Eternal gratitude to the founder of Kalani Honua’s Yoga Program, Kathy Elder.Welcome to the Yoga program at Kalani!
Our program includes visiting faculty, who host retreats in one of our many yoga studios, along with resident faculty, who provide the programming described here.

We offer both group and private instruction. All are welcome to attend group classes and practice with us by the sea. Breeze, bird song, crashing waves and the occasional rainstorm accompany our practice. Yoga mats and basic props are available for your use. This oasis in the rainforest provides a beautiful environment to retreat from usual tasks and reconnect with oneself and nature.

Our Yoga Team

We are a collective of yoga teachers, facilitated by Kimberly Dark, representing a range of yoga styles and traditions. The beauty of our diversity is that each teacher represents a lineage with its own internal logic and traditions.

Unlike studios that focus on one style of yoga, Kalani offers a dynamic sampling of hatha yoga designed to expose newcomers to an array of options, and give experienced practitioners an opportunity to expand and deepen their understanding of yoga through diversity.

Hawaii is well-known for attracting yoga teachers, practitioners, body and energy workers, and our resident yoga faculty represents an impressive array of styles, approaches and yogic philosophies. Please ask your teachers questions about their approaches, backgrounds and history with yoga.

Our Yoga Philosophy and Core Values

Remain open to learning new things while giving diligent attention to self-care while attending classes. If you want to deepen your understanding of a particular style of yoga at Kalani, attend group classes, book private sessions, and, above all, take the time to practice and connect with the teachers who inspire you. That’s how the practice of yoga has been passed down for millennia – through practice, proximity and community. 

While we represent a variety of styles and practices at Kalani, all teachers adhere to some shared principles: first, yoga is for every body. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Second, all bodies are welcome and modifications to a practice are always appropriate, though, according to the specific style of yoga, may not always be verbally offered in every class.

We have taken on the aims of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition at Kalani by embracing the following “core values.” Each teacher is in an ongoing relationship with these ideals, as we strive for an environment that welcomes everyone and provides an easy entry point to yoga practice.

  • We believe in the transformative power of yoga for a more peaceful world, both individually and collectively.
  • We believe that yoga should be accessible to all cultures, sizes, ages, genders and abilities. Every body is worthy of love.
  • We believe in eradicating negative self-talk and body shaming.
  • We believe that people can and should be empowered within their yoga practice.
  • We believe that the slogan, “love your body,” is a fully-dimensional mantra promoting body acceptance in ourselves and each other.
  • We believe that body-positivity is more than a #hashtag, marketing slogan, or commodity—it’s conscious action and lived practice.

Choosing a Yoga Class

Because of the diverse range of yoga offerings at Kalani, and our core values about body positivity, classes are not marked as “beginner” or “advanced.” Often, individuals find certain types of practice more challenging than others based on their personal abilities, athleticism or ability to calm the mind. To help you choose a yoga class to suit your interests, we offer a coding system for classes based on the movement level and outcome you may desire. Please let the teacher know, before class, if you have specific limitations or injuries.

  • Still/Cool: In cool classes (like yin and restorative) you can expect to focus on stretching and much of the practice is done on the floor. Most participants maintain a resting heart rate in a “cool” class, and some may feel challenged by meditation or breathing practices. Cool classes can include active postures, though that isn’t the primary focus.
  • Moving/Warm: In warm classes (like basic hatha or intuitive yoga) you can expect a focus on strength, balance and flexibility through a combination of stretching , standing poses, and relaxation techniques. Some may feel challenged by holding poses and striving for alignment. In “warm” classes, some participants may find their physical abilities challenged, others may simply feel stretched and refreshed.
  • Dynamic/Hot: In hot classes (like vinyasa or kundalini yoga) you can expect a focus on movement and dynamic transitions in addition to strength, balance and flexibility. Depending on an individual’s physical ability, these classes may or may not significantly raise the heart rate; some will find them quite vigorous.

While the hatha yoga styles vary at Kalani (from teacher to teacher and over time), we offer a range of cool, warm and hot classes each week. Some classes will include dharma or inspirational talk, some include chanting, some include physical adjustments.

We hope these guidelines help you to you choose a class. Ultimately, remaining both safe and challenged in any yoga class is your responsibility. Take responsibility for your safety and enjoyment. Sample the possibilities, and connect more personally with the teachers whose practice inspire you. We invite you to explore your relationship to mind, body and spirit, through yoga, in our big, humble yoga center by the sea.