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KOA

KOA is a Hawaiian word witch has two wonderful meanings very important for us.


“Warrior”, “brave”, “fearless”

In Yoga we have the poses Warrior I, Warrior II, & Warrior III. The Sanskrit name for these poses is Virabhadrasana, which is a combination of the words vira meaning “hero”, bhadra meaning “friend”, and asana meaning “seat or posture”.

Being a “yogi” means being able to successfully navigate the often complicated world of relationships and emotions. We become true warriors when we understand how to fight our battles with the proper weapons.

Along with the extraordinary range of emotions we exhibit as humans, we also have the unbelievable capacity for reflection. And so, when our battles scale beyond our control, we possess the most important tools of the “spiritual warrior”, which is compassion and forgiveness.

Warrior poses help us develop peace in the uncomfortable moments of our life.



Koa Tree

Additionally Koa it is also the largest native tree in the Hawaiian Islands reaching heights of about 33 m! Koa is the most valuable tree in Hawaii.

Commercially, koa is one of the most expensive woods in the world. It is used to make furniture, veneer, and crafts. The prime importance of koa for early Hawaiians Early Hawaiians was making of canoes.

Koa leaves were used for medical purposes. As an example they were placed under a pile of lau hala mats if a person had been in a sick bed for a long time. Leaves were placed on top and spread evenly over the mat to make to person comfortable.

The heat that came from the body and the leaves would make the person sweat. This was almost always used for patients with a fever. Koa is also a tonewood and used in modern musical instruments such as ukulele, acoustic guitars, some electric guitars,etc.