You usually love your group workouts at the gym, but sometimes, there’s no place like home. A little breathing room is nice when you feel like stretching solo.
Get the best of both worlds with these local yoga and Pilates classes. Each has a matching DVD, so when you can’t make it into the classroom, you can always do a little homework.
So watch and learn -- the extra effort may just move you to the head of the class.
Go to Class: As a mother of three including twins, yoga instructor Cathy Louise Broda knows a thing or two about staying healthy and comfortable during pregnancy. In her prenatal yoga classes at Purple Yoga Hawai‘i, moms-to-be will learn breathing techniques that will be helpful during labor, relaxing stretches, and the always-important Kegel exercises. She’ll also share her knowledge on breastfeeding, parenting and more. Purple Yoga Hawai‘i. University Square, 2615 South King Street, Suite A305, Honolulu. Call 808.944.8585 or visit www.purpleyoga.com for more info.
Bring it Home: Broda filmed her DVD, “Pregnancy Yoga: A Practice for Each Trimester,” while she was expecting her twins. The easy-to-follow workout arranges the sessions by trimesters, so you can follow the appropriate workouts throughout your entire pregnancy. DVD available for sale here.
Yoga for Surfers
Go to Class: Wave riders can build strength and flexibility at the “Yoga for Surfers” class, taught by Nina Beatty at The North Shore Yoga Co-Op. The class focuses on the range of motion in the shoulders, back and hips, the areas most commonly used by surfers, paddlers and swimmers. The North Shore Yoga Co-Op, Weinberg Community Center, 67-174 Farrington Highway, Wailua. Call 808.349.3650 or visit www.northshoreyoga.org for more info.
Bring it Home: Another surf/yoga hybrid is the DVD “Surf into Yoga with Rochelle Ballard.” The world-famous pro surfer takes you through five different yoga sequences, at beginner through intermediate levels. Filmed on the North Shore, this video features gorgeous cinematography and surf footage, along with music by Jack Johnson. DVD available for sale here, or you can download it for iTunes-compatible devices here.
Go to Class: At Health in Harmony Pilates Studio and Wellness Center, you can choose mat or equipment classes, in groups or private lessons. In the equipment class, you’ll use “The Tower of Power,” a reformer/Cadillac hybrid, and in the mat class, you’ll focus on floor exercises such as the hundred, plank work, and bridging. Health in Harmony Pilates Studio and Wellness Center. 602 Kailua Road, Suite 202, Kailua. Call 808.263.0343 or visit www.healthinharmonyllc.com for more info.
Bring it Home: Great for home or travel, the “Pilates Mat Workout” DVD, created and taught by Health in Harmony’s Jessica Stare, focuses on strengthening your core. The one-hour video is broken into 20-minute segments, so you can go for a full session, or focus just on warm-ups, abs, glutes, or cool downs. It’s designed for moderate to advanced levels, but beginners can start with modified exercises. DVD is available for sale here.
Yoga for Beginners
Go to Class: No yoga experience? No problem. At Yoga Hawai‘i, the “Ease into Ashtanga” class is designed for students who want to learn the foundations of Ashtanga yoga and philosophy. The four-week beginner series will teach you sun salutations, as well as various standing and seated poses. Yoga Hawai‘i, 1152 Koko Head Avenue, Kaimuki. Call 808.739.9642 or visit www.yoga-hawaii.com for more info.
Bring it Home: The corresponding video, “Ease into Ashtanga with Yoga Hawai‘i,” provides more than three and half hours of content. Along with instruction on poses and modifications, you can choose from 30, 40, 50 or 60-minute yoga sessions. You can even choose the teacher’s voice – Rupali, Diane or Tania – with or without music. DVD available for sale here.