Program Guide

Below is an overview of the daily schedule – please note that there may be slight variations and small changes. All classes and lectures will be held in the studio or TBA outside location

WEEK 1 & 2
Mon - Fri
8.00 – 9.00am Philosophy
9.00 – 9.30am Break
9.30 - 11.00am Techniques, Training and Practice
11.30 - 12.30 Functional Anatomy
12.30 - 1.00pm Lunch
1.00 - 3.00pm Techniques, Training and Practice
3.00 - 3.30pm Break
3.30-4.30pm Teaching Methodology
8.00 – 9.00 Philosophy
9.30 - 11.00am Techniques, Training and Practice
11.30 – 1.00 Yoga Adjustments
1.30 – 2.30 Practicum Prep
9.30 - 11.00 Techniques, Training and Practice & DAY OFF
Mon - Fri
8.00 – 9.00am Philosophy
9.00 – 9.30am Break
9.30 - 11.00am Techniques, Training and Practice
11.30 - 12.30 Techniques, Training and Practice - Pranayama
12.30 - 1.00pm Lunch
1.00 - 2.00pm Techniques, Training and Practice
2.30 - 4.30pm Teaching Methodology
8.00 – 9.00am Philosophy
9.30-11.00 Techniques, Training and Practice
11.30 – 1.30 Practicum
9.30-11.00 Techniques, Training and Practice
11.30 – 1.30 Practicum
Mon - Wed
8.00 – 9.00am Philosophy
9.00 – 9.30am Break
9.30 - 11.00am Techniques, Training and Practice
11.30 - 12.30 Techniques, Training and Practice - Pranayama
12.30 - 1.00pm Lunch
1.00 - 2.00pm Teaching Methodology
2.15 - 4.15pm Practicum
8.00 – 9.00am Philosophy
9.30 - 11.00am Techniques, Training and Practice
12.00 - 2.00pm Anatomy Exam
2.30pm Graduation


Our program is comprehensive, and will cover all the requirements as presented by Yoga Alliance for you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (200-RYT) upon your certification. Training includes:
  • Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics (Raja Yoga)
    Students will explore the ancient and powerful teachings of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali with discussions on how to apply the 8 limbs to their personal lives as well as introducing them in a class environment. You will learn how to guide the chanting of key sutras as well as certain mantras. We will explore the ethical guidelines for teaching yoga. Through discussion we will look at how a yogic lifestyle supports the health of our communities and planet. Students are welcome to work in our vegetable garden out back and eat from the garden.

  • Techniques, Training and Practice (Hatha Yoga)
    The best teachers are dedicated students themselves. The morning session will be a “classroom” environment to deepen their personal practice. The afternoon session will be a breakdown of the key poses practiced that morning. We will explore sequencing of the poses, use of props, how to give adjustments, and contraindications. Students will learn the sanskrit names of all the poses as well as some of the mythological stories around the names of the poses.
    The pranayama practices and kriyas are introduced in the final week when students have cultivated the physical strength and sensitivity to sit for this practice. We will explore introductory practices that they can safely introduce into their personal practice as well as a classroom environment. We will include working with the energetic locks (bandhas) and understand the contraindications for certain techniques.
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
    Understanding how the human body moves is integral to teaching in a manner that is safe, appropriate and effective. We will explore the human movement system – primarily the skeletal, nervous and muscular systems as they relate to movement and motor learning. Students will learn about planes and directions of movements, joints, and the muscles that create movement at the joints. They will learn which primary tissues are at risk during asana practice and how to protect them. They will learn how to assess movement in asana and based on this to provide appropriate regression/progression of poses.
    We will explore the mechanics of breathing (Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems) and the health benefits of proper breathing. This will introduce students for the upcoming Pranayama practices in the final week.
    Students will be required to submit a Physiology assignment on the endocrine glands relating to the chakras.
    Students will each receive an anatomy manual upon arrival and will be required to write a 1hr closed book anatomy exam at the end of the training
  • Teaching Methodology
    Students will learn the art of becoming powerful, effective and inspiring teachers! We will explore aspects such as qualities of a student, qualities of a great teacher, cultivating your personal teaching values and style, how to assess different learning styles and how to motivate students. We will look at how to teach using verbal instruction, hands on adjustments, props and visualizations. You will gain an understanding why we teach in Sanskrit, and how to cultivate your teaching voice. We will look at how to implement Vinyasa Krama into your teaching and take an in-depth workshop on sequencing. This will guide you in learning how to teach a mixed level class. We will also look at how to teach beginning students.
    The “Business of Yoga” will also be addressed. This will include information on Yoga Alliance Registration, logging of teaching hours, insurance and continuing education. Students will be given guidance on how to write a resume (based on what students really want), conducts as “interview/demo class” and tips on how to create SMART goals that support their new path.
  • Practicum
    Students will now put into place all they have learnt in the previous two weeks! Working in small groups of 2-4, they will formulate and then teach a full 1.5hr class to their fellow students. Senior teachers from the training will assess them on quality of sequencing, verbal instruction/delivery, use of variations and props, gentle adjustments, and overall presentation (incl the use of themes/mantras/philosophy/music). There will be a group feedback session after each practicum for fellow student comments as well.

  • BOOKS:
    -- The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit & Lawrence M Elson

    -- Prior to course - Health, Healing and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya - T. K. V. Desikachar
    -- During course - The Language of Yoga -Nicolai Bachman (with CD set)

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. - Swami Vivekananda

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. - Buddha

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. -Dalai Lama

Maui Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hr YTT Schedule 2015

July 20 - Aug. 14, 2015
August 24 - Sept. 18, 2015
September 28 - Oct. 23, 2015
November 2 - Nov. 27, 2015

200 Hr YTT Schedule 2016

January 5 - 26, 2016
February 8 - 29, 2016
March 7 - 28, 2016
April 4 - 25, 2016
May 9 - 30, 2016
June 6 - 27, 2016
July 4 - 25, 2016
August 8 - 29, 2016
September 5 - 26, 2016
October 3 - 24, 2016
November 1 - 22, 2016

300 Hr YTT Schedule 2016

March 1 - April 17, 2016
June 1 - July 19, 2016
Sept 1 - Oct 20, 2016

Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training with Nadia Toraman & Karin Kuhn

We invite you to join us here on the magical island of Maui, Hawaii for 22 glorious days of yoga, fun, friendship, and personal growth
Teaching Oppurtunities Available upon Graduation

For more information about our yoga teacher training program, please use the links below. Many of your common questions can be answered by reading the program guide or the Q&A page. Aloha.
>> Yoga Teacher Training Overview
>> Read the Program Guide
>> Q&A: Get Answers to Common Questions
>> Registration Information
>> Our Curriculum
>> Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training Blog - See some Highlights from 2015 so far!

2015 - 2016 Maui, Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training

Contact us today to register for one of these life-transforming experiences!
(808) 633 - 2770
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Interview with Nadia Toraman:

"Yoga has been life-changing for me. Since the first day, I have always kept with it. And what better place to practice then on the island where the spirit of yoga and the soul of Hawaii have so much in common. The raw, organic feel of nature, the connection between prana and mana, namaste and aloha, all contribute to finding the true self while healing and rejuvenating, and guiding us to deeper levels of awareness." - Nadia Toraman

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao Tzu

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. - Greg Anderson

OM represents the infinite universal consciousness, expanding awareness of the Divine

Asana practice has one meaning: to learn to sit in your own beautiful true nature.
- Maty Ezraty

The Maui Yoga Shala completely changed my life-- it taught me so much about both myself and yoga.
- Jessica B (Yoga Teacher Training graduate)

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. - Paulo Coelho