Shant-email August Newsletter

Aloha Yoga Hanalei O'hana!

I write to you just having returned from the Greek Peloponnese on the Aegean Sea. The recent Full Moon lunar eclipse in Aquarius was on Guru Purnima, the day devoted to honoring our teachers. Celebrated on the Full Moon in July, it is a day on which we honor the Guru of Gurus, Vyasa who composed the Mahabharata, the 18 Purana as well as the first commentary on the Patanjali Yoga Sutra. It marks the beginning of a four month period, Chaturmas, in which wandering teachers and students settled down for study and discussion of the yogik teachings.

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Bhavani resumes her general class schedule
9:45 -11:15a Thursday August 2nd

As I return to Kaua’i after a string of workshops on the road and a long respite, I look forward to our 18th annual teacher training. This year’s training has been condensed into two modules, two weeks each. If you are interested in attaining a 200 hour certificate, or working towards a 300 or 500 hour designation, you are welcome to attend these modules. Our training is unique in that rather than just learn theoretical knowledge, we present it in a way that recognizes the uniqueness of each individual. Anatomy is taught through the lens of structural integration and appreciates movement at its nexus. Yoga Sutra are investigated on both personal and transpersonal psychology to open the possibilities of Yoga in a way that is authentic and supportive to the actualities of personal and interpersonal growth in daily life. Asana are taught in a manner that supports healthy movement and functionality.

My son and guru, Nikola, offers the perfect adjustment with love

Yoga Teacher Training
200 Hour Certificate
Module I: Sept 9 - 23, 2018
Module II: Sept 30 - Oct 14, 2018
applicable towards 300 / 500 hr certificate
(see details below)
If you are working towards a 200, 300 or 500 hour Yoga Alliance certificate, you can apply Module I and / or II towards your certification. Trainings have been paired down to 2 weeks to facilitate your schedule. Please visit for details

Bhavani in Janu Sirsasana

This was the first year that I actually took a vacation. In previous years, I devoted much of my time to working on my manuscripts. After receiving the insight that we tend to base our sense of self-worth on how busy and high functioning we are, I realized the need for more Sukham in my life. Sukham literally translated means to create space for enjoyment. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our agenda that we forget the importance of simple relaxation and repose. It was truly a discipline for me to let go of constant study and practice! Inertia can also mean the challenge of slowing down. It is such a good reminder to stop and enjoy. Rather than focus on makeing a living, primarily to enjoy your life.

Bhavani Maki Online
Yoga Sutra Talks

19 hrs Yoga Alliance Continuing Ed. Credits

13 Yoga Sutra discourses for download These live recorded classes qualify for 19 hours of continuing education through Yoga Alliance.
Visit for further information.

Enjoy your summer,

Bhavani Maki & the faculty at Yoga Hanalei