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36 Days 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii

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


Maui Yoga Teacher Training

The Maui Yoga Shala's 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training takes you deeper into the art, science, practice, and discipline of yoga providing the skills and insights to take your teaching to new heights throughout the world. Our 5 week Hawaii immersion on Maui is designed for the practitioner to develop an advanced understanding of how to effectively teach asana, pranayama and meditation to all levels and abilities of students. The intensive nature of our program will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the yoga lifestyle and the warm Aloha spirit of Hawaii. Our 300hr program is the opportunity for your full commitment to being on the path of the teacher, staying in your personal practice and teaching in an active way. The pre-requisite for our 300hr program is a 200hr certification.


  • Teaching practicum
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Learn gardening, farming, and yoga
  • Hawaiian spirit and chants and the meaning of Aloha
  • Teaching community classes at schools & farm
  • Numerous activities outside classes
  • 35 nights accommodation
  • 36 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.

Nearby places

  • Kahalui, 15 minutes
  • 35 nights accommodation
  • Certification
  • Meals
  • Sessions and activities as mentioned in the program

Our curriculum is based on the educational standards of the Yoga Alliance, providing a framework of 5 specialized categories to ensure adequate training for our yoga teachers, enabling them to teach safely and competently.

Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

  • Asana postures with hands-on assists for deepening awareness
  • Asana flow sequences
  • Pranayamas
  • Chanting & energetic effects of mantras
  • Modifications for varying levels
  • Integrating bandhas into practice
  • Meditation techniques & 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 & 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, & workshops
  • Teaching community classes at schools & farm
  • Teaching Maui Aloha Yoga

Philosophy, lifestyle & ethics

  • Teaching as a yoga practice
  • The 8 limbs of yoga
  • Patanjali’s yoga sutras
  • Yogic diet & nutrition
  • Gardening, farming, and yoga - kuleana & 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 & modifications
  • Nurturing creativity in the learning process
  • Cultivating personal style in content & 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 & emotional issues & 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 our 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, & yoga

​Gardening & farming brings a relaxing, meditative quality to our 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 & 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 & 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 our 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, we 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. We 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 our physical and meditation practices we'll use our gaze to increase concentration, calmness and ultimately stillness, achieving one-pointed concentration, dharana.

In-depth hip opening

​Specific poses are prefered 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 we have in our 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 & discussion on practicing Yamas & Niyamas, Limbs 1 & 2 of the Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy, in the daily activities of life to set a professional & ethical example as a teacher of yoga. We'll 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 & lifestyle. Along with the study of certain aspects of the yogic science of diet, we will explore the connection between what and how we eat and other factors affecting our lives. Students will learn how the integration of healthy eating habits & nutrition supports the yoga practice and a healthy lifestyle while expanding the access of organic, locally-grown fruits & vegetables.

The paths of yoga

​Paths of yoga within the classical system of Raja yoga include Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, & 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 we'll see how each path is uniquely used to achieve a higher purpose.


​%The bandhas are the internal tools we 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. We'll explore The bandhas in depth, how to use, manage & 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 our 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 our well being. In the spirit of fun we'll 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. We 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.

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.


Shakta teaches chanting, meditation, and the practical application of the yogic philosophy. As the studio manager he provides orientation and general support for the needs of the trainees. Inspired by his teacher Amma, also known as the "hugging saint," Shakta brought his path of bhakti, karma, and hatha yoga to Maui. He began training with Nadia & Karin and integrating his practice into gardening, farming, and nature as well as serving, chanting, and singing with a local satsang. Drawing on the ancient teachings of yoga through the Yoga Sutras, ashtanga yoga, sanskrit verses, and the deities, the students will learn to apply these universal principles to their own lives as well as how to weave yoga philosophy into their classes so that their students can experience the full transformative power of 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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