All our teachers live and breathe the Spirit of Aloha and are dedicated to supporting
you during this transformative process.


The training is led by Maui Yoga Shala owner Nadia Toraman, voted as Maui Times Best Yoga Teacher on Maui in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She has been training Yoga teachers and living on Maui for 25 years, and many of her students have gone on to become highly acclaimed teachers in their hometowns or out in the world. Nadia combines a passionate love for the liberating heart of Yoga with a keen intellectual understanding of its underlying philosophy to offer a truly transformative training.

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“Yoga has been life-changing for me. Since the first day, I have always kept with it. And what better place to practice then on the island where the spirit of yoga and the soul of Hawaii have so much in common. The raw, organic feel of nature, the connection between prana and mana, namaste and aloha, all contribute to finding the true self while healing and rejuvenating, and guiding us to deeper levels of awareness.”  – Nadia Toraman

More about Nadia


Shakta teaches chanting, meditation, and the practical application of the yogic philosophy. As the studio manager he provides orientation and general support for the needs of the trainees. Shakta integrates his practice into a whole lifestyle which included gardening, farming, and nature as well as serving, chanting, and singing with a local satsang. Drawing on the ancient teachings of yoga through the Yoga Sutras, ashtanga yoga, sanskrit verses, and the deities, the students will learn to apply these universal principles to their own lives as well as how to weave yoga philosophy into their classes so that their students can experience the full transformative power of the practice. Shakta credits these influential teachers: Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī, Nadia Toraman, Kalyani Russell, Swami Dayamrita Chaitanya, David Williams, and Barney Chapman.


Trained and certified as a yoga teacher by the American Viniyoga Institute, Jennifer began teaching movement, yoga and meditation 32 years ago, but it was not initiated into its true depth until she was led to Viniyoga after a yoga injury 22 years ago. The guidance and training she received for her own rehabilitation and strengthening inspired her to continue to deepen her practice and explore the healing and creative potential of the Yoga tradition through the direct lineage of Krishnamacharya.

The long and winding path of personal healing, practice and inquiry has given Jennifer a deep trust and enthusiasm for our amazing human potential.  Her gift for translating the messages of body and soul empower and encourage others on their unique path of wisdom and healing, addressing the challenges of common experience with compassion, humor and clarity. Jennifer’s teaching illuminates Yoga as the Art of Living and time-tested way to realize and fulfill our potential.


“Everything I know, I know because I Love”  (A favorite quote from Leo Tolstoy).

Graduates of Nadia Toraman & the Maui Yoga Shala who have become successful teachers & studio owners

Eion Finn / Vancouver, Canada 

Silke Markmann / Hamburg, Germany 

Karina Wagner / Munchen, Germany

Swantje Nielsen / Hamburg, Germany 

Asami Asami Suzuki / Tokyo, Japan 

Tamami Kanaya / Tokyo, Japan

Angela Maria Firewalker / El Paso, Texas 

Ali Szarzynski / Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Leilani Messer /  Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Kevin Paris Wisconsin / Los Angeles 

Ariel Mann Jackson / Wyoming 

Nina Heiberg Joyeux Norway / Tahiti 

Tanya McLaughlin / Whistler, Canada 

Michelle Wilson / Calgary, Canada 

Samantha O’Neal &
Tricia Bresson / Zen Den Yoga Shala, Ohio

Brynja BjarnadóttirIceland

Marthe Mageroy / Norway

Anthony Salem / Miami

Sammy Seriani / Maui, Hawaii 

Sarah Callaham  / Maui, Hawaii 

Regina Padilla / Maui, Hawaii 

Tani Toprakci / Maui, Hawaii 

Alexa Ibarra / New York

Heather Kramer / Maui, Hawaii 

Emilia De Castro / Maui, Hawaii 

Klancy Brown / Maui, Hawaii 

Gail Rice / Maui, Hawaii

Shannon Eyre / Seattle 

Tanya Dawe / Montreal, Canada 

Tim Reichenbach / Biel, Switzerland 
Megan Newmans  / Miami

Krystina Lorance / Sphinx Yoga Studio, Oregon

Catherine Baines / Apana Yoga Studio,
Uxbridge, Canada