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Issue 2, Winter 2014: Ilima Fisher, yoga on maui, student yogis

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  • n koaWINTER 2014ilima fisher

    Her 200-hour journeyPage 4

  • n koa

    yoga:at a glance

    This not-so-new exercise is taking the world by storm.

    1. Savusavu, Fiji Daku Resort 2. Tahiti, French Polynesia Tahiti Yoga Retreat 3. Zakynthos, Greece Gaia Visions

    4. Bali, Indonesia Shangri La Resort and Spa5. Quissac, France Villa Plantat6. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur India Universal Yoga Retreats

    7. Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil Adventure Brazil8. Tangalle, Sri Lanka Ashtanga Lanka9. Sedona, Arizona 7 Centers Yoga Arts

    10. The Berkshires, Massachusetts Kripalu Center for Yoga and HealthSources: Cheapflights.com, gayot.com yogajournal.com

    Top 10 Yoga Destinations

    20.4million Americans

    practice yoga

    27billion dollars are spent annually on

    yoga products

    6thcentury B.C. yoga

    was developed

    95different types

    of yoga

    6f u n d a m e n t a l

    types of yoga

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    Staff Kainoa Deguilmo Ashley-Anne Morishita Faith Owan Kainalu Steward Alyssa Urayanza Quinn Williams Layout Assistant Destinee Murray.........................................................................................................................................................................

  • n koaWINTER 2014

    4ON THE COVERPose Power Energetic and pas-sionate, Mauis yogi, Ilima Fisher, is ready to impress and on her way to becoming certified.

    8From Head to Toe Ilima Fisher shares her top 5 poses for students.

    10Benefits of Yoga Beyond the cool poses and comfy clothes, the benefits of yoga are innumerable.

    11Yogas Saga The history of yoga is unveiled, bringing to life the deeper meaning behind the practice.

    12Maui Masters Three local yoga masters tell why they love yoga.

    16lululemon athletica: Inspir-ing Yoga Essentials Their prod-ucts are taking over the yoga world.

    18Yoga Studios on Maui Hop in your car and head on over to one of the many studios Maui has to offer.

    n koaA Ka Leo o N Koa Publication

    N Koa Media

    Editor-in-Chief Maile SurContact Us:

    Address: 270 Aapueo Parkway, Pukalani, HI, 96768 Phone: (808) 573-7019 Email:

    kaleoonakoa@ksbe.edu Twitter: @kaleoona-koa Website: www.kaleoonakoa.org

    So, after another long month of fingers on keyboards, eyes on screens, feet on the ground, and heads in the clouds, were back with another issue. When I created N Koa, I had envisioned it as its very own app. Since I have an iPhone, and all of my friends have iPhones, I wanted to make our digital magazine easily accessible for Apple users, and Issuu, our web hosts, only offered an app for Androids. Thus, my idea for a N Koa app was born. As you know from our first issue, despite Herculean efforts, that didnt happen. Even though we couldnt make an IOS app by the date of the first release, we swore wed figure it out for Issue 2; however, after swearing of a different kind, we admitted defeat. Just then, the universe answered our prayers and came up with a solution. After years of waiting, Issuu released an app in the Apple App Store. Now all N Koa readers have access to our magazine

    on the go. You know what that means! N Koa is in the palm of your hands, regardless of your mobile platform. Just download the Issuu app, and follow us: Ka Leo o Na Koa. I know, I was stoked, too. Oh, I forgot to mention the coolest part about this issue: a staff! Unlike our last issue, which was created by me as a part of my senior project, this issue was made by a fabulous group of high school journalists here at N Koa Media. And let me tell you, it was quite an adventure. From impromptu yoga classes, to getting stuck in a Haik storm, there wasnt a second of boredom. So, have a sat, grab a refreshment, and dive into another informative issue of N Koa, as we turn our attention to yoga and shine a spotlight on KS Maui senior Ilima Fisher, who inspired this topic. Namaste.

    from the editor

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    Were back!

    Maile Sur, 17, is a senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui. She was born and raised on Maui and has a passion for photography and design. Being a lover of the outdoors, she can always be found out and about roaming the forests for great hikes or just hanging at the beach with her friends. She hopes to one day become an art director for a magazine like Seventeen, Teen Vogue or W Magazine.

    20Yoga Goes Out of Its Com-fort Zone If you want a more out-of-the-box take on yoga, check out these unconventional styles.

    23Maui Made Meet four Maui students who love yoga.

    26Can You Stand the Heat of Hot Yoga? Inside a hot yoga class with Beth Lyons.

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  • 17-year-old Ilima Fisher takes us into her world of yoga. From cool poses to easy outfits, to a never-ending list of health benefits, whats not to love? But the road to becoming a certified

    yogi isnt simple, and after doing a 200-hour certification course, Fisher can prove that.

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    story + photographs Maile Sur

    posepower

  • An out-of-the-blue decision to try yoga may have been one of the best decisions for senior yogi Ilima Fisher. I just got the motivation to go one day and try it out, Fisher said. This was a year-and-a-half ago. Now, Fisher is a yoga guru on the Maui scene. In her junior year at Kame-hameha Maui, Fisher took the first step to yoga certifi-cation for her senior project- a 200-hour class. I hope to encourage the underclassmen, as well as others in the community, to do something crazy and spontaneous that can benefit them in the long run and is always useful, she said. Fisher first learned the art of yoga at Haiku Hot Yoga Maui in Haik, Maui. Due to zoning issues, the Haiku Hot Yoga Maui website ex-plained that they are now closed and classes are being held at two other studios: Paia Yoga and Bikram yoga. But Fisher doesnt need

    a studio when she has the beautiful Kula scenery as her back yard and is just a short drive away from Maui beaches.

    Fishers favorite outdoor lo-cation to practice yoga is the beach with the sun in her face and the sound of the waves as her playlist. So, why yoga? It started making me a better person physically and mentally, Fisher said. Not only are the benefits im-mense, but the people I have met already on this journey are amazing, she said. Her 54 body can contort into many different yoga poses, and in addition to her yoga practice, it probably has a lot to do with her child-hood gymnastic and cheer-leading experience. At the young age of five,

    Fisher began taking classes at Valley Isle Gymnastics in Kahului, Maui. She contin-ued there off and on until her freshman year of high

    school, when she started cheerleading first, just for high school, but then for Hawaii All-Stars. Though the three activities are rather similar, Fisher says she enjoys yoga the most. There is so much more than just the poses, Fisher said. The mental aspects to it are amazing as well. Beyond getting a fit and toned body, Fisher said shes motivated to do more be-cause she has energy to do the other things she loves, like spending time with her family or traveling around the islands. Fisher is the middle child to parents Mike and Kela

    Fisher, with an older sister Mehana (18) and a younger brother Kanai (11). Since her mother, Kela, is a flight attendant for Hawaiian Air-lines, Ilima gets to travel of-ten. I love traveling to Kauai because its not overtaken by buildings and is more laid back, she said. Its also a great yoga destination! Forgoing a yoga partner, Fisher said, Honestly, I love going alone. Fisher said its a lot easi-er when youre on your own, but she said to not let that hold you back from going with a friend. Sometimes you need the moral support to hold the crazy poses, she said. Ilima doesnt need much for her passion. When it comes to outfits, its plain and sim-ple, I try to wear the least amount of clothing possible because it gets so soaked with sweat. I wear a sports bra and spandex shorts. On top of outfits, a mat and a very big sweat towel are must-haves for Fisher.

    (ILIMA see facing page)

    Not only are the benefits immense, but the people I have met already on this journey are amazing.

    -Ilima Fisher

    Fisher enjoys an evening yoga session at Baby Beach in Pia, Maui. She is seen here in Virabhadrasana II, also known as Warrior Pose II.6

  • (ILIMA from facing page) She sports attire from Nike and lululemon athletica and uses a lululemon athletica yoga mat. But its not all about poses, outfits and mats; Fisher said theres something more. I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training that was getting me eligible to apply for a certification, meaning that I could even-tually teach my own classes. She earned her first certifi-cate this summer at Lumeria in Makawao. Student yo-gis there learned everything about yoga: the poses, the anatomy of the body, the role the mind plays, and Sanskrit vocabulary. Sanskrit is an an-cient language of India. I had many mixed feelings about entering a month-long teacher training course. I ex-perienced fe