We are thrilled to announce our new Living Well Yoga Guru Series, a program designed to welcome acclaimed yoga and wellness experts from across the country to share their practice with our guests and members. As Kauai continues to grow as a wellness destination, the program is aimed at offering a rejuvenating and restorative experience to enrich the lives of all who participate.
“We are always aspiring to evolve our programming to meet and exceed guest and member expectations,” says General Manager at the Club at Kukui’ula, Nicholas Gold. “‘The Living Well Yoga Guru Series’ embodies the culture and ethos of Kukui’ula. We take pride in our various wellness offerings at Kukui’ula—from land to sea activities to The Upcountry Farm—encouraging guests and members to embrace our Hawaiian culture and cultivate the practice of “malama” (Hawaiian for nurture, tend or to take care of) in their everyday lives.
“The Living Well Yoga Guru Series” consists of a 4-day program featuring a new theme and guest teacher per series. Each visiting yogi will be a resource to all guests, offering two yoga practices at morning and sunset, daily meditation, topical discussions, and a range of activities from mindful eating and qi gong to sound therapy. Yoga classes and activities will take place at various locations throughout Kukui’ula to take advantage of the stunning beauty and healing energy of our island home. “The Living Well Yoga Guru Series” officially kicked off on May 16th with a program led by international yoga instructor and lululemon athletica ambassador, Donny Starkins. In the months ahead, Kukui`ula will host the following influential yoga teachers from across the country:
June 20-23 – Jennifer Pansa
Expert yoga and wellness guide, Jennifer Pansa inspires a profound connection with oneself and nature.
Jennifer is more than just a physical movement teacher. She encourages her students to go deeper into authentic self-expression and a profound connection with oneself and nature. It is Jennifer’s passion to help her students see the wisdom of yoga that extends past the physical body and into daily life where the lasting changes matter most. Jennifer is an Essential Oils wellness leader and educator and is a Fitbit ambassador. Jennifer has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, and her articles have been featured in THRIVE magazine, Disfunksion magazine and Sonima.com. Jennifer’s clients include professional athletes from the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Boston Red Sox, Miami Dolphins, and TV actors from Burn Notice, Graceland and Game of Thrones.
July 18-21 – Andrew Sealy
Andrew Sealy is a global wellness leader, a Yoga artist, and an Alo Yoga ambassador.
His days are spent traveling to find adventure, practicing to cultivate growth, and constantly absorbing wisdom to create new experiences that he shares with his students around the world. The continuous self discovery process of Yoga compels Andrew to embody progressive knowledge while positively influencing and empowering his students. Andrew’s creative approach to teaching Yoga as a healing art has earned him numerous celebrity clients and the opportunity to lead transformative luxury retreats worldwide. He is known globally as a mindful life enthusiast and a wellness activist.
Chelsey Korus has quickly become one of yoga’s foremost teachers and philosophers.
She has been featured in PopSugar, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Mantra Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Wanderlust TV and Yogaglo. Chelsey has been teaching yoga since the age of 15 and has been an avid life long learner in numerous movement practices, including: Anusara, Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Acro, as well as martial arts, free form dance, and ballet.
Chelsea will be joined by partner, acro yogi and strength coach, Michael Aidala for an inventive 5-day yoga and fitness program.
October 24-27 – Ryan Leier
Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier is an esteemed wellness leader and a global ambassador for lululemon athletica.
Whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s commitment to honoring his teachers leads him to be equally devoted to continuing his studies as to teaching. Drawing profound inspiration from his daughters, Kiyah and Thora Grace, Ryan created Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, an innovative non-profit organization designed to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of youth ages 5 to 22 through the empowering practice of yoga. Ryan’s dedication to connecting with his community has also led to his role as a global ambassador for lululemon athletica.
November 21-24 (Thanksgiving) – Gina Caputo
Gina’s passionate and inspirational style of teaching which emphasizes the fusion of alignment and flow, anatomy and energetics, focus and release, work and play.
She came to the mat from the office chair so has a keen ability to really speak to the high functioning professionals. She is an inspiring, empathetic teacher known for her clear and playful style of encouraging students to fearlessly navigate their edge, open their heart and boldly dive in. She is driven by the recognition that embodied, creative movement and self-exploration are essential methods of conscious evolution and discovering one’s limitless potential.
The foundation of “The Living Well Yoga Guru Series” is to provide an unparalleled experience that is set apart from traditional retreats, benefitting those looking to explore various practices that fit their personal journey through mana and prana (“mana” is the Hawaiian word for “divine power” and “prana” for yoga philosophy). The program is exclusively available to members of Kukui’ula and Lodge guests at no additional cost. All aspects of each four-day experience are optional. Members and guests may attend any or all of the Series’ experiences.
The Lodge at Kukui’ula offers luxury vacation homes which are available for rent by non-members. Each luxury home boasts beautiful indoor-outdoor lanais with breathtaking views, gourmet kitchens, and outdoor garden showers all conveniently located steps from The Clubhouse. Guests of The Lodge at Kukui’ula have unlimited access to the full host of Kukui’ula’s resort amenities including The Clubhouse, The Hi`ilani Spa, The Farm and The Huaka`i Guides island adventure program.
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