Not only do I workout and exercise barefooted, I even hike in the Kauai jungle barefoot at times too. Nothing like squishy Kauai mud in between your yoga toes.
I always encourage my yoga and fitness retreaters to walk barefoot on the property we stay as soon as we arrive. The energy of the earth is soaked up by what Chinese medicine refers to as the primary entry point for Qi, or in Hawaii we call it “mana”, and in Sanskrit “prana” is located near the ball of the foot. This aids in at attuning to the rhythm of a new time zone and a new place! (more…)
I believe it’s a great question to be aware of.
When you are sad, depressed or down in the dumps, you more than likely are dwelling somewhere in the past.
When you are feeling stressed, anxious or nervous, more than likely your thoughts are in the future making up something that hasn’t even happened yet.
Silly right? But you know you go there. At least I know I do.
But in the moment, the simple act of breathing can feel like ecstasy and water or the caresses of touch on your skin so pleasurable. (more…)
I will be hosting this yoga retreat that will infuse fitness, nature, meditation and nourishment into one grand, soul quenching experience. I am already super excited about the unique offerings that will be added to this special week full of yoga and a connection to nature and our hearts. The possibilities are endless. The blessings of Kauai and our deep practices will be flowing in abundance. Come play, connect and enjoy.
Included in this magical week long yoga retreat is: (more…)
I just went through an archive of about 7 years of photos I have taken while living on Kauai. Some of them were taken while hiking on Kauai, swimming at waterfalls here, and even riding in a helicopter (the way I met my husband!)
I was going through my photos to find a few beautiful ones for my website that I will be launching within a couple of months. Yahoo!!!
And as I go through these photos I am saturated even more in my sincere love and deep respect for this amazing island I call home. I love you Kauai!
I wanted to share with you some of the beauty of this place.
I wonder what magical gifts you may receive from Kauai, just by sitting with these images of her in her splendor?
To really describe the accommodations for this January Yoga Retreat On Kauai is not easy to do. Why? Because there is a magical essence to this space that must be felt, heard, seen and touched. It has it’s own pulse, a unique resonance and a divine beauty that speaks to the hearts of those that will stay with us for the week.
Here is what one couple from my last retreat wrote in the guest book,
“This home served as a perfect setting for our honeymoon and yoga retreat with Samantha. We sincerely appreciate the beauty of this property and feel truly blessed to have spent time here connecting to the island, each other, and ourselves. Our time here has been heart opening, it has brought to us joy and happiness, it has givin us a true sense of connection and a feeling of being aligned with grace.”
With deepest gratitude, Jeff and Beth
I am looking for people who’s hearts leap when they envision themselves spending a week on Kauai partaking in: (more…)
Explore, dream and discover on one of the most magical islands on the planet! Join Samantha Fox Olson (certified Anusara yoga instructor and local Kauai resident!) and Jana Kilgore (Anusara Inspired Teacher, Ayurvedic Chef & Gifted Healer) on the majestic island of Kauai for a week long yoga retreat that will inspire you, awaken your senses and connect you deeply with nature. (more…)
It blows me away that I have lived on this magical island for over 6 years now and I am still finding new and exciting hikes, waterfalls and beaches that rock my world! There are just so many amazing spots on this island, and this is one of my newest favorites!
There are many places to sit near the falls, or practically right in them, as you can see me playing that way here, and it is a cleansing treat to each and every sense. The sounds of water rushing and birds singing, the cool water falling and bubbling, the pulse of the serene nature all around, it all flows into a magical experience every time without fail!
I fell so blessed to live her, to call this magical island my home.
A simple breathing exercise that I love to use in meditation and in my yoga asana practice is breathing in exchange with nature.
Although we do this naturally, all day and all night long, it is a beautiful practice to mindfully and gratefully breath in harmony with her.
Take a comfortable seated posture, close your eyes and begin with breathing naturally through your nose.
The other day a friend and I hiked part of the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi’ai Beach. This trail is one of my absolute favorite. OK, my FAVORITE trail that my feet have had the privilege to walk. Being back on the trail reminded me of that, and along with that comes the gift of being embraced by all the beauty nature has to offer.
The hike into Hanakapi’ai Beach is a 2-mile hike. Depending on the weather will determine the terrain that one journeys through. This particular day we had lots of sun, and even some rain (which felt amazing!) So, the trail was pretty muddy in places. For this reason, I am one for wearing my most comfortable pair of hiking shoes for the hike.
This coastline is called the Na Pali Coast. Na Pali means “the cliff” so Na Pali Coast translates as “the cliff coast.” Quite fitting for a trail that runs along side the Kauai mountains, overlooking the expansive blue ocean and sky. For some this can be intimidating. One woman at the beginning of the trail stated she didn’t know if she wanted to do it because of the mud and terrain. But my reply to that is “it is worth every step!”