4 Days Luxurious Yoga Retreat in Hawaii

  • Hawaii Island Retreat & Eco-Boutique Hotel, 250 Lokahi Road, Kapaau, Hawaii 96755 , USA

Hawaii Live Your Yoga Retreat USA

Go ahead, set aside your responsibilities for four days of bliss! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Big Island’s western shores, and deliver you to the private and beautiful oasis of Hawaii Island Retreat Center. There you will be shown to a plush boutique hotel room, fragrant with ylang ylang trees growing in the central courtyard. Enjoy the vibrant company of our other guests during classes, meals, and scheduled activities; and indulge in personal time as you desire.


  • 2 daily yoga asana practices
  • Daily meditation and pranayama
  • Days scheduled according to Ayurvedic ideals
  • 25 hours of continuing education credit recognized by Yoga Alliance
  • Local excursions and hikes to secluded valleys, beaches, and historical landmarks
  • 3 daily organic private chef prepared meals
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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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 bunglalows, movement room, sauna, 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 or one king, 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:

  • Fresh Flowers
  • CD player with ipod deck
  • Personal water bottle
  • Laundry and maid service for individual guests
  • Lush organic bamboo robes for use during your stay (also for sale)
  • Organic shampoo, conditioner, and lotion for use during your stay
  • Green living card with additional recommendations for living in harmony with the land
  • Luxurious bedding

You will also enjoy the following:

  • Wireless internet in all public areas
  • Use of the yoga studio for personal practice and for meditation
  • Use of our Hawaii spa facilities: infinity pool, training equipment
  • Full enjoyment of our boutique hotel: open air patios and balconies, private library, and theater room
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Hiking trails on our 50 acres of private coastal lands for light hiking, jogging, meditative walks, and other quiet time in nature
  • Off-property activities. Guided hikes and excursions
  • Spa treatments and massages are available a la carte

Go ahead, set aside your responsibilities for four days of bliss, practice yoga in a spacious, breezy studio to the soothing whisper of the pine trees and the rhythmic sounds of the waves below. Enjoy the vibrant company of the other guests during classes, meals, and scheduled activities; and indulge in personal time as you desire.

This retreat will facilitate relaxation and rejuvenation; provide an opportunity to de-stress, clear your mind, and reconnect; and help you develop the tools to establish peace and perspective in your everyday life through yoga, meditation, nature, journaling, Ayurveda discussions, self-care practices, and community development. All activities are optional, though it is highly encouraged you to participate in all activities for the best overall experience. Subject to slight changes.

Immerse yourself into yoga and Ayurveda philosophy through practice, meditation, pranayama, lecture, and discussion. Learn how to incorporate these mindful ways of living in your own life.

In your first day, there will be an orientation, you can make new friends and embrace familiar ones. Yoga Centered School, Studio & Boutique will provide a guided tour, discuss itinerary, and answer any questions you may have in this orientation.

You will discuss the importance of practicing yoga with a high-quality of awareness, integrity, and intention and how this spills over into all aspects of your life which is where the true transformation occurs.

During the retreat, you will enjoy two daily yoga asana practices, including meditation and pranayama with experienced, sustainainably minded teachers Amanda Webster and Molly Masaoka. At the end, you will receive 25 hours of continuing education credit recognized by Yoga Alliance from ERYT-500 hour teachers Molly Masaoka and Amanda Webster on the topics of the eight-limb path of yoga and daily and seasonal optimal health practices.

Talk story with Jeanne, the founder of HIRC

If you have spent much time in Hawaii, you are familiar with the concept of “talk story", a local term that describes the time spent sitting around with friends telling stories, sharing memories, and generally “shooting the breeze”. Jeanne is a gifted story-teller who will captivate you with many incredible stories about this property. They will fill you with a sense of wonder and spark your curiosity about the mind-body-spirit connection.


“Sangha” is a Sanskrit term for community; typically a community gathering of a spiritual nature. In these sessions, participants may share their experiences and ask questions; Molly and Amanda will guide the conversations with specific questions, readings, or themes and offer suggestions on how to incorporate the practices you engage during the retreat into your everyday life.


Thursday - Courtyard sunset

  • 15:00 Orientation and introductions
  • 16:00 Check-in to rooms
  • 16:30 Sangha
  • 17:00 Yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Talk story with Jeanne (founder of HIRC)
  • 21:00 Free time


  • 07:00 Wake-up and Flow yoga beach HIRC beach
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Ayurveda discussion
  • 11:00 Guided outdoor meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free reflective time, spa appointments, and Ayurveda consultations, optional excursion to Pololu Valley during free time.
  • 16:30 Sangha
  • 17:00 Yoga for balance
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Talk story and free time


  • 07:00 Wake-up and Flow yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga philosophy discussion
  • 11:00 Guided meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free reflective time
  • 15:00 Yoga
  • 17:30 Surprise excursion
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Talk story


  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Closing Ceremony
  • 12:00 Check-out, lunch, and free time or optional excursion

All activities are optional, though we highly encourage you to participate in all activities for the best overall experience. Subject to slight changes.

Secret excursion

Stroll the sacred valley, sit where royals councils mediated agreements, allow yourself to find peace and resolution with your own conflicts, sometimes the resolution is to simply welcome the uncertainty and discord so that it does not tear you apart. Hikes on property and to secluded valleys and beaches are also included.

  • Molly Masaoka

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    It’s been more than 15 years since Molly took that first class. She is now the owner and director of Yoga Centered Studio on the Big Island of Hawaii. She teaches classes, retreats and teacher training workshops worldwide. Over the years, she has been fortunate to study with some of the world’s most influential instructors including her primary teachers Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. she has also completed teacher trainings with Don Stapelton from Nosara Yoga Institute, and Annie Carpenter of Smart Flow Yoga.

  • Amanda Webster

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Her specialty is breaking down asana and vinyasa into manageable steps to suit each individual, and encouraging you to own your practice as it needs to exist in each breath without comparing yourself to the person next to you, trying to live up to your previous practice, or shutting down when something challenges you. Amanda is also a certified Ayurveda counselor, through the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and often incorporates the ancient holistic practices of Ayurveda into her teaching.

Hawaii Island Retreat Center is an eco-friendly purpose-built retreat center in Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawaii, that features a boutique hotel fashioned after 19th century Hawaiian palaces. There is a lovely courtyard, view of the ocean, salt-water swimming pool, hot tub, walking trails, beach access, and on-site spa treatments. The facility is located on 50 acres and produces its own wind-generated electricity (wind-generated).

Nearby places

  • Hilo International Airport (ITO) - 2.5 hour' drive

Hawaii Island Retreat’s organic gardens and orchards are a living tribute to the Big Island's bounty of exotic vegetables and fruits. Hawaii Island Retreat grows the foods used in the hotel kitchen, from salad greens to lychee and sunrise papaya.

It is elegant green travel at it's best. The garden-side dining room opens onto fragrant plantings. Here you will enjoy organic farm-to-table cuisine, as well as seafood fresh from Hawaiian waters. You will find our Hawaiian spa cuisine menu rich with local accents, whole-grain breads, Pacific Rim dishes, and international menus.

Hawaii Island Retreat's 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. Join them for a spa cooking class or afternoon in the gardens.

  • Local, organic, healthful, expert chef-prepared scheduled and catered around Ayurveda ideals
  • All of your (delicious!) meals will be provided; water, coffee, and tea will be available all day. Feel free to bring your own snacks and wine or beer (in moderation, please). Dinner on arrival day, three meals on Saturday and Sunday and breakfast and lunch on departure day!
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Fluming
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Spa Services
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Zip lining

During this retreat, 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.

Kuakino - Transformational spa services

Applied kinesiology massage

After using muscle testing to determine imbalances within specific organs, muscles, and joints, the applied kinesiology massage corrects, rebalances, and renews. The cost is 30 minutes for 65 USD and 60 minutes for 130 USD.

Chakra massage

A lighter-pressure energy massage that relaxes and revitalizes as it balances your chakras (energy centers). The cost is 60 minutes for 130 USD and 90 minutes for 195 USD.

Deep-tissue massage

Releases pent-up muscle and joint tension. The cost is 60 minutes for 130 USD and 90 minutes for 195 USD.

Harmony facial

The signature facial is a results-oriented treatment customized for your skin type. Essential oils and botanicals clean, tone, exfoliate, massage and treat, ultimately balancing and renewing your skin. The cost is 30 minutes for 70 USD and 60 minutes for 140 USD.

Hawaiian body rejuvenation

Inspired by the ancient rejuvenation rituals of India, you will begin this 1.5-hour ultimate transcendence with a body mask of exotic herbs and a vigorous exfoliation, followed by a warm herbal-infused oil massage and finish with a steamed towel compress for the whole body. The whole body is realigned. The cost is 90 minutes for 200 USD

Hawaiian time

Receive a restorative, 1.5-hour massage featuring a special jet lag aromatherapy elixir that alleviates the fatigue, tension, and disorientation that often accompanies travel. The cost is 60 minutes for 195 USD.


Your trained therapist guides a journey to discover self-limiting beliefs and experiences that hinder health and well-being. The cost is 60 minutes for 130 USD and 90 minutes for 195 USD.

Lomilomi massage

A traditional Hawaiian massage is done in a rhythmic, soothing fashion with hands, arms, and elbows. This massage focuses on one’s breath and enhancing awareness of presence. The cost is 60 minutes for 130 USD, 90 minutes for 195.


Using specific hand placement, the spiritual life force energy said to side in all living things pours into the body bringing deep peace and healing. The cost is 30 minutes for 65 USD and 60 minutes for 130 USD.


An ancient therapy used for centuries to restore an inner calm and balance to the emotions. A gentle stream of warm oil onto the third eye quiets the mind and soothes the senses. The cost is 60 minutes for 140 USD.

Thai massage

Thai massage incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, and rhythmic compression to open muscles and alleviate tension. The cost is 60 minutes for 130 USD and 90 minutes for 195 USD.

Ultimate unwind

Slow down, unwind, and breathe deeply with the remineralizing body wrap, combined with a therapeutic sports massage, which is then topped off with a scalp massage. The cost is 90 minutes for 200 USD

Instant glow facial

An illuminating experience that includes deep cleansing, microdermabrasion, and extraction, followed by a deep exfoliating mask with lifting benefits. Ideal for every skin type seeking immediate radiance and glow. The cost is 30 minutes for 70 USD and 60 minutes for 140 USD.

Ku‘ulani - Heavenly massages and facials

Aromatherapy massage

Specific aromatic oils soothe both skin and senses. The cost is 60 minutes for 135 USD and 90 minutes for 195 USD.

Body and soul bath rituals

Nurture body and soul with one or more of the luxurious, deeply soothing baths. Choose from milk and honey baths purify and heal; aromatherapy baths soothe your senses; flower baths, with their own tropical flowers, bring you into harmony; dosha baths (Pitta, Kapha or Vata), are drawn with bath salts selected for your body type; seaweed and sea salt baths re-mineralize and purify and stimulate metabolism. The cost is 30 minutes for 55 USD.

Couple's loving luxury

Three hours of bliss begins with flower foot baths for two, then Ahu Pohaku’s signature raw Hawaiian sugar body scrub. Next are your body wraps (your choice of a body butter or spice or yogurt wrap), followed by a couple’s massage, enhanced with candlelight aromatherapy. This luxurious treatment culminates with a flower soak in an oversized tub. Ideal for those celebrating their honeymoon or seeking re-connection. The cost is 60 minutes for 360 USD per person or 3 hours for 700 USD per couple.

Couple’s loving retreat

A couple’s massage with a signature aromatherapy massage oil, followed by a candlelight aromatherapy bath for two. The cost is 90 minutes for 195 USD per person or two people for 390 USD.

Couple’s massage

Two therapists plus the two of you equals two great massages for 1or 1.5 hours of the much needed deep relaxation that only massage can bring. The cost is 60 minutes for 130 USD per person and 1.5 hours for 195 per person.

Foot focus

This focused treatment includes a foot soak and Hawaiian salt scrub, followed by a foot and leg massage that stimulates reflexology points to release weariness. The cost is 30 minutes for 65 USD.

Hawaiian bliss face and body treatment

A luxurious massage and facial using tropical botanicals and flower essences. The cost is 90 minutes for 210 USD.

Heavenly hair treatment

Thirty minutes of a luxurious, tropical infused oil treatment that both repairs damaged or dry hair and also protects it from sun, sea and water damage. Includes a relaxing, deep scalp massage. The cost is 30 minutes for 75 USD.

Sun therapy

A liberal application of freshly cut aloe vera topped with cooling native ti leaves will reduce the heat and heal the fieriest sunburn. The cost is 30 minutes for 70 USD.

Sweet release

This exfoliating session using their signature raw Hawaiian sugar body scrub is guaranteed to leave your skin feeling fresh, enlivened, and silky smooth. The cost is 30 minutes for 65 USD.

The Kukui experience

Exfoliate while deeply healing and nurturing the skin with their own roasted kukui nut scrub. followed by a massage with kukui oil. The cost is 60 minutes for 140 USD and 90 minutes for 200 USD.

  • 2 daily yoga asana practices
  • 25 hours of continuing education credit recognized by Yoga Alliance
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • 3 organic farm to table private chef prepared meals a day
  • 4 days scheduled according to Ayurvedic ideals and yoga philosophy
  • Access to all facilities
  • Local excursions and hikes to nearby secluded valleys, beaches, and historical landmarks
  • Airfare
  • Airport shuttle
  • Extra excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Spa services

Driving directions from Kailua-Kona Airport (KOA)

  • From Kona International Airport, turn left onto Highway 19 and drive north toward Waimea
  • After about 30 minutes, turn left at the "T" on Kawaihae Road toward Kawaihae Harbor
  • Drive one mile, then turn right at the sign for Hawi on Highway 270
  • Continue north on Highway 270 for 22 miles until you reach Hawi
  • Drive through Hawi town and continue for 1.6 miles toward Kapa'au
  • Pass the Aloha gas station on the left
  • Look for a white vinyl fence on the left side
  • At the end of the fence, look for Fig’s Mixed Plate on your left
  • Just after Fig’s Mixed Plate, past the guard rails, turn left at Maluhia Road. It is a gravel road and there will be “Shoreline Public Access” and "Hawaii Island *Retreat" signs at the turn. Follow these signs
  • Turn left at the “T’ through the tunnel of trees, turn right
  • Bear right when the road splits and enter the Porte Cochere. You have arrived!

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kailua-Kona Airport (KOA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Allow Yoga Centered School, Studio & Boutique to whisk you away from the Kona airport as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Big Island’s western shores, and deliver you to the private and beautiful oasis of Hawaii Island Retreat Center. Hilo International Airport (ITO) is a 2.5 hour drive but also an option for those wanting to extend their trip in the Hilo area.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.


  • Review by Caityln Shaw

    "I walk away from this training completely changed for the better. I feel completely confident to teach yoga because of the connection that was made between teacher and student. I was never afraid to ask questions and I loved how the teachers, Molly and Liz shared their personal experiences and opinions, it gave me such insight into different opinions while completely validating my own. I have a whole new understanding of yoga and this program, the teachers and the experiences I had helped me create a path for myself that I know I can follow."

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  • Review by Jennifer Webster

    "This training was an opportunity for me to discover not only more about yoga but, myself as well. My light feels stronger and brighter, and I feel confident in my skills to help others shine their light through yoga. I really enjoyed learning and being creative in the chakras, and practicing meditation every morning. These practices helped me to stop over thinking so much and recognize when my mind is being negative. I learned how to listen a lot more clearly and live more freely."

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  • Review by Lisako
    1 out of 10

    "Liz and Molly taught us that we can truly be ourselves, they let their true personalities shine. I loved their Yin/Yang personalities, they bring a beautiful energy together - both new age and important alignment based yoga. The schedule they put together and the timing was great. We were very lucky to get a broad spectrum of yoga. I also really appreciate the emphasis on personal practice and now understand that rewards can be greater than a public group yoga class. I now feel so strong, I also loved going to the beach, the meditations and Yoga Nidra. It was an amazing Yoga journey! "

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  • Review by Chanin
    1 out of 10

    "I feel that this program was made especially for me. It was so supportive, so informed, and so compassionate. The instructors, Liz and Molly, really live the yoga philosophy and modeled it every day for 21 days. They are both so real and so accessible; I felt seen the entire program. I can’t think of a better place to begin a yoga journey. I leave confident in the tools I have received and I know with the wisdom and concrete knowledge provided within this program that I will grow to be an amazing Yoga teacher. I am so excited to continue my Yogic path."

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  • Review by Justin
    1 out of 10

    "This was a huge and transformational journey; spiritually, physically and mentally. My perception of the world around me, as well as the people that occupy it, has grown much more humble. My personal practice has embodied a level of ease and love that is starting to bleed out into my life off of the mat. The knowledge that was crammed into my brain these past weeks really boosted my professional confidence. The pose studies were awesome and I loved the history and philosophy too. Our instructors Liz and Molly really strike a nice balance as neither one felt overpowering of the other and each was unique, I have nothing but praise and respect for them. The prep and intention that went into each days lesson was immense. High fives! I am inspired to share what I know and to proliferate Yoga."

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  • Review by Robert

    "As a Medical Doctor and also a yoga practitioner wanting to teach, I really appreciated the anatomy and alignment study this program offered. Learning the alignment and applying that to pose analysis was very helpful learning to teach and practice safely. I really enjoyed working hard in our practices and our morning meditations. We also had such a wonderful group, I admire and have much affection for them and the teachers as well. I highly recommend this program."

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  • Review by Francean
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every second of this program, the teaching, and the learning. I really enjoyed the authenticity of the teachings that Liz and Molly offered. They instilled an amazing confidence in me and I loved their methods of teaching. For years I have practiced yoga not being aware of muscle engagement. Now, I feel so much stronger in Yoga and also in swimming. When I came into this class I was not sure if I wanted to be a teacher of Yoga and Liz and Molly have opened my eyes to new possibilities. They ROCK; they are awesome and always positive. This program is an absolutely recommend with a 10-STAR rating."

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  • Review by Nicole Y.

    "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 Kelli from United States

    "Liz and Molly are both incredible teachers; I learned so much from the three weeks I spent with them. I was excited to wake up everyday at 5:45 a.m. to meditate and to do yoga. I gained much knowledge through this yoga teacher training about a wide range of topics. All of the information was relevant and well-covered in the amount of time we had. I enjoyed the alignment-based practices and learning modifications. I loved the chakra workshop and the Ayurveda study. I grew so much in my yoga and meditation practices during this program. I feel stronger in my body, and I moved toward better alignment in many of the functional poses. I feel more balanced, grounded, and confident to go out and teach yoga!"

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  • Review by Stephanie G.

    "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 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 Jeffrey D. from 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 Kim C. from United States

    "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 Crystal P. from Hawaii

    "The chemistry and collaboration between this two teachers is like nothing I've ever witnessed. The dynamic duo, the yin and yang, the perfect marriage of energies that truly defines balance...anyone who has an opportunity to study with these amazing women is blessed!"

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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 Anna K. from United States

    "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 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 Aidan P. from New Zealand

    "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 Leah Troxel

    "What a journey therapeutic teacher training has been, not only on a physical level but on the mental and emotional levels as well. I have incredible amounts of gratitude for Liz Heffernan and Molly Masaoka. They made such an impact on my own personal practice of yoga along with my aspirations and goals as a yoga teacher. Both Liz and Molly teach in their own unique style. With phenomenal detail and with such grace, Liz and Molly make the therapeutic teacher content accessible and enjoyable! I feel incredibly fortunate to not only be learning how to teach yoga effectively for health but to be continually able to have alignment principles to base my continued yoga learning and aspirations as a yoga teacher. I feel through this training I have learned a solid foundation of my body and of my understanding the continued beautiful path of yoga.One of the most important things I was wanting to find on my path was a balance between alignment and philosophy. This therapeutic teacher training was the perfect fit. The content of this training far exceeded my expectations. I feel confident in my understanding of the workings of the physical body and how our bodies are really the "vessels" in which we say to higher states of health and happiness.I feel philosophy and alignment go hand in hand. They are two of the most influential pieces in my opinion to becoming an effective yoga teacher. The AlohaYoga teacher training here at Kalani's on the Big Island of Hawaii is powerful for the self and also for the future of yoga teachers. I am incredibly blessed to be filled with more knowledge, a deeper understand and love for yoga. Thank you Molly and Liz. With all my gratitude and in peace!"

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  • Review by Emily I. from United States

    "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 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 United States

    "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 Megan R. from United States

    "Having the opportunities to practice teach 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 Colby N. from United States

    "I feel the group that came together for this experience are truly unique and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. I feel that with Liz and Molly as our instructors we all really lucked out. There are not enough words to describe how rad 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 Katy A. from United States

    "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 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 Oliva L. from United States

    "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 United States

    "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 ten fold 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 United States

    "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/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 United States

    "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 May L. from United States

    "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 R. from United States

    "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 Lisa C. from United States

    "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, loved, 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 Hawaii, USA

    "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 Coe F. from Puerto Rico

    "I loved it all! I felt the therapeutics went beyond my expectations. I loved the variety of classes, topics, practicums, 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 United States

    "Everyday 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 Brigette S. from Hawaii, USA

    "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 Oming 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 Erin C. from Hawaii, USA

    "I learned so much in the three weeks and if a 500-hour certificate program becomes available with Aloha Yoga Shala 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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Pahoa, Hilo, Hawaii, United States

Yoga Centered School, Studio & Boutique is a beautiful yoga studio, boutique, and school of yoga in downtown Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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4 days / 3 nights


Arrival: Thursday November 9, 2017
Departure: Sunday November 12, 2017

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