He’s always been a mystery box for me…I’ve never known exactly what’s going on inside our younger son’s head. Unlike his everything-is-all-over-my-face-and-out-of my-mouth mom, the inscrutable Govi is a man of few words. He keeps an affable, pleasant countenance under most circumstances. What’s really going on in there?

As a little kid, he didn’t tell us much, but he always asked a bunch of questions, not waiting long enough to let us answer one before interrupting with another. We used to affectionately call those “Govi Questions”. That tendency seemed to end when he asked one too many questions of an elderly docent on a school field trip. The flustered old man shot back, “Shut up, you little smart ass!” shocking other parents in attendance, while amusing me. After that incident, however, we no longer heard many Govi Questions

We finally got a better interior picture once Govi met his life love, Caitlin, in his sophomore year of college. If he was a bit ‘veracity-challenged’ as a teenager, that changed once he met this beautiful, clear-eyed, feisty straight-shooter. She’d chase him down on any verbal attempt at evasion, calling him on his stuff. And I believe he keeps her on the level, too. The bond they have forged for good is built on a foundation of truth-telling. We still don’t get a lot of words out of him, but what we do get is the real thing.

Govi’s actions speak for themselves. At work, running field operations for our construction company, he leads by example, carrying more heavy bags of concrete up the hill than anyone he’s supervising. He doesn’t hesitate to call his men out when they slack on the job, yet he lets the guys know when the job is well done. He’s an exemplary leader. And he never goes fishing without giving away most of his catch to his workers as well as his friends.

When one of our close family members was going through a difficult teenage time, those of us in the older generation were striking out with her. Neither her father, nor her mother, nor Cliff and I were having any luck keeping the kid at home and out of grave trouble. There were times when we seriously wondered whether she would survive her teen years. After four high schools and three reform programs, we had run out of options.

Enter Govi and Caitlin to the rescue. They weren’t even married yet and were only 6 or 7 years older than the girl was. Over our great objections, they insisted that they would love to take this wayward one into their home. And they did…for the next three and a half years. To all of our grateful amazement, they somehow provided the stable, loving environment she needed – even when she got into shenanigans. It was remarkable. They were both loving and strict, a force to be reckoned with. And now our young lady is a fairly happy, stable 21-year-old living on her own, big thanks to this couple.

Another example of the stuff these two are made of happened at the time of their wedding. They did their best to include Govi’s sweet grandmother SuSu in the wedding planning. Even as she was diagnosed with bone cancer, SuSu kept contacting cake companies and ordering custom napkins for the couple. Just days before the wedding, SuSu suffered a bone break so severe she was hospitalized, much to all of our dismay. She had been SO looking forward to seeing her dear Govi and Caitlin get married.

The otherwise-happy day arrived, and Cliff kept his mom, SuSu, in the loop of the wedding proceedings via Facetime. It wasn’t the same as being there, of course. As soon as the ceremony was over, Caitlin and Govi disappeared. They showed up at SuSu’s hospital room, and do you know what they did? They recited their marriage vows all over again in front of SuSu. It chokes me up just remembering it. Caitlin gave her bouquet to SuSu instead of tossing it at the reception. SuSu was deeply gratified by their thoughtful sharing of a sacred moment.

Now these two formidable kids of ours are on the verge of having a little one of their own! Caitlin’s belly is swelling and so is their excitement. At their birthing class for couples they developed a birthing plan meant to cover most contingencies. Govi’s the coach and Caitlin is the ‘marathon runner’ of the fast-approaching ordeal. And maybe it will be that easy for this daunting duet.

Last time they came over for dinner, I got an inner glimpse of Govi naively picturing their upcoming event like a successful football game. Govi broke his usual reserve to confide in us: “I’m hoping to catch the kid!”.

I’m never sure what might come out of the enigmatic Govi…It’s always worth waiting for!

And you, dear reader?

Do you have any mystery people in your life? Someone who surprises you? I’d love to hear about them. Simply hit REPLY! I always answer back.

 

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Wednesdays, June 21 – July 26, 7-8 pm  

 

This summer class (June 21 – July 26) gives you the opportunity  to perfecting what you’re learning in the rest of our aerial program. No new skills are taught in this class. By breaking your moves down step-by-step, you give yourself the best chance of comprehension. Develop muscle memory by repeating your movements many times at your own pace.

This class is not for beginning aerialists. Students must be simultaneously attending at least one other Still & Moving Center aerial class and gain instructor permission in advance to attend this class.

 

Kezia Holm

Kezia aims to inspire others to live to their full potential by being open and chasing their souls’ passion. Aerial holds a special space in her life. It sparked a fire that allowed her to explode into a whole new rainbow of color and creativity. Kezia took her Aerial Fundamentals and Lyra teacher trainings from the esteemed NECCA, the New England Center for the Circus Arts, and her Aerial Yoga training from Wendi Lynch of Aerial Yoga Hawaii.

Kezia first dove into flow arts in 2008 when she fell in love with a hula hoop, appreciating its freedom and beauty in the expression. In addition to aerial dance, Kezia is also devoted to other flow arts practices, including horseback arts and yoga. By practicing gratitude for all teachers, experiences and opportunities she has had along the way, Kezia continues to enhance and share her knowledge through study, practice and teaching.

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Sat 9:45 – 10:45 am

Starts June 17

 

Give yourself a deep-tissue massage using foam roller and tennis balls with your own body-weight. As a Personal Trainer, Murat is very detailed as to where and how to roll, as well as where and how NOT to roll. Learn how to breathe through the tight spots and trigger points. Murat teaches you how to find and release tight places with the foam roller, giving you suggestions for body-positioning to help you find those points. During breaks in the rolling and conditioning, he leads you through movements to heal the lower back. When you leave class, you find yourself greatly relieved of pain. Counter-indications: People with recent shoulder/neck/back injuries or surgeries should wait until they have recovered before taking the class. Once you are on the road to recovery, Murat will customize the class to meet your needs.

 

Murat Demirtas

Murat Demirtas has trained at the well known Michael King Pilates and with Roxy Menzies. As an instructor he brings a remarkable sense of body awareness and enjoys sharing his knowledge with students. He hails from a background of dance, gymnastics, pilates and aerobics. He has taught dance and various movement modalities for the Turkish educational system, professional dance companies and artists. He has performed for many big companies including the Women for Nike Tour.

Based on his belief that every individual is a healer. Murat’s mission is to create an environment that guides people to evolve into their full potential. His successful classes are a fusion dance and aerobics that helps to bring an awereness of an individual’s inner power. Murat is the perfect balance of creativity and business, Murat is a well rounded teacher + artist + athlete with a special aura, joyful vibration and spirit that conveys his love of movement.

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Wednesdays 9:45 – 10:45 am. Starting June 21. 

Learn to be truly present in the moment and truly listen to your body’s needs. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual conditioning and abilities. Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life – body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body, and tunes you into your sensations. Each workout brings mindfulness to your movement experience, leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. If you choose, you can turn your Nia experience cardio workout. If you choose, you can keep the intensity level to a lower level. It’s a great stress-buster in any case. Improve your body, mind and heart fitness in 60 minutes with Nia!

 

May del Rosario

100000301 largeMay, a Nia White Belt, personal trainer with over 20 years of ballet, sports fitness and martial arts expertise – is always an invigorating experience! She’s fun, encouraging, challenging and professional. This lady has shared her extensive knowledge of fitness through movement in medical, spa, studio and gym environments. Her classes are for everyone: from uber athletes, to pau hana workers wanting a kick-it-up class, to folks struggling with obesity, to fragile seniors seeking to regain their health. May provides personal fitness sessions, nutrition and weight management counseling. Her teaching experience includes Pilates, yoga, turbo kickboxing, ballet, strength training, power cycling, fitness for the unfit, to name a few. Her energy is absolutely contagious to her students!

 

Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 pm.  Starting JULY 12

Rediscover your innate capacity for effortless, organic, efficient, and graceful movement. Some students find themselves freed of years of pain that they thought they would have forever. Feldenkrais / Awareness through Movement lessons consist of gentle movement sequences that can eventually become more complex as you progress. After attending the classes for a while, you will find improved flexibility and breathing, coordination and balance. No prior experience necessary.Please dress comfortably.

 

Vivian Best

Vivian is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner  CM.  The Feldenkrais Method has given her relief from pain, and has helped her to empower others to take better care of themselves.  She teaches self-aware self-care, and her compassionate guidance has helped instill a sense of pleasure in movement, and bring vitality and ease to her clients.  Vivian has explored many movement traditions from yoga and ballet, to West African, modern, and flamenco, but her passion is for partnered dancing.  She has been an avid swing and blues dancer since 1999, is an instructor for the Hawaii Jitterbugs and blues workshop organizer.  She was a gifted educator at Kahala Elementary and also tutors and teaches classes for children and adults in creative arts, ecoliteracy, and lindyhop.  Her interests in movement, teaching, and helping others brought her to study the Feldenkrais Method.  Recognized by Honolulu Magazine as one of “6 People Making a Difference in Honolulu” in November 2013, by Pacific Business News as one of Hawai’i’s “40 Under 40,” and the Honolulu Star Advertiser as one of “10 Who Made a Difference” in 2010 for her work in the community, Vivian loves sharing about the Feldenkrais Method and believes it can inspire positive change, building awareness and hope for inspired action!

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Normal aerial prices pertain:  Drop-in $17 online or $20 at the desk, and Aerial 10 Class Pack $170.

 

Kids Aerial Level 2 Class for 6-12 year olds

Saturdays  12:15-1:15 pm  Starts Saturday, June 10

Sundays  9:30-10:30 am  Series converts to class June 11

In this level 2 class, experienced keiki aerialists will learn choreography and routine progression. We will introduce more advanced skills using hammock and straight silks.  Students will work on sequencing and move progression in preparation for Coming into Harbor Performance on Sunday Sept 3

Kids Aerial Level 1 Class for 6-12 year olds

Saturdays  1:30-2:30 pm  Starts Saturday, June 10

Sundays  10:30-11:30 am  ongoing

Explore vertical space on three different pieces of aerial apparatus: aerial hammock, straight silks, and lyra. Increase your proprioception – safely learning where your body is in space, whether upright or upside down. You get to climb, twist, turn, invert and hang. Increase your confidence as you develop coordination, concentration, balance and strength. “Hanging” with Kezia is always a fun-packed learning experience!

Mondays  4 – 5 pm  Kids Aerial Performance Rehearsal Class

 

This class is designed for students who have been enrolled in a kids aerial series. Here they practice for their performances.  Next performance will be Sunday, September 3rd! No beginner students, please.

 

Kezia Holm

Kezia aims to inspire others to live to their full potential by being open and chasing their souls’ passion. Aerial holds a special space in her life. It sparked a fire that allowed her to explode into a whole new rainbow of color and creativity. Kezia took her Aerial Fundamentals and Lyra teacher trainings from the esteemed NECCA, the New England Center for the Circus Arts, and her Aerial Yoga training from Wendi Lynch of Aerial Yoga Hawaii.

Kezia first dove into flow arts in 2008 when she fell in love with a hula hoop, appreciating its freedom and beauty in the expression. In addition to aerial dance, Kezia is also devoted to other flow arts practices, including horseback arts and yoga. By practicing gratitude for all teachers, experiences and opportunities she has had along the way, Kezia continues to enhance and share her knowledge through study, practice and teaching.

 

 

 

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Mondays 5:30-6:30pm

 

A delightful mix of safe, low intensity mobilizations, chi exercises, body-weight movements, stretching, body awareness, intuitive movement, mindfulness and breathing. You can think of this as a gentle, group personal training class.  This is not a ‘work-out’, it’s a ‘work-in’.  

 

Miranda Rudegeair

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Miranda is fun-loving and encouraging. Her students love her ability to create a fun, energetic, safe environment that promotes self-expression through movement. Over this last 14 years, Miranda has been a personal trainer and taught body jam, zumba, jazz and hip hop all over Melbourne, Mexico, Chicago, Miami and Hawaii. She has taught kids and adults all over Melbourne and runs GROOVE facilitator courses throughout Australia and internationally. Now in Honolulu, Miranda is passionate about being a warrior for truth and ‘90s R&B!
Miranda has been personal training in Australia and Hawaii for over 10 years. She has done many different trainings in things like tantric yoga, ki energy, breath work and mindfulness. She has worked with some of the top trainers in the world. Miranda has a lot of FUN-ctional things in her tool bag to help people feel and move better. Whether its the serious athlete, the excited dancer or someone just looking for better functional movement, Miranda can help!

 

 

 

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Saturdays, 11 am – 12 noon.

 

Start with the basics, at a relaxed pace. Learn all the fundamental motions for Turkish belly dance, starting with the hip roll and upper body movements. Murat introduces you to all the basic categories of Turkish belly dance, such as the 5 types of shimmy.

Murat presents the class in a slow, easy-to-approach manner that will still give you a great workout!  You can take this class as introduction to prepare you for the faster, more challenging Turkish Belly Dance for Fitness and Belly Dance for Performance classes.

This class is also excellent cross training for many dance and other movement formats. You will find muscles you never knew you had! You increase core strength, while greatly improving your body control and ability to operate different parts of your body independently.

Murat Demirtas

Murat Demirtas has trained at the well known Michael King Pilates and with Roxy Menzies. As an instructor he brings a remarkable sense of body awareness and enjoys sharing his knowledge with students. He hails from a background of dance, gymnastics, pilates and aerobics. He has taught dance and various movement modalities for the Turkish educational system, professional dance companies and artists. He has performed for many big companies including the Women for Nike Tour.

Based on his belief that every individual is a healer. Murat’s mission is to create an environment that guides people to evolve into their full potential. His successful classes are a fusion dance and aerobics that helps to bring an awereness of an individual’s inner power. Murat is the perfect balance of creativity and business, Murat is a well rounded teacher + artist + athlete with a special aura, joyful vibration and spirit that conveys his love of movement.

 

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Mondays –  Feldenkrais  4:15 – 5:15 pm

Thursdays –  Feldenkrais  9:30 – 10:30 am

Fridays –  Chair Feldenkrais  9:30 – 10:30 am – NEW!

Saturdays –  Feldenkrais 10 – 11 am

Rediscover your innate capacity for effortless, organic, efficient, and graceful movement. Some students find themselves freed of years of pain that they thought they would have forever. Feldenkrais / Awareness through Movement lessons consist of gentle movement sequences that can eventually become more complex as you progress. After attending the classes for a while, you will find improved flexibility and breathing, coordination and balance. No prior experience necessary.Please dress comfortably.

This class will include movements standing, sitting and on the floor. Floor movements are optional with adaptations available.

 

Brigitte Kawakami

The Feldenkrais method has dramatically changed Brigitte Kawakami’s life. Bebe – as she is fondly called – encourages her students to “grow younger with Feldenkrais.”

Brigitte was born to a family in Austria, where alpine hiking and downhill skiing were part of their physically active lifestyle. In 1976, Bebe came to the US, and eventually to Hawaii where she married a wonderful local man.

Crossing the street one day, Brigitte was struck by a car and tossed into the air. After that, she suffered back pain for over 25 years. She tried Rolfing, chiropractic care, Pilates, yoga, and shiatsu massage…all helped, but only for a few days and the pain always came back.

Bebe discovered the Feldenkrais method with Eve Strauss in Honolulu and experienced relief. This led to further study and training with Jerry Karzen on Maui, and after practicing Feldenkrais for 8 months she was pain free. Her studies continued at the main Feldenkrais Institute in Vienna, Austria with Jeremy Krauss, Luci and Carl Ginsberg, and Miriam Pfeiffer. She is now more agile than she was even as a child!

As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais ® teacher herself now, Bebe is dedicated and passionate about the Feldenkrais method. Formerly kindergarten teacher, she is an enthusiastic instructor. She enjoys sharing the Feldenkrais technique in two ways: group classes (formally known as ATM – Awareness Through Movement) and one-on-one sessions (formally known as FI – Functional Integration lessons).

Sundays – 5:15-6:15 pm

 

 

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Partner acrobatics is an exciting practice that involves two or more people, with one person as the ‘base’ (in lying or standing position), leveraging, moving and supporting another person as a ‘flyer’. The poses/skills can be static or dynamic and can be practiced one-off, in a sequence, or in a whole show. It is simply loads of fun! Whether you want to develop skills you can try at home, on the sand, on stage, on surfboards, on ice, or purely for fun in class, you will enjoy this workout, meeting other people, and developing even more trust with your partner.  Partner Acrobatics can eventually evolve into many different disciplines, including: standing acrobatics, circus skills, hand balancing, L-Basing, trio tricks, and much more. The physical intensity of our program is balanced out with therapeutic movements that aim to heal and restore the body.

The heart of Brian’s training is the concept of sustainability of the physical body and the use of proper alignment and body awareness to increase performance, while decreasing the risk of pain and/or injury. He guides you through exercises specifically aimed at promoting injury prevention, structural integration and correct movement technique for long-term physical health and fitness.

 

Brian Batson

From zero to a top-level acrobat in less than four years!  Brian Batson was introduced Acrobatics when he arrived on island and has embraced it wholeheartedly.  Brian is an example of how every person is in control of their life and nothing is impossible.  He learned from the world class athletes of the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe he has embraced the culture and always strives to improve.  He currently teaches gymnastics at Hawaii Academy. Brian brings an unassuming strength to Partner Acrobatics which shows in his teaching and how he holds space for his students to grow and succeed. His conscientious coaching puts students at ease to have fun, build friendships, and improve their skill while promoting safety above all else.   

 

Kezia Holm

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Kezia aims to inspire others to live to their full potential by being open and chasing their souls’ passion. Aerial holds a special space in her life. It sparked a fire that allowed her to explode into a whole new rainbow of color and creativity. Kezia took her Aerial Fundamentals and Lyra teacher trainings from the esteemed NECCA, the New England Center for the Circus Arts.
Kezia first dove into flow arts in 2008 when she fell in love with a hula hoop, appreciating its freedom and beauty in the expression. In addition to aerial dance, Kezia is also devoted to other flow arts practices, including horseback arts and yoga. By practicing gratitude for all teachers, experiences and opportunities she has had along the way, Kezia continues to enhance and share her knowledge through study, practice and teaching.  See Kezia Holm’s schedule

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