The spirit of Koha.
Koha is the Maori word for gift. We are traveling the world creating a playful revolution by sharing the gifts of AcroYoga, Yoga, Bodywork, and Stand Up Paddleboard.
Koha Yoga was inspired by the tremendous gifts that our friends have shared with us around the world.
We share gifts.
When you give of yourself, you then are in a place to receive and have endless abundance for yourself and others. We share our abundance with our community, which we know enriches others' lives. We use KIVA to find projects that we want to support in building sustainable communities. See all the organizations we support here.
Whaka is the spiritual heartbeat of Koha Yoga and Acro Revolution tribe. Having always been a warrior and athlete, Whaka found the healing power of acropeutics and the joy of acrobatics when he was living in the US as a rugby player.
In 2005, he started his healing journey after giving up his perception that yoga “was for girls” and not for tough guys. A few months into his practice, Whaka noticed that his body could recover from tough rugby matches without the usual drugs or surgery. Through the path of yoga, he learned to heal himself. Whaka then began to give this gift of healing to others by becoming a certified yoga teacher and Thai massage practitioner.
Whaka found acro serendipitously on a beach when a woman named Sara approached him and asked if he wanted to fly. That woman became his wife. In one day, Whaka found his lifelong passion and the person he would share that gift to the world with for the rest of his life. Whaka & Sara founded Koha Yoga in 2009. Koha is the Maori word for gift. Whaka & Sara travel around the world with their daughter Tahi, helping people discover the gifts of trust, joy, laughter, play, balance, and release through acro, acropeutics, yoga, and paddleboarding.
Sara is the official Acro Mama of Koha Yoga and Acro Revolution Tribe. Her journey started when she found yoga at the age of 18. Yoga kept Sara grounded and connected to her breath, mind, and spirit. Sara began teaching yoga to her community, but she felt something was missing. Yoga, as traditionally taught, lacked connection with others.
The day Sara found herself on top of someone’s feet, flying through the air with the support of another human being, her life changed forever. She immediately started to share a different approach to yoga, an approach with more fun, play, joy, and transformation.
Sara is now lucky to share this practice with her love / husband / partner / co-teacher Whakapaingia and their baby girl, Tahi. Sara and her family travel around the world spreading the gift of joy, playfulness, and connection.
After missing a flight to set out on an international adventure of her own, Sara headed to Venice Beach and caught eyes with Whakapaingia. (It sounds like a movie, but it is not!)
After asking Whakapaingia “Do you want to fly?” an instantaneous partnership and Koha Flying Yoga were created. It was love at first flight. Baby Kotahiataahua, meaning “Beautiful Oneness,” followed soon after.
Today, Whakapaingia, Sara, and Kotahiataahua share the gifts of AcroYoga, Yoga, Bodywork, and Stand Up Paddleboarding to inspire a revolution of strength, play, balance, and community.