We practice hot yoga in Atlanta, and have done it at numerous travel spots. But we especially love visiting family in Kailua and being able to go to Bella Kai, our favorite Bikram experience. Hillary and her team exude the Aloha spirit, helping our bodies rehabilitate after a 10 hour flight! Bella Kai is a staple of our Hawaii visits. Mahalo!
I first tried Bikram Yoga in the midst of a struggle against Lyme Disease. As a former marathon runner who was now barely able to jog three miles as a result of my illness, I was looking for a workout that I could manage with my limited energy and I had a friend who recommended the relaxation and detoxification of hot yoga. Hot yoga transformed my life! I’ve been consistently practicing yoga for over six years now as my only workout and I’ve never been so fit, healthy, or had so much energy. The past two summers, I hiked 65 miles on the John Muir Trail in California, and 112 miles on the Via di Francesco in Italy, and enjoyed every minute of it. I have practiced at Bikram Yoga Kailua since it reopened and I’ve been impressed by Hillary’s ownership over the past two years. She has created a bright, cheerful, and community centered environment and has been expanding the studio to include a variety of classes. I’ve also greatly appreciated Corina’s talented instruction and friendly spirit. I will miss the studio that has been such a integral part of my life the past years and look forward to hearing about new developments!
First of all, the studio is fabulous. Quaint, inviting, accommodating, and pleasantly functional. I was thankful from first walking in that this O’ahu studio knew how to uphold a great practice environment despite the tight real estate and humidity of the islands. (Although the Portuguese Bakery down below was a daily challenge to my self control… ;^) Ruby was my first usher and she was her energetic and positive self from the get go… even at 6 a.m. every morning! Her soft rhythmic voice, Vedic chants, and knowledgeable direction in practice all contributed to a strong re-beginning at Bikram Kailua for me. I was encouraged by her help that I could maintain a good, steady pace in weekly practicing. Then Jay came into the early morning picture as Ruby made her way to Japan and I kept steady at the 6 o’clock hour. This young man was an effectual cause of change in my practice from pranayama breathing exercise set 1 (“Get those shoulders down!”). In seriousness and genuineness, Jay’s contribution to yoga at large is immense and I grew from his instruction by leaps and bounds. Even beyond Jay’s exceptional guidance in class is his willingness to engage in discussion about yoga and life as they are all about growth in this life toward self actualization. Many heart felt mahalos Jay. Lastly, I finally crossed Corina’s path after almost the whole month and surprisingly so. She “broke my silent seal” leading my first ever silent practice class in Bikram. Her example that morning has been my gold standard in comparison with others I’ve practiced silent with and none have compared to her steady pace and excellent example of postures while remaining quiet. I also very much enjoyed her spoken classes that likewise contributed to my practice morning by morning through her upbeat flow and direction. While I only partook of these three teachers in my short practice abroad (almost 3 classes a week for 5 weeks), I came to find Bikram Kailua is the best kept secret in any yoga opportunity on O’ahu. There is clearly a high level of skill and drive in this studio and it was my privilege to cross all your paths gleaning so much for my practice which I am still building on and reminiscing about to this day! For those who may read this as a review, you will not be disappointed in your venture to the Windward side for this studio. It will be a life affirming resource in your practice and your walk as they are an extension of Aloha Ambassadorship in that glorious place of O’ahu.