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Yoga Oasis on Hawaii's Big Island is a retreat center located near the ocean, in the rainforest. We offer yoga detox retreats and delicious vegetarian cuisine.Contact Organizer
“Find yourself working and enjoying yoga in beautiful Hawaii.”
Volunteer in Hawaii and feel accomplished, join daily yoga classes and simply have fun. Wake up feeling a 100% fulfilled. Know and live your true purpose in life with every moment of your life! Come and join this yoga volunteer retreat and gain the experience of a lifetime. Yoga Oasis friendly and professional instructors welcome guest volunteers at our secluded and peaceful yoga retreat.
Yoga Oasis teaches Chi Hatha yoga. It is a combination of Hatha Yoga, Pranayamas plus Chi Kung breathing and visualization techniques. You will learn belly breathing, back breathing, the bandahs (yoga locks), how to still and focus your mind and then, how to incorporate all these aspects into your Yoga practice. Afternoon yoga sessions are also available for an additional cost.
Eugene Eckman is a local, who was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. He started yoga 15 years ago with sivananda and hatha yoga. He has his 200 hour yoga teacher training (yoga alliance certified) from Yoga Oasis in Chi Hatha Yoga and has studied extensively with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. He has surfed the big waves on the north shore of Hawaii with 40 foot faces, with jet skies, being towed into the waves, and all over the world.
Yogi Hayward, B.A. from U.C. at Berkeley, heads the Yoga Oasis yoga program, has been a yogi since 1972. Hayward's American Indian mother started him on a metaphysical path at an early age. In 1973, he was initiated into Tibetan Buddhism by Karmapa Rimpoche. Hayward is a spiritual counselor, teacher and certified in Thai Massage. His spiritual life has inspired his performances with artists such as: Diana Ross and Whoopi Goldberg.
As a mime, he studied under Marcel Marceau and Marceau's teacher, Etienne Decroux. Performing as a highly trained acrobat and Miami Vice stuntman, Hayward suffered numerous spinal and joint injuries. However, he has been able to rejuvenate his body through the yogic techniques which he teaches. He traveled to France and India where he spent many years studying yoga with several Indian masters in Mysore, India.
He was given great reviews in the Yoga Journal (1986) for his inspiring performance art called "Mime-Yoga". Swami Vishnu Devenanda, founder of the Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Society, named him, "The World's Greatest Mime-Yogi". Hayward is a certified yoga teacher (1990) with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. Hayward was one of the first members of the U.S. Sports Acrobatic Society in 1980.
He trained with Sol Cohen in vaudeville comdedy acrobatics for over twenty years and studied hand balancing at the Frattilini Circus in Paris, France. He has taught workshops in comedy acrobatics called, "Slips Falls and Other Pratfalls". A certified Thai Massage Therapist (1996) and Certified Lomi-Lomi Hawaiian Massage Practicioner (2004). Hayward has toured, lectured and performed all over the world. See Hayward's Funny Film Clip Cat Yoga
Star, is program coordinator, a yogini, and vegetarian cook. She has created her own line of herbal extracts called StarBright Botanicals. She is a certified herbalist from the American School of Natural Healing and a certified yoga teacher from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. She has studied Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala, India. She developed her first herbal formulas to combat traveler's sickness while traveling around the world as a performance artist.
During the 3 seasons on the TV show, "Dinosaurs" (a Jim Henson Production), she was able to use her yoga training to maintain her health and fitness during a stressful and grueling shooting schedule. Together, Hayward & Star have developed and are currently teaching the art of Chi Yoga, Double Yoga, Acro-Yoga, Prop Yoga and Yoga Massage.
Karl Eric has many talents he shares with the community; Deep Emotional Release sessions, breath work and a life coach for our guests. He leads meditation Chakra Toning circles, practices Lomi - Lomi massage, and helps us trouble shoot computer problems. He also makes amazing homemade soaps that we use here at Yoga Oasis. Karl Eric is a graduate of MIT in Boston, MA. In his spare time, he loves to travel to hot springs and ultimate games around the world. Karl is a permanent resident of Yoga Oasis.
Kalia, a big island resident for 22 years, is our tour guide. She shares her great knowledge of local flora, fauna and folklore as she guides Eco Adventure tour guests to some of the most amazing sites on the island!
Gilbert helped start Yoga Oasis in our first year. He travels worldwide, playing music and working in promotions. He currently lives in Maui and returns for visits from time to time.
We are located in the endangered tropical Hawaiian rainforest. It is warm, even when it rains. There are no snakes, leeches, deadly spiders, lime disease, poison oak or poison ivy. It is filled with birds, wild pigs, mongoose, and feral cats. We have 6 ducks who help keep the insect population down.
The town of Pahoa is a 10 minute drive with a health food store, restaurants, cafes, live music at the Pahoa Lounge, revival movies and live shows at the Akebono Theatre. The ocean, geothermal hot ponds, and Volcano National Park are nearby.
Meals may be purchased from our cafe. You can also make your food using the outdoor kitchen of Yoga Oasis.
From 3 p.m.
Please check in before 6 p.m. It is very difficult to find Yoga Oasis at night. If you are arriving to the Big Island late, plan to spend your first night in Hilo or Kona. If you are a returning guest or have been to Yoga Oasis before, you can ask about after dark check in.
We highly recommend renting a car for your stay as we are in a remote area. The taxi ride from the airport is over $100 USD, each way.
The classes are designed for all levels. During the asana section of the class the teacher will say level 1 do this, level 2 do this, level 3 do this, etc, until each student finds their own personal edge. As you practice these techniques you will rejuvenate your organs, body, and mind.
We are on solar power so we ask you not to bring any electric appliances such as blow dryers, electric shavers, etc. You can bring a lap top computer if you wish.
Bathing suit, beach towel, umbrella, comfortable yoga clothes, flashlight, rain poncho, sweater for the evenings, hat, flip flops, (no shoes allowed inside the buildings), Mosquito repellent, tea tree oil, sunscreen lotion, snorkel mask, fins, surf or boogie board
For more information ask your questions directly to Yoga Oasis who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.
If you cancel more than 30 days in advance there is no charge.
If you cancel less than 30 days in advance there are charged 50% of the room fee.
If you cancel less than 14 days in advance you are charged 100% of the room fee.
The charges are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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We are an solar powered eco retreat. You are coming in to the endangered tropical Hawaiian rainforest! It is very exciting and it is Paradise! We are tying to keep that way. We do our best not to use chemicals. This means it is highly likely you will encounter mosquitoes, (bring bug spray if you are concerned). You may see some ants, beetles, geckos or other insects in your room or cabin. They are virtually harmless. The toxic chemicals used to keep these harmless insects away is very dangerous, it says so on their labels. The wildlife (pigs, beautiful birds, etc.) could not survive without plenty of insects. It will most likely rain while you are here, it is the rainforest. We are lovers of nature who worship her abundance. We offer this Hawaiian Paradise to you.
Review by Bridget from Asheville, USA:
10 out of 10
"We went to the yoga oasis after completing a backpacking trip in Volcanoes National Park so we splurged and stayed in one of the cabins. They were simplistic, original and kept out most of the wildlife but the best part was the yoga and breakfast afterwards. This place it a great stay if you want to feel energized and feed your body and soul. The 2 hour yoga session in the morning opened up my yoga practice (which was not much above a sporadic beginner) and empowered me. The breakfast afterwards is a feast but not serving meat or using any artificial sweeteners, you didn't feel bad about loading up your plate. One of the best experiences I had on the Big Island! I hope we get a chance to return."
August 19, 2011, Trip Advisor website, edited
Review by a traveler from Wisconsin, USA:
8 out of 10
"We recently returned from our visit to Pahoa and Yoga Oasis. It was a perfect fit for us. We loved the rainforest setting. The pine cabin was comfortable but thanks to the excellent excursion guide that can be downloaded from thier website we were out exploring each day following the excellent Yoga class and delicious breakfast. and did not return until late at night. I found the Yoga challenging and transforming. Many chronic aches and pains melted away after 3 classes! Juicing fresh fruit from the orchards at breakfast was delicious. The region of the big Island has some great opportunities for outdoor adventure. We especially liked the tide pools for snorkeling, Volcano National Park and the scenic drive to the Botanical Gardens north of Hilo."
March 11, 2011, Trip Advisor website, edited