Relax and Unwind at One of O‘ahu’s North Shore Yoga Studios
There are few settings as relaxing as Oahu’s fabled North Shore. With only one major resort, this beautiful stretch of Oahu’s shoreline is famous for its laidback lifestyle, small town friendliness, and surfer vibe. This definitely isn’t “town” and residents would like to keep it that way. The stresses of life in Honolulu (or any city!) fall away as you drive up highway 99 and take in the cane and pineapple fields, and the mountains in sharp relief against the navy blue ocean beyond, as you descend toward Haleiwa and Waialua.
For those looking to stretch, relax, unwind or work out any remaining kinks of the work week, there’s a great selection of yoga studios on the North Shore, offering every yoga discipline imaginable. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or you’ve been practicing for years, this locale has attracted some really wonderful yoga teachers, so there’s sure to be one to fit your needs.
What you learn on the mat applies in all areas of life. This includes the discipline of getting to your yoga mat in the first place, which is often the most challenging part of any exercise regimen. But yoga provides a multitude of spiritual and emotional benefits, too. With regular practice, you may find a more readily available sense of calm, a flexibility of spirit, and stronger emotional resilience. Apart from these perks, you’ll also get more bendy – and that’s great for news for your tennis game, your surfing ability, or your general well-being.
Our North Shore Oahu team of agents are also, as it turns out, a limber bunch who can cat-cow with the best of them. They like a good pigeon pose to stretch out their hip-flexors after an afternoon of surfing North Shore waves. Here are a few of their favorite yoga studios, from Waialua to Kahuku. If you have other yoga studios to recommend to our team, please reach out to them at our North Shore office, or better yet, stop by and say aloha. We are located just north of Foodland on the mauka side of Kam Highway.
Open Space Yoga
This North Shore location is one of three studios by Open Space across Oahu. You’ll find this bright, airy studio at the southern end of Haleiwa, as you enter Haleiwa town from the highway. Open Space offers classes in Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, and more! With all this variety, you’ll be sure to find a class that’s right for you. For residents or visitors who plan to be here for a long while, Open Space offers 200-hour yoga teacher training and even a 500-hour course in Ayurvedic healing. A variety of fascinating workshops will teach you about the business of yoga, meditation, Kundalini yoga, and how to stretch a little further into those backbends. You can register for classes and view schedules for all three studios using the class schedule link, below.
Located near Sunset Beach, the Paumulu yoga studio uses the original Hawaiian name for this area. Found on the mountain or mauka side of the road, Paumalu Yoga classes are held in the Sunset Beach Recreation Center. You’ll spot the sign somewhere between Pipeline and Foodland.
Here you’ll find Jivamukti and Yin Yoga classes, as well as Morning Flow and Vinyasa instruction, too. Classes are offered by donation, meaning participants pay what they can afford, making yoga accessible to more practitioners. For reference, most classes on Oahu are $10-$20 for drop-in attendance, but if you can pay more, you are paving the way for others to experience the benefits of yoga at this beautiful North Shore location.
Take a stroll down to the beach and breathe with the tides as it rolls in and out – before or after your yoga class here. You’ll feel more grounded for having done so! Yoga teacher Nina Alena Beatty also offers private instruction, and will even come to your home, rental, hotel or favorite outdoor setting.
The North Shore Yoga Co-Op
The mission of this friendly North Shore co-op is to provide quality Hatha Yoga instruction to people of all ages and abilities, and that includes their financial abilities, as well. Like at Paumalu Yoga, classes here are also offered by donation. (the co-operatives suggestion: $10-$20 per drop-in).
You’ll find a full-range of fun yoga experiences for the whole family at this studio. There’s keiki yoga art camp and dance classes for the kids. Adults can choose from Hatha, Vinyasa, Deep Slow Flow with Yoga Nidra, Yoga Basics for beginners, Restorative, Happy Backs, Hip & Heart Flow, to name a few. You’re sure to find a class to suit your abilities and tastes. Please click here for a full list of class descriptions. The North Shore Yoga Co-Op also hosts guest instructors and holds periodic events like ‘Yoga Trance Dance’. Classes are held in Waialua, just south of Haleiwa on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore.
Nalu Kinetic Spa at Turtle Bay Resort
This incredible spa in the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort boasts a full-range of fitness activities, in addition to deluxe spa treatments that’ll leave you feeling warm, loose and relaxed. Among their health-giving wellness classes – which include Pilates, Barre, Spin, high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.), and Aqua F.I.I.T – you’ll also find Rise & Shine yoga classes to kick off your beautiful North Shore day.
Nalu is the Hawaiian word for wave or ocean surf, and you’ll see plenty of it from this serene setting overlooking the nearby waves. Nalu Kinetic Spa also offers personal training, private and semi-private yoga classes for you or your group of friends. To unwind and stretch after a long day of surfing, shopping, or working, unwind with Nalu’s Sunset Yoga Meditation. Check out their Hatha yoga and Yogalates classes, too.
Bikram Yoga North Shore
This outpost is one of thousands of Bikram Yoga affiliated studios around the world. Located just south of Haleiwa in Waialua, this thriving studio offers group classes in this challenging practice seven days a week.
Bikram Yoga is a sequence of 26 postures selected from the Hatha Yoga tradition and developed into a practice by yogi Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Yoga is practiced in a heated room to help warm up and keep practitioners’ muscles limber.
The studio also offers keiki yoga classes which incorporate moving meditation in the form of games and play, stretching, and yoga asana. Classes are designed to keep kids active and engaged, while tuning up their patience, coordination and self-esteem.