Yoga Teacher Training
Hawaii Big Island Ocean Front
“Discover your True Nature as a Yoga Teacher”
January 5-25, 2023
January 2024 dates TBA
200 and 300 hour Yoga Alliance Certification
Continuing Education Available
Applications now accepted. Limited to 15 participants.
“Our True Nature is a reflection of Nature itself and the amazing Universe in which we abide.” ~ Deborah
Ancient Yogic (whole) Wisdom and Ayurveda (life Knowledge)
offer vast exploration into the expanse and simplicity of these practical teachings.
We are living in very inspiring and exciting times where science and spirituality are becoming accessible and useful as the fields of Neuroscience and the practices of Asana, (Movement)Pranayama (breath) and Meditation (introspection) are changing lives more powerfully than every before.
Join us on a transformative adventure into the many facets of Yoga.
Live ocean front with us as we nourish ourselves with fresh island foods, warm clear waters, immersed in the primal simple nature of the Big Island.
Explore yoga and the Big Island as a lifestyle in a vibrant yet relaxed learning environment with a group of like minded inspired friends.
Yoga Teacher Training
The Yoga Immersion format will be an inspirational, accessible and educational foundation for anyone who wants to learn more about their bodies, minds, emotions, spirituality and “Nature as teacher”. Through practical Yoga philosophy, relatable anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, and other tools we nurture health and happiness as a lifestyle.
We will explore the study of Yoga to navigate challenges and ingrained patterns [Samskaras], with introspection, respect and clarity. Through Asana, useful breathing [Pranayama], relaxation, restorative practices, meditation our aim is to create strength, stability, safety, and re-patterning. Adventures in neuroscience will help us to explore the underlying physical structure and energetics that influence and inform our lives emotionally, mentally and physically. The course will integrate the learning directly to daily life, giving you a groundwork to support yourselves and others in an ongoing transformational process.
Each session will have a focus for learning to be applied to a specific area of the curriculum for a 200/300 hour Yoga teacher training, mentoring, and continuing education training.
Discovering your nature and path in the practice of yoga for your personal journey will include: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Anatomy, Physiology, Subtle Energy, the Chakras, the Elements and Nature as Teacher, Ayurveda, and Yoga Philosophy.
Establishing new circuitries in our body and mind will introduce healthy ways to inform ourselves of our innate spiritual essence. These are useful tools to navigate the ocean of life and stay grounded during challenging times.
Right now is such an exciting time. Together we can create a web of education and cultivate understanding, which will guide us all through the doorway of human consciousness that we are experiencing. We can harness the true power of the present moment and join together to see what we can discover.
All students who complete Deborah’s accredited course will receive a certificate of completion from Deborah with which you can then register for either the 200 or 300 level Yoga Alliance or continuing education credits. We were one of the first schools to be registered with Yoga Alliance since 2001.
Deborah also is a certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT and she and her school are members of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. See our Yoga Therapy page.
Hale Kai (ocean house) is our ocean front retreat in South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Described by guests as a work of art, Hale Kai offers beautiful open air living in a peaceful and inspirational environment created and built by David, Deborah and daughter Alison. The Balinese style Yoga space, kitchen, and accommodations blend with the spirit of old Hawaii to create a magical place for yoga retreats workshops and teacher trainings. Beautiful gardens and fruit trees grace the land at Hale Kai. We are blessed to be on this lovely Island and to share it with our guests.
Yoga Workshops and Teacher Trainings with Deborah and friends at Hale Kai are a unique and special experience found no where else in Hawaii. Deborah’s yoga adventure teacher trainings and school are registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 300 hour levels.
We limit our Trainings to 10-15 students insuring caring attention to detail and a comfortable learning environment.
Hale Kai is located on the crystal clear waters of Ho’okena Bay, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. A myriad of colorful tropical fish, Sea turtle, humpback whale and spinner dolphin frequent the bay.
The weather is warm and sunny year round. We receive very little rain fall. Seasonal afternoon showers are welcome and refreshing. The Big Island has many beautiful beaches, waterfalls, warm springs, vapor caves, mountain hikes and Volcano National Park where you can experience Madam Pele the active volcano, Sea Kayaking is available at Hale Kai and there are numerous surf spots around the Island.
We feel that adventuring and exploring in nature is one of the greatest teachers and prepares us to be more connected, natural and sincere in our teaching.
A typical teacher training day at Hale Kai revolves around concentrated time in our ocean front yoga space studying, asana, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, both physical and subtle, pranayama and meditation, time to enjoy the beauty and nature surrounding Hale Kai and living the life of a yogi.
We begin with meditation, tea, juice and fruit and a 3 1/2 hour morning class. We will share in a brunch of fresh islands fruits and vegetables.
Our experience continues as we deepen our connection with ourselves and nature, swimming in the ocean, walking, kayaking, reading and resting, gardening.
An evening gathering or personal study time follows dinner. Guest speakers include teachers with expertise and passion in the areas of anatomy, physiology, subtle energy and yoga philosophy.
200/300-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered
and Continuing Education
Our training more than exceeds the 200 hour standard with ongoing mentorship and covers the following areas:
- Teaching Technique and Methodology
- Yoga Therapeutics for special populations, injuries and dis-ease
- Yoga for the Village People
Knowing how to really help others: sharing the benefits of yoga with village people
- Expanding Voice as a Yoga Teacher: Integrating new skills into your teaching
- Creative sequencing of yoga for cultural, age and physiological differences. Being present with what is and using our skills to create safe and beneficial healing practices.
- Partner work: making it fun and accessible
- The Healing power of the Breath: Pranayama in daily life
- The breath and prana as the gateway to healing
- Meditation for everyone: simple techniques in meditation and presence
- Yoga Anatomy
- The Art of Seeing: Anatomy of the Chakras physical and subtle anatomy and the deepening of our teaching skills
- The Vayus
- The power of physical alignment
- Exploring the energy fields
- Muscles, bones, fascia, nerves, respiration, digestion, circulation, assimilation
- The magic of the body’s systems
- Yoga philosophy and living the Yogic lifestyle
- Seva and Karma Yoga (yoga of selfless service)
- Sadhana life as spiritual practice. In our travels to Bali and Peru and other destinations as well as our home in Hawaii we are co-creating personal awareness, community awareness and global awareness each moment.
- Bhakti yoga (yoga of devotion) The Balinese live their lives immersed in Bhakti and honor with deep respect of each souls individual unfolding
In our travels to Peru, Bali Hawaii and other locations we will experience ritual and ceremony linking us with nature, the cosmos and ourselves.
- The practice of the Yamas and Niyamas made simple in daily life
- Santosha: (contentment) as a way of life
- Svadyaya: self study, adventure and exploration as a way of life
- Aparigraha: cultivating simplicity and non-attachment through adventure travel
- Ahimsa: Spreading love, peace, and non-violence in the world
- Satya: Cultivating the power of truth as a way of life
- The Kleshas and Samskaras: Observing the patterns of the mind
- Lila (play of the divine)
- Jyana yoga of knowledge and wisdom
- Acceptance, creation and manifestation. Seeing through the eyes of the shaman
- Living the life of a Yogi, Fundamentals of “being the change you want to see.”
- Bringing Balance to Practice: teaching the benefits of personal practice
- Nature as teacher: Transformation through the Maha Buta (the great Elements)
Teaching Yoga is an art, a science and a gift.
$5,550 includes accommodations and meals at Hale Kai
A $1,650 non-refundable deposit will hold your space. Includes accommodations and fresh island meals, airport pick up and drop off, some adventure outings on the Big Island, a truly transformative experience love, fun, Deborah’s 250 page teacher training manual and other teacher training materials.
A detailed curriculum and reading list will be sent to you upon receipt of deposit.
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~ participant reflections ~
Gain your Yoga foundation from an inspirational Yogini and healer – Deborah Koehn. She imparts an incredible amount of Yoga philosophy, anatomy, meditation and asana knowledge using a relaxed but immersive method at Hale Kai on the Big Island of Hawaii. While the curriculum could seem overwhelming to absorb during the training, you truly will walk away understanding the mind, body and nature connection that makes yoga such a useful life practice that you can share with others. ~ Kim Metta
My experience at the 2018 Yoga Adventure Teacher Training at Hale Kai was transformative, beautiful, and empowering. Deborah’s wisdom and experience is absolutely priceless. I can not express how blessed I feel to have learned from someone so knowledgeable, intuitive, and loving. ~ Liz
Continuing Education Courses
January 2024 Dates TBA
The Charkras and Neuroscience
An adventure in exploring stress and overwhelm with accessible tools for the journey.
Online and Live Zoom
Contact Deborah for more information.
Loving Nature Big Island
Yoga Therapy Immersion
International Association of
Approved Professional Development (APD) course
30 hr. continuing education credit
See Yoga Therapy for more information.
~ participant reflections ~
– Joannie Salt Lake City, Utah Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training
“Thanks or such a wonderful experience! You are a teacher who truly inspires from within. I am so grateful for all you do.”
– Henri, High School Biology Teacher, New Mexico Hawaii Teacher Training
“The most important teaching I got from Deborah was patience; the body can heal itself, but this takes time and a constant honoring of where you are today on your mat. Even though my knee may never be pain-free, I have avoided that fourth knee surgery and feel stronger than ever before.”
– Faith Aspen Colorado Hawaii Teacher Training
I wanted to share my yoga teacher with you. She is an amazing yoga teacher. I did her teacher training in Hawaii and learnt so much from her. She is very authentic. Walks the walk of a yoga teacher. If you enjoy yoga please check out her workshop. She is very focused on injury prevention and correct alinement. Also connecting to nature while doing yoga.
– Serena Breadmore Perth Aurstralia/ San Diego California Naturoptathic doctor
“How sweet it is. Thanks for the wholesome experience, which touched me from the bones to the surface. I hope I will continue to share your knowledge and experiences with us all. I look forward to continue learning from you and learning together.”
– Aaron Carbondale, Colorado Acupuncturist, Chinese medicine man Hawaii Teacher Training
Spending time at Hale Kai with Deborah and David was truly an amazing experience and I feel very fortunate that I was able to spend three beautiful weeks in Hawaii. Attending a yoga teacher training was a dream of mine for a long time and I am so happy and thankful that my dream was fulfilled by attending Deborah’s yoga teacher training. This was such a life changing and transformative experience for me. Deborah is an amazing woman full of love and kindness. She has been on so many adventures and draws from those experiences in her teaching. She has a passion for her students and teaching yoga. I feel as though she will be with me always acting as a guiding influence in my yoga practice and in my life. Being at Hale Kai was a very special time in my life. Hale Kai is a magical place. Deborah and David have build a wonderful and beautiful retreat that allows students to experience nature and connect with the earth and yoga. I met life long friends from all over the world and experienced the beauty of Hawaii every day. Practicing yoga on the lava rocks with the waves crashing around me was powerful and connected me with nature and my yoga practice. I look forward to sharing my love of yoga and my appreciation for all the wonderful things I learned from Deborah and in Hawaii with students I have the opportunity to teach. And as Deborah says I will continue to “spread the love!”
– Lisa Edwards Colorado
I completed Deborah’s Yoga Adventure 200 hour teacher training in 2011. It was such a life changing, magical experience! From the moment I arrived on the beautiful Big Island, I was greeted with warmth and hugs from Deborah, her husband David, and her daughter Allison. They welcomed me into their amazing home where I immediately felt like family. Every day was such an experience! I had been practicing for years but was completely transformed from all I learned at training. We studied and broke down postures, taught them to each other, learned anatomy, and really broke down the essence of poses. We studied yoga, took hikes, and swam in the incredibly clear ocean every day! We even were blessed to swim with the dolphins! The food provided was delicious and healthy! I often copy many of their recipes! In the 21 days that I spent at Yoga Adventures, I made lifelong friendships, had unforgettable experiences, and, most importantly, left with the skills and knowledge to become a yoga instructor. I am currently teaching yoga at a high school in a suburb of Chicago, as well as teaching at two local heated studios. Earning this certificate has opened many doors for me in life, and has changed my life completely! Thanks Deb and David for offering this wonderful training!
– Jennifer Thiede Chicago
Yoga Adventure on the Big Island with Deborah and David and company was all that I ever could have dreamed of and beyond. As a Yogini, going into this adventure I knew some of what being a true Yogi would entail, and I had hoped that we would be living that way there. I was not disappointed with my expectations at all, in fact, I was in total Bliss. Deborahs love of teaching and sharing the true essence of Yoga is blatantly clear. All of her stories of Yoga and travel were inspiring. David is a warm and loving man.
– Tanya Joy
Teacher Training Meals
I am a dancer from Australia who has recently completed the ‘Yoga Adventure’ Yoga Teacher Training Course with Deborah Koehn in Hawaii in 2013. There are not enough words to describe how amazing and wonderful this Yoga Teacher Training Course with Deborah really was. The location, the lodgings and the people surpassed anything I could ever have imagined. Deborah’s love, care and nurturing throughout the 3 week course was very comforting and her thorough knowledge of all aspects of Yoga is so rounded that I could learn from her for the rest of my life! The course is structured very well, giving us a solid foundation of Yoga philosophy, asanas, anatomy, practise and study time as well as opportunities to put our skills into practise. The Big Island of Hawaii is the perfect place to study Yoga and for me, having classes on the black lava rocks facing the ocean is something I will never forget. The full power of Hawaii is felt in all aspects of this training course. Through Yoga Adventure I have not only started my journey as a Yoga Teacher but I have also made lifelong friends, shared so many amazing laughs and experiences, started my own healing from previous injuries and found true happiness. Deborah is truly an inspiration and I feel so blessed and grateful to have studied Yoga under her guidance. Deborah and David, thank you for everything
– xo Lia Muniz Studio Samba
Continuing Education in Other Locations
We have had many requests to offer teacher training and continuing education in more locations. If you would like Deborah to offer Teacher Training in your area please contact us. Every Yoga Adventure we lead has a component of Teacher training and Continuing Ed. Please check the website for new locations as well as upcoming in Hawaii, Colorado, Bali, and Peru. Also know that you can come to Hawaii for a portion of the the 3 week Yoga Alliance teacher training that is offered in June. Please speak with Deborah about this option.
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