Brad Waites first began practicing yoga in 2000, primarily for physical fitness and stress relief from his career as a civil litigation attorney. He was immediately drawn to the practice, though he wasn’t quite sure why. He completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lennox, Massachusetts in 2001, though he had no inclination to teach at the time.
His love of the practice kept drawing him to more and more training, and he decided to start leading beginner classes. Teaching felt inherently right. He moved to Kripalu Center in 2003, trading his legal ambitions for a management and teaching position at Kripalu. During this time, he studied with many inspirational and gifted teachers in many different traditions, eventually obtaining a 500-hour professional-level certification from Kripalu. He also taught weekly classes, longer workshops, and weekend and week-long retreats.
He first met Aadil Palkhivala, one of the founders of Purna Yoga, in 2005 at an inversions workshop that Aadil was leading. He knew within 15 minutes that he had found the teacher with whom he wanted to study. While, as promised, Aadil taught alignment and actions in inversions, he also spoke with experience and authority on the big picture – what the practice is (and isn’t) and what it can potentially do. His clarity and depth of knowledge were exactly what Brad was seeking. Aadil spoke to my heart while satisfying my mind.
Brad entered the Purna College of Yoga in Bellevue, Washington in November 2005, and for the next two years studied intensively with Aadil, Savitri (Aadil’s wife and a co-founder of Purna Yoga) and senior Purna Yoga teachers. He graduated from the college in September 2007 with a 2000-hour certification.
Brad continue to study regularly with Aadil and Savitri. He completed an intermediate intensive and teacher training in 2008, and a therapeutics teacher training in 2009.
Brad is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT 500 – RYT 500.
He also continues to lead regular classes, workshops and retreats.