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22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training on Maui

  • 381 Baldwin Avenue, Paia, Maui, Hawaii, USA


Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training on Maui

We invite you to join us here on the magical island of Maui, Hawaii, to be immersed in yoga, sunshine, friendship, memories, and personal growth. Our Yoga Alliance certified teacher training is designed to lay a solid foundation for practitioners wishing to grow into teachers of this powerful art form. Through in-depth study of asana, pranayama, teaching methodology, and yoga philosophy, aspiring teachers are given the tools to share the essence and joy of yoga. Experiencing the healthy lifestyle of Hawaii, soaking up the mana, eating well, resting, and being inspired, will give you a chance to rejuvenate on a personal level. We believe that as teachers, we need to cultivate good physical, mental, and emotional health, so that we can share that positive energy in our classrooms. All our teachers live and breathe the spirit of aloha, and are dedicated to supporting you during this transformative process. A teacher training with Maui Yoga Shala is more than just about loving yoga, it is about loving life! It is about love, and where else to experience that than in the land of aloha! We look forward to welcoming you to our teaching ohana (family)!


  • Teaching practicum
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Learn teaching methodology
  • Study the body's physical and energetic systems
  • Learn yoga foundations & philosophy
  • Numerous activities outside classes
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • 21 days with instruction
  • English
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Our 3 bedroom trainee house is in Skill village, adjacent to Baldwin Avenue. A 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the historical plantation town of Paia, and a 10-15 minute walk from the shala. Accommodations are shared bedrooms of 2 persons per room. The house is self catering. The house is simply furnished with all kitchen utensils, beds with linen, as well as a washing machine, and small yard out back.

We meet daily to practice and study at the beautiful Maui Yoga Shala, located in the idyllic town of Paia, a treasure on Maui's north shore. Located in the former Paia Train Depot, we strive to be a portal for all seekers to connect deeply with their own bodies and each other, and move as their hearts desire.


  • Kahalui, 15 minutes
  • How to practice yoga foundations including asana, pranayama, kriyas, mantra, and meditation.
  • Functional anatomy and kinesiology, including study of both the physical and energetic systems of the body, and the application of anatomical principles to yoga practice.
  • Teaching methodology including instruction, asana demonstration, observation, assisting and adjusting, the flow of a class, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning, and the business aspects of teaching.
  • Yoga professionally.
  • Yoga philosophy.
  • Teaching practicum, practice teaching and assisting other teachers in a class setting. Most trainees have the opportunity to teach a drop-in class at Maui Yoga Shala for real-world experience.
  • Lifestyle and ethics for a yoga teacher, including cultivating your personal teaching style.
  • Accommodation.

Our program is comprehensive, and will cover all the requirements as presented by Yoga Alliance for you to register as a registered yoga teacher (RYT) upon your certification.


  • Asana postures with hands-on assists for deepening awareness
  • Asana flow sequences
  • Pranayamas
  • Energetic effects of mantras
  • Modifications for varying levels
  • Integrating 3 bandhas into practice
  • Incorporating chanting, yoga Nidra & meditation into teaching
  • Yoga teacher training manual
  • Partner yoga
  • Hawaiian spirit and chants and the meaning of aloha

Teaching methodology

  • Multiple intelligence education
  • Clarity in teaching language
  • Incorporating hands-on assists & modifications
  • Nurturing creativity in the learning process
  • Cultivating personal style in content & delivery
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga

Anatomy, physiology, kinesiology

  • Benefits & contraindications for all techniques
  • Effects of structural alignment on overall health
  • Physiology of muscle and fascia
  • Avoiding common injuries in yogic practices
  • Using props and variations to individualize practices
  • Body-mind-prana relationship
  • Teaching and giving safe instructions

Philosophy, lifestyle & ethics

  • Teaching as a yoga practice
  • The 8 limbs of yoga
  • Introduction to Patanjalis yoga sutras
  • Yogic diet / gardening
  • Yoga chants
  • Yoga off the mat
  • Yoga Alliance registry
  • Insurance and liabilities
  • Organic and natural life style
  • Living Maui aloha yoga all day
  • Living healthy and joyful


  • Practice teaching exercises in small groups
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Teaching Maui aloha in the morning during last week of training
  • Design & teach a full yoga class in your own style

Required reading

  • Prior to course - Health, Healing and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya
  • During course - The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman (with CD set) (A print-out anatomy booklet will be provided on 1st class day)


  • Week 1 & 2
  • Monday - Friday
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Philosophy
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Break
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Functional Anatomy
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Break
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Teaching Methodology
  • Saturday
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Philosophy
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Yoga Adjustments
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Practicum Prep
  • Sunday
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Techniques, Training and Practice & Day Off
  • Week 3
  • Monday - Friday
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Philosophy
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Break
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Techniques, Training and Practice - Pranayama
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Teaching Methodology
  • Saturday
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Philosophy
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Practicum
  • Sunday
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 11:30 -13:30 Practicum
  • Week 4
  • Monday - Wednesday
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Philosophy
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Break
  • 09:30 - 11.00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Techniques, Training and Practice - Pranayama
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Teaching Methodology
  • 14:15 - 16:15 Practicum
  • Thursday
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Philosophy
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Techniques, Training and Practice
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Anatomy Exam
  • 14:30 Graduation
  • (Hours are subject to change according to season)

Arrival by airplane

You will fly into Kahalui, Maui airport (OGG), which is a 15 minute drive from the north shore and the historical plantation town of Paia, where the Maui Yoga Shala is located.

Arrival by car

There are many car rental companies based at the airport. Renting a car will make life fun on Maui, as after class you can visit the local beaches, go for walks, and in the evenings enjoy some of the excellent local restaurants and then take longer adventures on your day off (Sunday afternoon). You can easily rent from companies such as Enterprise, Avis, Aloha, Kimo (it is best to do a Google search to find what deals work best for you).

If you are staying in the trainees house and do not wish to rent your own car, you can easily walk from the house to the shala. It is a beautiful walk down the hill of around 10-15 minutes. The walk from the Shala into the town of Paia is another 10 minutes down the hill. There is no bus service along this route, so be prepared to walk if you do not have a car.

Airport transfers

Transfer from and to Airport on request.

If you do not wish to rent your own car, and you have booked accommodation at the trainee house in Paia, you will be collected from the airport, and taken to the trainee house. Be sure to email your flight details in advance.

Seasonals information

The weather on Maui is a steady 68-70F almost every day, and rain is rare in Paia.

Additional information

For more information ask your questions directly to Maui Yoga Shala who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

Nadia Toraman

The training is led by Maui Yoga Shala owner, Nadia Toraman, voted as Maui Times Best Yoga Teacher on Maui in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She has been training yoga teachers on Maui for 12 years, and many of her students have gone on to become highly acclaimed teachers in their hometowns or out in the world. Nadia combines a passionate love for the liberating heart of yoga with a keen intellectual understanding of its underlying philosophy to offer a truly transformative training.

Karin Kuhn

Technique, training and practice, functional anatomy, and methodology are taught by Karin Kuhn. In addition to her many years of teaching experience, Karin is a certified personal trainer (with both NASM and ETA - Sport Science Institute of South Africa), and works therapeutically with clients, offering private sessions at the Shala as well as at one of Maui's top fitness facilities in Haiku. With a degree in business (sales and marketing), and years of experience running her own studio in South Africa and studios here on Maui, she is able to guide students in the science, art, and business of teaching yoga. Karin shares her passionate understanding of the practice, both the physical, energetic, and spiritual aspects with grace and humor. Aspiring teachers will learn how to confidently teach to a wide variety of students by exploring tried and tested alignment cues that keep students safe in the practice.

  • Meals are not included in accommodation prices. Supplies can be bought in Paia Town, or if you have a car or wish to catch the bus, you can go into the town of Kahului to shop.

When not in class, there will be time to swim and snorkel in the ocean, enjoy the pristine beaches of Baldwin, Paia bay and Ho'okipa, watch the sunset, hike our forests and waterfalls, watch the whales, and visit the volcano while enjoying the laid back vibe of the north shore.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Maui Yoga Shala an inquiry.
  • Review by Ateeka

    "Thank you for all of your energy, time and love towards my practice... A new person is blossoming inside me thanks to you and your wonderful instruction!"

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  • Review by Julie C.

    "Discovering Maui Yoga Shala is like discovering a new family. Everyone is so inviting, open-hearted, and understanding. Nadia and the other instructors have been excellent! From the location, to the ambiance, everything is perfect! People from all over the world come here to train and practice as they offer a variety of classes from top notch teachers."


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  • Review by Debra S.

    "Thank you instructors Ashlie, Seeta, and Gail. I am so grateful for the strong turn-around you have given me. I Have loved this week - thanks to your skill, kindness, beauty, and generosity!"

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  • Review by Satoko

    "Love, Peace and compassion.Thank you so much for teaching me, a very beginner in yoga and sprits. This experience will remain within my hearts all through my life. Thank you and I love you!"

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  • Review by Takako

    "Dear Nadia, I appreciated so so much, Nadia. When I saw your eyes first time I was so attracted to them. I found soon you have a fighting spirit and such heartful mind. I want to be like you. I will never forget you in my life. So, please don't forget my smiling face."

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  • Review by J Caryn T from Soquel, United States

    "Love this place! Nadia is a fab teacher, studio is welcoming and classes are sweet. Definitely a go-to spot for any yogi! Also, if you're waiting for your class to start, check out the awesome cute!"

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  • Review by Alexa from Philadelphia, USA

    "It was the best experience of my life. I had the most incredible teachers as long as the best trainees who are absolutely the future of yoga. I am so blessed I had this experience." website, edited

  • Review by Coreena N. from Hawaii, USA

    "I have been going to Maui Yoga Shala for over a year now, and feel it is time to write a review. I have been to many yoga teachers, yoga studios, and have never found the right one. The yoga Shala is a very welcoming environment that is clean, spacious, beautiful, and artistic with a cute boutique featuring local artists displaying their quality jewelry, and trendy yoga ware. The Maui Yoga Shala has an amazing team of yoga teachers, and I like Nadia the best. Nadia has a lot of aloha, and it shown in her class instruction. We sweat, we pray, we send out love to those that need comfort in this world of chaos, and uncertainty. Many people are transformed when they leave the class, and every Wednesday and Friday, there is live music played by conscious musicians with conscious lyrics to uplift, and elevate the atmosphere and the students in the yoga class. There is plenty of free parking, and there is a massage studio, and an organic juice-smoothie bar next door to the yoga studio. They have dance classes at the Shala, and I love the belly-dance class taught by Andrea. Andrea is an awesome teacher that is highly skilled in her field. She breaks everything down so that the student can easily understand the movements, and isolations."

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  • Review by Valerie

    "Dear Nadia, this has been an eye-opening and inspiring experience of a lifetime. I can't begin to express my gratitude to you for the wonderful instruction and insight you've shared with me. You are a strong, gracious, and beautiful example of a yoga teacher, and I hope someday I can inspire others the way that I see your students inspired by you. Love and Aloha."

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  • Review by Marie-Kate and Lewie

    "Dear Nadia, we wanted to thank you for such a wonderful week of yoga. Yoga and Maui, what could be better? Thanks to you and Maui's memorable sights, our trip was amazing. We look forward to seeing you again!"

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  • Review by Tomoko

    "Dear Nadia, it has been a wonderful experience of knowing you and learning yoga from you. Even I fell during the practice, I've learned to never give up and accept the pressure without denying it. I think I'll come back again to your retreat with stronger mind and soul! Love and aloha."

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  • Review by a traveler from Rome, Italy

    "Maui Yoga Shala is a great place to meet cool people, great teachers. One of the most amazing yoga teachers rtreats places of Hawaii, great friends. Is home for me, is where I started daily practicing, and learning yoga for years while I lived in Maui. I still remember Nadia Toraman in the beach in Sprecks, early in the morning, when I was swimming and she introduce herself, and invite me for a class. Amazing woman Nadia, great teacher, a great friend. I learned so much with her. She has great skills in friendship, relationships, yoga teaching, and guiding. I am so gratefull for all your amazing work. Thank you."

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  • Review by Ashley S. from Hawaii, USA

    "Everyone was very friendly, and welcoming. The class was different from any yoga classes I've been to on Oahu. I'm glad that I didn't get distracted, and came to share this experience with them."

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  • Review by Lisa M. from California, USA

    "Another five star review for Maui Yoga Shala in Paia. I just got out of the nine am class and I am ready to begin the day feeling strong, invigorated, and centered. I was a little nervous because it's been years since I took a yoga class. This was my first time here, I pulled a muscle last week doing a cartwheel, and I am about to turn fifty next week. All those things were rattling around in my head at the start of class but I shouldn't have worried. It is yoga after all, and is the best way to clear out all that noise in your head. The instructor made me feel at ease but gently pushed out of our comfort zones. Looking forward to the candlelight yoga class next."

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  • Review by Michele from Montepulciano, Italy

    "I visited the Shaka on my last night and did two classes back to back, one with the owner which was lovely. I particularly liked greeting everyone at the beginning and end, and the second was with Shakta, a wonderful candlelit practice with another wonderful yoga teacher. A big thank you to both of you. I'm a yoga teacher myself, and would recommend these classes to anyone. They were both all levels with good experienced teachers."

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  • Review by Kim from New York City, USA

    "We have traveled all over enjoying yoga retreats. What a pleasure it was to discover Maui Yoga. The teachers were great and made us feel part of a community even though we were visitors. The class schedule always seemed to work. There seemed to be a class that fit each of our changing days of Hawaiian adventure. I also loved the clothes they were selling. If you enjoy exciting yoga wear, and I do, it is worth the trip for that alone."

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