Yoga Mix On The North Shore
Owner of Metamorphose Yoga Studio
Please tell us about your business. Our main focus is to share yoga with the North Shore community. We offer all formats – whether you have an ongoing yoga practice, are looking for something active or have never done yoga or maybe are looking for rehabilitation. We opened this business with the goal of having a nice variety of yoga classes.
Is there a certain style of yoga that you teach? We teach a mix of styles. A lot of our classes are flow-based, which is a form of vinyasa. We have a few heated classes; we have some slow, mellow flow classes, and we always have a fair amount of restorative and therapeutic yoga if people want a way to unwind at the end of the day or if they are rehabilitating from injuries.
What time of day do you offer classes? We have daily classes at 8 and 10 in the morning and at 5:30 or 6:30 at night, with some classes in the middle of the day, as well.
Why did you start practicing yoga? My mother, Astell, was doing yoga when I was in the womb. She was a yoga teacher and a massage therapist, and so that was the environment I grew up in. Yoga and healing have been in my life since day one. It’s been a natural calling for me.
Why did you start your business? When I was a kid, I would do yoga with my mom because she would practice at home. But it was more like playing, so it was just kind of a nice introduction to yoga. When I was in my early 20s, I started taking classes and realized how familiar it was and how beneficial. I was a massage therapist, and yoga was a really nice way to counter-balance all of the work I was doing, and it also helped me to learn about the body and the whole application of how the muscles work. When I started teaching yoga, it was a really neat way for me to, instead of taking care of someone, teach them how to take care of themselves. That’s one of my favorite things about yoga is having people experience that they can be in control of how they feel and tune in to what feels good for their body. My friend and previous business partner Snehan Born, who no longer is teaching, also was a big part of the creation of the studio. When I was looking for a place in Kilauea, his encouragement and support really helped make the studio happen.
Do you have any other specialized classes? I teach a class once a week called Off the Wall, where we utilize a rope wall system. It’s based on an Iyengar system of therapeutic yoga. Essentially it’s a ball and socket strap system where you hook into the wall and you can use straps for resistance for standing poses, folded poses or completely inverted hanging poses. It can be a great way to just go deeper into your practice and it’s also incredibly therapeutic.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your business? All the love. I’m so incredibly blessed with an abundance of love in my life and I equate that to yoga and the gift that we get to share together.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your business? Juggling making everyone happy, including myself, my home life and my family. Finding a balance of where all my energy goes.
What makes you get up every day and go to work? It feels good. I love that my day is spent doing yoga. It’s a blessing for my body and it’s a wonderful gift I get to share with people. We have such a wonderful community that coming and teaching and sharing the space together is an amazing thing to do.
What else do you offer at your studio? We have lots of goodies in our retail boutique such as yoga clothing, shoes, water bottles, books and jewelry.
Do you have your own practice? I practice at home and I also try to take classes a couple of times a week with my other teachers.
What’s your favorite yoga practice? It’s an equal love of a flowing practice and a restorative practice.
4270 Kilauea Road
Boutique is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday