By Rich Figel
When I heard Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" blasting from the boom box, I knew this was NOT your mother's yoga class. No New Age muzak for meditation, sitars or Yanni type stuff. This is yoga geared to athletes who compete in sports.
Go on, scoff or titter at the thought. But Sports Yoga Hawaii founder David Onoue may be on to something. He's done research and says his Kahala studio is the first to market this concept -- not just in Hawaii, but in the U.S. as well. His story is pretty interesting, which is why we filmed it for next month's Career Changers TV show. It's a classic tale of turning lemons into lemonade.
However, David knew there would be cynics. So he placed a Craigslist ad seeking athletes who were willing to put their skepticism to the test by offering them free sessions. He also posted that same challenge on his Facebook page. And he found some takers...
Among the converted are a woman pro volleyball player, a muscular former college linebacker, and a high school point guard who will be playing college basketball on scholarship next year. Each had different reasons for trying it, but a common theme is they wanted to find exercises that could improve their flexibility and help prevent injuries related to their sport.
I worked up a sweat just watching him lead a small group through the poses and stretching routines. Yet each said they really enjoy the work-outs because of the high energy music and David's personal attention. The b-ball player from Punahou even got his younger sister and mom to join -- and little sis asked to go on camera while we were shooting, to tell everyone how much fun it was.
If you'd like to sign up for a FREE session, either email me with your address and I'll send you a coupon, or contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (mention you heard about it through Career Changers). His studio is located above Urgent Care in the complex across from Kahala Mall.
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