10 BEST PLACES ON MAUI TO DO YOGA
Maui is a hotbed for yogis. The Valley Isle is a meditative place that breeds relaxation and positive thinking. It’s no wonder that there are so many established yoga teachers, retreats, and studios on the island! If you’re a yogi headed to Maui soon, browse our top ten picks for Maui yoga studios.
1. Maya Yoga Studio – Nicki Doane Yoga
It’s safe to say Nicki Doane is one of Maui’s best and brightest yoga teachers. Nicki has received international acclaim and has even been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal magazine. Today, Nicki runs Maya Yoga Studio on Maui’s North Shore, offering several weekly in-person yoga classes, yoga intensives, retreats, and teacher training. In addition to Nicki’s extensive experience and recognition, her personal and relatable nature makes her stand out as a teacher. If you can’t make it to her studio, Nicki offers private online “teleyoga” sessions and has a series of flows on her YouTube channel.
770 N Honokala Rd, Haiku, HI
2. Afterglow Yoga
Located in Wailuku, Afterglow is renowned as one of the top Maui yoga studios. The studio was deemed “Maui’s Best Yoga Studio” by Maui Time readers in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Afterglow Yoga boasts a variety of teachers and a myriad of classes— Vinyasa Flow, Alignment Flow, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Hot Yoga, Yoga Barre classes— you name it. Afterglow Yoga is excellent for beginners as the studio offers discounted introductory packages. Visitors can snag a $100 five-class pass, good for two months.
145 N Market St A, Wailuku, HI
3. Wisdom Flow Yoga
Wisdom Flow Yoga is headed by Jennifer Lynn, who has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. Thanks to her incredible yoga philosophy and muscle safety knowledge, Jennifer has earned accolades like “Best Maui Yoga Teacher” in Maui Time Weekly’s “Best of Maui” awards. Several classes are offered at Lynn’s breezy, brightly painted Pukalani studio, which caters to a spectrum of students. In addition to various classes, Wisdom Flow Yoga offers sound baths, yoga teacher training, and retreats.
95 Makawao Ave Suite 202, Makawao, HI
4. Maui Yoga Shala
Maui Yoga Shala is located in Paia on Maui’s north shore, in a historic former train depot. The Shala is one of the longest-running Maui yoga studios, founded over 25 years ago. In addition to various daily classes, Maui Yoga Shala offers retreats, massages, beach yoga, surf lessons, workshops, and one of the most comprehensive yoga teacher certifications on the island. Maui Yoga Shala is also home to a dance studio and cafe.
381 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI
5. Mangala Yoga
“Mangala” is derived from the Sanskrit word for “auspicious,”— and the story behind Mangala Yoga’s inception is auspicious indeed. A vision for a yoga studio came to Mangala owner and founder Maureen Gildersleeve while lying in Savasana (final resting pose), despite never having taught yoga nor owned a business. Several short years later, after a series of synchronicities, Maureen opened the doors to Makawao Yoga, now Mangala Yoga. Today, Mangala Yoga is one of Upcountry’s premier yoga studios, offering anything from candlelit flows and heated vinyasa to barre, sculpt, and 200-hour teacher training.
1170 Makawao Ave, Makawao, HI
6. Island Spirit Yoga
Island Spirit Yoga is located in Lahaina, on Maui’s west side. This old-school studio is lauded for its attentive instructors, who are pros at creating a safe and welcoming environment for students of all skill levels. Over 25 classes are offered throughout the week, including gentle yoga, sculpt, vinyasa, pilates, and more.
840 Wainee Street, Lahaina, HI
7. Maui Yoga Loft and Wellness
For a comprehensive wellness experience, visit Maui Yoga Loft. Classes at Maui Yoga Loft highlight asana (movement), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation, and the bright and breezy studio cultivates a meditative atmosphere. In addition to a spectrum of daily yoga classes, Maui Yoga Loft offers wellness services like massage therapies and reiki. Tracy Keenan, the owner of Maui Yoga Loft, has 20 years of teaching experience on Maui and is supported by a veteran crew.
1847 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI
8. Maui Yoga Path
It’s hard to beat a yoga class on one of Maui’s golden beaches— especially when it’s taught by a veteran instructor. Such is the case at Maui Yoga Path. Located in the Mana Kai Resort, Maui Yoga Path offers two in-person classes, morning beach yoga, and Iyengar yoga. This Kihei studio is headed by sole teacher Deni Roman. Deni has over 38 years of teaching experience and studied yoga for four years in India.
2960 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI
9. Maui SUP Yoga
Are focus and balance your strong points? Great! If not, there’s no better place to hone your chops than at Maui SUP Yoga. Maui SUP Yoga is essentially a floating studio. Classes begin onshore before heading into the ocean for yoga practice aboard a stand-up paddleboard. At Maui SUP Yoga, not only are you immersed in Maui’s natural beauty throughout the class, but practicing yoga on a SUP helps to enhance awareness, clarity, core strength, and relaxation.
10. Maui Goat Yoga
Yoga is inherently therapeutic. So are goats, apparently. Just ask the folks at Maui Goat Yoga, who host one of Maui’s most popular, unconventional yoga classes. Located on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui Goat Yoga offers yoga classes alongside a crew of friendly Nigerian Dwarf goats— and they’re notorious for getting involved in the poses. It’s not unheard of for a baby goat to climb up on your back during a table-top pose. While serious yogis searching for a challenge might want to look elsewhere (although Maui Goat Yoga’s founder does have a 500-hour training under her belt), this unorthodox class is an unforgettable experience for animal and yoga lovers.
936 Keanuhea St, Kula, HI