As the sun rises and falls over the ocean, experienced yoga instructor Karen Le leads classes through Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions. Drawing from her training in the hill town in India that’s also home to the Dalai Lama, she instructs participants through postures that maximize blood circulation and improve breath and alignment. Rhythmic music and ocean breezes wafting around palm trees set the scene as students flow through dynamic Vinyasa movements and mindful Ashtanga postures. Voted #29 out of 145 Honolulu attraction on TripAdvisor, Beach | Sunset Yoga Hawaii's classes meet at the quiet left end of Waikiki, which showcases views of Honolulu's central beaches, allowing participants to finally do a true sun salutation, as opposed to a living-room-ceiling how-do-you-do.
Sunlight and warm breezes drift through the open windows of Yogaloha Studio, where baby-blue walls and wood floors set the scene for inner peace. In this calming environment, certified instructors lead students through the poses, postures, and breathing patterns of various yoga styles. The meditative postures and concentration techniques of Kundalini yoga work to reset stale chakras and help the client reach a higher state of consciousness. Power yoga—also called fitness yoga or gym yoga—emphasizes strength and flexibility without the predictable rigor of a set routine. Soon the studio will also offer sunrise yoga in beach parks, as well as sunset meditation sessions to suss out the meaning of the color orange. Unlike chess tournaments starring a supercomputer, Yogaloha's classes allow students of all skill levels to join.
Tony Rodriguez Larkin knows his clients are busy. He is also well aware of the country’s health and fitness issues. To do his part in counteracting both of these problems, Larkin has designed 45-minute group metabolic classes that torch calories and slip easily into schedules. He also provides participants with supplement guidance, at-home workout plans, monthly grocery store tours, and nutrition seminars on subjects such as How Twinkies Might React When You Tell Them Your Relationship Is Over. His work in health extends beyond Transformations Fitness, and he also presents to local high schools on health and fitness topics. Larkin is a contributing author to The Fit Formula, a book packed with nutrition information, advice on keeping healthy mind sets, and exercise tips penned by several industry pros.
Equipment: Limited Yoga Mats and Blocks
Students should bring: Yoga Mat, Water, Towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: The studio is across from Ward Center, above First Hawaiian Bank. Plenty of free parking in the lot.
At Kaia F.I.T. Oahu, instructors view the women in their fitness classes as a team of athletes training to improve their stamina and strength via intense muscle-confusion workouts. Programs such as BRIK boot camps and CORE training lead clients through a creative exercise regimen while emphasizing a sense of motivational camaraderie.