Why the name "Aloha Yoga Bodyworks"?

Aloha Yoga Bodyworks, got it's name for many reasons.  Mainly, for meaning behind the words, "Aloha" and "Yoga".
 Aloha means so much more than a greeting of "hello", "good bye"and Love.  It's meaning also carries with it, it's own unique "Spirit", also known as the "Aloha Spirit".  

The literal meaning of Aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “Alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others.  A deeper meaning is "the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo).  

According to the old kahunas (priests), being able to live the Spirit of Aloha was a way of reaching self-perfection and realization for our own body and soul. Aloha is sending and receiving a positive energy. Aloha is living in harmony. When you live the Spirit of Aloha, you create positive feelings and thoughts, which are never gone. They exist in space, multiply and spread over to others.

The Aloha Spirit is the coordination of Mind and Heart within each person.  It brings the person to the Self.  Each person must think and emote good feeling to others,  in the contemplation and presence of the life force.  

"Akahai," meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness;

"Lokahi," meaning unity,to be expressed with harmony;

"Oluolu," meaning agreeable,to be expressed with pleasantness;

"Haahaa," meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

"Ahonui," meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.


These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii's people. It was the working philosophy of Native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii.

"Aloha" means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.

"Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.

"Aloha" means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

Yoga-  is much more than an exercise, and it's meaning also relates to linking the breath (prana) to movement (the asana).  Yoga means "to unite"  and has to do with our actions.  Yoga therefore also means acting in such a way that all of our attention is directed toward the activity in which we are currently engaged ("being present").   

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