From Our Editors
At Studio Kelani, owner Ioana is literally following in her ancestors' footsteps. She is a descendent of performers in the Royal Polynesian Revue, and pulls from their traditional dance techniques to lead innovative, rhythmic fusion workouts. Kelani Fitness also incorporates Pilates elements into its core-tightening repertoire, creating a routine rich in hip isolations and tribal beats that also tones lean muscle. By joining modern exercise techniques with the choreography of her heritage, Ioana both educates and engages her guests. The studio's name—a combination of the names of her two daughters—bridges the generations that have influenced her business. Ioana believes that one's foremost workout tool is his or her own body, not gym machines or the body of the mannequin that one throws on the treadmill for inspiration. During her classes, she encourages guests to become comfortable in their skins with a judgment-free attitude. Her staff teaches lessons on yoga, kickboxing, and dance, including Bollywood and salsa, in addition to the studio's signature Kelani Fitness classes. With a focus on functional training for health of mind and body, private wellness programs tap into Ioana's expertise as a registered holistic nutritionist and personal trainer.