Yoga is Hawaii: 5 Studios to Get Your Zen

Whether as a vacation activity or a longterm practice, performing yoga on the beaches of Hawaii is a restorative experience.

A warm beach, the lulling of the waves - it's all part of the Hawaii yoga experience. Many of the instructors have a wonderful studio atmosphere but also understand the value of integrating nature into practice.

Hawaii Yoga Studios

Kalani Yoga

Kalani is a comprehensive wellness retreat. As envisioned by Richard Koob, the founder and director, the center blends nature, yoga, adventure, nutrition, and bodywork into one-night getaways or multi-day escapes. The yoga classes are considered to be first rate, and include Yin, restorative, Kundalini, and vinyasa styles. Along with a suburb yoga staff, the center invites guest instructors such as Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, and John Friend to teach to the Hawaii yoga community. There are also a wide variety of workshops offered throughout the year. 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road Pahoa, HI 96778 (808) 965 0468

Manoa Yoga Center

Voted the best yoga studio in Honolulu in 2006, Manoa Yoga Center earned its reputation with an intense dedication to the Iyengar Hatha yoga practice. Founded by Shelly Choy in 2000, Manoa staffs only Iyengar-certified instructors. The studio hosts numerous workshops throughout the year and has an extensive daily class schedule. 2752 Woodlawn Dr., Ste. 5-203, Honolulu, HI 96822 (808) 382-3910

Purple Yoga

If you want to know more about shadow yoga, Purple Yoga is the place to go. Shadow Yoga is the delicate balance of martial arts, yoga, and cultural dance. Purple Yoga instructor Glen Butcher learned the practice from originator Natanaga Zhander more than 10 years ago. Along with more common yoga styles, the studio also offers many classes in prenatal yoga, mommy and baby yoga, and kid's yoga. Look to this studio for special workshops, too. University Square - 2615 S. King St., Ste. A305, Honolulu, HI 96826 (808) 944-8585

Yoga Hawaii

Based in Honolulu, Yoga Hawaii is the perfect studio for those new to yoga, or yogis wanting to expand their Ashtanga or Vinyasa flow practice. Instructors here also incorporate pranayama and meditation techniques into routines. The studio offers an extensive "Yoga in Schools" program.

Yoga Hawaii has two locations, with a shared number of (808) 739-YOGA (9642).

  • Kaimuki Studio - 1152 Koko Head Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Kaka'ako Studio - 330 Cooke St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Yoga Oasis

Yoga Oasis is an extensive yoga retreat located on the eastern tip of the Big Island. In addition to offering daily classes, the center designs yoga and nutrition programs for people recovering from illness, going through detox, or improving immunity or strength.

Located near geothermal hot ponds and sauna steam caves, as well as great surfing and hiking, this retreat is a multi-faceted experience. Accommodations range from shared dormitory-style rooms to full cabins. P.O. Box 1935, Pahoa, HI 96778 (808) 965-8460

Learn More About Local Yoga Options

Visitors and locals alike can find many Hawaii yoga options. If you're vacationing, ask the hotel or resort concierge for leads on studios or instructors.

Another helpful source is Yoga Meetup. Visitors can chat with native instructors and practitioners before traveling to the islands, and residents can expand their network.

If you personally know of a great studio in the islands, please tell us by leaving a message in the "Comments" section below.

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Yoga is Hawaii: 5 Studios to Get Your Zen