Historic Paia Train Depot turned Healthy Cafe and Yoga Center on Maui
In the not so distant past a train depot for a freight and passenger line connected Haiku and Kahului, traversing some of north Maui’s rugged terrain. The freight on this train line was pineapple and sugar, but it was also an important passenger link from 1884 to 1966. The train had to traverse the Maliko Gulch on a trestle, finally reaching Kahului on the northwest coast.
Now, this charming historical landmark stands as a center of activity for food, fitness, and fun just minutes from Maui’s famed North Shore beaches. Within the arches of this unique structure the Island Fresh Cafe and the Maui Yoga & Dance Shala welcome locals and visitors from around the world to experience delicious locally sourced meals or participate in a variety of yoga & dance classes and trainings.
Owner Nadia Toraman opened the doors to the first location 20 years ago on Maui. Since then her studio has become one of the most established and well recognized centers on Hawaii.
The Shala is now a highly popular place for all to come to enjoy top yoga, hip hop, ballet, belly dance, children’s classes, kirtan, and meditation from some of the island’s best instructors. Summer 2016 presented the opportunity for Nadia to incorporate the whole Old Train Depot to include food offerings.
The Island Fresh Cafe opened its doors that June displaying a breezy, tropical setting for outdoor seating as well as cozy indoor seating, both areas featuring murals and hanging art by local artists. Breakfast & lunch specialties with many of the ingredients from Maui’s farms and the Shala’s own garden, fresh catch of the day, Hawaiian coffees, smoothies, coconuts, and other treats quickly became a draw for those who ventured just up the the road from bustling Paia town.
Private yoga, dance and work out lessons are also available for groups, families, weddings. The studio is also for rent for parties, photo shoots, music and art events, workshops, etc. at both Paia & Wailea locations.
We are proud to offer both 200-hr and 300-hr Yoga Alliance Registered YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS AND IMMERSIONS in Maui, Hawaii. Our YOGA RETREAT offerings are wonderful, rejuvenating and transformative get-aways to connect with the land and sea and enjoy your practice.
DANCE PROGRAM is just as exciting and includes Belly Dance, Hot Hula, West African Dance, Tahitian, and Urban Jazz.
KEIKI (CHILDREN) classes are expanding and we are pleased to offer Creative Dance, Ballet, Hula, Natural Gymnastics and Yoga classes.
Our TEACHERS are some of the best on the island and they live and breathe the spirit of Aloha! They are passionate, well trained and love meeting new people!
Keep an eye on our EVENTS page for upcoming workshops and special events, which include dance and music performances.
Our BOUTIQUE showcases the latest in yoga wear, locally produced items, jewelry, to yoga DVDs and yoga posters.
Our in-house team of MASSAGE therapists offer a range of styles including Thai, Lomi Lomi and Shiatsu. Treat yourself to a PRIVATE YOGA class and then massage!
Maui Yoga and Dance Shala is a place for healing and expressing the beauty of the human spirit. Located in Located in the former Paia Train Depot and in our new Wailea location, we strive to be a portal for all seekers to connect deeply with their own bodies and each other, and move as their hearts desire. Nadia Toraman founded the original Maui Yoga Shala 20 years ago in Paia out of a desire to share her passion for Yoga, and that strong passion and love for the practice continues to today. Now we have a full complement of Yoga and Dance teachers of many styles and backgrounds, providing for the needs of a wide variety of students ~ but the essence remains the same. Come to the station, leave your baggage out the door, move, breathe, and explore your body and soul, and enjoy the ride of your life in greater grace and joy.