Where to Do Yoga in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands
Yes, you would be right in thinking that the glorious sand and lagoon setting of Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands is the perfect place for experiencing yoga. Other than the stunning accommodations across the islands where you can experience yoga independently, where else an you join yoga classes and indulge yourself with private yoga sessions or yoga retreats? Find out in this list of the best places to experience yoga in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands.
1. Muri Lagoon SUP Yoga with KiteSUP
No experience is necessary to enjoy a relaxing session of stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga on the Muri Lagoon. Join KiteSUP for a 1h30mins group session or a private session where you’ll paddle out to the shores of a private island for a truly serene floating yoga class. You’ll be taught how to paddle the SUP, while yoga poses are beginner-friendly. That’s not to say that there’s no room for more challenging poses – they make for fun shots! Mat yoga sessions are also available with KiteSUP are the Te Ara Museum (more on that in point #3) or enjoy a private mat session at your accommodation (more on that in point #5).
Location: Main Road (Ara Tapu), Muri (opposite LBV Bakery & Cafe), east side of Rarotonga.
2. Skuha School of Yoga
Nestled at a verdant inland location in the quiet district of Matavera, Skuha School of Yoga offers yoga classes, retreats, sports massages and more. Join your experienced tutor, Michelle, who has more than 20 years of personal training, sports massage therapy, bodybuilding and teaching of Reiki, for one of her rejuvenating yoga classes in a purpose-built Polynesian-style yoga pavilion. There are classes available every day from Monday to Saturday, while private tutoring (as well as yoga teaching certifications) are available.
Location: Matavera Road (well sign-posted off the main road/Ara Tapu), Matavera, east side of Rarotonga.
3. Yoga at the Te Ara Museum
There’s always something going on at Te Ara The Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, including yoga classes! Taking place every Monday and Wednesday from 8am, these one-hour yoga classes awaken and align your body with a focus on strength and flexibility. These yoga sessions take place on the upper floor of the cultural enterprise centre with all the equipment included. Once you’re done, have a potter around the highly recommended museum, as described in 5 Best Museums in the Cook Islands.
Location: Main Road (Ara Tapu), Muri, east side of Rarotonga.
4. Yoga in Your Villa or Accommodation
Once you see the gorgeous accommodations in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, you’ll want more excuses to not leave! With that in mind, bring the yoga to you by enjoying a private yoga mat session at your resort, villa or holiday home. Either on your accommodation’s deck, on the beachfront or somewhere else soothing, these private yoga sessions are all yours. Private yoga classes are offered by KiteSUP and Yogi Maya on Rarotonga.
Location: Choose accommodation from Where to Stay on Rarotonga: The Best Rarotonga Accommodations.
5. Yoga Retreats in Aitutaki
Finally, while there are no scheduled yoga classes or yoga instructors on Aitutaki (at least, at the time of writing – this page will be updated if any become available), the blissful paradise atoll with its clear turquoise waters and pristine sandbanks is a favourite destination for yoga retreats. There are always at least two or three yoga retreats taking place here per year, so keep an eye out and learn more in The Guide to Retreats in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands: Yoga, Wellness & More.
Location: Aitutaki. Learn more about Aitutaki in The Complete Travel Guide to Aitutaki.
More About Yoga in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands
Now that you know where to do yoga in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, discover more wellness activities and retreats in the guides below:
- The Guide to Retreats in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands: Yoga, Wellness & More
- 10 Most Relaxing Things to Do in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
- 10 Best Places to Get a Massage in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
Finally, do more in the Cook Islands beyond yoga sessions with inspiration from the 101 Best Things to Do in the Cook Islands: The Ultimate List. You might also be interested in The Complete Adults-Only Travel Guide to the Cook Islands.