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Maui Yoga Teacher Training

Become a yoga professional! Our Hawaii yoga teacher training program was created 25 years ago and has produced top teachers, studio owners, and practitioners worldwide. The Maui Yoga Shala is one of the most established studios on Hawaii and Maui’s original yoga and dance studio. 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. The Yoga Alliance certified 300-hour advanced teacher training is designed to lay a solid foundation while providing an uplifting experience on the beautiful island of Maui with its sparkling blue water beaches and natural beauty. Transformation, cultivation of voice and inner power, strength, spirit, balance, and knowledge will all contribute to that foundation.

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Teaching practicum
  • Learn gardening, farming, and yoga
  • Developing your yoga career in your community and beyond
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Advanced study of asana and pranayama
  • Numerous activities outside classes
  • 26 nights accommodation

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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Patio

The lovely and colorful trainee house is located in historical Paia town. The house is furnished with a full kitchen and cooking supplies, beds with linen, as well as a washing machine and patio and yard out back. The rooms are shared with the option to have a private room.



Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).


The curriculum is based on the educational standards of the Yoga Alliance, providing a framework of five specialized categories to ensure adequate training for the yoga teachers, enabling them to teach safely and competently.

In the 300-hour training, you will dive deep into the art and science of yoga. The experienced and knowledgeable staff will guide you in becoming a more versatile teacher and practitioner, able to work one-on-one with students, teaching pranayama and meditation, and build a successful and fulfilling yoga career.

You will go deeper into both Hatha and Raja yoga practices and the application of yoga and meditation tools. Calling on contemporary research and the threads of inspiration that weave together the wisdom traditions throughout the world, the course will cover the spectrum of meditation and yoga practices. You will explore yoga as a healing art, the practice and teaching of meditation and pranayama, and more, to share with your clients and students at all levels and in many different settings.

You will build on the basic 200-hour training to share wellness practices and therapeutic applications that enable a teacher to bring yoga and meditation to many aspects of the community and build a thriving and sustainable yoga business and lifestyle that is a source of light and inspiration for others.

Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

  • Asana postures with hands-on assists for deepening awareness
  • Asana flow sequences
  • Pranayamas
  • Chanting and energetic effects of mantras
  • Modifications for varying levels
  • Integrating bandhas into practice
  • Meditation techniques and kriyas
  • Hawaiian spirit and chants and the meaning of Aloha

Anatomy, physiology, kinesiology

  • Exploration of the major body systems in relationship to asana practice
  • Benefits and contraindications for all techniques
  • Effects of structural alignment on overall health
  • Muscle and fascial physiology
  • Avoiding common injuries in yogic practices
  • Using props and variations to individualize practices
  • Body-Mind-Prana relationship
  • Teaching and giving safe instructions


  • Practice teaching exercises in small groups, public classes, and workshops
  • Teaching community classes at schools and farm
  • Teaching Maui Aloha Yoga

Philosophy, lifestyle and ethics

  • Teaching as a yoga practice
  • The 8 limbs of yoga
  • Patanjali’s yoga sutras
  • Yogic diet and nutrition
  • Gardening, farming, and yoga - kuleana and the 'aina
  • Yoga chants
  • Yoga off the mat
  • Yogic texts
  • Insurance and liabilities
  • Organic, natural, lifestyle
  • Living Maui Aloha Yoga all day

Teaching methodology

  • Multiple intelligence education
  • Class management for mixed levels
  • Clarity in teaching language
  • Incorporating hands-on assists and modifications
  • Nurturing creativity in the learning process
  • Cultivating personal style in content and delivery
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga
  • Teaching Maui Aloha Yoga

Asana-guided practice

Experiential practice of key poses, alignment, advanced poses, yoga kriyas. Students will be guided by senior teachers to use their teachings in their asana practice.

The chakras

Explore the chakras in depth, their relationship between consciousness and the body, and the functions of these energy centers. We'll discuss the functions of the chakras in relation to associated organs/body parts, the related mental and emotional issues and learn the spiritual and energetic qualities of the chakras and participate in chakra meditations.

The 3 gunas as expressed in the Bhagavad Gita

A discourse on the three gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas as related by the classic Indian scripture, The Bhagavad Gita. Students will receive insight on the qualities, forces, or modes of nature that make up material existence, or prakriti and how yoga opens your awareness to purusha, soul.

Community building practicum

Visiting local schools to teach yoga classes; creating a community event in which free yoga classes are offered as well as opportunities for service in conjunction with the event. Through these outreach experiences, students will have the opportunity to offer their art as a means of establishing connections and building community relations by karma yoga, the spirit of service.

Gardening, farming, and yoga

Gardening and farming brings a relaxing, meditative quality to your minds since it requires much patience and concentration while sowing seeds, planting, weeding, pruning, watering, and harvesting. Incorporating the yogic practices of breath, asana, and mindfullness will be explored while working with the 'aina, or land of Hawaii. Through hands-on organic garden and farming activities, students will learn how nurturing and working with the Earth with a sense of kuleana, or privileged responsibility, provides wonderful opportunities to nurture the whole being and creates a healthy and sustainable environment.

Teaching yoga for healthy shoulders

Learn the correct alignment of the shoulders while gaining insight into an array of shoulder openers; also, how to properly handle a shoulder injury or address shoulder pain.

Restorative yoga

Being a much slower teaching style, restorative yoga requires a certain quality from a teacher. Students will learn the theory and practice behind a restorative yoga class and also learn pranayama and visualization techniques.

Uplifting the teacher's voice

The teacher's voice is the one used when you're standing in front of your class. It's a professional voice and often different in quality from your day-to-day speaking voice. The projection of a strong voice and the inner power behind it will be explored as well as patterns of communication in the classroom. Incorporating exercises with Sanskrit syllables for toning the voice, students will be able to increase the volume and power of the voice for confidence and effectively maintaining the attention of a class.

Moving deeper into the 5 koshas

According to the yoga tradition, you have five sheaths, or koshas each made of increasingly finer grades of energy. Students will gain an understanding of these yogic bodies called koshas or "sheaths" as described in the yoga classic, the Taittiriya Upanishad.

Anatomy for yoga teachers

Understanding how the human body moves is integral to teaching in a manner that is safe, appropriate and effective. You will explore the human movement system - primarily the skeletal, nervous and muscular systems as they relate to movement and motor learning. Students will learn about planes and directions of movements, joints, and the muscles that create movement at the joints; learn which primary tissues are at risk during asana practice and how to protect them.

Yoga Sutras

Dive deep into the teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by chanting and discussing the sutras individually, and gaining an understanding through transmission of each sutra.

Ashtanga yoga: the eight limbs of yoga

In depth learning and discussion about the Eight Limbs of Yoga include Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dyana, Samadhi. Learn how these individual categories become a whole and the practical application of these sacred teachings into daily life.


Dristi translates to "gaze." During your physical and meditation practices you will use your gaze to increase concentration, calmness and ultimately stillness, achieving one-pointed concentration, dharana.

In-depth hip opening

Specific poses are preferred for deeper hip openings. In order to move deeper into the hips there must be a knowledge of how to keep proper alignment in the process as well as how to instruct verbally a sense of release for a client, class, or community. Students will also learn how to take a client deeper into the emotional connections that you have in your hips.


Several pranyama techniques will be presented to explore the science of breath regulation and the cultivation of life force, or prana. Understanding the physical, physiological, emotional, and spiritual effects of pranayama, students will be able to incorporate these techniques to help increase vitality, awareness, and well-being in themselves and their students.

Ethics for yoga teachers

Instruction and discussion on practicing Yamas and Niyamas, Limbs 1 and 2 of the Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy, in the daily activities of life to set a professional and ethical example as a teacher of yoga. You will learn the appropriate application of the practices and teachings of yoga to influence the teacher/student’s living standards in a helpful, safe, and transformative way.

Nutrition and the science of Ayurveda

Awareness of what one puts into the body as food and its effects on physical well-being and how it impacts the overall psychological well-being, are important factors to the yoga practice and lifestyle. Along with the study of certain aspects of the yogic science of diet, you will explore the connection between what and how you eat and other factors affecting your life. Students will learn how the integration of healthy eating habits and nutrition supports the yoga practice and a healthy lifestyle while expanding the access of organic, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

The paths of yoga

Paths of yoga within the classical system of Raja yoga include Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Karma yoga. Knowledge of Self through chanting Sanskrit verses, service from within to the whole, devotional practices, and connecting the paths are explored. By experiencing the yogic disciplines through practice you will see how each path is uniquely used to achieve a higher purpose.


The bandhas are the internal tools you use to harness, increase, and direct prana through the body. The word bandha literally translates to the word lock. When these locks are engaged it stops prana from leaving the body. You will explore the bandhas in depth, how to use, manage and maintain, as well as where each one is located.

Mythological origins of the asanas

This class explores origins of the asanas in a colorful way through ancient stories of yogis, sages, animals, creatures, and the deities. Practicing the cultivation of the qualities of divinity will open the way for knowledge, the responsibility of inner power and its ultimate alignment with your highest goals

Mastering arm balancing

Master the alignment and instruction essential to properly teach different arm balancing poses. Arm balances can be a fun and empowering way for students to feel a connection to their physical practice. In this section students will learn about the different types of arm balances, how to properly instruct them with correct alignments as well as getting to practice each arm balance to gain a deeper understanding of the pose and what is trying to be achieved in each one.


Inversions have many benefits for your well being. In the spirit of fun, you will train with understanding the importance of practicing them safely as well as how to teach them to all levels of students.

Exploration of the major body systems in relationship to asana practice - the nervous system, the lymphatic system, and the endocrine system; we'll look at the interrelateness of the spine with the inner organs via the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres and gain an understanding of the autonomous nervous system.

Hands-on assist

Assistance in a pose can sometimes be the difference between feeling a stretch and really actually understanding and getting into a pose. Teachers assistance is also beneficial for students who are trying to take their asanas to the next step but need some help getting there. Included will be how to assist more advanced asanas.

Yoga for special needs

How to approach the practice for clients who have certain conditions, as well as learning how to teach yoga for depression, sudden life changes, and varying disabilities. You will discuss how to approach the practice for certain physical and mental conditions that a client may have.

Teaching yoga for lower back pain

Learn in depth about the anatomy of the spine and how to instruct the optimal alignment for the spine in a range of poses. Students will also discuss how to modify or properly approach back issues, ultimately learning how to help heal lower back pain.

The Tripura Rahasya

Meaning the mystery beyond the trinity, The Tripura Rahasya: the secret of the supreme goddess is an ancient literary work in Sanskrit believed to have been narrated by the sage Dattatreya to Parashurama. By studying the series of teacher to disciple narrations from the Tripura Rahasya, students will explore insights into these keys to self-realization.

Teacher skills - creating a themed class

Sequence a class with a theme and set intentions for class.

Business skills and self-development

Presentation skills and how to set up a successful workshop. Learn how to make business decisions while still staying aligned with your intuition and integrity.

Class management for mixed levels

Managing a classroom with a range of levels, ability, and ages will be discussed and how to lead a practice that’s appropriate for each person.


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Retreat location

The beautiful Maui Yoga Shala is located in the idyllic town of Paia, a treasure on Maui's north shore. Located in the former Paia Train Depot, they strive to be a portal for all seekers to connect deeply with their own bodies and each other and move as their heart's desire.

The organic grocery store, Mana, is one block away. The yoga shala is about a 12-minute walk and Maui's sparkling beaches are just a minute down the road by foot.

Nearby places

  • Kahalui, 15 minutes
  • Maui's beach, 1 minute
  • Yoga shala, 12 minutes


The lovely, open-air Island Fresh Cafe is located in the Shala, where you can dine during your breaks from training. The cafe offers a nice selection of locally sourced, organic meals and menu items. Vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian options available. They also have bowls, smoothies, and coconuts.

The meal plan includes menu offerings for lunch and breakfast. You’ll pre-order for breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday at the beginning of the day and enjoy a tea or coffee or some local fruit. The meal plan can be purchased anytime after registration. For scheduled breaks see the program schedule. You can also bring your prepared meals and snacks for the day with you in the morning. They have a fridge at the studio to place your food items.

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of completion
  • Sessions and activities as mentioned in the program

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Meal plan

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You will fly into Kahalui, Maui airport (OGG) which is a 10 to 15 minute drive from the North Shore and the historical plantation town and surf village of Paia where the Maui Yoga Shala is located. Rental car options are available at the airport. Taxi or Uber service is available from the airport to Paia. Please email your flight details in advance.

Arrival by car

There are many car rental companies based at the airport. They also have local friends who rent cars if you want to ask after the training begins. Renting a car is not necessary as everything is walking distance, the trainee house, Paia town, the beach, and the studio. If you would like to go on adventures to explore the island, or go for supplies in the retail chain stores in Kahului, or even bypass the walking you can easily rent a car.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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