A lot has changed in the world around us and we need yoga more than ever. We are grateful for our outdoor space which allows us to safely hold open air classes. Expect to see the following updates on your next visit:
Most classes are also available on our YouTube Channel. Here are a few:
Flow + Sculpt – A full body workout using dumbbells (or cans of food, etc). This class is only 45 min but will get your heart rate up and leave you feeling strong and energized.
Summer’s Venmo @yogaunderthepalms
Reset + Restore – Full Body Stretch with Summer – an all levels, feel good class for all levels, including beginners.
Summer’s Venmo @yogaunderthepalms
Power Flow For Balance with Summer – A vigorous full body workout with an emphasis on balancing postures to help you feel grounded and present.
Summer’s Venmo @yogaunderthepalms
Power Flow for Hips with Summer – Tight hips from sitting on the couch all day? try out this intermediate flow to help loosen the hips!
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Aloha Everyone! It is with a heavy heart that we announce the temporary closure of Yoga Under the Palms. We feel the obligation to protect you, our community and our teachers during this crazy time. Closing our doors is absolutely necessary in flattening the curve and fighting the spread of Covid-19.
We would like to support you and your practice at this time and plan to launch some live classes that you can participate in real time as well as online classes that would be available to you at your convenience.
If you are a member on Autopay, your membership will be frozen at your current rate and you will not be charged for the upcoming billing cycle. We will reach out to you individually to compensate for missed time on your current cycle.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions at this time. We plan to come out of this STRONGER than ever before and ready to support this beautiful community in new and exciting ways. Rest assured that this time will be used to cultivate new ideas, workshops, events and our DECK series of classes that will launch when we re-open. We are also actively planning a 200 Hour Teacher Training Program.
See you all on the other side of this thing. Stay safe and ALOHA from all of us at Yoga Under the Palms.
Kids need yoga too! And so do parents — Add your child to your monthly membership or class pack for only $25/month.
The Keiki Add on membership is good for all Move, Play and Create classes. Kids can take class once/day while a parent/caregiver attends our adult classes. We have a room dedicated to our Move, Play + Create classes. These classes are a blend of yoga, free play and a creative activity. No two classes are the same so kids are always excited to come back and try something new.
Move, Play + Create classes are designed for kids aged 3-8. Exceptions may be made for 2 year olds that are comfortable separating from their parents/caregivers.
NOTE: Siblings may be added for $15/month but we must set this up for you in studio.
Add your child to your membership or class package here:
Come celebrate the grand opening of Yoga Under the Palms Kailua! Our classes are held on our rooftop deck in a retreat-like setting that combines the benefits of practicing yoga in nature with the comfort of a modern yoga studio.
Join us for a morning full of yoga, sips, plant based snacks, giveaways and promotions on class packs and memberships!
Our Saturday schedule of classes:
7:30am Flow + Sculpt
9:30am Power Flow
11am Reset + Restore
12:15pm Power Flow
Oahu residents can sign up for a free week of classes and attend any of the above classes for free! Proof of residency is required upon check in.
We are expanding to beautiful Kailua!
We are looking for registered yoga teachers for our new rooftop yoga studio opening in early February. You must hold at least a 200 hour certification from a Yoga Alliance RYS. Our new studio will offer a unique teaching environment combining the beauty of our island with the comforts of a modern yoga studio. Classes will follow a general format but we encourage teachers to bring their own style and be creative with their sequencing.
We are hiring for the following yoga styles:
-Other specialty styles—let us know what you offer!
We will offer a starting flexible pay scale based on certification level and teaching experience:
Please email your resume and a little bit about you and your teaching style to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have short clips of you teaching, we would love to see them! Aloha!
By Zoe Malia Ozoa Loos
I think it’s safe to say we are all busy individuals, no matter who you are, stress is part of life. However, it’s what we do with our stress that matters. Personally, stress for me manifests in multiple forms. Before I graduated from my Master’s Program, stress usually came in the form of school. My particular Master’s Program was challenging because while it was a writing program, most of the content folks were writing about centered around trauma. Their traumas were often hard to read, such as molestation, physical violence, police brutality, or mental health issues. Learning about my friend’s traumas created a lot of stress for me. I have now graduated from that program. However, my stress now manifests itself differently. I still experience stress. At times, I worry about my career or trusting that I am enough. No matter where life takes you or what stage of your life journey you are on, there will be challenges that could result in stress. It is a gift to yourself and others to transform this stress. To keep yourself well so that, in turn, how you interact with others can be filled with joy and love. Humanity and the world are deeply connected. If you allow yourself to radiate love, others will feel it. To do this, however, stress must be released. Focusing on your mental health is one of the most significant forms of self-love.
Breathing and remembering that I am connected to not only my own being, others, and the world helps me and countless others release their stress and tension. Yoga, especially yoga outdoors, has helped me, and many others access this type of connectivity, breathing, and tension reliever. Yoga, while deeply sacred and rooted in Hinduism and the rich culture of India, as a practice, is available to all. With a sense of respect, yoga can beautifully intertwine with any culture and any religion. Countries such as Japan have caught on by actually prescribing citizens “forest bathing”. Japanese doctors will tell their patients to go into forests for a couple of hours to practice meditation and focusing on their natural surroundings. Going out in nature and practicing deep meditative breathing has been proven to reduce amygdala size (area of the brain responsible for flight or fight response), reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and improve immune function. Doing forest bathing even has lasting effects that help patients’ months after. And they get to bask in the beauty of nature, what can be better?
Meditation and conscious breathing are a huge part of yoga along with improved flexibility, balance, strengthen, and a more profound sense of one’s own body. I have only done yoga outside once, but I want to do it again and far prefer it to yoga indoors. Feeling the heat of the sun. Hear the murmur of the sea. Grass tickling my arms. ‘Iwa and Manu-o-Kū soaring above me in the azure sky. Hear others around me breathe slowly in and out. I can feel my body release. I can feel the pulling and of my muscles stretching and releasing. My body strengthening, my mind focusing on the present, and I move from pose to pose, giving myself love. I am connected. I breathe out and say thank you.
About the Author: Zoë Malia Ozoa Loos is a recent graduate from Saint Mary’s College of California receiving both her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Ethnic Studies in 2017, and her Master’s Degree in Creative NonFiction Writing in 2019. Zoë has strong ties to Hawaiʻi moving there in 2002 to be closer to her maternal family. Writing for Zoë is her way of helping to join people together and people and their natural environment together. Language is a tool that can bridge gaps and improve understanding. Zoë hopes to use writing as her way of giving back to the community and working towards a better more connective future.
Sunday November 24th 11:00am
Join us for a one hour essential oils workshop by the beach! Create a custom blend of essential oils to complement your lifestyle, whether you want a blend to help you relax, focus, uplift, energize or anything in between!
We will guide you through the whole process. We will begin by learning about (and smelling!) each scent. Then we will sample some premixed blends and learn how to mix multiple scents together.
You will create and take home two bottles (2 oz spray bottle and/or rollerball) of your own scent to be used as a yoga spray, room/linen refresh, body spray, etc. We will also create personalized labels to document your creation. If you plan to make more than two bottles, please let us know ahead of time so we can bring extra containers.
-We are NOT essential oil sales reps.
-We use a variety of brands of essential oils and do not receive any commissions or affiliate benefits from any brand of oil.
-We believe in the subtle benefits of essential oils and of course, they smell great!
-We do NOT believe or claim that essential oils will alleviate or treat any medical condition.
-Please consult with your physician before enrolling in this class.
Location: This workshop will be held outside at Sans Souci Beach Park around 2743 Kalakaua Ave, close to where our yoga classes are held. We will setup in the shade. Please bring water and sunglasses.
Space is limited, please reserve your spot ahead of time!
The best way to refuel after a beach yoga class? Check out our roundup of our favorite plant based eateries around Oahu by neighborhood.
Location (two locations): 3392 Waialae Ave
1401 S. Beretania St.
Juicy Brew is primarily a grab and go vegan restaurant specializing in vegan fast food. Juicy Brews goal is to provide filling, nutritious, and delicious plant based foods to all people . Juicy Brew strives to use local ingredients as much as possible and values strong connections between farmers and their customers. If you’re looking for local produce creatively crafted that will leave you feeling full, stop by Juicy Brew. If you only have one chance to eat there we recommend their brunches which changes weekly and is a community favorite. Check out their instagram for more details.
Location: 3585 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
If you’re looking for a chic slightly more upscale fully vegan restaurant Vegan Hills is right for you. Vegan Hills is great for a sit-down brunch or lunch. Here you will find a selection of sandwiches, bowls, smoothies, and inventive appetizers that fill you up without leaving you feeling overly stuffed. Vegan Hills is the place to go if you want a lighter meal that still leaves you feeling satisfied.
Location: 2065 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
Tane is a fully vegan izakaya (an informal Japanese pub that serves small dishes similar to tapas). Tane is only open for dinner and though we wish it was open throughout the entire day it is certainly somewhere you will want to come back to over and over again. Tane’s atmosphere is sophisticated and chic with its dark interior, dim lighting, and elegant design. The large array of fully plant based starters, salads, ramen, nimono (braised small plates), agemono (tempura and fried small plates), yakimono (grilled small plates), nigiri (sushi with raw “fish”), classic rolls (Tane’s take on traditional hosomaki and uramaki), their specialty rolls (uramaki style rolls), and if you have room their daily desserts will definitely leave you feeling satisfied. It’s amazing to us that a place like Tane exists, a restaurant that tastefully creates not only vegan sushi but a variety of other classic Japanese treats as well.
Location: 1112 Smith St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Ethiopian Love says they are the best Ethopian restaurant on the island and while they are the only Ethopian restaurant on the island they are certainly amazing. Ethiopian Love offers delicious vegan options with large family portions. We recommend getting the Ethiopian Love Veggie Sampler so you can get a taste of what this delicious restaurant has to offer. Each dish comes on a soury, spongey, scrumptious bread called Injera. Ethiopian food is eaten with your hands but breaking off some injera and scoping bite size portions of the dishes. Get ready to love miser wot, kik alicha wot, atakilt wot, shiro, azifa, romi, and lemlem. You will want to keep coming back and back for many dinners.
Location: 1137 11th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
If you’re looking for delicious Indian and Nepali cuisine look no further than Himilayan Kitchen. With it’s beautifully decorated spacious indoor and outdoor seating you will not only enjoy your meal but the atmosphere as well. This affordable restaurant fills you up and leaves you with leftovers. Each dish is delectable and flavorful. Start out with you meal with samosas and then peruse the menu with their large variety of curries. Most of the dishes under their vegetarian delight section can be made vegan upon request. Oh, and don’t forget to order some naan as well!
Location: 3571 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Thai food is always a good choice for those of us looking for plant based options. To Thai For is an excellent selection if you’re in the mood for light curries, noodles, or rice dishes. This restaurant offers affordable and delectable food that’s perfect for those seeking genuine taste for true Thai food. Rainy days, “chilly” Hawaiian evenings, or if you’re feeling under the weather this is a great option for you. To Thai For even offers a convenient scale system for its spiciness allowing you to enjoy Thai’s food rich spices at your own pace. We recommend experimenting with higher spice levels if you are interested in exploring the richer flavors of Thai cuisine.
Location: 2239 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
Peace Cafe is a fully vegan restaurant perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They promote a plant based lifestyle and the benefits it has for the mind, body, soul, and environment. Peace Cafe uses fresh ingredients that are healthy and tasty. Peace Cafe use eco products for all of their to go boxes, cups, and cutlery in their homey and comfortable restaurant. Come and enjoy delicious smoothies, teas, bowls, sandwiches, and perhaps even some mochi or ice cream while listening to relaxing music. We recommend the Tempeh Katsu which takes a plant based spin on a local favorite. Whatever you choose, you definitely will want to come back for more.
Location: Multiple Locations around the Island
Down to Earth opened in 1977 and provides local residents and tourists alike with fresh local organic and natural products that support folks to pursue a healthy lifestyle while also doing their part in preserving our environment. If you’re looking for a one stop shop to get your groceries, a quick bite to eat, vitamins, toiletries, home goods, and even cooking classes this is the place for you. With five locations across Oʻahu (Honolulu, Kailua, Kakaʻako, Kapolei, Pearlridge) and even one location on Maui in Kahului Down to Earth is easy to access and gives you a wide variety of options. It’s nice to have a local health food store that supplies locals and visitors with options that can promote healthy living while engaging our community here in Hawaiʻi.
Location: 1001 Bishop St #110, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
ʻUmeke Market is a local co-op that provides you with not only 100% plant based meals from talented chefs in their hot food section, but also produce and other groceries as well. ʻUmeke Market was on the brink of shutting down but with the help of the community this place is still open and ready to support local organic farmers, talented plant based chefs, hard working staff, and dedicated co-op members. This is a place that the community hopes to have open for many many years. Come and support local farmers, eat delicious plant based meals, perhaps do some grocery shopping, refill your soaps, or gather more granola from their bulk items. After you’re done shopping or grabbing a bite to eat enjoy their outdoor patio before going on with your day.
Location (Two Locations): 1614 S. King St.
1118 Fort Street Mall
Loving Hut is a plant based chain restaurant that has multiple locations not just on the island but around the world. From Milpitas to San Francisco, and Formosa (Taiwan) to Au Lac (Vietnam) Loving Hut makes it easy to find delicious vegan cuisine on the go. Loving Hut is committed not only to providing vegan food to all people but they strive to bring harmony to the world through plant based meals using natural and healthy ingredients. Loving Hut believes in respecting people and the planet through excellent service and meals that leave you feeling happy and full.
Location (Two locations): 59-158 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Three brothers and their good friend started the Sunrise Shack on the North Shore and they now have a second location in Waikiki. The Sunrise Shack started as a way for the brothers to earn some money selling fruit at the end of their driveway. Over the years their passion grew they made it their goal to start a business that promotes healthy eating for all. The Sunrise Shack specializes in smoothie bowls, healthy bits (such as avocado toast), fresh cold pressed juices, kombucha, and their organic bulletproof coffee that uses a vegan coconut creamer and MCT oil. Stop by when you need something refreshing after soaking up the sun!
Diamond Head Food Truck
Waikiki Beach Shack
Kailua Town Center
If you’re looking for delicious plant based desserts that leave you feeling satisfied and soul happy look no further then Banan. Their mission is to Make the Earth happy, make people happy, and serve righteous food. Banan aims to connect people to their food and they do that through a farm to table method. Banan makes their delicious vegan soft serve out of local bananas and then sends back the food waste (banana peels galore) back to farmers in order to stop food waste. Not only does Banan get their bananas from local farmers they also get their papayas, pinalepes, ‘olena, honey, liliko’i, guava jam, mac nuts, macnella, and dark chocolate as well. If you want a delicious ice cream treat (if you’re adventurous try the papaya boat or pineapple boat) that’s good for you and the planet, stop by Banan.
Location: Behind the Banán truck @ 3212 Monsarrat Ave Honolulu, HI 96815
What it Dough is Honolulu’s first Artisan vegan pizza kitchen specializing in wood fire cooking techniques. Open Friday through Sunday from 4-8:30 pm make sure you check them out. With cute outdoor seating you can enjoy this delicious savory pie while gazing at majestic Diamond head. Relax and enjoy this pizza lovely crafted and cooked to perfection in a mobile wood fire oven. With six appetizing selections the hardest thing to do will be to choose which one you want to try.
Location: 4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA (Kapiʻolani Community College)
KCC Farmers Market is an incredibly popular local farmers market that draws many tourists and locals alike. We recommend that you visit this farmers market before the rush, which really amps up at 10:00 am. Open Tuesday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 7:30 to 11:00am this farmers market has a variety of booths. If you’re looking for local produce, local organic produce, honey, fresh cut flowers, popsicles, fresh coconut water, delicious local dishes, live music, baked goods, and much more then stop by. Located on KCC’s beautiful campus at the bottom of Diamond head the farmers market is perfect for a snack before exploring or perhaps even a cool down after hiking Diamond head or looking at the desert botanical garden on campus. This is the perfect place to start your weekend.
Location (Two locations): 46 Hoʻolai Street, Ste A Kailua, Hawaii 96734
66-437 Kamehameha Hwy #104, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
Beet Box located in Kailua and Haleiwa is a strictly vegetarian restaurant with many vegan and gluten free options. Open 7am-4pm this is the perfect place to grab any meal. Both locations are near the beach making it great to fill up or refill after spending some time in the sun and sea. Each location is spacious and beautiful decorated making it perfect for a nice sit down meal or a relaxing and energizing place to catch up on some work or relax and read a book. Take some you time at the Beet Box while devouring smoothies, fresh juice, coffee, sandwiches, breakfast served all day, acai bowls, salads, and desserts with local fresh ingredients delivered four times a week. This will be your go to spot before and after enjoying and honoring Hawaiʻi’s beautiful aina.
Location: 418 Kuulei Rd, Kailua, HI 96734
Located in Kailua the Lovin’ Oven is a fully plant based pizza joint specializing in making delicious Italian pizzas using all original recipes. Who would have thought pizza could get any better? Well here at the Lovin’ Oven they take pizza up a notch. Not only is the pizza tasty, but it’s also good for animals, good for the environment, and good for your health. Open Wed-Sun from 2:30PM-8:30PM you can now get that quick easy meal that’s also conscious about the benefits of plant based cooking. Ther 7 unique pizzas can be mixed and matched for delicious combinations. Oh, and don’t forget to throw in a salad as well to make your meal just a little more scrumptious.
Location (two locations): 600 Kailua Rd, Kailua, HI 96734
685 Auahi St #113, Honolulu, HI 96813
Morning Brew is a fantastic coffee shop that will fulfill your need for a morning pick me up or a refreshing cup of joe halfway through the day. Morning Brew specialized in serving you the freshest organic coffee in a lively friendly cafe that’s great for breakfast or lunch. If you need space to catch up on some work or enjoy plant based breakfast or lunch options all while sipping on a latte made with local beans this is the place for you. We suggest vegan rice bowl or the fresh hummus bagel, but honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything Morning Brew has to offer.
ʻAi Love Nalo is located in beautiful Waimanalo right next to the Waimanalo Market Co-Op. From their backyard seating that feels more like a mini garden you can gaze at the breathtaking Koolaus while enjoying vegan spins on Hawaiian classics. Classics such as poke and lau lau. Whatever you end up getting whether it be the medi bowl, BBQ Porto Sandwich, Da Scrambler, or the Coco-Bancon super salad be sure to leave room for their delicious desserts such as Gramma Nani’s Bread or cocoa truffles. You won’t want to leave the garden backyard teaming with local fruit trees such as Noni or papaya!
The Waimanalo Market Co-Op located right next to ‘Ai Love Nalo strives to eat local, live pono, and celebrate community. The Waimanalo Market Co-Op has produce that is either organic or grown using sustainable agriculture. However this Market offers even more. With a rotation of local food vendors in the back you can always find new food to snack on while your there. The Market also offers a variety of locally made gifts that are perfect for birthdays, holidays, or just to treat yourself. From jewelry to lotions to jams to handmade clothes you will want to stop by the Market often to see what exciting new things they have to offer. It’s important to support the local community and this is one of the best places to do it on the island.
Written By Zoë Malia Ozoa Loos
Zoë Malia Ozoa Loos is a recent graduate from Saint Mary’s College of California receiving both her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Ethnic Studies in 2017, and her Master’s Degree in Creative NonFiction Writing in 2019. Zoë has strong ties to Hawaiʻi moving there in 2002 to be closer to her maternal family. Writing for Zoë is her way of helping to join people together and people and their natural environment together. Language is a tool that can bridge gaps and improve understanding. Zoë hops to use writing as her way of giving back to the community and working towards a better more connective future.