I needed to reconnect with nature, to reconnect with myself and maybe get a kink or two out. I was looking for a place that could relieve stress, bring peace, quietness, something that could sooth my soul and something that could mend my bones. I did some searching around on the internet and I found Yoga for My Homies on meetup.com. The group seemed like it was non-intimidating, it was paid for by donations, beginners and experienced could participate. Most of all, the setting where the yoga class was held definitely lured me in. After learning Le’ahi Park was only a 25 minute walk from Waikiki I decided I was in. I trekked my way to the park and arrived a few minutes early. I found a shaded spot, (wear sunblock, sometimes the shaded spots are not available) laid my yoga mat out that I brought (you can also use a beach towel) and put my water to the side. Then I just sat there for a few minutes and took in all the serenity around me. I heard the waves lapping at the wall, I saw crystal clear blue water, a cruise ship off in the distance, tall, lanky palm trees blowing in the wind, I felt the cool gentle breeze on my face, I ran my fingers through the lush green grass below me and felt connected to nature again. I turned and looked behind me and saw this iconic volcanic land mark which was Diamond Head as my back drop. I don’t think I could have asked for a better place to take me back to happiness, health and relaxation; it was breathtaking. I posted my yoga class that I took at the park on Facebook and somebody replied “I thought that was only something you see in the movies.”
Courtney, the yoga instructor, arrived shortly after I got there. She was a young, vivacious, happy person who had a passion for teaching yoga. She had a way of making you feel at ease and welcomed. Before class started she went around and said hello to the regulars and introduced herself to the new yogi’s. She was able to get the feel of everyone’s experience who joined her class that day and based the level of class off of that. While teaching she went around to each individual who wanted assistance with their yoga stance and helped. She was a great motivator, she knew what to say and how to work those kinks out and mend those bones and most of all make you feel comfortable. After an hour of her yoga class I felt like Gumby; just totally relaxed.
After the class is over you can leave a donation in the pouch, the average is $5-$10 a person, however you can leave what you feel you got out of it, it’s not mandatory. Some people hung out and talked amongst each other afterwards. Others walked back to their car parked at the Diamond Head lookout on Diamond Head Rd (I don’t think they’re metered). There is no parking at Le’ahi Park. I escaped down the little ledge walkway to the other park and took a dip in the ocean. It was a day of zen!