Beneath the slender palms of THE MODERN HONOLULU’s Sunset Pool, 100 tons of island sand creates one of the most memorable Honolulu yoga experiences for hotel guests and Kamaaina yogis, alike. Welcome to Oahu’s newest (and modern) beach yoga scene at THE MODERN HONOLULU’s Sunset Pool, an alluring lagoon escape where the hotel’s Waikiki marina views provide a little extra Zen during your cherished practice.
BEACH YOGA AT THE ALLURING LAGOON POOL
Oahu’s newest yoga haven is perched atop the second level of THE MODERN HONOLULU at the Sunset Pool, where shallow water showcases the cobalt glass tiles of the custom-designed pool. Chaise and hammocks are cleared out during the morning hours to make room for 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes. This new amenity is free to guests, and yoga mats are available. If you’re visiting another Waikiki resort (or you’re one of our beloved Kamaaina yogis), you’re welcome to join the class, paying the instructor’s set fee of $15. Complimentary 2-hour valet parking is available non-hotel yogis (but you are asked to please bring a mat.) Space is limited to 20 mats in this modern beach setting.
The 100 tons of sand and Waikiki’s subtle breeze provide an extra challenge to each pose, delivering all the benefits of beach yoga. The soft sand adds comforting support, while the granular surface challenges the secondary muscles in your feet, knees, hips and shoulders. The Hawaiian morning sun serves up an invigorating dose of Vitamin D, while this modern Hawaiian retreat puts you in the right mindset. After your modern yoga experience, refuel with one of THE MODERN HONOLULU’S fresh fruit smoothies at the Sunset Pool.
MEET THE BEST HAWAII YOGA INSTRUCTORS
At THE MODERN HONOLULU, we’re proud to introduce some of the best Hawaii yoga instructors on the island:
8 a.m. Mondays — Liz D'Olimpio
With a mindful, gentle approach, Liz D’Olimpio teaches vinyasa-style yoga, which she describes as “slow flow.” Liz, who trained with the Hawaii Yoga Institute in multi-style yoga, takes time to pause in each asana so students can explore each pose. Liz spent many anxious years overworked and rushing through her days. As such, she is mindful of rushing through anything; encouraging students to take time to listen to themselves and their bodies. In fact, Liz’s gentle guidance at the front is just a suggestion; she wants her students to tune into their own inner voice and body and do what is right for them.
A soccer player and lacrosse competitor at a New York college, Laura Mary Flynn was first attracted to yoga for its incredible workout. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, she began practicing yoga every day, igniting a passion for health, wellness, yoga and food. She went on to add a Master’s degree in Public Health, but it was yoga where Laura Mary found her true life's passion. Since then, Laura Mary moved to Hawaii, and now, she brings Vinyasa Flow and CorePower yoga techniques to her yoga instruction, creating powerful movements synchronized to each students’ breath. Laura Mary is also an avid fan of beach yoga and the benefits and challenges it brings to every practice.
8 a.m. Fridays — Rachel Bush
Rachel Bush has been an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force for the last 15 years. She's been practicing yoga for eight years and has been actively involved with High Life Athletics since she moved to Honolulu two years ago. She recently completed her teacher training with Kova Yoga and teaches vinyasa flow style yoga.
Rachel strongly believes the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga. Her goal as a yoga instructor is to make yoga accessible to those who don't believe they can do yoga. Her classes offer options to challenge students at differing levels as well as make first-time yogis feel comfortable in class. In addition to teaching at THE MODERN HONOLULU, she holds weekly classes at Hickam Air Force Base.
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