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3 of the Best Yoga Teacher Training Retreats in Hawaii

by Mélissa Lesnie & Alyx Sariol  |  Updated May 30, 2023

Looking for inspiring surroundings in which to make your dream of teaching yoga a reality? Undertaking this physical and spiritual journey in Hawaii with a registered YTT program will ensure your weeks of self-discovery are nothing short of paradise.

Feeling balanced on a Maui beach (Photo courtesy of Book Yoga Retreats)

Hawaii is the ideal destination for yogis and yoginis looking to deepen their practice in natural surroundings without leaving the USA. The islands are known for their mana, the healing energies that offer spiritual rejuvenation for anyone who seeks it, as well as a relaxed, bohemian community aligned with yogic values. After all, ‘Aloha’ literally translates to ‘breath of life’, which is just as envigorating as a heartfelt ‘Om’ or ‘Namaste’. TravelMag has selected 5 of the best International Yoga Alliance certified YTT courses in Hawaii, based on quality, reviews, affordability and diversity of styles.

21-Day Hatha and Vinyasa 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Maui

Maui Yoga Shala – SUP paddleboard yoga (Photo courtesy of Book Yoga Retreats)

Maui Yoga Shala has been one of the most beloved studios on Hawaii for more than 20 years. Dedicated international teachers lead a small group through an envigorating curriculum of functional anatomy and kinesiology, yoga foundations including asana, mantras, and meditation. Eager teachers will have the opportunity to teach a drop-in class to the public for invaluable feedback. In the refurbished train depot of the historical north shore town of Paia, the accommodations are spacious and welcoming, with a patio and garden for relaxing or additional yoga practice. It’s the perfect base for swimming, snorkeling and whale-watching in the nearby beaches of Baldwin, Ho’okipa and Paia Bay. Opt for the healthy meal plan or enjoy locally sourced, organic nosh between classes at the open-air Island Fresh Cafe on the grounds.

From US$4,500 / 21 days

Reserve via BookYogaRetreats.com

22-Day 300hr Immersive Yoga Teacher Training in Big Island

300hr YTT on Big Island (Photo courtesy of Book Yoga Retreats)

Yoga Quest University offers both introductory 200hr YTT and a more intensive 300hr course to build on an existing yoga qualification. In the town of Hilo, on Hawaii’s idyllic Big Island, the Sundari Gardens center offers cabin and cottage accommodation for privacy and relaxation during your training. The caring teachers ensure a broad curriculum based on hatha and vinyasa, with a chance to try diverse styles from Kundalini basics to aerial and partner/acro yoga. Two daily asana practices will be enriched with classes on teaching methodology, philosophy, anatomy and Sanskrit. Three vegan and gluten-free meals will be served each day to nourish your training.

From US$4,000/22 days

Reserve via BookYogaRetreats.com

22-day 200hr Wild Soul Yoga Teacher Training in Maui

Tree pose in front of waterfalls in Maui (Photo courtesy of Book Retreats)

Led by Ann Averbach, founder of DiviniTree Yoga, this comprehensive Ayurveda-inspired YTT takes place on a private permaculture farm in remote East Maui, taking your farm-to-table well-being to the next level thanks to the abundance of plants and exotic fruits on hand. Your day will begin with Ayurvedic rituals, meditation and pranayama breathing exercises, before diving into vinyasa flow, asana workshops and sessions with guest speakers and teachers. Relax and revise your yoga philosophy in the sprawling ranch with loft accommodation. Along with your fellow students, you will be uplifted and inspired on outings to the island’s highest waterfall, the best beaches in the town of Hana, and private swimming holes.

From US$4,600 / 22 days

Reserve via BookRetreats.com