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.
Fitness experts Marc and Sara Zimmermann boast an impressive background. He is a former professional soccer player and certified personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutritional counselor, and sports-rehabilitation instructor. She began formal dance training at the age of 4 and is a registered yoga teacher, dance teacher, and reiki master. Together, they guide students through yoga poses, prenatal exercises, and boot-camp classes while outdoors among a herd of grazing palm trees. Additionally, personal training sessions help clients achieve their fitness goals, whether it is losing a few pounds or learning to walk on their hands.
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.
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Dorian Wright, a student of meditation since he was six, and Lehau Kai, an asana practitioner with more than 10 years experience, were both trained by renowned yogi and founder of the Power-yoga style, Bryan Kest. After mastering this style, which provides a rigorous total-body workout capable of sculpting lean muscle while improving circulation and mobility, the duo opened their 1,700-square-foot studio with a team of certified instructors. In addition to leading Power-yoga classes, the diverse team infuses the schedule with a range of yoga varieties, such as Vinyasa flow, slower paced Yin yoga, and Aerial yoga performed on suspended fabric that's designed to facilitate deep stretches. On Thursdays, Power Yoga invites a DJ to come spin motivating beats during classes, inspiring upward dogs to get down and downward-facing dogs to "get down."
Co-directors Shelley Choy and Ray Madigan rely upon their training from the Iyengar Institute in India and their staff of instructors to help students forge sturdy mind-body connections. The studio's robust schedule accommodates a variety of ages and skill levels with classes that embrace the techniques and philosophies of Iyengar yoga. Basic sessions gradually introduce sequences of precisely aligned poses, and Intermediate sessions incorporate inversions and shot-put throws to create a more physically demanding practice. Beckoning youthful yogis age 5–11, Yoga for Kids invigorates tykes with a dynamic session that incorporates yoga postures, interactive games, storytelling, and geography flash cards for the aspiring yogis. Iyengar yoga's graceful asanas hone muscular stamina and flexibility over time, focusing thoughts inward with rigorous physical alignment and controlled-breathing exercises that foster centered mind-body connections. Intent on molding limbs into constellation-worthy orientations, the studio supplies attendees with mats as well as posture-aiding props. Class size is limited, so Groupon customers are asked to arrive early to ensure a spot.