I wonder if those who voted in this category experienced cognitive dissonance, given that namaste, a word commonly exchanged among yogic practitioners, means “the divine in me recognizes the divine in you,” or something along those lines. Basically, we are all merely sparks, miniscule pieces, of Brahma, and thus the same and, paradoxically, simultaneously unique; the equivalent of one another. But whatevs. Nadia Toraman launched Maui Yoga Shala studio in 1996 in Kuau, and continues to reprezent (yeah, I spelled that with a z) by way of Maui Yoga, a practice she developed using a blend of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. Plus she offers a kama‘aina rate, which is always appreciated. KB
This Westside outpost and sanctuary for yogis and yoginis has a saying: “energy flows where attention goes.” Island Spirit Yoga offers classes in several body movements, dance, yoga, pilates, belly dancing, and ballet. They take to heart their mission of bringing your divine power to light. Class etiquette includes silencing cellphones, being timely, hydrating before class and wearing no perfume, all so everyone can get the most out of their workout. Get your downward dog on with options like a per class fee or a monthly unlimited pass at the studio.