Experience a unique and immersive yoga class, Aquari-om yoga, at Maui Ocean Center, where you can connect with Hawai’i’s marine life while practicing yoga in the captivating setting of the Open Ocean exhibit. Held after daily hours, this tranquil environment offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to practice among sharks, rays, and schooling fish in the 750,000-gallon exhibit. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or a beginner, all skill levels are welcome, and reservations are required due to limited space. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Aquari-OM yoga is typically a blend of hatha, yin and vinyasa yoga although each class vary’s. Our classes include a blend of principles and can pull from any of the following styles:
During our aquari-om yoga class, you can expect a blend of physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation or relaxation techniques. The class is led by a trained instructor who guides participants through a series of yoga poses and breathing techniques to help improve flexibility, strength, and balance while fostering mental focus and relaxation.
Our classes vary each session but you can typically expect each class to begin with a gentle warm-up that involves stretches and breathing exercises to prepare the body for the practice. The main part of the class focuses on practicing various yoga poses or asanas, which can include standing, sitting, balancing, and lying down postures. The instructor guides you through each pose, offering alignment cues and modifications as needed to ensure a safe and effective practice.
Breath awareness is a fundamental aspect of yoga, with emphasis placed on connecting breath with movement. Mindful breathing helps enhance the flow of energy and promotes relaxation during the practice. Many yoga classes also incorporate mindfulness and meditation practices, which may involve guided meditation or moments of quiet reflection to calm the mind and reduce stress.
As the class nears its end, there is usually a final relaxation pose called Savasana or Corpse Pose. During this time, you lie on your back, allowing your body to fully relax and integrate the benefits of the practice. The class concludes with a closing moment, often involving expressions of gratitude or intention-setting, fostering a sense of unity and community among the participants.