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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in the USA.
Join this program that follows Yoga Alliance standards which includes Vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles, and the path of yoga as a framework for holistic health. This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels of Vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Restorative yoga.
Hawaii Island Retreat & Eco-Boutique hotel offers twenty elegant suites and yurt bungalows. The suites are color matched and named for the large, antique Saxon prints of tropical flowers. Each suite has a spacious bathroom with a large soaking tub and separate shower. These spacious suites are 375 - 450 square feet and decorated with turn-of -the-century-Hawaii furniture. All suites have private balconies and chairs, overlooking the fragrant garden as well as ocean. The yurt bungalows have valley or garden views.
Hawaii Island Retreat's Hawaiian yurts offer a unique alternative to the elegant boutique hotel for individuals and groups seeking greater simplicity and economy. Nestled within a needled ironwood grove, the yurt village is adjacent to the Hawaiian eco-spa complex and features seven spacious yurt bungalows, perfect for couples or shared living during private retreats.
Yurt Village guests have easy access to the spa's massage bungalows, movement room, and infinity pool. Meals are served in the main hotel, where guests can also enjoy our fragrant gardens, open-air living room, theater room, and library.
The yurts have two single beds and a private toilet and sink. The indoor and outdoor shower options and the spa locker rooms are nearby for showers. Each room includes thoughtful amenities:
You will also enjoy the following:
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Their curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based Vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha yoga, and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.
The instruction will cover a wide range of yoga techniques including yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life-affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in yoga poses. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali, and the chakra system as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing.
The asana emphasis includes both level one and two alignments based Vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity, and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels Vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Restorative.
The course outline includes techniques training and practice for 120 contact hours, teaching methodology for 30 contact hours, anatomy and physiology for 15 contact hours, yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers for 20 contact hours, practicum for 15 contact hours. The Hawaii program is scheduled as an intensive program. While the program days are full, the activities of the day are kept diverse and active. The days really are a wonderful mix of digesting concepts intellectually, applying the concepts experientially, and diving into the practices of yoga.
Care is taken within the program schedule to ensure that students have a healthy experience both physically and mentally. They promise not to keep you sedentary for too long. There is physical activity and deep relaxation built into the program every day.
There will be one full day off mid-way through the program to enjoy and explore the local area.
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is an international yoga teacher and Integrative Yoga Therapist. She draws from over two decades of personal yoga practice, 22 years of teaching and extensive training in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Anusara. She currently directs and leads Yoga teacher trainings and workshops worldwide, provides unique one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily yoga classes and offers private therapeutic sessions. Additionally, Liz serves as a mentor/faculty for the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy Professional Yoga Therapy program.
Innately perceptive beyond her years and wildly passionate about everything in her path, Molly applies a level of determination and delight that is truly one of a kind. Her unique teaching style is both intense and focused but lightened with creativity, compassion, and humor. She believes that this balance of effort and surrender is the key to unlocking the awareness of one's true nature. A student of yoga since the age of 16, Molly has studied intensely with Chuck Miller and completed teacher training with Annie Carpenter and Don Stapelton.
Hawaii Island Retreat Center (HIRC) offers luxury accommodations in elegant Hawaiian style in harmony with nature. Visualize a very special location of intentional peacefulness, set among towering evergreens and ocean breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast.
When you visit the area, you will quickly realize the wonder of this sacred land. Here, you can relax and unwind in gardens, wild groves, and along ancient valley trails.
The 50 acres of private coastal lands provides many opportunities for light hiking, jogging, meditative walks, and quiet time in nature. The HIRC campus includes a solar heated, salt water hot tub and infinity swimming pool, open air patios and balconies, a private library and theatre room and wireless internet in public areas. Hawaii Island Retreat is a leader in sustainable travel and green living.
The price of this retreat includes three delicious and health-minded meals each day. An abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables are served daily. Primarily vegetarian fare with fish and chicken options at some meals. Dietary requirements can be accommodated. Hawaii Island Retreat’s garden-side dining room opens onto fragrant plantings. Here you will enjoy organic farm-to-table cuisine.
Their organic gardens and orchards are a living tribute to the Big Island's bounty of exotic vegetables and fruits. They grow the foods used in their hotel kitchen, from salad greens to lychee and sunrise papaya. You will find the Hawaiian spa cuisine menu rich with local accents, whole-grain breads, Pacific Rim dishes, and international menus. Their chefs are brilliant in the kitchen. When they are not out gathering herbs for an appetizer dish, they are about the region sampling local dishes for new menu ideas.
There is an abundance of excursions available both off and on-site for your days off. Here are some but not all of whats available in the area:
During this training, spa treatments and massages are available a la carte on site for an extra charge. The distinctive menu includes Hawaiian and other traditional, holistic treatments and massages, from Lomilomi massage to organic herbal treatments. At Maluhia Spa at Hawaii Island Retreat Center, they magnify and support the natural healing that being in nature supplies. They only use organic herbs and oils, growing many of the fruits, herbs, and vegetables from which they create signature products.
Enjoy linens and robes made from organic bamboo, and fresh country breezes to soothe and refresh. Many of the massage oils and other treatment products are available for home use. In the spa, there are two treatment pathways to your well-being; Kuakini, the path of transformation for body, mind, and spirit; and Ku’ulani, the path of heaven, harmonizing, balancing, and couples massage.
Kona International Airport at Keāhole
Transfer available for additional US$75 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Kona International Airport (KOA). Transfer is available from the Kona International Airport on the group shuttle for 75 USD per person one way. Group shuttles depart at specified times only. Please inquire for details.
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