Mental, spiritual, and physical wellness are more important than ever, so HI Now host Kainoa Carlson decided to start his morning off mindfully with some yoga at Yoga Room Hawaii in Kaimuki.
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Co-owners Max Hannemann and Naomi Iwabuchi are attorneys who met in a yoga class and decided to open their own yoga studio that would hold all the classes that they wanted as students. The studio offers over 50 different classes, from beginner-level vinyasa to a more high-intensity class called “yoga sculpt,” which combines cardio, weights and yoga.
Yoga Room boasts the largest studio space on Oahu, but don’t let the size fool you. The staff and instructors take great pride in knowing each of their students personally.
“Our mission is to make a studio for the students,” said Hannemann. “We want them to feel this is their second home where they can go away from their responsibilities and stresses.”
Yoga Room Hawaii’s studio held its grand opening in the middle of the pandemic. It began with virtual subscriptions, but is now holding progressively more in-person classes.
The studio held its grand opening in the middle of the pandemic. It began with virtual subscriptions, but is now holding progressively more in-person classes. As a result, it offers both a Zoom class subscription and an in-person class subscription.
“Humans are social creatures; we thrive off of social connection, and that was something COVID really took away from us,” said Iwabuchi. “Coming back into the studio reignited this spiritual aspect for people.