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.
A career in the national coast guard not only inspired Noah Riopelle to move from the East Coast to Hawaii, it trained him to serve as both a rescue swimmer and a boot-camp instructor. He pulls from this experience when coaching clients one-on-one, leading outdoor boot-camp classes, or resuscitating buoys that forgot how to float. Noah can personalize training programs to chase a laundry list of fitness goals, including weight loss, all-over toning, or improved overall health. Alternatively, his one-hour boot-camp classes corral multiple exercises on Magic Island. Exercisers wield weighted balls, bands, and kettlebells for resistance, and breathing the lagoon’s tropical breeze refreshes lungs better than gnawing on a tropical-breeze-scented air freshener.
MYOGASPACE owner Mitra Somerville has spent three decades teaching yoga and meditation, sharing his wisdom at universities, hospitals, and retreats, both in his homeland of Australia, and around the United States. MYOGASPACE represents a home base from which Somerville can teach authentic yoga.
The boutique studio is based in Somerville's home, a fact that he believes enables students to get more in touch with their inner selves and establish a strong sense of community. Inside, Mitra leads students through various levels of Hatha Yoga, including senior and gentle yoga. Often, they’ll branch off into other yoga-related disciplines, such as meditation, breathing practice, and chanting, important skills to master for situations in daily life.
One With 8's experienced instructors strengthen the body and calm the mind through hot yoga and fitness classes. Room temperatures reach balmy tropical levels, helping muscles to relax, blood to circulate easily, and brains to imagine themselves in a beachfront paradise where all the coconuts are full of chocolate milk. During a Power 8 lesson, students explore Ashtanga and its emphasis on flexibility and self-discipline. The All In One class takes them into the realm of Hatha yoga, where the combination of static stretching and heat burns off fat, stress, and toxins. Pilates mat bodywork is the basis for the Infinite Core, a workout that runs through 34 poses. More introspective and meditative, Relax DEEP sessions offer slower movements with longer holds.
The sun beats down on the glistening muscles of CrossFit Waikiki’s trainers and students, who make use of the beautiful beachside campus of the Ilikai Hotel during high-intensity workouts. Trainers harness the natural resistance of the beach’s sand and water to tone bodies during routines that vary constantly and entail everything from Ivy League rowing drills to hurdles over the hotel’s sunbathing patrons. Workouts seldom repeat the same exercises—a reflection of a training philosophy best summed up in the phrase “specializing in not specializing.” This proclivity for all-around athleticism prevents minds from slipping into boredom and ensures that the sum of exercises, like wresting a paperclip from the grip of an electrical socket, engages every muscle.
Green hills and blue tidal waves rise from the mural that colors Honolulu Holo Cycling Studio, where cyclists ascend invisible slopes and sprint across imaginary beaches on Spinner Blade bikes. Instead of melting calories outside amid the island’s scorching sun rays, the studio’s patrons breeze through a refreshing, air-conditioned space lined with wall-length mirrors and shiny wooden floors. Seasoned teachers lead this fitness adventure, alerting riders when obstacles such as trees and Jupiter appear on the horizon. Music and videos fuel each revolution of the wheels, filling calves with energy during challenging climbs. To accommodate riders of different sizes, the bikes can be adjusted to fit long or short legs and arms.