Molly Masaoka

Hilo, HI
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

20 Reviews

Innately perceptive, wise beyond her years and wildly passionate about, well, every little thing that crosses her path, Molly is a force to be reckoned with. Whether she's devouring a cupcake, scoping out the next can't-live-without-it piece of fashion for the YC boutique, ripping down the face of a wave (in a bikini she designed herself!), or teaching one of her insanely cathartic yoga classes, Molly applies a level of delight and determination that is truly one of a kind. Spend a few minutes with this dynamic woman and it makes perfect sense that she should be the owner of a yoga studio and boutique at an age when most of us are still trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. Born and raised in Iowa, Molly left home, discovered yoga and started putting herself through college all before the age of 21.

Molly's unique teaching style is both intense and focused but lightened with creativity, compassion and humor. She believes that this balance of effort and surrender is the key to unlocking the awareness of ones true nature. A student of yoga since the age of 16, Molly has studied intensely with Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty and completed teacher trainings with Don Stapelton from Nosara Yoga Institute, and teacher's teacher, Annie Carpenter of Smart Flow Yoga. She credits Annie for giving her the skills to teach intentional alignment and sequencing, Don for the ability to encourage self-inquiry and Chuck for finding the unity in all things. Ultimately Molly considers herself a student of life and is constantly drawing inspiration from the world around her, and most recently the newest addition to her family, her son, Reef.

In addition to being the owner of Yoga Centered, Molly also leads workshops, retreats and teacher trainings around the world. She is an influential member of her yoga community and serves as a mentor to both students and other teachers. Ultimately she hopes to inspire others to share the practices of yoga that have so positively impacted her life.

Yoga Centered Studio & Boutique, is Hawaii island's premier Yoga Studio. Located in Historic Downtown Hilo, close to the waterfront the studio is beautiful and welcoming to all. We have an experienced array of teachers coming from various backgrounds including; Anusara, Iyengar, Smart Flow, Ashtanga, Therapeutics and Buti Fitness. We also both residential and non-residential teacher training's at the studio and locations around the island including, Kalani Ocean Side retreat in Puna, Hawaii.

At Yoga Centered, the spirit of Aloha inspires everything we do - from the way we teach & practice to the intention we put into the merchandise we select for you. Our goal is simple: to create a place where you can feel completely at home. Whether your 17 or 70, a visitor or our next-door neighbor, Yoga Centered is the place where you get to just Healthy. Balanced. Free.

Yoga Centered: Where bodies, lives & souls connect. Established in 2002


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

20 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Molly keeps it real

Molly is an incredible instructor and such a fun, high energy human being. Her knowledge and experience are very apparent when you take her classes, she is motivational and does a great job sequencing her classes to be full of intention and convey genuine messages to her students. My favorite yoga class I have EVER taken was her lower chakras focused class that she taught at my 200hr teacher training - it was deep and spiritual while also being ridiculously fun and allowed so much self-expression.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Excellent teacher

Molly Masaoka is a very experienced teacher who imparts wisdom and knowledge in a fun, expressive way. She uses very practical examples to demonstrate topics being taught. I highly recommend her for teacher trainings, individual, and group classes.

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High energy!

Incredible teaching and exciting classes!

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She is a perfect balance!!!

I feel that this program was made especially for me. It was so supportive, so informed, and so compassionate. The instructors, Liz and Molly, really live the yoga philosophy and modeled it every day for 21 days. They are both so real and so accessible; I felt seen the entire program. I can’t think of a better place to begin a yoga journey. I leave confident in the tools I have received and I know with the wisdom and concrete knowledge provided within this program that I will grow to be an amazing Yoga teacher. I am so excited to continue my Yogic path. - Chanin

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Molly: a teacher full of bright life & depth of knowledge

Molly is alive, dynamic and seasoned as a teacher...a role model for living yoga is a lively, yet deeply integrated manner. The 200 YTT with Liz was excellent. Molly's teaching is direct, intuitive, adapted to individual need and spot on. I will be taking future classes with her.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Molly is a blast!!

Molly is everything I look for in a yoga instructor - fun, energetic, playful, but also assertive and down to business!! She has such a fire and she made for an incredible YTT experience.

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Burning Bright

Molly has a presence that can't be ignored. Her fiery passion captivates a room whether she's teaching a flow class or a restorative practice. Clear and precise she maintains a mindful alignment throughout all of her teachings.

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200 hr yoga teacher training

I felt this training was holistic in its approach, really balanced and well planned. Molly and Liz are both exceptional teachers and they balance each other beautifully. Through this training my understanding of yoga, the human body and mind have deepened greatly, enabling me to feel confident in bringing the healing powers of yoga to others. I feel completely empowered to teach and I feel even more passionate about this path, my own evolution and helping others.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Molly is the best!

Molly is an amazing yoga teacher and a beautiful soul to be around and learn from. Molly's inspiring spirit really shines through in her teaching. She is extremely knowledgeable about alignment, anatomy, and how to use yoga as a method for healing and/or optimal health. She is fun and encouraging. I absolutely love Molly and her asana classes are the best ones I've ever had the privilege of taking. The yoga Molly practices and shares with others will lift your body, mind, and spirit to a greater place!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
200 hour YTT Hawaii

I absolutely recommend this 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training to others. I really enjoyed the practical application of the concepts woven in throughout the program. Through the Chakra classes I gained a much better understanding of what they are, how I can relate to them and how they can influence my teaching style. I was also glad that by the end, when we got to the practicum I felt comfortable leading and writing sequences. - Nicole F.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Best Teacher and Studio

I just received my Teacher Training with Molly. She is hands down one the best yoga teachers that I have ever had. I live in Manhattan and have been practicing for years. Molly focus is alignment and safety. Her sequencing is the best I have ever seen. She is a perfect combination of loving, caring, encouraging and tough. I have been forever changed from my Teacher Training. She gave me the tools and the confidence to get out and start teaching. If I lived closer I would be at her studio daily. So the next best thing...I downloaded her online classes. I will be taking future trainings with Molly.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Life-Changing Therapeutic YTT

I loved the attention to alignment, discussions of meditation and spiritual components that were woven throughout. Liz and Molly are the best teachers I could have asked for. They complement each other really nicely and they made sure our class space was a safe, loving, comfortable environment. This experience has changed the way I think about my body and breath. It has opened me up to new perspectives on the connection between mind, body and soul. I have learned to strive less, have compassion for myself and others more and to conceptualize yoga on a level much deeper than just physical asana practice. I feel confident that I could go out into the world and teach yoga in a way authentic to who I am.

- Summer

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Everyone needs this teacher training :)

The biggest jewel I am taking back with me to help others is the attention to detail regarding alignment. It is something every teacher should know and learn. I loved the one-on-one aspect of the therapuetic components and the anatomy behind the asana because as a yoga teacher I truly want to serve people in the best way I can. Another major highlight was how authentic and passionate Molly and Liz were as teachers.


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Incredible Training Experience!

My favorite part was the incredible eclectic mix of people and how Molly and Liz created a space for us to learn and grow safely and comfortably. Not all teachers can do that and they nailed it! I loved learning the proper alignment because I think that will change my personal practice and create a safety for teaching I didn't have before. I also loved the philosophy and history, it felt like I could connect to that in my spirit. Thank you for this great blessing of knowledge and your time! You helped me achieve a huge goal and dream and I am so ready to help impact my community with all this yoga goodness. - Megan

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Superb Instructor

Molly offered clear and integral instruction. She was knowledgeable in Sanskrit and chakra's, and offered us instruction in all the more spiritual aspects of yoga without dogma. She was a highly experienced instructor, a devoted/passionate teacher and practitioner. I valued her presentations and learned a lot from her.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

I really appreciated the very diverse range of topics that were covered and the therapeutic focus. My confidence to teach is greatly improved. I feel empowered to teach intentional, well-sequenced classes as well as to teach very diverse populations of varying skill and mobility levels. I appreciated the intention behind the classes that were taught, it really imprinted the alignment and class focus in our minds.

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Amazing Teacher Training

Molly is a wonderful instructor. She demonstrates when needed but can also get you into a pose with her detailed language. Molly knows when and where to make adjustments without making you feel like you're doing every pose incorrectly. She is wonderful with alignment cues to prevent pain or injury but still brings fun to the class. I loved learning so much from her.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Hilo yoga centered.

Molly is the greatest yoga teacher EVER!!! Her classes are so good. challenging but fun. Great personality, super energy and amazing leader. I think she's a treasure.

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Great teacher.

I was new to yoga when I started with Molly. I have a number of medical problems that require me to modify some of what we do in class. Molly aways has suggestions for alternatives or modifications, and I never feel pressured to go into postures that don't feel safe. She has been unfailingly encouraging in my quest to get stronger and healthier despite my limitations.