Hot Yoga By The Sea is not your typical hot-yoga studio. Rather than offering traditional, 26-posture Bikram yoga, the studio allows its certified yoga instructors to base the types of classes offered on their individual specialties. Participants may choose from a variety of disciplines, including hot yoga, restorative hot yoga, hot hatha, and hot fusion yoga. The studio also eschews conventional heat sources in favor of infrared heat, which penetrates several inches into the body and is thought to enhance flexibility, reduce joint and muscle pain, and liquefy marshmallows hidden in pockets. The soothing thermal energy radiates off the hardwood floor and ceiling during each class, helping students glide into various poses.
MoonStruck Yogi isn't just a yoga studio; it's a sanctuary for individuals seeking community, empowerment, and an extra dose of flexibility and balance. Between its violet walls and hardwood floors, students of all levels gather for motivating classes filled with strength-building poses, deep-breathing exercises, and stretches as relaxing as a massage from a lavender sachet. To help yogis forge friendships, teachers encourage after-class mingling by initiating friendly conversations or brewing fresh chai tea.
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.
Typically, yoga studios feature glossy wood floors and big windows that let in plenty of natural light. However, at Salt Yoga in Waikiki, the setting is anything but typical: the big windows are instead the wide-open sky, the hardwood floors the gentle waters of a cove. Even the mats are different; instead of standing atop flat beds of foam, yogis balance on specially designed standup paddleboards that float on the surface. Led by certified yoga teacher Peter Jacobsen, students paddle out to the designated spot before executing carefully planned routines while safely anchored in flat water.
The certified instructors at Bikram Yoga Honolulu specialize in Bikram yoga, a style that uses 26 poses to work every major muscle group in the body. Each 90-minute class is taught in 105-degree heat, believed to help practitioners ease chronic pain, sweat out toxins, and stretch further than they would otherwise. Though most sessions are actively led by a teacher, some are conducted in meditative silence, and others are held by candlelight. The studio offers classes in other yoga styles as well, including Ashtanga, which uses breath control to bring about a heightened state of relaxation.