As heat bounces off the vibrant orange walls of Bikram Yoga Mililani, a Bikram-certified instructor leads students of all levels through 26 postures that work together to systematically stretch and strengthen every part of the body. The 105-degree heat and 40% humidity work together to loosen up stiff muscles, allowing guests to sink deeper into poses, sweat out toxins, and sweat off misguided clown face paint. After class, students can snack on fresh orange slices or cool off on the outdoor patio while daring the greenery to forward-bend from their roots.
The workouts at Hardcore Fitness Hawaii don't just challenge people physically—they also are designed to strengthen resolve and self-determination. As students proceed through a regimen that can include jumping rope, bench-pressing weights, and pulling oversized truck tires, they are forced to push aside negative thoughts and find the inspiration needed to achieve seemingly insurmountable goals. By offering physical as well as emotional support and encouragement, Hardcore Fitness Hawaii's staff helps attendees safely push their existing fitness boundaries.
Acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist Shelly Denny treats patients at two locations, where she unpacks her needles and the skills she honed at Southwest Acupuncture College. Her education, coupled with time spent helping stroke victims recover during clinical internships and externships in rehabilitation hospitals, all inform her practice, where she specializes in issues such as pain management and injury recovery as well as insomnia and women's health. Her specific style of acupuncture draws from Japanese techniques for a gentler procedure. Her treatments, however, are not limited to acupuncture and herbalism; Shelly also performs moxibustion and reiki.
Sergio Lima was only 4 years old when he caught his first wave. His board may have been nothing more than a piece of driftwood, but that experience ignited his passion for surfing. Eventually, he was selected to represent his native island, Brazil's Fernando de Noronha, in an international competition. The waves eventually landed him on the north shore of O'ahu, where he and his wife, Carly, who is also a photographer, operate Island Style Surf School.
They take advantage of the year-round waves of the North Shore to train first-timers along with experienced wave-riders. They provide the board and leash, the rash guard, sunscreen, and a towel—their students need bring only their swimsuits and their Fish-to-English dictionary.
The certified teachers at Bikram Yoga North Shore believe that everyone from star athletes to senior citizens can benefit from the oxygenating and posture-correcting benefits of yoga. Inside their 105-degree studio, they lead students through a series of 26 postures designed to stimulate the body's organs and glands and boost circulation from head to toe, bringing relief from stress, pain, and depression. The renovated space boasts antimicrobial and antibacterial flooring that allows stretchers to participate without holding their breath for the entire 90-minutes, and although the staff stresses that the Bikram style is accessible to anyone, they also offer a hatha-yoga class that can help beginners become acquainted with the asanas.
When Dr. Dean Shivvers is asked to explain what he does, he leans on a favorite quote by inventor Thomas Edison: "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame." The native Iowan has had his close calls with traditional medicine—after a motorcycle accident in high school left him in pain, his doctor told him he would need to undergo exploratory surgery. He opted for noninvasive chiropractic care instead, and after a few weeks his pain was completely gone.
As is the case with so many chiropractic doctors, this personal experience led Dr. Shivvers to his life's work. Today, at Turning Point Chiropractic on Oahu's North Shore, he practices chiropractic medicine with holistic treatments that focus on easing muscle tension, realigning the spine, and healing the body as a single organism.