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21 Days 200-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii

  • Kalani Oceanside Retreat, RR2, Box 4500, Pahoa, Hawaii 96778, United States

Overview

200-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Hawaii

Transform your life by immersing yourself in yoga with Soma Yoga Institute's 200 hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. Immersed in a stunning location with an amazing community of fellow yogis refine your yoga practice, gain in-depth skills to explore yoga for vibrant health and self-transformation and learn to share the practices with others in safe and effective ways.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Certification by the Yoga Alliance
  • Full yoga teacher training tuition
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Comprehensive yoga teacher training manual
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 21 days with instruction
  • English
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Kalani offers accommodations to suit diverse preferences and budgets. The rustic accommodations are simple, outside-in spaces, which offer comfort and tranquility. Angular octagonal or pentagonal structures are a contrast to box-based architecture, and invite a departure from routine.

Kalani accommodations are not equipped with heating or air conditioning, as Kalani is situated on the east coast of Hawaii island, benefiting from the persistent east-to-west Pacific trade wind flow. Windows in the accommodations are screened, maximizing airflow and views, and there are no phones or televisions in the rooms.

Accommodation types vary from bamboo cottages which can sleep up to three people, lofts with two private bedrooms and a shared space, tree-house rooms located under the cool shade of a large monkeypod tree, free standing bungalows, and two leveled hale lodges.

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 alignment 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, and specialty focus and supportive kula.

The Hawaii program is scheduled as a twenty-one day 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 in to the program everyday.

Daily schedule

Arrival day

  • 16:00 Check-in
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19.30 Evening program

Days 2 to 20

  • 06:30 Meditation and pranayama
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Yoga asana practice plus techniques and teaching methodology
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Restorative, gentle, therapeutic practice, or yoga Nidra, yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics, anatomy and physiology, and practice teach
  • 18:00 Dinner

Evening programs may be scheduled periodically throughout the program and students may be assigned outside of class readings or presentations.

Departure day

  • 06:30 Closing session
  • 07:45 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Closing session
  • 11:00 Check-out

Please note that there will be one full day off mid-way through the program plus two half days off to explore, rest, or catch up on your studies.

There will be one full day off mid-way through the program plus one half day off to explore the local area.

Liz Heffernan

Liz is an international certified yoga teacher of 1000 hours and integrative yoga therapist. She draws from two decades of personal yoga practice, 20 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 in worldwide locations, provides unique one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers wishing to improve their skills and delivery, instructs daily yoga classes, and offers private therapeutic sessions.

She also serves as a mentor and faculty member for the Integrative Yoga Therapy-Professional Yoga Therapy program. She is known for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life. Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path.

Molly Masaoka

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 a person's true nature.

A student of yoga since the age of 16, Molly has studied intensely with Chuck Miller and completed teacher trainings with Annie Carpenter and Don Stapelton. She credits Annie for giving her the skills to teach intentional alignment and sequencing, Don for the ability to encourage self-inquiry, and Chuck for finding the unity in all things. In addition to leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats, Molly also owns Yoga Centered Studio and Boutique in Hilo, Hawaii.

She is an influential member of her yoga community and serves as a mentor to both students and other teachers. Ultimately she hopes to inspire others to share the practices of yoga that have so positively impacted her life.

Kalani Honua Oceanside Retreat is a perfect location to dive into the teachings of the Hawaii therapeutic yoga teacher training. The retreat center is located on 120 magnificent acres of tropical beauty on the southeast coast of Hawaii Island, known as the Big Island. Ample opportunities exist to enjoy Kalani's grounds which includes a pool, hot tub, and watsu therapy pool, or stroll along the coastline taking in its stunning views.

One of Kalani's guiding principles is to preserve and enhance its pristine, 120-acre campus, and surrounding Puna district through sustainable education programs and hands-on community participation. To that end, Kalani has become a living model for discovering, and implementing best practices in permaculture, sustainability, and community development in a breathtaking tropical oasis.

Nearby places

  • ATM - 5 miles
  • Hilo International Airport - 45 minutes
  • Kona International Airport - 2.5 hours
  • Pahoa - 20 miles
Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Volleyball court
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

The price of this retreat includes three daily outstanding, gourmet, delicious, and health-minded meals. An abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables are served daily. Kalani cuisine encompasses a variety of styles including Thai, Indian, and Italian. Their chefs have extensive training and a common interest in creating healthful and delicious meals. They celebrate the abundance of Hawaii by serving local tropical fruits and vegetables and fresh caught fish. Seafood is often served at dinner and chicken and beef are served occasionally. They offer the ability to accommodate a variety of dietary needs like gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, vegetarian etcetera. Filtered and alkaline water, coffee, tea, and milk are available throughout the day. Most importantly, the chefs at Kalani firmly believe that the care and love invested in the cuisine is transmitted to the diner and everything is prepared with aloha.

Kalani offers a variety of daily activities, including ecstatic dance on Sundays, weekly Hawaiian cultural classes such as Hula and Lauhala weaving, Arial dance and volleyball. Additionally, the nearby Black Sand beach offers swimming and snorkeling opportunities on calm days frequently with dolphins and sea turtles. On the student's day off, an abundance of adventures await to explore Hawaii Island including hikes to active lava flows, waterfalls, or through the crater at the Volcano National Park or visits to the pristine beaches and nearby towns.

Bodywork is a healthful way to indulge yourself at Kalani. They feel blessed to be able to offer a variety of therapeutic massage and aquatic bodywork in an inspiring environment. All of the body-workers at Kalani have studied a variety of modalities and offer an eclectic combination of techniques depending on your needs. All therapists are licensed and self insured independent contractors.

Bodywork on land

  • Cranio-sacral massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Foot reflexology
  • Hawaiian lomilomi
  • Polarity massage
  • Reiki
  • Shiatsu
  • Sports massage
  • Swedish massage
  • The Trager approach
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Traditional Thai massage

Bodywork in water

  • Aqua mouvance
  • Aqua-vecchi
  • Healing dance
  • Waterdance
  • Watsu

Rates

  • One hour treatment 99 USD
  • One hour and 15 minutes treatment 125 USD
  • One hour and 30 minutes treatment 145 USD
  • Two hour treatment 190 USD

Bookings can be made upon arrival at Kalani. Please inquire about special offers.

  • 3 daily healthy meals
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 200 Hour-Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training instruction
  • Certification by the Yoga Alliance
  • Comprehensive yoga teacher training manual
  • Day off to explore Big Island
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Spa treatments

Driving directions from Hilo International Airport (ITO)

  • Leaving the Hilo Airport, turn left at traffic light onto Kanoelehua Avenue or Highway 11 south.
  • Continue on Highway 11 until you are out of town (about 5.9 miles).
  • Turn left onto Kea'au Pahoa Bypass Road or Highway 130 south and continue for 21 miles passing Pahoa.
  • After mile-marker 20 there is a left-hand turn lane shortly after a large sign which says End of Road - 1 mile. This important left turn is past a green church and in sight of the ocean. A sign will direct you either to Kalapana or End of Road. Turn left towards Kalapana, then curve right.
  • Follow this short road to a stop sign at a T-junction and turn left onto Kalapana-Kapoho Road/ Coastal Highway 137.
  • After about 5 miles, between the 17 and 18 mile-markers, and a half-mile beyond Kalapana Sea View Estates, Kalani will be on your left, marked with a lighted entrance sign.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request for 50 USD per person if more than one person or 75 USD for a single pick-up or drop-off. Soma Yoga Institute will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by taxi

The regular taxi rate is about 125 USD.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Soma Yoga Institute an inquiry.
  • Review by Wendy R. from Vermont

    "Soma Yoga Institute brilliantly marries the therapeutic asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy to create a training that not only takes teachers deeper, it evolves their own being. Our lead instructor Liz is gracious, humble, patient, compassionate, insightful and so loving. Inspirational as a teacher and human. She is the perfect leader for this Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course. If you are truly willing to evolve, if you are ready to be shaped and see your true potential, dive in."

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  • Review by Christopher G., from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "Liz is a true yogi, she lives the yoga philosophy, which has brought her a deep knowledge about the entire science of yoga. I most enjoyed learning about alignment principles and pose analysis; how to maximize the effectiveness of the pose and minimize the risk for injury. Liz explained these concepts very clearly and graciously offered personalized attention to all of our poses. This training deepened my understanding of yoga as a comprehensive system of liberation. I feel empowered to apply this science to enrich all aspects of my life and now I feel I posses the practical and experience knowledge to thrive as an instructor."

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  • Review by Elizabeth Ziff
    10 out of 10

    "I loved all of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Soma Yoga Institute; the compassion, the asanas, the people and the teachings. The alignment we learned was a game changer. I feel that my continued yoga practice throughout my life will now be therapeutic."

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  • Review by Sandy G. from Pennsylvania
    10 out of 10

    "I thought this was the best YTT I had attended (and, I have done many). Students became confident teachers. After this training for only 200 hours many students taught classes that were professional, classes as good as many I have attended. The quality of the yoga instruction was outstanding; the alignment was beautifully taught. The instruction in meditation got me started to mediated successfully after years of trying. The kula (community) we created was stellar."

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  • Review by Yuna K. from Japan
    10 out of 10

    "I am super happy that I could learn and study yoga with Soma Yoga Institute. I now treasure myself more than before I came here. I felt a lot of love from the teachers. Studying the philosophy and Patajanli was/is very helpful to my relationships, thinking and daily life. My body has also changed gradually through the three weeks of practices. I am very impressed that I am able to use muscles and energy in new ways to support my practice. Before I came I feared my future, job and relationships but now I feel like I will enjoy my life."

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  • Review by Sarah S. from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I absolutely recommend this 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training to others. It has taught me how to open up and create space for friendship, community and love. The alignment piece was a huge eye opener and I absolutely loved our lessons with Peggy! My practice has totally transformed and I've learned to start from the beginning, take it slow and focus on alignment in even the most basic poses. I really enjoyed the group discussions and sharing of philosophy, restorative and meditation techniques and loved how compassionate and loving Liz and Peggy were in welcoming us to this space as I felt super vulnerable coming in."

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  • Review by Emily K. from Illinois
    10 out of 10

    "I would absolutely recommend this training. The curriculum was organized, rigorous, compassionate and thoughtful. The feeling of community, made the biggest difference to me. I was surrounded by beautiful souls who wanted to learn and who wanted to make the world a more peaceful place through yoga. I always had a study buddy, a dance partner, a listening ear. The amount of love and support allowed me to develop my own personal journey within the framework of the course. I feel so prepared to sequence classes now. The alignment principles have helped me develop asana in my body and better able to explain the structure of a pose to someone else. I am so grateful to Liz for her gentle guidance and the challenge to be the best version of myself."

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  • Review by Nicole Y. from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The alchemy of this program and its combination of the teachers, students, Kalani and the Big Island made it an unforgettable, life changing, and amazingly lovely experience. I came for knowledge and what I got was so much more. I learned that without a doubt I am where I am supposed to be, doing what this world needs me to do. I feel so blessed to have met all the beautiful, magical people and I know I will hold a special place in my heart for all of them. I loved the sutras, going deeper, hearing everyone's perceptions and how the philosophy manifests in their life. The meditation practice became something I can not do without and I greatly cherish that opportunity to find my way with that. It has been an honor and a blessing to spend time with two amazing teachers, Liz and Molly. Thank you, this has been such a magical journey."

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  • Review by Amy F. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "This course was really an amazing, magical experience. I had been practicing yoga on and off for 15 years and this was the first time I've had a chance to truly study yoga and learn about all the different aspects. Our instructors, Liz and Serena brought amazing knowledge and inspiration and personally, I've gained more self belief through this course than I could of imagined. My intention since completing the course has been to "use loving eyes" with all those around me. I have also established my practice and I have been meditating every day since the program. I'm really looking forward to learning and studying more yoga."

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  • Review by Danielle V. from New Jersey
    10 out of 10

    "When asked to write an evaluation for this program, I am truly at a loss for words. This training with the Soma Yoga Institute was everything I hoped for and more. Without a doubt, it truly exceeded my expectations. The teachers were well-knowledgeable and what I loved most is each of them shared with us their unique way of offering their intelligence. I truly believe the teachers were able to provide us with a safe and comfortable space to open up, allowing us to become an ohana (family). Within just the few first days, I was waking up to whom I consider my closest friends and for that I am forever grateful. I enjoyed the practicum experience and how beautiful each of my fellow yogis looked and felt while teaching! Overall, the emotions and life lessons I have gained from this training are indescribable. I am feeling so overwhelmed with love and joy in every possible way. I am beyond excited to begin teaching back home. Once I do, I know for sure I will be taking a special piece of all of you into each class I teach. Highly consider this training, and your life will genuinely be transformed in a positive light."

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  • Review by Sami G. from Oregon
    10 out of 10

    "I was surprised by how transformational the whole process felt and the connections I developed within my kula (community). All of our teachers were so phenomenal and inspiring, definitely something to strive for. There was such a wide array of information yet we still had the opportunity to dive deep into different topics. I loved the Patanajli presentations, the practice teach exercises were incredibly helpful, and I loved seeing the different teaching styles of each of our instructors. I absolutely loved the chakra practice. I am blown away by everything we have learned and the impact of this journey we have been on in only three weeks. I am forever grateful."

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  • Review by Kandyss D. from Vermont
    10 out of 10

    "I would 100% absolutely recommend this training to others! I loved forming my own sequences and developing a home practice. Yoga has affected my life so much. It’s given me more energy and strength to get through the hard times in life and daily struggles. It has lowered my stress and anxiety. It just literally made my life and mood better."

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  • Review by Erik from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I definitely recommend this program. My confidence as a yoga teacher has improved immensely. The community was incredible. I really enjoyed learning about the alignment principles, the exposure to meditation techniques, the readings and presentations and the life that the presenters brought to their topics. I learned so much."

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  • Review by Angie B. from Washington
    10 out of 10

    "Setting our sankalpas (heartfelt intentions) in the beginning has been life changing for me. I am inspired to leave here and to continue to foster this. This experience has helped me be more open, helped me speak my truth and has pushed me to take risks and open myself to friendships I wouldn’t necessarily have invested in. I was given a major opportunity for personal growth and introspection with clear guidance and a balanced detailed lesson plan. The process was amazing, I thought I would come back ready to teach yoga but I feel inspired to change my life as well."

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  • Review by Jill C. from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "Having gone into this teacher training with some hesitation I am so glad that I followed through. Before taking the training my knowledge of yoga was slim to none. The space that was created for learning felt so supportive. I loved the community our class created. The knowledge that was shared was invaluable. I loved the chakras, pranayama and the philosophy. I feel so connected to yoga physically and spiritually and I know that the journey I’ve embarked on will be life long. I would recommend this program to anyone serious about inquiring into yoga and dedicated and open enough to learn."

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  • Review by Susan from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I have wanted to take a yoga teacher training for over 15 years. As a functional trainer I wanted to add this knowledge to my business. When you think about going into a yoga teacher training, it’s scary. However, this experience was amazing, we learned so much. We had a great group of people and I loved our teachers, Molly and Liz. They made it so easy to understand and fun, they moved the curriculum and kept the days diverse so the long hours flew by. I now feel confident to teach yoga. "

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  • Review by Lonnie from Ohio
    10 out of 10

    "I felt this training was holistic in its approach, really balanced and well planned. Molly and Liz are both exceptional teachers and they balance each other beautifully. Through this training my understanding of yoga, the human body and mind have deepened greatly, enabling me to feel confident in bringing the healing powers of yoga to others. I feel completely empowered to teach and I feel even more passionate about this path, my own evolution and helping others."

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  • Review by Darcy from Hawaii
    10 out of 10

    "I loved this yoga teacher training so much, it is quite possibly the biggest gift I’ve ever given myself, and the beautiful part is that by improving my confidence as a teacher and a spiritual seeker, I can radiate this gift to so many others. Molly & Liz are exceptionally informed, inspired, and patient. Their energies balance each other beautifully, Molly’s vivacious, pitta drive, combined with Liz’s sacred knowledge of yoga, created a dynamic and transformational experience for the student. I loved the therapeutic focus and attention to alignment, artful sequencing, the study of the yoga sutras and pranayama. It’s important for me to feel connected to a small and intentional community and because there was so much emphasis on creating a loving, supportive and nurturing environment throughout the program, I felt that with these teachers and this group."

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  • Review by Stephanie from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every minute of this yoga teacher training. Having Liz and Molly as our two mentors has been incredible and I am eternally grateful. So much learning and growing has taken place. This program has ignited a flame inside of me. I am ready to teach yoga and continue learning. It has given me so much depth on what Yoga is, I have come out with a wealth of knowledge. My confidence has greatly risen. I feel awake, electric, wild and beautiful."

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  • Review by Jill from Virginia
    10 out of 10

    "I could write a whole book about what I loved about the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training at Kalani, so here goes. First off, I loved the setting, perfect for immersing us in the magic of yoga both off and on the mat. Kalani Retreat Center was so welcoming, so open, a place to just fully be yourself. I loved the compassionate style of teaching offered by Molly and Liz and especially the process and pacing gave me so much confidence to teach! Liz and Molly are so knowledgeable about yoga and they live and breathe yoga. They are patient, loving, kind, funny and encouraging. I also loved how different and unique they are from one another, so authentic and real to their true natures and they made the perfect team! I admire them so much and hope to emulate these qualities as I go on and teach. Before, I came to this yoga teacher training in Hawaii, I practiced yoga, I loved yoga, but I viewed it as a primarily a physical exercise. Another way to get stronger, to push myself and through this training I learned that yoga is so much more than that. As a competitive gymnast and diver, I was taught to push, push, push my body to the limits and I grew up believing I was only worth what my body could achieve. 17 broken bones or more, I’ve lost count and to accept pain or even seek it, I’ve lived a very painful life spiritually and physically. Through this program I’ve learned to love myself and that yoga is life, yoga is how we love ourselves, it is the mind, body, spirit connection! It is a way of life, and I am going to carry all that I learned off and on the mat. I loved the whole program, but the biggest gem I got was “trusting the process” Molly and Liz truly gave us all the tools to be able to live, share and teach our yoga with the world. The confidence that was instilled in me through loving feedback, and the “pep talks” made me so confident to teach and who I am and what I have to offer as a person. Through this program, I learned how to let go of shame, self-loathing and love myself unconditionally! I learned that I don’t need a “fitbit” to count calories or track my steps to tell me how I feel about myself at the end of a day, because I am exactly where I need to be, I am perfect right here in this moment and every other moment I will be blessed to experience."

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  • Review by Ellen A. from England
    10 out of 10

    "I really appreciated the breadth of subjects we studied. The focus on alignment was brilliant and I also loved how the physical classes reinforced the topics we studied. The location was the icing on the cake - it is a perfect place to begin the yoga-teaching path. The training was more than I imagined. I am motivated and excited to share what I’ve learned with others - something I hadn’t expected when I arrived."

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  • Review by Lucia from Slovak Republic
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed everything and everyday of this yoga teacher training. This training completely changed my understanding of yoga and my personal practice. We were taught may things necessary to be a yoga teacher: alignment, sequencing, speech, anatomy, how to get into poses, Ayurveda, Chakras, restorative yoga and how to teach. But what I liked the most was how to practice yoga in healthy way. My confidence level as a yoga teacher has increased and know I know much better how to teach yoga to others. I highly recommend this training for all Yoga teachers."

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  • Review by Julie D. from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for your pearls of wisdom and sharing your love of yoga. Your enthusiasm and compassion are contagious. I feel far more confident teaching others with the knowledge I now have about alignment and I have grown to be more compassionate towards others and myself."

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  • Review by Mikaela F. from Alaska
    10 out of 10

    "Through this training with Soma Yoga Institute my confidence level has gone way up. I learned a huge amount about yoga, way more than I expected. I loved the alignment and therapeutics study in particular. Our instructor, Liz, showed such a deep understanding of this and provided great explanations. I also loved the deep sense of community created with all of my classmates, Overall, I feel more comfortable with myself and my abilities as well. This training will affect all areas of my life."

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  • Review by Alexandra W. from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "One of the biggest reasons I signed up so quickly for this training was because Liz was the instructor. Her approach to classes and our program made something very big and important, very approachable. I felt like I would be at a disadvantage having not read anything about yoga before but I loved this experience, we all learned together. I loved the community we created. My understanding of yoga deepened immensely. I have become more patient, calm and compassionate with others and myself. It was so fun. I will always carry it with."

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  • Review by Kim S. from Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "Liz your training was all that I expected and more! I truly admire your well-balanced approach to Yoga…you have inspired me. I can’t imagine a training better suited for me. It was extremely well planned and comprehensive. I appreciated the one-on-one attention that brought my personal practice to the next level. The concepts of anatomical neutral had a magical effect on my practice and ability to be even stronger in my asanas. Our spiritual/philosophical discussions and tight knit group solidified my belief in the yogic path. Gaining the detailed understanding of the poses and focused approach to class sequencing has given me the confidence to guide others on this journey through Yoga."

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  • Review by Kim A. from Vermont
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for offering a great journey into Yoga! I enjoyed finding a community of yogis that I could learn and practice with. My understanding of yoga and my own personal practice have grown tremendously. I feel that having taken this time to become more deeply involved in yoga has even made me a more patient mother."

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  • Review by Casey H. from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in this yoga teacher training. I’ve learned so much, beyond yoga as well, that will help me reorganize and refocus my energies. I believe the skills and lessons I’ve learned will serve me well to be a more observant, compassionate and focused physician. My personal yoga practice has grown dramatically I feel much better equipped to maintain my practice for the rest of my life. I didn’t plan to teach when I first signed up for the training but find it to be very fun and exciting to be able to share what I have learned. It has also helped me in my everyday life to be more patient, compassionate, and to go with the flow."

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  • Review by Krina S. from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "During the time we were doing philosophy readings and presentations, I was making some decisions about my career and in what direction I would like to specialize. While this is a continued process, I was really helped by the teachings to come to a conclusion about what I really wanted from my career, and more importantly, that I would be content regardless! Coming to my mat had always been a fantastic experience, but with this new mental framework, I have a place to reflect on life’s “big” decisions with more poise. Thank you for this awesome, invaluable experience, Liz! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from you!"

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  • Review by Kendra M. from Vermont
    10 out of 10

    "I believe I was given great knowledge of how to keep students safe, using clear language, intentional words, with the emphasis on teaching without doing the poses and know that from this really great foundation there are many possibilities out there. I loved the way that the feedback went after our practicums. I learned so much from the reflection on everyone’s teaching. I also felt completely supported and seen with “eyes of love” by the instructors. I am incredibly thankful and grateful for this experience and I look forward to a life journey with Yoga!"

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  • Review by Rebecca C. from Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to let you know that my first class went pretty well yesterday. I felt surprisingly comfortable and present, and I can only guess that's because we had such good practice during our training. The class yesterday was a freebie to see if there would be serious interest and everyone there signed up, so I at least have 1 more class next week. We'll see if everyone shows up since actually having to pay might scare some folks away :) So excited for this new direction and opportunity in my life! Thank you so much for helping me get here!! I just taught my 2nd class this morning and the folks asked to add another class on Thursdays, so I'm twice a week now! "

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  • Review by Jessica H. from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every minute. My personal practice has evolved and deepened to another level and Liz, as an instructor, is so empowering, she gives you the knowledge and confidence to share yoga with others."

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  • Review by Michelle H. from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Honestly, the 200 hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training was incredible. It far surpassed my expectations. I was a bit nervous at first about the intensive nature of it but the days flew by. I felt incredibly safe in the learning process and now feel prepared to teach my first class. Before the training yoga was exercise for me, I now understand it as a way of life. I loved the Ayurveda, and I so appreciated learning it from someone who lives it. The deep study of alignment was also wonderful. I was grateful for the enthusiasm with which the teachers taught, the knowledge we were given and the incredible support I felt the entire time."

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  • Review by Char R. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "This was truly a heart/mind/body nourishing experience. I now feel confident to move forward as a teacher and know which areas of yoga to focus further study. My own practice has dramatically improved through the principles of alignment study. I also really appreciated the teaching in philosophy, particularly the yoga sutras."

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  • Review by Lisa S. from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for this beautiful experience, the eyes of love and your heart felt communication. The program was a great balance between theory and practical experience. There was a wonderful variety of teaching techniques with enough time for self study and experience too. It was truly great practicing yoga with the safe alignment focus. The Yoga Sutra and philosophy study introduced a whole new world of Yoga, the Ayurveda and Yoga Nidra introduced new aspects that I look forward to applying in my life back home."

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  • Review by Kim from Vermont
    10 out of 10

    "Liz and Serena are absolutely inspiring women and amazing sources of wisdom and unconditional love. I feel so honored to have been on this journey with them. I absolutely loved the daily structure that was created beginning with early morning meditation. I really appreciated how comprehensive the curriculum was from philosophy to meditation to anatomy to asana to Ayurvedic study. I learned very practical tools & daily rituals to bring more wellness into my life with Ayurveda and meditation. Overall I feel so much more confident when it comes to my understanding of yoga and about teaching in the future."

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  • Review by Molly D. from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The instructors were so knowledgeable and supportive of us, and the energy we created together as a group during this yoga teacher training set the space for a positive learning environment. Our daily practice and the alignment skills that we learned taught me so much about my own body, as well as others'. I loved the practice teaching; the planning, preparation, and sequencing, then actually teaching the class. It made me feel like I can really be a yoga teacher!"

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  • Review by Lubica Z. from Slovak Republic
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed the friendly environment and professional approach of the teachers. I loved the components of alignment and sequencing and learning how to practice and teach in a safe way. I also thoroughly enjoyed the perspective of Ayurveda as it is applicable to my everyday life."

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  • Review by Yenny G. from Colombia
    10 out of 10

    "Liz and Serena's professionalism, commitment and knowledge is amazing. They truly teach from the heart and inspire me in ways I cannot yet describe. I thank them because now understand Yoga from a more loving space. I truly appreciated the sense of belonging and the community they created, I was able to create life-long connections and learned more about my limits and I have inspiration from all of them to continue my study and practice. I loved the esoteric topics of yoga and it was great to know and experience more with their light. I will continue to contemplate and apply the Yoga Sutras to my daily life. I am now confident that I will flow as a teacher and that I will rock my classes in both Spanish and English. This program has definitely planted a seed in my heart from which I will continue to grow."

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  • Review by Carolyn V. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Liz and Serena for a beautiful, enlightening and special teacher training. The Peace Retreat in Costa Rica was a great venue, off the beaten path, with a beautiful beach and not too many people. I loved the contemplations of the sutras, the philosophical study brought me closer to the deeper components of yoga. I enjoyed learning in a supportive and inclusive environment with teachers who have shared their knowledge freely and lovingly. I found my yoga feet and I am ready to stand tall and share this gift with others as a teacher. "

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  • Review by Debbie, D. from Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "I would definitely recommend this training to others. I really enjoyed the new perspective I gained of what "Yoga" is as well as learning the concepts of alignment to create safety in the poses. I loved the teachers’ personal stories, it kept it real and both Liz and Serena are amazing. The study of Ayurveda has given me tools to understand my body and how to bring it into balance. Also, learning how to set intentions to guide class planning really opened my eyes and I now feel ready to to share yoga with world."

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  • Review by Ashley R. from Missouri
    10 out of 10

    "This has been a life changing experience for me. The location of the training was just enough off the beaten path. The beach was breathtaking, and the staff at the Peace Retreat was fabulous. The content of the training was exactly what I was looking for, with a great balance between philosophy, alignment, Ayurveda and therapeutic teaching techniques. The amount of support and encouragement was surreal and the teachers were more knowledgeable than I could have expected. I have grown exponentially since the first day and have learned that I can help others. My talents were brought to the surface and through this ever-supportive training I was able to find my unique voice. Speaking in front of others has been a challenge for me, but I now can speak with a boldness that I did not once have. I can now say that I have confidence in myself and love myself which was not the case when I first came here. Yoga is an all encompassing lifestyle, and after training with Soma Yoga, I now have the tools to help me navigate through my life's journey. I have never felt so empowered!"

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  • Review by Chris M. from New Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "This 200 hour program gave me a greater understanding of the different dimensions of yoga. I loved the in-depth instruction on the different poses and how to teach them. The instructions on alignment helped to build my confidence enormously. The Peace Retreat in Costa Rica was a wonderful setting for study and I loved the jungle cabina I stayed in. Even though I took this training with no intention to teach, simply to deepen my personal practice, by its completion I felt inspired to teach and apply so many of the concepts and practices we had learned."

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  • Review by Lisbet N. from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "I am very happy to have had this experience. I loved Liz and Serena's approach to a healthy body and a healthy yoga community. They also succeeded at putting Yoga into a modern society context. The neutral spine alignment concepts were mind blowing to me. All of the new alignment cues and ways to get into poses has been very inspiring. This time in Costa Rica was also the emotional journey that I was seeking and ready for in my life. I am looking forward to exploring all of this much more on my mat and as a teacher."

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  • Review by Jessica M. from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved all of the instructors and I am so inspired. Liz's experience and knowledge is amazing, her explanation of the poses and her observations on them really changed my perspective. I truly appreciated the value of yoga as a way to heal and to avoid unintentional harm. The inversion workshop, the Yoga Nidra practice and Serena's talks on Ayurveda were my favorite. I admit I was anxious in the beginning and was concerned if 18 days would be enough, if I would learn enough and feel prepared. Liz's attitude, Brianna's sweetness and Serena's energy helped soften my anxiety. I now feel so confident, ready and reassured."

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  • Review by Star from New Hampshire
    10 out of 10

    "It is very special to share so much time with a group of people who care deeply about each other and about Yoga. My fellow yogis showed me a positive reflection of myself that I hadn't seen before. I enjoyed the encouragement from our instructors and the compassion for our different yoga styles and experience. My favorite part was studying the yoga philosophy and connecting it to a greater purpose in everyday life. I am so very grateful."

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  • Review by Natalya from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This program far exceeded my expectations. The instructors were excellent and the location was gorgeous. The classes were intense but packed with invaluable information presented in a fun and loving manner. I thought the schedule was well thought through with a big break in the afternoon, it gave us enough time to go to the beach or try activities like surfing. During one of the classes I had a major breakthrough. It felt as though my heart opened up and all the negative stuff was wiped out. I still feel different and want to fill up now only with love, compassion, kindness and acceptance. I am so grateful for this experience. It will affect my whole life!"

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  • Review by Emily I. from Washington, USA

    "This has been one of the most profound times in my life. I feel so loved and limitless. I now have the confidence to cultivate a strong home practice, as well as effectively spread the joy of yoga to others! I understand yoga on an entirely different level, so much deeper and most importantly I understand myself much more fully. These three weeks have truly been an amazing journey of self discovery."

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  • Review by Jeffrey D. from Big Island, Hawaii

    "All of my apprehensions were dissolved in the first few days. My expectations were exceeded and I am still in awe at how humbly and precisely these teachings were passed on. The teachings have found a home in every cell of my being. The way this was shared with me is very profound and magical. My mind feels free, my body feels integrated, and my life makes so much more sense. The way we were taught instilled amazing empowerment into each of us. I really loved the progression and how at the end I felt so many aha moments. My confidence has surprised me. It is very obvious the teachers are guided by the supreme force of love and light."

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  • Review by Rachel W. from Japan

    "Soma Yoga Institute is a gem. The program they offer is incredibly versatile and strikes an impressive balance between intensive and nurturing study. I learned so many new things; this 200-hour teacher training is an artfully well-rounded introduction to all things yoga. Within the span of 21 days, we covered topics ranging from anatomy to philosophy to the business of yoga. Ayurveda, the chakras, and yoga Nidra were all new topics to me and I found them deeply intriguing. I am excited to go home and dive into further study. I had not previously studied alignment, so I now have a better understanding of how to craft safer, more mindful sequences, both for my students and myself. I learned how to modify poses and practices to make them enjoyable and realistic. Similarly, I used to think that meditation was arduous, but this program empowered me to tailor my experience and now I truly look forward to it. With many hours of practice teaching, Soma Yoga Institute allowed me to internalize the practice and helped build up my confidence as a budding yoga teacher. I whole-heartedly recommend this program."

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  • Review by Kim C. from California, USA

    "This program was a profound learning and healing experience for me. It helped me through a rough patch in my life. I feel ten years younger than when I got here! Just doing so much yoga everyday has created so much more ease in my body and also my mind and spirit feel incredibly healthier. I loved learning about so many facets of yoga. I was very impressed by the Ayurveda section. I loved the restorative yoga and creating a personal yoga sequence geared toward my own needs will be invaluable to me. I am so grateful to Liz and Molly for this great learning experience; I enjoyed your teaching styles so much and felt you both complement each other beautifully. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and kindness."

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  • Review by Chelsea M. from Canada

    "I can't say enough about how wonderful this training was. I loved the curriculum, it was so comprehensive. I loved all the hands on training. Now leaving I feel like I have a thorough understanding of yoga, its alignment, asana, and the philosophy. I feel very well prepared to go on from here and teach."

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  • Review by Katie D. from Hawaii

    "My confidence level is now in a completely different place then when I arrived and it is amazing. I was feeling nervous and anxious at times, I wasn't sure if I really could become a good yoga teacher. Now I am feeling ready to maintain a home practice and ready to start teaching. I was hoping to feel this way but honestly came into this doubting it. I am really proud of myself for overcoming this self doubt. I am feeling so inspired and grateful."

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  • Review by Jennifer C. from Ireland

    "This course was amazing. I absolutely loved the course and our group. The content was exactly what I wished to study and I am so blessed and grateful I came to Hawaii. Liz and Molly are both incredible teachers that blend beautifully together. Their dynamics and diversity are amazing. There was the perfect blend of asana, yoga Nidra, meditation, pranayama, and yoga philosophy. I loved the fact that we were thrown into the deep end and asked to practice teach from the first day. I loved the way the postures were broken down. I did poses I couldn't do before and I now understand where the obstacles lie in poses I haven't achieved yet. I also now understand alignment whereas beforehand I felt I wasn't doing the poses properly. This program will change my life. It has given me the tools to confidently do a home practice every day and take home to Ireland the skills gained to incorporate with my clients."

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  • Review by Colby N. from California, USA

    "I feel the group that came together for this experience is truly unique and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. I feel that with having Liz and Molly as our instructors we all really lucked out. There are not enough words to describe how good this training was. Now I feel confident to stay on this path of yoga, to stand tall on my feet, and widen my inner thighs apart. I love that I was able to dive so deeply into the self and learn methods for adjusting back to the optimal blueprint. I am so happy to have had this opportunity to sink so deep into my practice; I have not stopped chanting since yesterday."

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  • Review by Anna K. from California, USA

    "Thank you does not suffice to express my deepest gratitude to all the teachers here. This training has given me the ability to see life with a new pair of eyes and live presently. The instructors were so different and perfectly balanced when working with one another. Each had their own style that helped to reinforce authenticity. The location here at Kalani was the perfect learning environment. It has been an absolute blessing to be here. It has been everything I could ask for and more than I deserve. I came here feeling isolated but yoga and this teacher training has really taught me to feel connected on a much deeper level to not only myself but to others. You have sparked a flame that I hope will never burn out."

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  • Review by Katy A. from Connecticut, USA

    "This training gave me a lot of time to reflect and dig deeper inside myself. It has definitely affected my life in that I have seen the benefits of daily yoga and meditation practice. It has also really opened up my spiritual side which I was not expecting at all. Before I signed up for this training I was going back and forth between this yoga therapy teacher training and other schools. I cannot express how happy I am with my decision. I was meant to be in this class and I feel truly blessed."

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  • Review by Aidan P. from New Zeeland

    "This program deepened my understanding of yoga in many directions. I now have a much clearer idea of how to further develop as a practitioner and as a new teacher. I greatly appreciated the breadth and friendliness of the program. Kalani is fabulous location and the teachers were excellent and complemented each other well."

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  • Review by Meghan R. from California, USA

    "Having the opportunities to practice teaching definitely helped my confidence and calmed my nerves about teaching on my own. I have a better understanding of sequencing and feel ready to create great yoga classes for myself and others. I loved everything about this training, the curriculum was well planned, and everything flowed perfectly."

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  • Review by Ulrike V. from Canada

    "This was such an amazing experience for me. I have attended two yoga teacher trainings before and this one offers a great foundation for teaching yoga. In hindsight, I wish this had been my initial training. The curriculum was well rounded. The training has helped me to have a better understanding of the body and how learned principles can be applied. I now feel confident to teach alignment-based yoga. I loved the group and how when we got here we were all strangers and how we are leaving as friends. I felt the love and support from the teachers helping us grow. I dont know where I will be next month or next year but for the first time I feel I can surrender and trust it will all work out."

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  • Review by Olivia L. from California, USA

    "I enjoyed the safe space that the instructors created from the very first day. Their ability to openly practice and uphold all of the Yamas and Niyamas in teaching created a beautiful learning environment. The teachers truly made this training the unique entity that it was, a wealth of wisdom, practical application, and passionate spirituality. Being here at this gathering of positive energy allowed me to feel safe and accepting of myself and my commitment to yoga. I am now excited to see challenge as a learning opportunity. I also cant wait to build my personal practice, continue to explore teaching yoga, and fully accept my spirituality and passion for yoga as a way of life."

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  • Review by Gail A. from California, USA

    "The curriculum was extraordinary, rich, and diverse and every aspect was integrated. The therapeutic focus was what drew me to the program and it was even more comprehensive than I had anticipated. The artful design of each days schedule balanced effort and recuperation in terms of physical practice, exertion, and mental/analytical/theoretical work. The Ayurveda was fascinating; the way we studied the yoga Sutras made them accessible and enabled us to know each student on a deeper level. The group exercises helped build confidence toward our final teaching practicum, which was beautifully orchestrated. My philosophical understanding and appreciation of yoga has increased tenfold so now I approach yoga as a lifestyle. I feel empowered and much stronger physically than when I started this training. I feel emotionally refreshed and ready to deal with the challenges awaiting me at home."

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  • Review by Deb H. from California, USA

    "My understanding of yoga and how it becomes a lifestyle reached a much deeper level at the training due to the focus on meditation, pranayama, chanting, Ayurveda, asana, the energy body, and the yoga sutras. I learned so much about alignment principles for poses which will greatly help me as a teacher and in my own practice. I have set dates for my first classes, I am also developing a more balanced personal and work life, and I am more relaxed in general. It was extremely hard to leave the teacher training and Kalani because I went so deep. I miss the daily yoga and meditation practices, the lessons, the koki frogs, the ocean, and the warm breezes."

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  • Review by Nancy L. from Alaska

    "I felt I really got my money and time investment many times over. The class time was well organized and every minute was used well! This experience opened up many questions for me and that is the best experience a student can get. You left me wanting and yearning to learn more and that is the highest compliment."

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  • Review by Summer M. from Maryland, USA

    "I loved the attention to alignment, discussions of meditation, and spiritual components that were woven throughout. Liz and Molly are the best teachers I could have asked for. They complement each other really nicely and they made sure our class space was a safe, loving, comfortable environment. This experience has changed the way I think about my body and breath. It has opened me up to new perspectives on the connection between mind, body, and soul. I have learned to strive less, have compassion for myself and others more, and to conceptualize yoga on a level much deeper than just physical asana practice. I feel confident that I could go out into the world and teach yoga in a way authentic to who I am."

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  • Review by May L. from Massachusetts, USA

    "You guys were awesome. It was so obvious that you really cared. I felt the love and support. I appreciate being exposed to so many different things; Ayurveda, chakras, yoga Nidra, meditations, alignment, and the flow classes. I see yoga as holistic now, understand the importance of the breath, and realize there is so much more to learn."

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  • Review by Ariel L. from Oregon, USA

    "It is hard to find words that really capture the overwhelming beauty of this program. I feel so lucky to have been taught by three incredible teachers who really embody the path if yoga. All the material was presented in perfect progression and I was able to absorb much more than I thought possible."

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  • Review by Vanessa P. from Brazil

    "This teacher training is powerful. I enjoyed the classes, the alignment, the adjustments, the practice, the yoga Nidra, the yoga sutras, the meditations, chanting together, the love, all was amazing."

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  • Review by Lisa C. from Washington, USA

    "I felt free to be myself here with no judgment. I felt so safe. Liz built us up with her words, built up a castle of truths with her gentle, nurturing demeanor, and then she gave us suggestions to build us up even more. This training was empowering, both in my yoga practice and my lifestyle, which are one. I loved the alignment training. It has changed everything for me. I loved the meditations; it fed my heart and soul. I loved every bit of it. I now feel empowered to make good choices from my own heart, my own higher self. I feel inspired to be courageous in my own life. I feel ready to teach."

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  • Review by Julie L. from Kauai, Hawaii

    "We were instructed well, reviewed well, and ate it all up; simply amazing! I feel empowered so fully by what I have taken in."

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  • Review by Ellen A. from England

    "I really appreciated the breadth of subjects we studied. The focus on alignment was brilliant and I also loved how the physical classes reinforced the topics we studied. The location was the icing on the cake; it is a perfect place to begin the yoga-teaching path. The training was more than I imagined. I am motivated and excited to share what Ive learned with others, something I hadnt expected when I arrived."

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  • Review by Coe F. from Puerto Rico

    "I loved it all! I felt the therapeutics went beyond my expectations. I loved the variety of classes, topics, yoga practices, meditations, Ayurveda, and chanting. Kalani was an excellent location to train in. There was a beautiful balance of teacher energies and the teachers created a cohesive group supported with positivity, authenticity, and love. As an educator, coach, and therapist I now have a deeper understanding of the body and an increased awareness of how to integrate it with the emotional, spiritual, and mental therapies for both myself and others."

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  • Review by Genna R. from Illinois, USA

    "Every day I woke up truly happy and blessed to be here with such an ideal group of students and teachers. Ayurveda was completely new to me and I was instantly hooked and fascinated by it. With the knowledge of the doshas, I was able to connect a lot of dots and figure out mysteries of myself that I struggled with for many years. I grew more passionate about yoga and my own personal practice. My confidence has never been stronger. The whole journey was so fluid and beautiful."

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  • Review by Brigitte S. from Oahu, Hawaii

    "I would recommend this training to any yogi! I really loved the knowledge, passion, and care showed by all of the instructors. When I arrived I felt intimidated by chanting and ooming and now I am in love. Also the alignment and asana was great. Now I can understand the yoga sutras and I really appreciated how we learned them as peers sharing our various perspectives. Over the last few weeks through my deepening understanding of yoga: I feel open instead of cautious and closed off. I can honor my body by not pushing too far, doing less, being ok with where I am at today, and best of all I feel ready to teach what I know and I am eager to learn more."

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  • Review by Eryn C. from Maui, Hawaii

    "I learned so much in the three weeks and if a 500-hour certificate program becomes available I would absolutely take it. This was a very transformative course for me. Not only do I have more confidence in myself but also I have the strength and the courage to set healthier boundaries in my personal life. I also feel I have come to a great space in my being to go out and teach others from a space of love, respect, nonjudgmental, and lightness."

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