Koha is the Maori word for gift, and Koha Yoga founders Whakapaingia Luke and Sara Laimon found the gift of each other by accident one fateful day. After playing Rugby in LA wreaked havoc on his body, Whakapaingia discovered the healing practices of yoga and Thai massage. One afternoon, he was out practicing yoga on Venice Beach, where Sara, who missed a flight and found herself stranded, would haphazardly stumble upon him. She had been a longtime practitioner of yoga, and decided to join him on a whim. This impulse on Sara's part led to the two falling in love and eventually melding yogic postures and acrobatics into what would become their signature flying-yoga style.
Today, they teach this revolutionary form of flying yoga—which involves one practitioner supporting an “airborne” partner with their limbs in a lying position and making jet-engine noises with their mouth —alongside Maori- and reggae-inspired mat classes, standup-paddleboard yoga lessons, and Thai-massage body sessions. Furthermore, the founders donate 10 percent of all class proceeds to help impoverished people around the world via Kiva.
Fitness Revolution dedicates all the center's resources to helping individuals work toward their own fitness aspirations. Group classes meet throughout the week in the 2,000-square-foot facility, where attendees of all fitness levels hone their technique and send calories scattering under her watchful eye. In keeping with their passion for interval training, Fitness Revolution's programs cycle through intense cardio blasts interspersed with metabolic resistance training that build muscle and boost metabolism. Meal plans written by a registered dietitian and occasional fitness assessments help attendees stick to their fitness goals outside of class, where they have to face the reality of readily available snacks and the constant hectoring of the Kool-Aid man.
Created by fitness trainer and life coach Dr. John Spencer Ellis and led by owner and certified fitness professional Doug Krueger, the Lake Country Adventure Boot Camp program shepherds women to physical fitness with motivational workout regimens and nutritional counseling. Before the camp starts, trainers take your measurements and body-fat percentage before hopping into a curious pod, leaping into the future, and comparing them to those of the trimmer post-camp you. In the interim, the four-week or three-day workout regimen cycles through circuit training, jogging, kickboxing, and yoga to surprise and challenge muscles. During winter months and unforeseen Renaissance festivals, sessions move to spacious indoor facilities.
Sara Luke’s life changed the day she discovered she could fly. Perched on top of a fellow yogi’s feet, she was able to feel a weightless freedom she had never experienced in her years of yoga practice. This was acroyoga, a combination of yoga and acrobatics, and Sara was hooked. Since then, she has found joy teaching yoga and barre classes along with partner Audra Wick and the rest of the expert staff at Movement Center Pewaukee. Like Sara, Audra also developed an interest in yoga at an early age, which culminated in a 200-hour certification at YogAsylum earlier this year. In addition to teaching others, she continues to hone her own skills through participating in various workshops and studying Nutrition Science with a specialization in Dietics at The University of Arizona.
Inside the cozy BerrySimple Yogurt, a row of stainless steel dispensers presents 15 ever-changing flavors of yogurt, including non-dairy and no-sugar-added varities. Once cups are filled with creative flavors such as peanut butter and cake batter, customers can decorate their creamy bases with more than 100 toppings, such as seasonal fruits, popular candies, and flavored boba tapioca balls and jellies. Friendly staff members keep the shop clean and check in on guests as they savor their desserts, surf free WiFi, or catch a show on the HD TVs.