Hot Yoga Nimitz was established in 2008 and has been delivering the most radical hot yoga classes on island since! We started as a Bikram Yoga studio and over the years have developed into our own mix of Hot Yoga, non-heated Vinyasa yoga, Body Toning, Yin yoga and Meditation studio.
Students often arrive a little late or leave early if they need, we keep an open door policy. We only ask that you be respectful to others as you enter and leave the yoga room. We encourage students to modify their practice as they see fit, but offer a great baseline for instruction at the same time.
We have great instructors, staff and students. We hope you can be part of our yoga o’hana and really want you to enjoy the benefits of this age old practice of yoga.
I began a dedicated, daily yoga practice by accident. I never expected to become so immersed in something, never mind yoga. I had this idea yoga was something I was simply incapable of; I am too inflexible, I am not graceful, I cannot be still, I have no time. Little did I know these doubts in my head were meant to be remedied with a yoga practice. The mental and physical benefits I saw from the practice drove me to enroll in and complete my teacher training with Inner Fire Yoga in Madison, Wisconsin in the summer of 2015. In my small explorations of the vast universe that is yoga, I have found a diverse practice consisting of many different styles to be the most rewarding. I encourage each student to practice their own unique style of yoga to give and receive what they need from the practice. I graduated from UW-Madison in Wisconsin with a degree in creative writing and art. I believe the humanities, like yoga, has tremendous power to bring people together and revel in what makes each of us human. There’s a great power in studying what humans are capable of; to be able to turn our gaze inward, reflect on what we see, and be humbled and amazed.
Yoga Teacher / Co-Owner
Yoga & Zumba Teacher
My name is Cammy born & raised in Hong Kong. My first Hot Yoga class was on Jan 2, 2014, and I remember it very clearly because it was right after New Year’s day. My friend had been telling me to try hot yoga because I’ve always been an extremely active person. I’m a ballroom dancer and Zumba instructor, and thought yoga would be way too slow for me. Finally, I decided to give it a go since New Year’s is a time to try new things. The first class I took, Bikram yoga, was extremely challenging. I realized that I wasn’t flexible yet I still pushed myself to go and try the other different classes offered. I tried all the different styles of hot yoga offered which provided great benefit to my body and mind. As I kept attending classes, I noticed that my muscles became more toned and firm, my skin looked more youthful and healthy, my stress levels were lowered after each class, and my overall thinking was more positive. Not only that, but I became more flexible as well and it helped me tremendously with ballroom dancing and teaching Zumba. My goal is to help people improve their mind, body and spirit like it did mine, so that they may live a happier, healthier and stronger life.
Started Practicing Yoga: 1999 Became Teacher: 2002 (Bikram's Yoga College of India) How I got into yoga: After a car accident in 2003, I was diagnosed with a disc herniation in my lower back. I wasn't able to sit upright, I could only lie on the floor with my feet elevated. My doctors told me I would eventually have to undergo back surgery - which I didn't like the sound of. I had fallen out of my yoga practice, became weak, lazy and tired. Everyone was telling me something different. My chiropractor said I needed adjustments, my physical therapist said I needed to do elliptical running, my neurosurgeon said I needed to make an appointment to cut out the disc, and my Yoga teacher was telling me, "Lock the Knee!" I found that yoga was the only remedy with lasting results. The stronger and more flexible I became, the more the pain went away. I am to this day self treating my injuries with the help of Hot yoga. I opened a studio in the suburbs of Chicago on Jan. 24th 2004 so my family and I could practice everyday. In 2007, I opened up Hot Yoga Nimitz in Honolulu, HI. Since then, I've been training, studying and testing out the best ways to heal the body & mind. My class: Moves at a good pace and is good for beginners. I can make class fun, relaxing and still have a great workout for the mind & body. My latest trainings have been: Yin Yoga Anatomy & Training: 2010 (Paul Grilley's Anatomy & Training) Bishnu's Advanced Series: 2010 (Tony Sanchez Adv. Workshop) Favorite Quote: "Keep your mind Open to Everything and Attached to Nothing" - Patanjali
Yoga is not something you 'do', it is a state of being - a state of union. A yoga practice helps and allows you to access your True Self; the Self that tends to be buried by attachment, desire, and ego. My practice began on the mat, and continues to translate into my life 24/7. It helps me find a place where I am able to access my own, personal truth of self. YOGA|LIFE Emily grew up in the picturesque settings of both the Hawaiian island of O'ahu and the Italian island of Sicily, Italy. It was in Sicily, during the winter of '08-'09 when Emily discovered a gentle vinyasa class and was officially introduced to the physical practice of yoga. The following summer, Emily moved back to O'ahu to complete her dual Baccalaureate of Arts in History and Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During her undergraduate years and following her graduation in 2012, she continued her yoga practice, which she slowly cultivated to consistency. Today, yoga envelops every facet of Emily's life. Yoga's teachings, philosophy and practice have helped her overcome many of life's challenges and have molded her into a better person. This is one of the many reasons she chooses to share what she has learned and what been passed down to her through her study of Yoga. Emily has a personal Ashtanga Vinyasa practice in the traditional form which greatly influences her power vinyasa teaching style. She pairs this influence with fluid transitions to smoothly guide students through their practice. http://www.emiandomi.com/emily IG: @emimotoyoga Facebook: Emily Yamamoto Yoga firstname.lastname@example.org -- Emily Yamamoto RYT 200 | Thai Yoga Certified
Like many others, I was attracted to yoga to "get flexible and tone up". I took my first class in college in 2008 and was instantly hooked. However that was not enough to keep me committed to a consistent practice. Fast forward the next eight years of taking yoga classes here and there, maybe a 2 year break here and there. I found my way back to the mat in 2015 and realized what you practice on your mat, you can practice off of your mat. Patience with yourself in class = patience with yourself and others in the real world. After one week of daily practice, I signed up for teacher training and completed her 200 hour power yoga teaching certificate with Core Power Yoga. I am very excited to share this gift of yoga, light, and laughter with anyone who is open to sharing theirs. I believes that you shouldn't take yourself so seriously all the time. My classes are packed with creative flows and atmospheric music for all levels. I believe that bouts of laughter, stumbles, and the occasional face-plants on your mat (and in your daily lives) makes you a stronger and companionate human being. Join me in the in the studio at Hot Yoga Nimitz!
My first yoga class I really did not know what I was getting into. My friend from work, who you may know, Elliot Hansen, drug me there telling me to just give it a try. We went for 30 days almost consecutively. Every time we would hit the road to drive there, I hoped there would be a traffic jam. I guess it was the heat that really bothered me. I looked around the crowded room in Eagle pose like what???! Put my arms how?? And the leg too? Impossible was my first thought...look at me now! :) I was forced to keep coming in all honesty. That first month was pretty brutal, but after I could FEEL how different my body was, it became less of a chore. I felt incredibly good, with amounts of energy that I did not know what to do with. 3 years later I can say that I keep myself coming back. I know how good it is for me and I know how lousy I feel when I don't attend. I practiced all evenings in the past. Now, I like to get it done with during the morning so that I am ready to start the day. Also, I know that if I say I will go in the evening, it usually does not happen that way. I think I have more than one favorite yoga posture. In Bikram, I'd have to say standing bow. There is always room for improvement in every posture but standing bow and I have really come a long way. Still working every time to squaring my hips off, so hard! But along with balancing, kicking, and focusing only on my own eyes, this posture gives me an inner joy knowing how far I have grown into trying to perfect it. Least favorite Bikram posture would definitely be rabbit. Not only did this tricky pose take me a while to figure out but I always feel weird about doing it too. It feels good pulling apart my vertebrates but I suppose its a little awkward. Bikram has benefitted me in so many ways. I feel myself gaining strength through each class...especially in my spine :) I'm a backbend junkie when I am not practicing Bikram and having a strong spine is key. I also, when sticking strong to my practice, have a lot more energy outside of class. I think most importantly though, it makes me happy. It is so delicious for my mental health. I am always shooting for a meditative state by the spinal series. Although I rarely reach this point, when I do, it is magical. Elliot would often tell me things like reaching here and there, and how I should, and could feel from the practice....it took me years to get there though. The day I felt what he had described to me put justice to every time I stepped into the studio. Pure heaven for my soul. I talk with many people about yoga and encourage them to start practicing. I post a lot on Instagram and so I suppose it helps not only to keep myself inspired but others see and thats when the comments and compliments start to flow. I have gotten many people to test out the waters, and also many to join and thrive not only in Hawaii, but also in Colorado. People are interested when you are doing something that makes you happy. And when you look good and feel amazing, how could you not want to share! Many times though, people come to me and ask how I started and how they can get started. They see my progression and they must feel my energy too! (no joke) Advice for the newcomers - I would first welcome them ever so kindly, and tell them to never give up. This practice is life long. Even if they cannot make it into the studio, practicing for 20 minutes a day next to the couch at home is better than nothing. Give me 30 days of your life and tell me you don't want anything to do with yoga anymore....what do you think they would say? ;) I could go on and on and on about why you should stick with it, but in turn I would want them to tell me why they shouldn't.
My name is Nancy and I've been with Hot Yoga Nimitz for almost a year now! Wow, I'm taken aback by how many Thursdays I've been here. I'm the wild yogi that "tries" inversions & awkward poses to always push myself. I love to challenge myself constantly & continuously throughout life & through my yoga journey. I have a Master's Degree in Education, so I pride myself in being the patient & detailed teacher. I like to break down the poses & give each student the adjustment & encouragement they need. We're all different yogis on a different path.
Your breathing should lead your practice. Every “body” is a bit different and we all struggle with various injuries and hereditary pros and cons. We encourage students to modify their practice to suite their needs. Work with our instructors to find the best ways to approach our series and we’ll make sure you accomplish your GOALS!
BE KIND, it’s the best way to approach a situation …
We have an OPEN DOOR policy. This means that any student can arrive late, or leave early, it’s always up to you as a practitioner of yoga, to be responsible for what and how long you are doing things. With that said, you must also RESPECT the others who are working hard to achieve a level of concentration, relaxation and meditation. So, we ask that people be as smooth and discrete when entering or leaving the room.
An everyday practice is crucial to seeing results mentally, physically and emotionally. We make it easy to practice every day. You can show up when you want, leave when you’ve had enough or just lie in dead body pose working on your meditation.
We have 15 minute meditations, 45 minute body tone blasters, 1 hr Flowing vinyasa classes as well as hot yoga classes.
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