200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training | Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

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

Comments

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

  1. Kokonut Avatar
    Kokonut

    Awwww Wowww! How lovely!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Ned!

    Aloha Ke Akua!

    1. ned Avatar
      ned

      Aloha Kokonut! Happy to hear you found the photos and enjoyed them. Stay tuned for more!

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