A studio renewed

  • There’s No Place Like OM Yoga Studio in Waimea welcomes women, men and children to a free community open house. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The public is invited to join in the moment and the movement at a free open house sponsored by There’s No Place Like OM Yoga Studio in Waimea on Saturday, Nov. 7. The event celebrates several new happenings at the studio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Studio Director Karuna is particularly excited about the new online registration system because it means anyone can register, at any time, to attend any class with any instructor. Other additions include new classes in Restorative and Prenatal Yoga, an upgraded in-house retail boutique, and a new website.

Karuna says the time felt right to her organically for the studio to experience a renewal, much like the rebirth yoga offers to practitioners.

“When I first started yoga, I was looking for another way to ‘do’ life,” she recalls. She tried yoga and discovered it made her feel more alive inside and out. “Yoga connects me to mind and body in ways that ask me to be fully present, and when I’m present I’m connected to spirit,” she adds.

While all forms of exercise are good, Karuna feels that what sets yoga apart is its ability to deeply impact all three parts of one’s self: the physical body, emotional presence and mental field.

“Among the most widely prescribed medicines in the country right now are antidepressants, which is of great concern,” she says. “At OM, our instructors provide students with a practical and relevant methodology that can heal the mind and body naturally. Students become empowered to care for all three components of their selves.”

Indeed, people who regularly practice yoga say that over time it helps open the channels of senses in their bodies thereby changing their perceptions of things. Students describe this clarity created by the yoga mind-body-soul connection as seeing the world through new, clean glasses. Their lives become more balanced and grounded, the good times become even better and the hard times less stressful.

The OM open house includes free yoga classes throughout the day, free childcare weather permitting, and complimentary beverages and goodies prepared by Chef Yogi Angela Zink. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Karuna will lead an evening of Kirtan chanting (singing as one voice).

Those who bring a friend who has yet to visit the studio can take a class together and then register for a two-for-the-price-of-one two-class package, valid for all instructors and all classes. Activities are open to all, young and old, and seasoned yoga practitioners as well as beginners.

There’s No Place Like Om Yoga Studio is located in St. James’ Circle in Waimea. For more information, visit omhawaii.com or call 640-7204.

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