Opening to Yoga

Going to the Mat

Born on Oahu, Kahuna Iwi'ula descends from a formidable line of teachers and healers on the island of Kauai. Although he was given permission by his elders in 1972 to teach, it took 20 years for him to create the Kalama Foundation and decide to share the knowledge. He points out that these classes challenge preconceived ideas of reality and are not for everyone (latte drinkers need not apply). Ongoing workshops present a rare and unique opportunity for New Yorkers to learn about native Hawaiian culture and spirituality—and hula! —Rory Russell

Attend an introduction to Aupuni's work at the AICH on May 3 at 7 p.m. ($15). Hawaii Cultural Foundation, 966-3378, hawaiiculturalfoundation@hotmail.com, www.kalama.org.


Join the Fray

It's Saturday morning at the Red Cross near Lincoln Center: The wise and witty emergency-training instructor at our one-day, $60 class presses the play button on a VCR. Secretaries fasten tourniquets in green fields. Fishermen lift the legs of injured mates above their hearts, offer sips of water. "Don't drink! Just sip!" they admonish in clear tones. A construction worker feigns one bloody mistake, and the man beside me shifts. He winks and winces, "I know what that's like."

Later he puts my limp arm in a sling. A long-haired lady tilts my chin, gives me her short breaths. By the end of the session, I feel ready to check for pulses, respiration, and downed power lines. Emergency training is invigorating at the very least, lifesaving at best. You can join Red Cross classes, where destiny and random strangers meet, at six locations in the five boroughs. Get going! —Alexis Sottile

To register for lifesaving classes, call 800-514-5103, or visit www.nyredcross.org To volunteer at Red Cross headquarters or at emergency sites, call 877-REDCROSS, ext. 2067.

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