Bhavani Maki, Director and Founder

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

International Yoga teacher and scholar, Bhavani Silvia Maki, director and founder of Yoga Hanalei in 1999 and Ashtanga Yoga Kauai in 1995, is an Experienced Yoga Alliance teacher at the 500 hour level, a musician, and author of The Yogi’s Roadmap: The Patanjali Yoga Sutra as a Journey to Self Realization. Bhavani had one of her first spiritual awakenings in a Yoga class at age nine, began her exploration of the Ashtanga Yoga system in 1987, and started teaching in 1994 at the bequest of her teacher. A practitioner of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga System for more than 30 years, she has been offering Yoga Alliance teacher training programs since 2003. She has taught Yoga at Tedmed and Wanderlust conferences. Bhavani has made 7 trips to Mysore, South India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, as well as having the rare experience of hosting him twice on her home island of Kaua'i. She received her teacher training and authorization from Astanga Yoga Masters Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India, and Baba Hari Dass of Hardwar, North India, and the Mount Madonna Center. In Mysore, India, she studied Sanskrit with Professor Narayanacharya, and regards her mentor Rama Jyoti Vernon as integral in her understanding of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and the weaving of the metaphysical teachings with the practices of Yoga.

Dedicated to exploring Yoga in it’s complete expression, Bhavani’s classes are steeped in the traditions of Patanjali’s classical 8 Limbed Yoga, with an emphasis on integrity of alignment and the use of Yoga as therapy. Often described as a teacher’s teacher, Bhavani draws from the rich classical teachings of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra to integrate Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology and Yoga Therapy as insightful into discovering greater joy and freedom within one's self. She specializes in addressing the individual’s specific needs, and development of a personalized practice appropriate to their challenges, physical injuries, and desire for personal growth and transformation. Yoga can be described as compressed evolution. Bhavani believes that engaging in all the aspects of Yoga uplifts us, teaches us to connect with ourselves, surroundings, and the source of joy within the self. Bhavani offers Yoga classes in a supportive and encouraging environment. Sharing her love of Yoga, she inspires students to explore their full potential in a light-hearted, exacting, and compassionate way.

Melissa Willoughby

Melissa, “Meli”, began exploring Yoga in 2000 and continues to deepen into her process as a Yoga student. She began teaching Yoga in 2007 after completing Levels 1 and 2 of the teacher training programs at Yoga Hanalei with Bhavani Maki. She completed Level 3 in 2010. Melissa is a licensed massage therapist and practices bodywork on the North Shore of Kauai’. She is also a graduate of the Ida Rolf method of structural integration and offers her unique insights in the Yoga Hanalei teacher training program in her classes on functional anatomy. Her studies have been inspired by her many injuries and experience of physical pain throughout her life. Her life experience has initiated a deep curiosity of anatomy along with the science of therapeutic Yoga to experience alignment and healing. While the invitation to Yoga was in her physical body, Melissa has recognized that Yoga is the integration of her whole being. She is also an artist, enjoys painting, and has studied dance for most of her life. Melissa focuses on alignment and awareness in her classes, along with lovingly challenging her students to grow in their own personal Yoga practice. She is honored to share her experience and love of Yoga. Melissa also enjoys teaching the anatomy portion of Yoga Hanalei's teacher training, with an emphasis on structural integration.


Jhoane Goodwin

After Jho’s first Yoga class at Yoga Hanalei 2003 at the age of 57, she was hooked! With her busy schedule of running two restaurants she needed Yoga. Jho developed her own practice with Tara and attending classes at Yoga Hanalei. Jho completed the 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Hanalei in 2011, and the “Believe In She” Mother-Daughter Yoga Teacher Training in San Diego, CA, in 2012. She is dedicated to building tweens (ages 9-12) self-confidence and self-esteem, and introducing the program to the local communities on Kauai. (Website: Jho can be found most mornings at Yoga Hanalei guiding or participating in the morning Satsang. Her greatest joy is to introduce students to the Science of Yoga and the Yoga Sutra of Pantajali, and seeing Yoga change people’s lives.


Adina Magnussen

Love brought Adina from Sweden to Kaua'i in 2009. The week she arrived to the island, Adina decided to join her good friend for a class at Yoga Hanalei. Ever since then, she has been a devoted Yoga student, deeply interested in exploring new layers of the teachings and the practice. After completing Bhavani Maki's Yoga Hanalei training in 2012, she returned to Sweden to pursue her education in occupational therapy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The fundamental concept in occupational therapy is to find balance in one's daily living - a concept a daily Yoga routine embodies so well for her. While working through her studies, she continued to deepen her Yoga practice both in Sweden at an Iyengar studio, as well as several return visits to Hanalei.

Adina believes that Yoga is the perfect way to explore the patterns of one's mind and body and translate that knowledge and awareness in other daily activities.