MEET THE TEACHERS
All our teachers live and breathe the Spirit of Aloha and are dedicated to supporting you during this transformative process.
The training is led by Maui Yoga Shala owner Nadia Toraman, voted as Maui Times Best Yoga Teacher on Maui in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She has been training Yoga teachers and living on Maui for 25 years, and many of her students have gone on to become highly acclaimed teachers in their hometowns or out in the world. Nadia combines a passionate love for the liberating heart of Yoga with a keen intellectual understanding of its underlying philosophy to offer a truly transformative training.
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"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."
Karin Kuhn is one of the senior teachers on the training and is responsible for teaching the Functional Anatomy and, Technique, Training & Practice sections of the training. Karin has been teaching full time since 2005 and has almost 6000hrs of teaching experience. As a certified Personal Trainer (with both the National Association of Sports Medicine and ETA - Sport Science Institute of South Africa) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM) Karin incorporates the knowledge from these complementary sciences in her teachings. Her degree in Marketing and Sales Management, and years of experience running her own studio in South Africa and studios here on Maui, leaves her well qualified to guide students in the science, art and business of teaching yoga.
Karin shares her passionate understanding of the practice, both the physical, energetic and spiritual aspects, with grace and humor. During the training students will learn how to integrate the full spectrum of the practice of Yoga into their own lives so that it becomes a transformative experience on every level. Drawing from their personal experience they will learn how to safely and confidently teach a wide variety of students.
Karin will guide students in identifying their personal teaching values and cultivating their unique teaching style, so that they are empowered to move into the sacred vocation of teaching in a way that is authentic and uplifting to both themselves and the students they are blessed to teach.
Shakta teaches chanting, meditation, and the practical application of the yogic philosophy. As the studio manager he provides orientation and general support for the needs of the trainees. Inspired by his teacher Amma, also known as the "hugging saint," Shakta brought his path of bhakti, karma, and hatha yoga to Maui. He began training with Nadia & Karin and integrating his practice into gardening, farming, and nature as well as serving, chanting, and singing with a local satsang. Drawing on the ancient teachings of yoga through the Yoga Sutras, ashtanga yoga, sanskrit verses, and the deities, the students will learn to apply these universal principles to their own lives as well as how to weave yoga philosophy into their classes so that their students can experience the full transformative power of the practice.
Trained and certified as a yoga teacher by the American Viniyoga Institute, Jennifer began teaching movement, yoga and meditation 32 years ago, but it was not initiated into its true depth until she was led to Viniyoga after a yoga injury 22 years ago. The guidance and training she received for her own rehabilitation and strengthening inspired her to continue to deepen her practice and explore the healing and creative potential of the Yoga tradition through the direct lineage of Krishnamacharya.
The long and winding path of personal healing, practice and inquiry has given Jennifer a deep trust and enthusiasm for our amazing human potential. Her gift for translating the messages of body and soul empower and encourage others on their unique path of wisdom and healing, addressing the challenges of common experience with compassion, humor and clarity. Jennifer’s teaching illuminates Yoga as the Art of Living and time-tested way to realize and fulfill our potential.
‘Everything I know, I know because I Love’ (A favorite quote from Leo Tolstoy).
Maui Yoga Shala graduates who have become successful teachers & studio owners
Eion Finn / Vancouver, Canada
Silke Markmann / Hamburg, Germany
Karina Wagner / Munchen, Germany
Swantje Nielsen / Hamburg, Germany
Asami Asami Suzuki / Tokyo, Japan
Masako Wada / Tokyo, Japan
Tamami Kanaya / Tokyo, Japan
Angela Maria Firewalker / El Paso, Texas
Ali Szarzynski / Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Leilani Messer / Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Kevin Paris Wisconsin / Los Angeles
Ariel Mann Jackson / Wyoming
Nina Heiberg Joyeux Norway / Tahiti
Tanya McLaughlin / Whistler, Canada
Michelle Wilson / Calgary, Canada
Marthe Mageroy / Norway
Anthony Salem / Miami
Sammy Seriani / Maui, Hawaii
Sarah Callaham / Maui, Hawaii
Regina Padilla / Maui, Hawaii
Tani Toprakci / Maui, Hawaii
Alexa Ibarra / New York
Heather Kramer / Maui, Hawaii
Emilia De Castro / Maui, Hawaii
Klancy Brown / Maui, Hawaii
Gail Rice / Maui, Hawaii
Shannon Eyre / Seattle
Tanya Dawe / Montreal, Canada
Tim Reichenbach / Biel,Switzerland
Megan Newmans / Miami