Yoga on Big Island, Hawaiʻi
Just like on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, and Maui, yoga is incredibly popular here on Hawaiʻi Island. One difference, though, is the amount of space we have as compared to the size of the population. That means more room to stretch out and breathe; no jockeying for elbow room in cramped urban studios, or on crowded resort lawns. Find your center in a class, workshop, or yoga retreat; the choice is yours! Learn where to go for Big Island yoga below.
Hands down, the number one spot for yoga on the Big Island is pretty far off the beaten path. It’s at Kalani Retreat Center, an oceanside getaway deep in the rugged district of Puna. Don’t imagine any long white sandy beaches at this seaside resort, however; though one of the few sandy beaches in Puna is just across the street, it’s a steep walk down to a small crescent of black sand with somewhat hazardous swimming conditions. Kalani, like Puna in general, is inhabited by the sort of people looking to truly get away from it all. It’s a top-notch spot for daily yoga classes from Kundalini to Vinyasa, but is best experienced through some kind of retreat (you wouldn’t want to miss the food!). Numerous Hawaiʻi Big Island yoga retreats are on offer, and if you’re looking for a mega-yoga party, check out the Hawaiʻi Yoga Festival, which happens every fall.
Kona has many yoga studios to choose from. For a convenient Kailua-Kona option, try Yoga Hale. Not only do they offer many invigorating classes, including “hot” and “warm” options, but they also have regular sunrise and sunset Vinyasa and Kundalini sessions at Keauhou Beach. If you’re looking to try something different, consider a class in AcroYoga or Aerial Silks!
A great place for restorative yoga in South Kona is the Big Island Yoga Center in Kealakekua. It’s a co-op, housed in an old plantation house. On the first Sunday of every month, they offer a free class at beginner level as a gift to the community.
Looking for a peaceful Big Island yoga retreat? Try Hawaiian Healing Yoga, a center located in the upcountry halfway between Kona and Waimea. They offer day retreats, as well as 5, 7, and 9-day inclusive retreat packages. Look no further for your serene vacation!
If you’re in downtown Hilo and need a yoga class, you’re in luck: Yoga Centered is convenient and amazing! They specialize in therapeutic, restorative, yin, prenatal, and more. They also offer many great workshops tailored to specific purposes, such as “pain relief” or “women only.” Need some workout clothes? Their boutique is full of the cutest, locally made, eco-conscious yoga fashion. You’ll come away relaxed, centered, and happy.
Whether new to yoga or a longtime practitioner, the Big Island’s yoga centers are primed to cater to your needs and welcome you with aloha!
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