Big Island Yoga Center, a non- profit corporation, 501(c)3, was founded by certified teacher Darina Archer and has been offering yoga classes on the Big Island since 1989. Today we provide instruction by teachers trained in traditional alignment-based Yoga. In addition to beginning classes for students with little or no experience in yoga, several levels of classes are offered for experienced students.
It was through the vision and generosity of Dr. Larry Peebles that the second floor of 81-6623 Mamalahoa Highway was transformed into the studio that you see today. Although as of 2016, Dr. Peebles has retired, the first floor of our building continues as medical offices. As Director of BIYC, Darina developed the studio into a thriving yoga center. At the time of Darina's departure from Hawaii in 1995, senior teacher Marcia Carman stepped into the Director role. Marcia had been a teacher of anthropology earlier in her career. Her skills as BIYC teacher were much appreciated by her students—several of whom have become BIYC teachers; and she has been much missed since her death in 2007. Currently, BIYC is run by a Board of Directors, with substantial volunteer assistance from teachers and students.
Our beautiful studio occupies the upper floor of an old plantation home with high-beamed ceilings, hardwood floors and windows (with forever views) on all four walls. We provide a full range of props, including rope walls and pelvic swings, for student use. The Big Island Yoga Center is located on the West side of the Island of Hawaii in the cool, upland town of Kealakekua (10 miles South of Kailua-Kona, the tourist center of the Island). For directions click here.