When Leah returned to the coast of Southern California after years of living inland, she did so to ensure that her unborn son could grow up with plenty of sun, sand, and water. But her homecoming blessed her with more than just the familiar beaches of her youth. Leah also discovered yoga, using the practice as a means to heal and grow stronger after her pregnancy. She became a passionate yogi, and eventually an instructor. Then, Leah and her family moved to Hawaii. "My husband and I knew that moving to Hawaii was not something ordinary people like us got to do," she explains. "Therefore, from the minute we landed on the island, we made it our goal to not only make each day count for us, but to share our island adventures with others.?
All of this culminated in Leah starting her own business in Honolulu, Yoga Kai Paddle Yoga. It's a business that allows her to combine all of her life's passions, as she teaches classes that fuse yoga with stand-up paddleboarding. After guiding students out to float on Oahu's pristine waters, she leads them through a series of simple stretches and poses. The motion of the water serves as a natural way to test balance and form, and it encourages practitioners to develop body awareness in a way that doing yoga in a classroom or on a leaky waterbed just can't.
As an accomplished ballroom-dance instructor and television actor, Ed Nix derives joy from seeing his students land coveted roles. The Nix Performing Arts Center is meant to help them across each stepping stone, from introductory classes to audition prep. While highly skilled teachers pass on their expertise in dancing, acting, voice work, and modeling, pupils perfect their maneuvers atop the marley and sprung flooring of the 1,000-square-foot facility.
NixPAC welcomes guests of all experience levels, whether they are aiming to dazzle cruise-line talent scouts or are simply harnessing a sense of rhythm. Staff members strive to cultivate a familial bond with their groups; they readily dispense career advice on choosing a future dance school, where they then send care packages filled with extra feet.
Oahu Taekwondo Center's martial-arts classes teach students the basics of self-defense while instilling in them a sense of pride and discipline. Even young children are welcome to don a crisp white uniform and partake in non-combative workouts that transform the feet and hands into a powerful defense system. The center's instructors also teach women’s kickboxing classes in which ladies of all skill levels kick and punch heavy bags, paddles, and saucepans.