200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training | Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Posted on 6th June 2015 in adventure, events, foto story, photojournalism

April, 2015 I was asked to video & photograph a 200 hour immersion yoga teacher training in Maui, Hawaii, put on by the lovely folks at Yoga University (fb, instagram). To be more exact: I was living in an ashram in Haiku, eating, breathing, and practicing yoga in every form of the word with 12+ humans who would very quickly become my ohana (family).

I have created a video to accompany this photo series, which can be found here (or on Vimeo).

Thinking back over the month, the first thing that sticks out in my mind is the intimacy and immediacy of daily check-ins. As we became more open and used to each other, these check-ins would become incredibly powerful, allowing the group to be supportive instead of judging so that each of us could have verbal dialogues with what was going on in our minds. The value of creating this space has exponential returns, both for the giver and the receiver, somewhat similar to reading a blog might: I write and get my thoughts clear and sorted out, you read and share my revelations!

I came back from this journey both mentally and physically stimulated like I haven’t been for years, one might say I was transformed. Every day in Maui I found myself learning, being guided, sharing, and committing to true love; discovering my body through satsangs of anatomy teachings with Alana, cosmic visualizations of chakras and pranayama discussions with David Lopez, Blue Mountain’s blessings, mangoes, and seva. Allowah & Sufey, the two guides on this beautiful journey, were instrumental in provided the space and the teachings for this Journey to Divine. We would typically spend over 14 hours a day in some form of yoga (these are the yoga sutras):

  • yama – ethical guidelines,
  • niyama – behaviors,
  • asana – physical practice,
  • pranayama – breathing life force,
  • pratyahara – detachment from ego,
  • dharana – meditation,
  • dhyana – meditation to god,
  • samadhi – peace, bliss, and happiness without end through the absorption of god.

Like I said, imagine the sense of awe, awareness, inspiration, and beauty when you walk into a sacred space of worship. Now make that a place you live and explore every day for a whole month. Meditate on that for a while.

Ok, fine, there was a lot of fun too.

If you’re interested in learning more about Yoga University, I’d be happy to talk about it, or head over to their site and see when their upcoming 200 or 300 hour teacher training and retreats are.

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Large bunyan tree, Ioa Valley State Park

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Allowah (base) & Annetta Lu on top of Maui volcano Haleakala for sunrise

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Tori Boll (left) & Allowah on top of Hawaiian volcano Haleakala for sunrise

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Allowah ready for sunrise on top of Maui volcano Haleakala

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Sufey at Oneuli Beach (Black sands beach) in Makena State Park

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Liza in meditation at Oneuli Beach (Black sands beach) in Makena State Park

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana at the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Alice at the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Koko, Nathan, & Gurinder at the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana at Blue Mountain’s Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm Temple in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Allowah (base) & Poet (flying) at Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Allowah (left base) with Alice (standing) and Annetta (right base) with Brooke at Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Allowah (left base) with Brooke & Annetta (right base) with Tatiana at Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana practicing Thai massage led by Ethan at the Ashram, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana for an outdoor asana yoga at Blue Mountain’s Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm Temple in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana being led by student yoga teacher Annetta in asana at the Ashram, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Student yoga teacher Elle leading a class at Blue Mountain’s Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm Temple in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Student yoga teacher Elle leading a class at Blue Mountain’s Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm Temple in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana at Blue Mountain’s Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm Temple in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ryan outside Blue Mountain’s Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm Temple in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana (l-r: Koko, Allowah, Jeremy, Annetta, & Poet) at Spirit of Aloha, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Student yoga teacher Tatiana leading a class at Blue Mountain’s Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm Temple in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Ohana (aka. Monkeys) in a tree at the closing ceremonies at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

Alice getting aloha bombed during the closing ceremonies at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Hawaii

Yoga University - Maui Hawaii - Teacher Training - Ned Tobin

The media crew (Ned left, Gurinder right) watching the sunset

2 Responses to “200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training | Haiku, Maui, Hawaii”

  1. Kokonut says:

    Awwww Wowww! How lovely!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Ned!

    Aloha Ke Akua!

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