From Our Editors
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.