Can you think of one gift that you are sharing with the world?
Give a warm welcome to our new Travel Yogi, Whakapaingia (Whaka) from Koha Yoga as he helps you hone in on just that! Whether it’s on the mat, acro flying, or soaking up the Mexican sun… Whakapaingia will inspire you fully. Mark our words.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Whakapaingia has traveled all over the world and has resided in California to Wisconsin and even some places in between. With his spirit, humor and crazy knowledge, it’s no surprise that he was destined to create Koha Yoga, a company that focuses on healing and inspiring all to play through acro, acropeutics, yoga and paddle-boarding. And, to come full circle, “Koha” is the Maori word for gift ☺
Now, let’s get to know him a bit better…
What inspired you to blend yoga and thai massage together?
First off, it was not me who blended them together. These are two modalities that are based in healing. After my injuries with no medical insurance, I found that yoga and thai massage were both amazing tools to heal my body. By blending these two practices together, it didn’t take me long to realize it was an effective way to sustain my active lifestyle and to be injury free. I found healing in them and it is in my nature to want to share these gifts with everyone.
Describe yourself in 5 words…
Giving, Open, Loving, Compassionate and Fun
What do you never leave the house without?
I will say that I usually forget the typical things like keys, wallet, sunglasses BUT, we will keep it interesting… I never leave home without a good sense of humor and the underlying belief that everything will work out.
Rumor has it… you can do a mean Haka. True or false?
True. The Haka is a traditional Maori war dance that is used to celebrate momentous occasions: birthdays, openings, closings and funerals. Originally, the Haka was a way for warriors to ignite (ka) their breath (ha) mentally and spiritually before going into battle.
You are finally settled back in Los Angeles with your wife, Sara, and your Mini Me of a daughter, Tahi. What’s the best part of being back in LA after living such a nomadic life?
The best part of being back in LA is that we have roots. After being so nomadic, LA gives us a sense of security and safety because we have our chosen family and friends here in LA. To top it all off, Tahi gets to go to an amazing school, Citizens of the World.
If we were to yoga-it-out with you, what could we expect? Sweaty? Sweet? All the above?
You’ll be physically challenged but sweetly inspired.
We’ve heard about this “Whaka Flow…” What is it exactly?!
The Whaka flow is a therapeutic sequence that I developed by flying thousands of people. It is a beautiful way to align the body in a sweet and gentle manner using gravity as a friend. The proof is in the experience!
OK, lightning round… This or that, we want to know.
Rugby or the NFL? Rugby (New Zealand All Blacks are World Champions Again)
Ashtanga or Acro? This is a hard one, right now, Ashtanga!
Wisconsin or California? This is easy, California! But, Wisconsin in the summer is nice too!
Whaka or Whakapaingia (and does it have a meaning in Maori?)
Whakapaingia. Whakapai = means to set in order or put right Pai = means good Paingia = beloved. When you weave all these words together it means “to be blessed.” I wish everyone could call me Whakapaingia, but most folks in the States call me Whaka (WAH-KA).
Whether you now want to be Haka flowing or Whaka flowing, keep in the loop with Whakapaingia and the goodness of Koha Yoga. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram and on retreat to paradise in the Mexican Riviera.
Get ready to deepen your practice, float, fly, and laugh.