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31 Days 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Hawaii

The Soma Yoga Institute's advanced yoga teacher training course is designed specifically for those who are ready to deepen their knowledge base, teach with more authenticity, expand their repertoire, and increase their efficacy in offering yoga as a vehicle for positive transformation and change. The curriculum includes therapeutics, multidimensional sequencing, holistic alignment concepts, instructing advanced poses, individualized mentoring, philosophy, meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, and so much more. Dont miss this opportunity to join in and take your yoga practice to a whole new level!

Meet the instructors

Liz, Molly, & Amanda
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • One month intensive program
  • Daily meditation, pranayama, and chanting
  • Free time to explore the beautiful Big Island
  • 3 daily delicious and healthy meals
  • 30 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


30 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Hilo International Airport (US$65 per person)
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Accommodation

When you are ready to rest, Kalani offers breezy, outside-in accommodations to suit your preference and budget. Their rustic guest spaces offer comfort and tranquility in a tropical setting. If you are seeking simplicity, your needs are met here. Kalani's environment is ideal to unplug from technology and allow nature to recharge your spirit. With a temperate climate year-round and east-west trade winds, Kalani accommodations do not need to be equipped with heating or air-conditioning.

Screened-in windows maximize airflow and views, offering you a breath of the planet's freshest air. There are no phones or televisions in our minimalist rooms, allowing you to declutter your mind and start anew. 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 hall lodges.

Program

Curriculum highlights

  • Beyond the Basics of Asanas
  • The Alchemy of Yoga and Positive Transformation
  • Multi-dimentional Sequencing - Advanced Techniques
  • Holistic Alignment Concepts
  • Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Therapeutically Oriented- Adaptations of Yoga
  • Guiding Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga
  • Advanced Verbal and Physical Assisting
  • Enhancing Your Observation Skills
  • Energetic Anatomy and Prana Vidya
  • Practice and Teaching of Meditation and Pranayama
  • Non-Dual Yoga Philosophy
  • Applying Ayurveda to the Asanas and other practices
  • Cultivation of your Yoga Vision and Business
  • Practice of Asana, Chanting, Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra
  • Contact us for a complete curriculum guide.

Daily schedule

Arrival day

  • 18:30 Dinner and group welcome

Typical day

  • 06:00 Silent meditation walk and oceanside meditation and/or gentle morning yoga, pranayama, and chanting
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Program in session and asana practice
  • 12:30 Lunch and break
  • 14:30 Yoga Nidra and program in session
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening workshops are scheduled periodically throughout the program and students may be assigned to them, outside of class group work, readings, or presentations.

Departure day

  • 07:30 Breakfast

Three full days off will be scheduled during the program to rest, explore the island, or catch up on your studies.

Instructors

Liz Heffernan
International Association of Yoga Therapists (Kripalu Yoga)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Alignment Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Kripalu Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Anusara Yoga)
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.
Molly Masaoka
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
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.
Amanda Webster
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Ayurveda Yoga)
Amanda Webster is a registered yoga teacher and Certified Ayurveda Counselor, through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Amanda found her calling as a yoga teacher and Ayurveda-based lifestyle counselor over five years ago. She currently offers Ayurveda-infused yoga classes, workshops, and retreats as well as facilitates teacher trainings that focus on establishing commitment to the lifestyle practices of yoga and Ayurveda, creating an open and supportive community, and studying mindfulness in its many forms. Amanda considers Kripalu-trained yogini Rupali Embry as her “true teacher”.

Retreat location

Travel to one of the world's most spectacular islands and give yourself a respite from the ordinary at Kalani Honua Oceanside Retreat. This location is a perfect place to dive into the teachings of the 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher training.

Here, on the east coast of Hawaii Island, you will spend your time enjoying majestic natural attractions and taking advantage of all Kalani Retreat offers. 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. Shared rides and excursions are organized so students do not have to rent a car.

-Nearby places

  • Ahalanui County Beach Park with a volcanically heated ocean pool-6 miles
  • Black Sand Beach - 1 mile
  • Hilo International Airport - 45 minutes
  • Isaac Hale Beach Park for boating and surfing -5 miles
  • Kalapana Lava Viewing Site- 7 miles
  • Kona International Airport - 2.5 hours
  • Kopoho Tide Pools with pristine snorkeling - 9 miles
  • Pahoa town- 15 miles
  • Uncle Robert’s Farmers Market includes weekly music, dancing, and vendors - 5 miles

Food

The price of this retreat includes three delicious daily meals. Kalanis dining lanai and kitchen have long been described as the heart of Kalani. As many as two hundred-fifty guests, local residents, staff, and volunteers file in line each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Kalani cuisine encompasses a variety of styles including Thai, Indian, and Italian. Their chefs have extensive training and a common interest in creating healthy and delicious meals. They celebrate the abundance of Hawaii by serving local tropical fruit and vegetables and freshly caught fish. Seafood is often served at dinner, with chicken and beef being served occasionally, and vegetarian options are provided as well.

Breakfast

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Oatmeal or other whole-grain hot cereal
  • Fresh fruit bar featuring papaya, pineapples, berries, and mangoes (as available)
  • Yogurt, nuts, and seeds selection
  • Cereal selection featuring house-made granola
  • Breads, various nut butters, and organic fruit jams

Lunch

  • Roasted eggplant sandwiches with fresh tapenade, on olive bread
  • Turkey, avocado, and Swiss cheese sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and spicy aioli on focaccia
  • White bean chili
  • Seafood chowder
  • Wakame salad
  • Self-serve salad bar with local organic greens

Dinner

  • Grilled balsamic-marinated ahi with smoked tomato and dill vinaigrette
  • Mushroom-stuffed tofu with pineapple teriyaki sauce
  • Smashed potato and parsnips
  • Green beans with roasted red peppers
  • Jicama and sweet potato salad
  • Fresh salad bar with house-made dressings
  • Fresh Hawaiian mango and macadamia nut crisp

Beverages

  • Assorted hot and iced teas, caffeinated and decaffeinated
  • Organic juices and herbal blends
  • Fresh lemonades and limeades
  • Kona and Puna coffees, caffeinated and decaffeinated

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are a multitude of available activities for you to enjoy during your days off! Most activities and classes last for one or two hours and usually incur an extra cost which you can pay on the spot.

Kalani recommends many established and experienced tour companies to showcase a variety of Hawaii Islands natural attractions. Prices vary according to adventure, length of time of the adventure, and the number of guests participating. You can choose from a variety of tours and activities including:

Active lava flow hikes

Aerial dance class

Hawaiian cultural and heritage sites

Helicopter tours of the coastline, jungle, and lava flows

Hula class

Kalani ecstatic dance class

Lava boat tours

Lauhala weaving

Life skills training

Osho nataraj meditation

Secrets of Puna adventure in the southeast corner of Big Island

Qigong sessions

Tai Chi sessions

Volcanoes National Park tour

Volleyball

Waterfall tours

Zip-line through the East Hawaii jungles

Spa treatments

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.

What's included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • Advanced yoga teacher training course tuition
  • RYT-500 registration with Yoga Alliance (if requirements are met)
  • Advanced yoga teacher training manual

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel costs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 passed a green church and insight 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 guest is arriving at a time or 75 USD for a single pick-up or drop-off. Guest services at Kalani Oceanside Retreat will coordinate the shuttle for you and will combine rides whenever possible to keep the cost down for the guests.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis and uber are also available on the island.

Airport: Hilo International Airport Airport transfer available: Hilo International Airport (US$65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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