Wellness on secluded Lanai
With no stop lights, fast food stores or malls, the secluded island of Lanai offers a glimpse of Hawaii as it used to be, making it an ideal location to relax and connect mind, body and spirit.
Four Seasons Resort Lana’i has launched its new HA Wellness program, which offers guests the perfect opportunity to integrate fitness and wellness into their island escape.
In addition, a new fall program of discovery features weeklong experiences designed to stimulate meaningful, life-altering experiences at the resort.
Led by resort yogi Rajanish Govind and mind-body guide Becca Coren, HA Wellness is a play on the Hawaiian word “ha,” or “breath.” The program offers stimulating, personalized complimentary daily wellness experiences and fitness classes suitable for all levels.
Yes, there’s a bona fide resort yogi and a mind-body guide. Who would have thunk it all on little Lanai?!
Resort yogi Govind brings over 15 years of experience of strict yoga philosophy and yogic vegetarian lifestyle to the resort. Inspired by Sadguru Mani Swamy at Sadguru Yogashram Palakkad, located in Kerala, India, Govind started his yoga journey at the age of 15, honing his skills at the world’s top schools, centers and resorts including Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Kairall Ayurvedic Health Resort and Art of Yoga Center Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.
Govind’s practices and teachings emphasize a variety of styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Kriya, Therapeutic Yoga and Vipassana Meditation among others.
As if a yogi isn’t enough, Four Seasons has also employed mind-body guide Coren.
From training celebrities in New York City to practicing yoga at dawn in the vast Himalayas, Coren’s professional wellness journey this last decade has spanned the globe.
Coren is committed to helping people to achieve goals through a balanced, intelligent and health-minded approach. She integrates holistic wellness with a variety of sports and fitness training to create fun and safe programming to achieve goals in a balanced, intelligent and positive light.
Expert-led classes that take full advantage of island life on Lanai include sunrise yoga on the beach, aqua yoga in the pool, hot power outdoor yoga, outdoor bootcamp and sunset yoga on the Luau Grounds.
Pilates, cardio-inspired workouts and guided meditation classes also are available as well as conversations on stress and healthy weight management and yoga philosophy. In addition, Govind and Coren can provide customized and individual training sessions.
During the fall, Four Seasons Resort Lana’i will launch a series of HA Wellness Journeys featuring a guest speaker who is either a writer, intuitive healer or artist, presenting a thought-provoking program in a social talk-story setting. Here is the schedule:
Sept. 27: Teacher, artist, counselor, spiritual adviser and intuitive healer for nearly 40 years Renate C. Hume will guide guests through an authentic self-discovery process using personal mandalas as a suggestive passage between different dimensions of the self during times of transition and change in life.
Oct. 18: Susan Page, entrepreneur, columnist, emcee, public speaker and philanthropist, has answered challenges in her life with “yes!”
Whether one wins or losses, the result has been an earned depth of experience providing perspective and inspiration. In Page’s talk-story session, she will share her intimate life moments hoping to motivate all to embrace a philosophy of a positive, “Yes!”
Nov. 8: Join holistic coach and renowned private chef Olelo paa Faith Ogawa, who will speak on the topic of mindfulness and how to live a full life through mindful eating and work/life balance.
Paa, or expert, Ogawa draws from a unique approach of “divine inspiration” for meals, event planning and preparation. She will also discuss how to reclaim one’s inner riches in a spirit of greater joy and aliveness.
Of course, the great outdoors is one of the best reasons to visit Lanai and you may rent a jeep or book a tour. Take in the mountaintop heiau (sacred temple site) Pu’u Makani with vistas of water and forests on either side, then head to Naha lookout for sunrise.
Travel on a cultural tour of the Waiapa’a area or Hi’i, a fairly flat dryland agricultural complex that had once been covered over by pineapple cultivation for many years and inaccessible to visitors.
Preservation workers have planted taro and wauke, or paper mulberry, used for making traditional Hawaiian clothing, and they have removed eucalyptus, albizia and silver oak trees from an area containing remnants of a heiau, an imu (undergrown oven) as well as a lua pau (refuse pit).
For a complete wellness retreat, you may also rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with restorative treatments at the spa, featuring a full range of services inspired by the essence of Hawaii combined with innovative products and techniques.
Signature treatments include Makai and Mauka Hawaiian Spa Rituals that honor the ancient healing soul of both the ocean and the mountains of Lanai. Experience visible results with a HydraFacial treatment or Hauoli WaWae Pedicure.
All of the fall talk-story events are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $35 per person and they are open to the public. The weeklong HA Wellness Journeys on Sept. 25 to Oct. 1; Oct. 16 to 22 and Nov. 6 to 12 are packages geared toward hotel guests. To make talk story reservations, call the spa at (808) 565-2088. To book a room or package, visit www.fourseasons.com/lanai.