knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and the poses themselves as well as the care and compassion she shows each student reflect how thoroughly she has absorbed yoga as an education, a discipline, and a lifestyle."  – A. N., long-time student and registered nurse

A State of the Ancient Art Facility

Purna Yoga 828 is a full service yoga studio with a large group practice space and a smaller room for privates and more intimate classes. PY828 represents my ideals for a yoga studio: beautiful, hardwood floors, a well-lit space with natural light streaming in, 12’ high ceilings, responsive climate control, and a wide variety of props to help every student go deeper in their practice.

And at the top of the prop list: the largest expanse of Great Yoga Walls of any studio in town! The Great Yoga Wall is used for a variety of purposes including releasing tension in the spine and deepening standing poses, twists, backbends, and restorative poses. It’s an invaluable tool for therapeutics as well.

PY828 will provide daily classes covering asana, pranayama, and meditation; monthly, 2-3 hour, mini-workshops on specific themes and topics; quarterly weekend workshops with nationally-known, traveling teachers; and continuing education for those who want to take their practices deeper.

 

What is Purna Yoga?

Purna is a yoga practice with both deep lineage and its eyes on the future with one foot in science and anatomy and one foot in the spiritual. At the heart of Purna Yoga is a safe, sustainable practice exploring anatomically-focused asana, nutritional and lifestyle information, applied philosophy, and a strong meditational component.

                  

Co-founder (and my teacher) Aadil Palkivala, after 40 years of studying with B.K.S Iyengar, discovered ways in which Iyengar’s work could be modified for greater safety and efficacy. With his wife, Savitri, creator of Heartfull™ Meditation, Aadil started Purna Yoga with the mission to teach people, not just poses, by adding the spiritual and mystical teaching of India’s independence movement founder, Sri Aurobindo, and his collaborator, The Mother.

Aurobindo’s philosophy can be summed up in one quote: “All life is yoga.” Purna, meaning complete, embodies this by addressing the whole person – body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  

Purna Yoga is great for first timers and people returning to yoga after an absence. It is also great paired with other forms of yoga such as Vinyasa Flow, as its slower, more deliberate style teaches an awareness that makes faster, more flow-based yoga safer and more effective. 

Purna Yoga addresses all kinds of aches, pains, and imbalances — whether physical, mental or emotional. It’s preventative as well as curative — making the already healthy, healthier with greater strength, stamina, and mental focus. It’s a style that can facilitate physical and personal transformations from the superficial to the deep. 

 

What we need:

The costs of modifying a preexisting space into a functioning yoga studio can really add up. When I found the space at 697D Haywood I knew it had great potential but needed A LOT of work.

The lighting was all fluorescent, the floor was a concrete slab covered with stick-on tiles, and the HVAC system was noisy and unreliable.

In order to make PY828 the best yoga facility it could be, I need to add the following:

  1. FLOORING – Engineered Maple hardwood flooring will be installed in the two studio rooms, providing a solid, sturdy, beautiful foundation on which to practice.
  2. YOGA WALLS –  All components of the Great Yoga Wall are custom made in America and assembled for precision and safety.  
  3. LIGHTING – We’re increasing the natural light by adding two large windows in the big room, one large window in the small room. Dimmable LED lighting allows us to control the light as needed for any class, from our early morning “Awake and Aware” to our Sunday afternoon restorative class, “Inverted Lake”.
  4. PAINT – the interior of the space also needed to be brightened. It took over 50 gallons (!) of paint to make the black ceiling white, but the results were worth it. Color is a real priority for Purna Yoga (this will also be reflected in the clothing we sell), and we want our walls to be as warm and welcoming as possible.  
  5. HVAC SYSTEM – Each room in the studio will be zoned for ultimate climate control that is immediately responsive to the student’s needs. We’re making all the necessary improvements to insure the atmosphere in both studio rooms are optimized.
  6. PROPS AND RESOURCES – Props, props, and more props! From foam to cork to wooden blocks, Three Minute Eggs, foam pads for shoulder stand and more, yoga belts of a variety of lengths, bolsters of all shapes and sizes, blankets, sandbags, backless yoga chairs, and more. PY828 believes in props!
  7. We will also have a small retail section for props, yoga-wear, and books to support your yoga studies and home practice.

None of these aspects on their own is cheap, but taken together they become truly costly.  We want to provide the already existing Asheville yoga community with the best possible yoga facility and are asking for your help to make this dream a reality.

 

Here's how you can help:

Choose your perk!

We're offering a wide variety of introductory packages so you can try out the studio and see what Purna Yoga can do for your health and wellness. Look over the perks and see which is right for you. 

Share!

If you’re a regular Purna Yoga student, please share this campaign on social media to let other potential students know about this new yoga opportunity! Simply click on the links at the upper right corner (next to the video) to share on Facebook and other sites.

 

 

Perks
$25
USD
Men's PY828 tee
Letitia is making tees again! Starting with the new PY828 logo tee! Super soft, nicely fitted, perfect for practicing in. Printed on a selection of rich colors with the PY828 logo in white ink on the front.
Items included:
  • Men's PY828 tee
2 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
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$25
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Women's PY828 tee
Letitia is making tees again! Starting with the new PY828 logo tee! Super soft, nicely fitted, perfect for practicing in. Printed on a selection of rich colors with the PY828 logo in white ink on the front. Available in sizes XS to 3XL but Indiegogo will only allow 5 size options. If you'd like an XS or an 3XL, let us know.
Items included:
  • Women's PY828 tee
1 claimed
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$25
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More Women's PY828 tees!
Letitia is making tees again! Starting with the new PY828 logo tee! Super soft, nicely fitted, perfect for practicing in. Printed on a selection of rich colors with either a scoop or crew neckline with the PY828 logo in white ink on the front.
Items included:
  • Women's PY828 t-shirt
1 claimed
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$25
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$25 Gift Certificate
Give the gift of yoga! This $25 gift certificate is good for anything at Purna Yoga 828 from classes, to credit towards a mini-workshop or a private, or anything in our retail area. Gift certificates are good for one year and will be available for pick up from the studio when we open in mid-December.
Items included:
  • $25 Gift Certificate
2 claimed
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$50
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+ Shipping
Home Practice Prop Kit
Two essential props for home practice: a white 6' belt from The Great Yoga Wall folks and 2 Three Minute Eggs in Aadil Teal.
Items included:
  • 6' white yoga belt
  • 2 Three Minute Yoga Eggs Teal
2 out of 4 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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Estimated December 2017
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$50
USD
Take a Mini-Workshop!
PY828 will offer monthly mini-workshops (2-3 hours in length) on a variety of topics (Building a Better Bhujangasana, Using the Great Yoga Wall, Deconstructing Downward-Facing Dog, DIY Asana Detox, Yoga for the Eyes). Take an opportunity to go deeper on a particular topic while helping us create a beautiful studio.
Items included:
  • Mini-Workshop
2 out of 5 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$50
USD
$50 Gift Certificate
Give the gift of yoga! This $50 gift certificate is good for anything at Purna Yoga 828 from classes, to a mini-workshop or credit towards a private, or anything in our retail area. Gift certificates are good for one year and will be available for pick up from the studio when we open in mid-December.
Items included:
  • $50 Gift Certificate
0 claimed
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$55
USD
Women's PY828 Sweatshirt
Stay warm and cozy before and after practice with the PY828 wide-necked sweatshirt. PY828 logo in white ink on the front.
Items included:
  • Women's PY828 Sweatshirt
1 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
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$60
USD
Fire of Love by Aadil
A perenial Purna favorite, Aadil Palkhivala's book, Fire of Love, is a source of inspiration, from the sharing of Aadil's stories of practicing and teaching yoga for over 5 decades to the selected quotations from various writers included on every page. Find out more about the essence of yoga with this beautiful book.
Items included:
  • Fire of Love
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$75
USD
Hydration Kit
Make hydration colorful with this bkr® bottle and Sunrider Starter Kit combo! Choose either the Lola (fuchsia on the left) or Gramercy (green on the right) 1L bottle – only 1 of each – and get the full Sunrider kit: 3 packets of NuPlus, 3 packets of Fortune Delight, a Calli "tea" bag and a travel-sized bottle of Fruit & Vegetable Rinse.
Items included:
  • Sunrider Starter Kit
  • bkr® 1L bottle
0 out of 2 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
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$100
USD
Give to PY828 Scholarship Fund
Donate to the PY828 Scholarship fund and get a PY828 tee! One of our goals is to bring the physical, mental, and emotional, stress-relieving and confidence-building benefits of an holistic yoga practice to communities under-served by Western yoga. Giving will help us give class cards and workshops to those in need.
Items included:
  • PY828 Tee
  • Scholarship Fund Honorarium
8 claimed
Get this perk
$100
USD
$100 Gift Certificate
Give the gift of yoga! This $100 gift certificate is good for anything at Purna Yoga 828 from classes, to credit a mini-workshop or a private, or anything in our retail area. Gift certificates are good for one year and will be available for pick up at the studio when we open in mid-December.
Items included:
  • $100 Gift Certificate
1 claimed
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$150
USD
10 Class Pass
We'll be offering several class pass packages at Purna Yoga 828. Think of this as your asana starter kit! We will be opening with 18 weekly classes on the schedule and more to come. We can't wait to share the studio with you!
Items included:
  • 10-class pass to PY828
15 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
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$500
USD
50 Class Pass
50-class card! If you already practice once a week, think of it as a year of yoga. And if you come more than once a week, think of it as a great way to get a great deal on your yoga class rate – only $10 per class.
Items included:
  • 50-class Card
3 claimed
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$20
USD
Meditation Kit
Support your meditation practice with a colorful, 3" tall, soy-based, pillar candle, a text from either The Mother or Sri Aurobindo, and a personal atomizer filled with rosewater.
Items included:
  • 3" tall, soy-based candle
  • Inspirational Book
  • Personal Atomizer w/ Rosewater
2 out of 2 claimed
Estimated December 2017
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$50
USD
Take a Mini-Workshop!
PY828 will offer monthly mini-workshops (2-3 hours in length) on a variety of topics (Building a Better Bhujangasana, Using the Great Yoga Wall, Deconstructing Downward-Facing Dog, DIY Asana Detox, Yoga for the Eyes). Take an opportunity to go deeper on a particular topic while helping us create a beautiful studio.
Items included:
  • Mini-Workshop
20 out of 20 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
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$100
USD
Book a Private!
Private yoga sessions are a way to find out more about YOU! Here's a chance for you to get personal instruction from Letitia. This perk is open for all students, even if you've never studied with Letitia before. Get her help on therapeutic issues, mastering specific poses, or setting up a tailor-made sequence for home practice.
Items included:
  • 60 Min Private Session
10 out of 10 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
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$100
USD
Book a Private!
Private yoga sessions are a way to find out more about YOU! Here's a chance for you to get personal instruction from Letitia. This perk is open for all students, even if you've never studied with Letitia before. Get her help on therapeutic issues, mastering specific poses, or setting up a tailor-made sequence for home practice.
Items included:
  • 60 Min Private Session
5 out of 5 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
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Overview
After over ten years of building a loyal, enthusiastic following, Letitia Walker is opening her own studio, PURNA YOGA 828, at 697D Haywood Road in West Asheville. We're asking for your help to make PY828 the studio of our dreams: a place where we have all the tools we need to practice yoga in all its forms, live life fully and follow our life's purpose. From floors to walls, windows to ceilings, there's lots to do! We're grateful for your support.
Perks
$25
USD
Men's PY828 tee
Letitia is making tees again! Starting with the new PY828 logo tee! Super soft, nicely fitted, perfect for practicing in. Printed on a selection of rich colors with the PY828 logo in white ink on the front.
Items included:
  • Men's PY828 tee
2 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$25
USD
Women's PY828 tee
Letitia is making tees again! Starting with the new PY828 logo tee! Super soft, nicely fitted, perfect for practicing in. Printed on a selection of rich colors with the PY828 logo in white ink on the front. Available in sizes XS to 3XL but Indiegogo will only allow 5 size options. If you'd like an XS or an 3XL, let us know.
Items included:
  • Women's PY828 tee
1 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$25
USD
More Women's PY828 tees!
Letitia is making tees again! Starting with the new PY828 logo tee! Super soft, nicely fitted, perfect for practicing in. Printed on a selection of rich colors with either a scoop or crew neckline with the PY828 logo in white ink on the front.
Items included:
  • Women's PY828 t-shirt
1 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$25
USD
$25 Gift Certificate
Give the gift of yoga! This $25 gift certificate is good for anything at Purna Yoga 828 from classes, to credit towards a mini-workshop or a private, or anything in our retail area. Gift certificates are good for one year and will be available for pick up from the studio when we open in mid-December.
Items included:
  • $25 Gift Certificate
2 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
Home Practice Prop Kit
Two essential props for home practice: a white 6' belt from The Great Yoga Wall folks and 2 Three Minute Eggs in Aadil Teal.
Items included:
  • 6' white yoga belt
  • 2 Three Minute Yoga Eggs Teal
2 out of 4 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$50
USD
Take a Mini-Workshop!
PY828 will offer monthly mini-workshops (2-3 hours in length) on a variety of topics (Building a Better Bhujangasana, Using the Great Yoga Wall, Deconstructing Downward-Facing Dog, DIY Asana Detox, Yoga for the Eyes). Take an opportunity to go deeper on a particular topic while helping us create a beautiful studio.
Items included:
  • Mini-Workshop
2 out of 5 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$50
USD
$50 Gift Certificate
Give the gift of yoga! This $50 gift certificate is good for anything at Purna Yoga 828 from classes, to a mini-workshop or credit towards a private, or anything in our retail area. Gift certificates are good for one year and will be available for pick up from the studio when we open in mid-December.
Items included:
  • $50 Gift Certificate
0 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$55
USD
Women's PY828 Sweatshirt
Stay warm and cozy before and after practice with the PY828 wide-necked sweatshirt. PY828 logo in white ink on the front.
Items included:
  • Women's PY828 Sweatshirt
1 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$60
USD
Fire of Love by Aadil
A perenial Purna favorite, Aadil Palkhivala's book, Fire of Love, is a source of inspiration, from the sharing of Aadil's stories of practicing and teaching yoga for over 5 decades to the selected quotations from various writers included on every page. Find out more about the essence of yoga with this beautiful book.
Items included:
  • Fire of Love
0 out of 3 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$75
USD
Hydration Kit
Make hydration colorful with this bkr® bottle and Sunrider Starter Kit combo! Choose either the Lola (fuchsia on the left) or Gramercy (green on the right) 1L bottle – only 1 of each – and get the full Sunrider kit: 3 packets of NuPlus, 3 packets of Fortune Delight, a Calli "tea" bag and a travel-sized bottle of Fruit & Vegetable Rinse.
Items included:
  • Sunrider Starter Kit
  • bkr® 1L bottle
0 out of 2 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$100
USD
Give to PY828 Scholarship Fund
Donate to the PY828 Scholarship fund and get a PY828 tee! One of our goals is to bring the physical, mental, and emotional, stress-relieving and confidence-building benefits of an holistic yoga practice to communities under-served by Western yoga. Giving will help us give class cards and workshops to those in need.
Items included:
  • PY828 Tee
  • Scholarship Fund Honorarium
8 claimed
Get this perk
$100
USD
$100 Gift Certificate
Give the gift of yoga! This $100 gift certificate is good for anything at Purna Yoga 828 from classes, to credit a mini-workshop or a private, or anything in our retail area. Gift certificates are good for one year and will be available for pick up at the studio when we open in mid-December.
Items included:
  • $100 Gift Certificate
1 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
$150
USD
10 Class Pass
We'll be offering several class pass packages at Purna Yoga 828. Think of this as your asana starter kit! We will be opening with 18 weekly classes on the schedule and more to come. We can't wait to share the studio with you!
Items included:
  • 10-class pass to PY828
15 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
$500
USD
50 Class Pass
50-class card! If you already practice once a week, think of it as a year of yoga. And if you come more than once a week, think of it as a great way to get a great deal on your yoga class rate – only $10 per class.
Items included:
  • 50-class Card
3 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$20
USD
Meditation Kit
Support your meditation practice with a colorful, 3" tall, soy-based, pillar candle, a text from either The Mother or Sri Aurobindo, and a personal atomizer filled with rosewater.
Items included:
  • 3" tall, soy-based candle
  • Inspirational Book
  • Personal Atomizer w/ Rosewater
2 out of 2 claimed
Estimated December 2017
Estimated December 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$50
USD
Take a Mini-Workshop!
PY828 will offer monthly mini-workshops (2-3 hours in length) on a variety of topics (Building a Better Bhujangasana, Using the Great Yoga Wall, Deconstructing Downward-Facing Dog, DIY Asana Detox, Yoga for the Eyes). Take an opportunity to go deeper on a particular topic while helping us create a beautiful studio.
Items included:
  • Mini-Workshop
20 out of 20 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$100
USD
Book a Private!
Private yoga sessions are a way to find out more about YOU! Here's a chance for you to get personal instruction from Letitia. This perk is open for all students, even if you've never studied with Letitia before. Get her help on therapeutic issues, mastering specific poses, or setting up a tailor-made sequence for home practice.
Items included:
  • 60 Min Private Session
10 out of 10 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$100
USD
Book a Private!
Private yoga sessions are a way to find out more about YOU! Here's a chance for you to get personal instruction from Letitia. This perk is open for all students, even if you've never studied with Letitia before. Get her help on therapeutic issues, mastering specific poses, or setting up a tailor-made sequence for home practice.
Items included:
  • 60 Min Private Session
5 out of 5 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
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